Criminal Investigations Division (C.I.D.)

Eric J. Kerchner - Chief County Detective

Chief Eric KerchnerEric J. Kerchner is the Chief County Detective for the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney serving under the leadership of E. David Christine, Jr., District Attorney.

Chief Kerchner started his career in law enforcement immediately after graduating from Marple Newtown Sr. High School (Delaware County, PA) by joining the United States Army in 1973. He completed basic training at Fort Dix, NJ and graduated from the United States Army Military Police School at Fort Gordon GA.

Chief Kerchner served as a military police officer in Butzbach, Germany for the next three years, initially as a patrol officer and then as a traffic accident investigator after attending Northwestern University’s Military Police Traffic Accident Investigation School in Vilseck, Germany in 1975. While in the military, Chief Kerchner completed additional law enforcement training while attending the University of Delaware and Central Texas College.

Beginning in 1982, Chief Kerchner established and operated a Monroe County based private security and investigations firm, Kerchner Associates, Inc., with annual revenues of 1.4 million dollars and employing more than 70 officers. That company was sold in 1998. Chief Kerchner operated as a private investigator through 2001.

In 2001, Chief Kerchner was retained as a special investigator by the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office focusing on housing mortgage fraud. In 2002, he was appointed as a full time detective, and in 2009, he was appointed to the position of Chief County Detective.

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Detective Wendy Bentzoni Serfass

Wendy Bentzoni Serfass has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since October 2006.

Detective Serfass began her law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in December of 2001 after graduating from the Act II Sheriff Deputy Certification course at Penn State University.  Prior to her appointment to the position of Deputy Sheriff, she had worked as a Courthouse Security Officer with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office since July of 1999.  Prior to working for the Sheriff’s Office, she was a Deputy Prothonotary with the Monroe County Prothonotary’s Office since 1992.  Overall, Detective Serfass has worked for the County of Monroe for 20 years.

Throughout her career, Detective Serfass has received specialized training in several facets of modern law enforcement with a specialization in Crimes against Women, including Stalking and Technology training presented by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, First Responders of Sexual Assault training sponsored by the Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape (PCAR), and many other trainings relating to the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault cases.  During her employment with the County of Monroe has been involved in the judicial process that allows victims to obtain Protection from Abuse Orders from the Court.  This statute has undergone many changes in the past 20 years and Detective Serfass was intimately involved in the implementation of several changes to the way the Court handles these matters including the separation of plaintiff/victims and defendants while at required hearings within the Courthouse.  Recently, she assisted in updating the form used for filing of Protection from Abuse Indirect Criminal Contempts (PFA violations) to better serve the protected persons through ease of filing and better overall tracking of violations.

In addition to her law enforcement training and experience with victims of domestic and sexual violence, Detective Serfass attended Advanced Practical Homicide Investigation training sponsored by the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigator’s Association and training in the computer software program, TrialDirector which is now used during the prosecution of all homicides and most major cases to better present the evidence to the Judge and jury.  She is also a member of the Monroe County Elder Care Task Force and has attended Investigation and Resolution of Elder Abuse Case training sponsored by Temple University’s Institute on Protective Services.

In addition to other investigations as assigned, Detective Serfass’s primary duties are:

  • Domestic violence investigations
  • Sexual assault investigations
  • Child abuse, elder abuse and neglect investigations
  • Major cases including homicide.

Detective Serfass can be reached at (570) 517-3063 or by email at wsbentzoni@monroecountypa.gov.

Detective Brian Webbe

Brian Webbe has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since April 2011.

Detective Webbe began his law enforcement career in early 2000 with the Barrett Township Police Department in Monroe County.  He continued serving the people of Barrett Township until 2006, when he accepted a position as a police officer with the Myrtle Beach Police Department in South Carolina.

After relocating back to northeast Pennsylvania, Detective Webbe was appointed to the position of County Detective for the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney in April 2011.

Detective Webbe leads the cybercime investigations and digital forensics program for the District Attorney's Office.  He has received extensive cybercrime and computer forensics training through Fox Valley Technical College, the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS); as well as training in the investigation of online child sexual exploitation provided by the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Detective Webbe is a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner, an EnCase Certified Examiner, and is also a Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner.

Detective Webbe is knowledgeable in several computer programming languages and also serves as the Office of the District Attorney's website and social media content manager.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police Southeast Computer Crimes Task Force, the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, and the High Technology Crime Investigation Association.

In addition, Detective Webbe is cross-designated as a Task Force Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.

In addition to other investigations as assigned, Detective Webbe's primary duties are:  

  • Cybercrime investigations

  • Investigations concerning the online sexual exploitation of children
  • Digital forensic examinations of computers, cell phones, and related devices

  • Website / social media content manager for the Office of the District Attorney

Detective Webbe can be reached at (570) 517-3114, or by email at bwebbe@monroecountypa.gov.

 

Detective Kim Lippincott

Kim Lippincott has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since February 2014.

Detective Lippincott graduated from Cedar Crest College in 2012 with degrees in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Business Administration.  During her college education, Detective Lippincott interned with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to being appointed to the position of County Detective, Detective Lippincott was employed as a deputy sheriff with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  While attending the required Deputy Sheriff training academy, she received the top award for academic achievement in law presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  

Detective Lippincott has been an active member of the Monroe County Drug Task Force since joining the Sheriff's Office.

Detective Lippincott has received extensive training in a wide variety of law enforcement topics from agencies such as the Eastern States Vice Investigators Association, the Pennsylvania Narcotics Officers Association, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement, and the New Jersey Narcotic Officers Association.

Detective Lippincott is cross-designated as a Task Force Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations.  She also serves as a Regional Training Coordinator with the Eastern States Vice Investigators Association.  

