TOBYHANNA TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The Pennsylvania state trooper charged with using fake aliases and online accounts to patronize prostitutes was in court Thursday.
The judge ruled there is enough evidence for the case to move forward, but not without first hearing from those involved.
Samantha Monteforte, 26, is currently incarcerated in Northampton County. She took the stand, recalling a night in 2015 when she used heroin and passed out in her car. Benjamin Toth of Kunkletown was the responding trooper.
Prosecutors say, six months later, Toth used a law enforcement database to access Samantha’s personal information without a legitimate purpose. He allegedly used two aliases to Facebook message Samantha, offering on multiple occasions to send money for sex.
“They are allegations that we’re treating very serious, especially considering the profession of the defendant,” says Michael Rakaczewski, Assistant District Attorney.
Samantha says they never met in person. Because there was no sex or money exchange, Toth’s attorney wants the case dropped.
“My client will never plead guilty to this matter because he didn’t do anything to be guilty of,” says Joseph Nahas, defense attorney.
According to court papers, Toth’s then-wife was the person who originally tipped off local police, providing them with Toth’s cell phone and sexually explicit Craiglist postings.
She was in court, and has this to say… “I just want to say on behalf of the Commonwealth they’ve done a great job, and to all the women in the county, this was for you.”
Toth’s attorney has a different take. He says, “you have an ex-wife who’s upset she’s an ex-wife. And now what’s she trying to do? Destroy her husband.”
Toth pleaded ‘not guilty’. He remains free on $5,000 dollars unsecured bail.
He is currently working on restricted duty at the Fern Ridge barracks in Blakeslee.