Third member of Greensburg family accused of hiding teen runaway surrenders to police

November 26, 2018

A third member of a Greensburg family accused of concealing and keeping a 16-year-old runaway who was reported missing Oct. 4 from a group home in McKeesport surrendered to city police Friday.

Esther Dreveniak, 59, of Greensburg was arraigned before District Judge Chris Flanigan on counts of concealment of the whereabouts of a child and interference with the custody of children for allegedly hiding the girl inside her apartment in the 300 block of Harrison Avenue from Oct. 4 until Oct. 16.

Dreveniak’s son, John Dreveniak, 28, and her husband, Thomas Dreveniak, 63, were arraigned Thursday on multiple criminal complaints related to the incident.

Flanigan ordered Esther Dreveniak held in the Westmoreland County Prison after she failed to post $65,000 bail.

Police Detective Sgt. John Swank said John Dreveniak befriended the girl and invited her to his residence after being introduced by a mutual friend the same day she ran away. The younger Dreveniak lives with his parents.

John Dreveniak is accused of sexually abusing the teenager and providing her with alcohol and marijuana while she stayed with them, according to an affidavit. He is charged with two counts of corruption of minors and single counts of false imprisonment of a child, endangering the welfare of children, manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Swank said the teenager was removed from the Dreveniaks’ home Oct. 16 after McKeesport Police received a tip that the girl was living in Greensburg.

John and Thomas Dreveniak are being held in the county prison on $125,000 and $65,000 bonds, respectively.

Swank alleges in court documents that all of the Dreveniaks knew the girl was 16 but would introduce the girl as John’s 18-year-old girlfriend.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled Nov. 15.

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