In addition to other investigations as assigned, Detective Lippincott's primary assignments are:

  • Narcotics investigations

  • Human trafficking / prostitution investigations
  • Administration of the Monroe County Drug Task Force 
  • Administration / coordination of DUI enforcement efforts, including DUI checkpoints, roving patrols, and other initiatives in Monroe County

Detective Lippincott can be reached at (570) 517-3059, or by email at klippincott@monroecountypa.gov.

Detective Mario Orlando

Mario Orlando has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since August 2014.

Detective Orlando is a graduate of Northampton Community College, with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Detective Orlando began his law enforcement career in November 2005 with the McAdoo Borough Police Department in Schuylkill County.  In November 2008 Detective Orlando accepted a position as a police officer with the East Stroudsburg University Police Department while continuing to serve in McAdoo.

In 2014, during his tenure with the East Stroudsburg University Police Department, Detective Orlando was appointed as a part-time County Detective with the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney.

Detective Orlando continued to serve the East Stroudsburg University community and the people of East Stroudsburg while also serving greater Monroe County as a County Detective until January 2015 when he was appointed to the position of full-time County Detective.

Detective Orlando has  been an active member of the Monroe County Drug Task Force since beginning employment with East Stroudsburg University.

Throughout his career, Detective Orlando has received specialized training in several facets of modern law enforcement, including narcotics training through the Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), the Pennsylvania State Police, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network (MARGIN) and the Pennsylvania Narcotics Officers Association (PNOA).

In addition to other investigations as assigned, Detective Orlando's primary assignments are:

  • Investigating of instances of elder abuse and fraud

  • Investigating criminal activity in the County Courthouse or on other county properties

  • Precious Metals and Pawn Shop enforcement and investigations

  • Coordinating the Bad Check Program, and prosecuting select bad check cases

Detective Orlando can be reached by telephone at (570) 517-3874 or by email at morlando@monroecountypa.gov

Detective Michael Kreischer

Michael Kreischer has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since September 2016.

He is a graduate of Luzerne County Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Detective Kreischer is currently continuing his education, most recently at Misericordia University.

Detective Kreischer began his law enforcement career with the Berwick Police Department in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, where he was a founding member of the Columbia County Drug Task Force, and the Courtdale Police Department in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, where he was appointed to the Mid-Valley Drug Task Force.

Later, Detective Kreischer accepted a position with the Scranton Police Department in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, where he was assigned to the patrol division, narcotics unit, the Lackawanna Unit Drug Enforcement Team (LUDET), and eventually as the administrative assistant to the Superintendent of Police.

During his tenure as assistant to the Chief of Police, Detective Kreischer assisted with the daily operations of the department, which consisted of 188 sworn police officers and 32 non-sworn support personnel.    Detective Kreischer retired from the Scranton Police Department.

Detective Kreischer is currently the President of the Eastern States Vice Investigators Association (EVSIA), Inc., a position that he has held for nearly two decades.  

He is the former Director of Training for ESVIA, Inc.  In this role, Detective Kreischer trained hundreds of police officers across the United States and Canada in vice, gambling, narcotics, and gang enforcement, as well as terrorism and ethical undercover assignments.

In addition to his role at ESVIA, Inc. Detective Kreischer has served on the faculty of Pennsylvania Top Gun for fourteen Top Gun classes training police officers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Connecticut.

Throughout his career in law enforcement, Detective Kreischer has received a multitude of training in various law enforcement topics by the Pennsylvania State Police, Eastern States Vice Investigators Association, Inc., Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network, Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers Association, the East Coast Gang Investigator Association, and the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center.  

Detective Kreischer attended the Drug Unit Commanders Academy provided by the DEA at Quantico, Virginia, and is certified by the Pennsylvania State Police in criminal investigations and interview and interrogation techniques.  Additionally, Detective Kreischer has been certified by Regional Organized Crime Information Center in forensic statement analysis.

In addition to other investigations as assigned, Detective Kreischer's primary assignments are:

  • Administering the Monroe County Gang Task Force

  • Investigating criminal gang activity

  • Section 8 and public housing fraud investigations

  • Worker's Compensation fraud investigations

  • Investigating instances of criminal activity within the Monroe County Correctional Facility

Detective Kreischer can be reached by telephone at (570) 517-3152 or by email at mkresicher@monroecountypa.gov.

Detective Thomas McMahon

Thomas McMahon is a part-time detective with the Office of the District Attorney.

Detective McMahon is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in the Administration of Justice.  During his coursework at Penn State, Detective McMahon completed an internship with the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney.

After graduation, Detective McMahon began his public service career as a caseworker with Monroe County Children and Youth Services.  In early 2017, he was recruited by the detective division of the District Attorney's Office.

Detective McMahon is currently on administrative duty pending the completion of the Act 120 Municipal Police Academy.

Detective McMahon's current assignment is assisting in the administration of the Monroe County DUI Center program and other administrative duties as assigned.  

Detective McMahon can be reached by telephone at (570) 517-3025 or by email at tjmcmahon@monroecountypa.gov.

Detective Richard Luthcke

Richard Luthcke is a specially-appointed part-time detective with the Office of the District Attorney, tasked with the investigation of specific cold case homicide investigations.

Detective Luthcke came to the Office of the District Attorney after retiring as a detective from the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.  

Detective Luthcke's extensive experience in criminal investigations, and his intimate knowledge of the cold cases he is assigned to investigate, make him an invaluable asset to the District Attorney's mission to bring justice to cold case victims.  

Detective Luthcke can be reached at (570) 517-3052, or by email at rluthcke@monroecountypa.gov.