Monroeville couple face drug, unlawful restraint charges
A Monroeville couple's combined 16 charges ranging from prostitution, unlawful restraint, simple assault and various drug charges were waived to court after police investigated allegations that Kevin and Tiffany Livsey held a woman in a Garden City home against her will and had a stash of heroin in their house.
The couple were charged after a caller reported to 911 dispatchers June 12 that a woman was being held at gunpoint in a home on Firethorn Drive.
A 26-year-old woman accused Kevin Livsey, 50, and Tiffany Livsey, 42, of holding her captive in the home since March and said she was forced into more than 100 acts of prostitution because she owed them money, according to a criminal complaint.
Both Kevin and Tiffany Livsey waived a preliminary hearing in Monroeville district court Tuesday on charges of unlawful restraint, simple assault and possession with intent to deliver heroin.
Tiffany Livsey also waived a preliminary hearing on charges of promoting prostitution, prostitution and unlawful use of a computer.
Formal arraignments for both suspects are scheduled for Aug. 11 in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh.
Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said the investigation is ongoing.
“It's not a known house of prostitution,” said Cole, “but we've had numerous calls there.”
When patrol officers arrived at the home around 4 p.m., Tiffany Livsey was involved in an argument with the 26-year-old, Cole said.
The woman accused Tiffany Livsey of advertising prostitution online, taking the money from clients at the door and forcing her into sexual acts, according to the criminal complaint.
She accused the couple of forcing her to sleep between them at night and accused Kevin Livsey of attacking her and forcing her back in to the house when she tried to escape, according to the complaint.
But an attorney representing the couple said Tuesday the story of captivity is not true.
“I just think it's a fabrication,” said Pittsburgh-based attorney Hart Hillman.
“The problem is that a lot of heroin was located inside the house.”
Police seized five bricks, 12 bundles and six loose stamp bags of heroin, worth an estimated $3,000.
Officers also found seven cellphones, a small amount of crack cocaine and two syringes, which commonly are used to inject heroin, according to the complaint.
“This is the kind of behavior that's associated with a drug problem in the area,” Cole said about the case.
Kevin Livsey was charged in February with carrying a firearm without a license.
Tiffany Livsey twice pleaded guilty to retail theft in 2012.
The 26-year-old woman pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct twice since 2007.
Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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