Aliquippa Police Chief Donald Couch is seeking to have action taken against an officer in his department for allegedly engaging in unprofessional conduct that could have contaminated the Deltondo murder crime scene, according to documents obtained by the Beaver Countian.

The Beaver Countian has obtained a copy of a letter written by Aliquippa Police Captain Robert Sealock to Chief Couch and Assistant Chief Joe Perciavalle concerning the alleged actions of Sgt. Kenneth Watkins on the night of Rachael Deltondo’s murder. As reported yesterday by the Beaver Countian, Sgt. Kenneth Watkins was placed on a paid administrative leave following Deltondo’s death because his daughter has been identified as an “associated person” in the case.

In Captain Sealock’s letter, printed on departmental stationary and dated May 15th, he tells his chain of command that Sgt. Watkins and his daughter showed up to the crime scene the night of Rachael Deltondo’s murder and ran towards the police tape. Sealock alleges Watkins entered the crime scene despite being warned by on-duty officers not to.

“Sgt. Watkins was off-duty and showed no respect for the crime scene, this is unacceptable for a veteran officer,” wrote Sealock. The letter concluded, “As your Captain, it’s my determination that the scene could have been contaminated and Sgt. Watkins acted in an unprofessional manner.”

Chief Couch reacted to Captain Sealock’s letter in an email, saying in part that, “In addition to this complaint, during a formal interview Sergeant Watkins’ wife and daughter made insulting remarks about me to two detectives assigned to this recent homicide. These comments were made directly in front of Sergeant Watkins.”

Kenneth Watkins, his wife, and his daughter all declined public comment for this article when the Beaver Countian reached them by phone.

Captain Robert Sealock’s Letter In Full:

On May 13th, 2018 at approximately 2248 Hours, Officer D’Arrigo, K-9 Officer Brown and I, Captain Sealock responded to shots fired at Brodhead and Caler Street. Upon arrival our investigation quickly led us to a Homicide scene at [the 2100 block of] Buchanan Street. The scene was taped off and calls to Detectives were placed. The victim’s parents then exited their home and tried to enter the scene on numerous occasions. Hopewell Officers were then called to assist. This scene became chaotic at times, but officers were able to preserve the scene.

At approximately 2310 Hours, Sgt. Watkins and his daughter [juvenile’s name redacted] arrived on scene and ran towards the tape. K-9 Officer Brown and Officer D’Arrigo yelled at [Sgt. Watkins’ daughter] not to enter the Police tape. Sgt. Watkins did enter the crime scene and was told on two separate occasions to exit. Sgt. Watkins was off-duty and showed no respect for the crime scene, this is unacceptable for a veteran officer. I would not accept this from the parents of the victim on their own property and surely do not accept this from an off-duty officer.

As your Captain, it’s my determination that the scene could have been contaminated and Sgt. Watkins acted in an unprofessional manner. These actions were viewed by all emergency personnel and the public. I am requesting this situation be addressed.

See Also:

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John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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cracker
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cracker

Something stinks about this whole thing. Someone is covering for someone.

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

And??? It’s Aliquippa; the name of which which is derived from a native American word that means corruption.

Georgiesguns
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Georgiesguns

Well another case blotched, I’m sure the defense will use this in court.

aldo gorlami
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aldo gorlami

Think bigger Georgie……Maybe it was done so that the defense will use this in court.

Raven
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An excerpt from a prior BC article keeps returning to mind. No accusations or innuendo intended, but some of the current themes are similar:

“The incident report by an Aliquippa patrolman describes a suspicious vehicle he was investigating that was parked in the area of the old Aliquippa Hospital at approximately 1:52 a.m on February 6, 2016. It reads in part:

“As I approached the drivers side of the vehicle I noticed that the windows were steamed over and the engine was not running […] I again asked [Rachael] Deltondo what she was doing parked where she was with [the 17-year-old] in the car. Deltondo again stated that she was there just talking with [the teenager] and that he was once a student of hers. I asked Deltondo if she was me what would she think was going on at this time of the morning with a vehicle parked where she was parked. Deltondo replied that she understands and that she didn’t want her fiance to know that she was here parked because he would get mad. I told Deltondo that I did not know who her fiance was, at which she stated Frank. I advised Deltondo that I know a lot of Frank’s (sic) at which she then advised that her fiance was Frank Catroppa. Deltondo continued to maintain that she was called by [the teen] and that he was upset and needed someone to talk to […] Upon contact and speaking with [the teen] he advised that he was just hanging out and that he and Deltondo are friends […] Deltondo was advised that there was better places to just talk with a former student and that I would hope that I wouldn’t find her parked anywhere else in Aliquippa with former students at such a late hour just talking. Deltondo did get in her vehicle and left the area.”

