January 25, 2019

Tonkin seeks fourth term as Pike DA


MILFORD – Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin announced that he will seek re-election to the office he has held for the past 11 years.

“I’ve invested my entire adult life in making Pike County a safer place to live, first as a police officer and then as a prosecutor. I have nearly two decades of experience successfully arguing criminal cases in front of juries and appellate courts. All while maintaining a focus on implementing improvements in our community that aim to protect and support our community's most vulnerable.”

Since being in the district attorney’s office, Tonkin has earned 14 murder convictions, including cop killer Eric Frein, who was convicted of killing Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding State Trooper Alex Douglass at the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks in Blooming Grove, a case which gained nationwide attention.

Since being re-elected in 2015, District Attorney Tonkin developed the Pike County Children’s Advocacy Center, a center where children who are victims of child abuse are interviewed once by a specially trained interviewer in a child friendly environment to avoid the repeated trauma of telling the story of victimization over and over again to multiple agencies who investigate child abuse. Last year Tonkin expanded the program by adding a special victim advocate who works directly with the child and the family to obtain services to help the child and family begin the healing process.

Tonkin, a Republican, was recently chosen by his fellow DAs to serve as vice-president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.

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