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Johnstown man now facing trial for rape of Roscoe girl

Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Jim Stepoli of Monessen walks in to the Monessen Police station with his sons Josh and Terrance Stepoli, as they turn them selfs in for questioning, over a shooting that happened in Monessen on Monday 12-03-12.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Jim Ference | The Valley Independent</em></div>Jim Stepoli of Monessen walks in to the Monessen Police station with his sons Josh and Terrance Stepoli, as they turn them selfs in for questioning, over  a shooting that happened in Monessen on Monday 12-03-12.

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Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 12:41 a.m.

A Johnstown man who was held for court Wednesday on rape charges involving a 16-year-old Roscoe girl has a long history of convictions for deviate sexual conduct in three other states, Deputy District Attorney Traci McDonald said.

As a result of that revelation, bond for Victor Eugene Pulgar, 32, of 216 Arch St., Johnstown, was doubled from $50,000 to $100,000. The new bond was set by Magisterial District Judge Gary Havelka following a preliminary hearing in Washington County Central Court.

Pulgar is facing four counts of sexual abuse of children, two counts of unlawful contact with minors, and one count each of rape, sexual assault, corruption of minors, criminal use of communication facility, terroristic threats, indecent assault, open lewdness, and harassment.

Seeking to have Pulgar's bond raised, MacDonald said the defendant has been convicted in Illinois, Washington and Missouri for performing sex acts in public, sometimes while wearing women's clothing and underwear and for voyeurism. Another case involving like conduct is pending in Westmoreland County.

“He has a long, long history of sexual and inappropriate conduct,” MacDonald said. “I believe he is a threat to the public.”

In granting the prosecution request, Havelka also stipulated that Pulgar is to have no contact with his alleged victim, her family or friends. That extends to any forms of communications, including phone calls, texting or Facebook.

During a preliminary hearing, the girl testified she met Pulgar via an on-line dating service for adults. She said she told Pulgar she was only 16 the day they first started communicating online. He told her he was 23.

They first met online in early April and by the end of that month, he came to meet her. They went to the mall in Greensburg, had dinner and then had sex in his car.

Two weeks later, she testified, Pulgar picked her up and took her to his Johnstown home, where she stayed the night and had sex again.

After that, she saw Pulgar almost every weekend, the girl testified.

She admitted they discussed their age difference, but added, “We said age didn't matter. It's about relationships.”

Still, Bulgar advised her to tell everyone they met that she was 19.

She said they texted daily and spoke on the phone often. At his suggestion, she sent him photos via text of her dressed only in underwear, or nude.

After he broke up with his girlfriend, the alleged victim said she considered Pulgar her boyfriend.

But later, she reconsidered their relationship when he began to threaten her. She gave him her Facebook page password and he used that access to monitor her on-line “friends.” He also took her cell phone to read her texts and got jealous when she had any communications with any male teens.

Pulgar threatened to hurt her, her family or friends if she went out with other male friends, the girl testified.

On July 10, the girl testified, Pulgar came to see her, but she told him she did not want to see him anymore. They walked to the Raymond E. Kennedy ballfield in Elco, where Pulgar raped her, she testified.

Pulgar came to see her shortly after that, telling her he would end the relationship if she paid him $400 for the times he spent money on her such as for dinners. She gave him $100. He took her phone and her boyfriend texted her. She said Pulgar got angry about the text and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Ultimately, she told a boyfriend about problems she was having with Pulgar. He advised her to go to her parents and the police. When she did not, he told the police.

The night that RESA police responded to her house, Pulgar locked her out of her Facebook page and posted photos she had sent to him earlier, she testified.

In cross examination from Public Defender Glenn Alterio, the girl acknowledged she deleted all of the text messages. The Facebook account was deleted, but RESA police printed the photos and messages Pulgar allegedly posted about her.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or

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