Who was the cop that wrote the report?

wind
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wind

I could be wrong but I seem to recall that it was Roberts.

wind
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wind

Sorry, it was Patrolman Fran Conkle.

Raven
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Raven

A comment from the previous article by a commenter might or might not be true, but it bears repeating:

Air Rick Dec 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm

It was because she is best friends with the officer on scenes daughter, who is also 17. What does Frank have to cover up for? Embarrassment that he almost married a pedophile liar?

Can anyone verify truth of the comment?

Janitor
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Janitor

After reading your comment it makes me wonder was she set up with the 17 year old to keep quiet back then? Not quiet enough apparently. She lost her life.

jay eric
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jay eric

children are naive ergo would be great informants about what their parents do in all of this its amazing that even now this minor hasnt been named

ricimer
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ricimer

Nothing for nothing but whatever happened to big Jo Jo Catroppa the guy arrested in Monaca for sales of narcotics crack and narcotic pills. If it was any of us our asses would be sitting in prison. Theres a difference between someone with a drug problem and some piece of garbage that feeds of off peoples misery.

Unbungabelievable
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Unbungabelievable

This cop is doing the SAME THING TO MY SON on behalf of his daughter. Tampering with witnesses and threatening them as well as false police reports. Trying to ruin my son for a personal vendetta. His inappropriate actions are costing us dearly. The “victim” even stated at prelim on record that he lied.

ricimer
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ricimer

Your about the 500th one this happened to in Beaver County. They slander libel. And character assassination is par for the course. Got to stop these maniacs. We need well trained officers with training and education not a bunch of inbreds who have married there cousins. And hey uncle tony my halfe wit son wants to be a Aliquippa policeman.

BCShitHole
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BCShitHole

The article said that the officer that wrote that statement, that his daughter was best friends with the victim. Wouldn’t that be these two that tried to contaminate the scene?

aldo gorlami
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aldo gorlami

When JP’s first article ran, someone asked the question “who was she having ice cream with? Did the last name start with “wat” and made a remark questioning the integrity of a police officer with the same last name. Now we know this cop’s daughter is an “associated person” in the case. Could that person have been correct and they were together that night? Even if she didn’t knowingly conspire, could she have mentioned where she was going, and who she was going to be with?

If I were involved in a crime, and had to account for why I left behind evidence, what better way than to have a lot of law enforcement witnesses, to have it documented in reprimand letter would be even better!

aldo gorlami
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aldo gorlami

Post Script: I just read the previous article, this cop’s daughter was the person she was with. Ms. Watkins, if you by chance read this, you might want to ponder a few questions:
Did I mention where I was going?
Did I mention I was picking up Rachel?
When I got home, was my dad there, or did he arrive a few minutes after me?
Is there anything that doesn’t add up, with how my dad acted towards Rachel?
If things don’t seem quite right and you need someone to talk to, for your own safety, I highly recommend the State Police.

Seentoomuch
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Seentoomuch

That was me. I was not present but I have first hand knowledge of EXACTLY how Watkins abuses his position and OH BOY WAS I SPOT ON. There are court proceedings to back up my words btw.

aldo gorlami
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aldo gorlami

I wasn’t able to find the comment after it originally appeared, but you were spot on.

Disgruntled
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I would be interested in the timeline of the events immediately following the phone call, presumably to 911. How long was it until Aliquippa police were on the scene? How long until Lozier was notified? How long until the coroner was notified? When did the PSP arrive on the scene? When did county detectives arrive? When did Watkins and his daughter show up? When was mayor Walker notified?

Lozier sent only one cell phone to be examined? That seems woefully inadequate to me, especially knowing (and he did) that Aliquippa police are under investigation.