Scenery Hill man faces lewdness charges

August 30, 2014

Editor's Note: John Michael Tishok’s record has been expunged in connection with this case. 

A Scenery Hill man was charged Friday by South Strabane Township police with open lewdness and indecent exposure after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman in a checkout line.

John Michael Tishok, 58, of 4 Sunedecker Road, is accused of fondling himself while standing behind a 51-year-old woman who was checking out at Lowe's Home Improvement, Strabane Square, July 18.

The alleged victim told township police Detective Michael Schidlmeier she was in the line when the man, later identified as Tishok, got in line behind her. When she looked over her shoulder, she noticed Tishok exposed himself. She then moved in front of her shopping cart and alerted the cashier as to what Tishok was doing.

Schidlmeier served a search warrant, obtaining the video and sales transaction that occurred just before 9 a.m. The video reportedly showed Tishok walking in line behind the victim and expose himself while looking at her. When she walks in front of her shopping cart, Tishok can be seen on surveillance concealing himself with the merchandise he was purchasing.

The victim paid for her merchandise. Tishok then paid for the respirator he was buying with a credit card.

The sales receipt verified Tishok made the purchase. Police also compared the video with Tishok's photo identification to verify he is the alleged culprit.

Charges will be sent by summons from the office of District Judge Jay Weller.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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