Warning: The allegations in this article are disturbing.
A 26-year-old Minnesota man formerly convicted of felony exploitation of minors in Pennsylvania has been arrested for allegedly threatening to torture, rape and kill his former victim and the boy’s family. Authorities last week arrested Michael Lee Kurkowskithe alleged person was on a Greyhound bus bound for Pennsylvania with a bag full of weapons and other items, Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
In text messages contained in documents filed in federal court, Kurkowski allegedly detailed what he imagined was the “worst thing that could happen” to his former victim, including killing his parents, raping and killing his sister in front of him.
“I must [the victim’s sister]. Go to her house. [I] has she [and] the [the victim] and I killed my mother in front of both of us. Then I let the girl decide who I raped first, her or her brother,” Kurkowski allegedly wrote of the early parts of his scheme. “So I raped the girl, but I’m sure I have the drug for this, because I want to make sure she’s going to be in pain. When I’m done, however long it may take, I’ll snap her fingers. But I will make sure I give her some medicine so she doesn’t go into cardiac arrest from the pain. When she’s broken and in the corner, I’ll rape my brother but I’ll [be] gentle about it. I’ll take the time to make sure he’s comfortable.”
Prosecutors say such threats are all the more alarming because Kurkowski was detained on a bus to Harrisburg, accused of possessing heavy ziplock cuffs, a large knife, a Taser, duct tape, lubricants, latex gloves, a hooded mask, and a handwritten list of names believed to be his intended targets, according to an affidavit with probable cause.
“When I’m done—I’ll put him in front of her and tell her I can shoot him in the head and it’ll be instant death or I can shoot him in the heart and you can hold him while he dies in [your] Kurkowski allegedly continued in the messages.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Kurkowski communicated and exchanged sexually explicit images with the alleged purported target, a minor identified in court documents as “EK., ” For several years, starting when the victim was 15 years old. When EK tried to end the “relationship” in early 2021, Kurkowski went to Pennsylvania to confront the minor. He was later arrested and jailed for 142 days for child pornography and child exploitation before being released from probation later that year.
According to the DOJ, law enforcement began investigating Kurkowski again in December 2021 after a woman released messages she found on her 16-year-old nephew’s cell phone believed to be from Kurkowski. The woman, identified only as “Rachel, “Recently became the guardian of her nephew and notified the police of the messages, which allegedly contained the exchange of sexually explicit images of the boy. The messages are also said to include a detailed description of Kurkowski telling his nephew about his plan to torture and kill EK and his family.
Investigators on February 4 visited Kurkowski’s residence in connection with the threats but he was not at home. He is said to have told his family members different stories about where he would be staying that weekend. Police then contacted Greyhound and learned that Kurkowski had bought a ticket to Harrisburg, a few miles from where EK and his family lived. Police tracked down his cell phone and arrested him in Toledo, Ohio.
Investigators then interviewed him about the alleged threatening messages and his reasons for traveling to Pennsylvania. According to the affidavit, he admitted that he intended to go to EK’s residence, saying he felt EK “betrayed him by breaking up with him and saying he didn’t love him.”
Kurkowski was “very angry with EK and told agents that he intended to use folding cuffs in his pocket to subdue EK,” the affidavit read. The document also says Kurkowski told agents he “intended to harm EK and his family but was unsure if he actually carried out those thoughts.
Kurkowski is currently facing one count of sending threatening interstate communications but will most likely be charged with violating his probation, the DOJ said.
See below for the affidavit.
[image via Upper Allen Township Police]
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