A professional guitar player from West Philadelphia, most widely known for his fame in working alongside artists such as Prince, Pearl Jam, and Billy Joel, now faces charges of the rape of a fourteen-year-old boy.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Philly guitarist charged with raping a boy. Shared stage with <a href="https://twitter.com/PearlJam">@PearlJam</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/llcoolj">@LLCoolJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/8nf1EZ1BEl">https://t.co/8nf1EZ1BEl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/phillymag">@phillymag</a></p>— Victor Fiorillo (@VictorFiorillo) <a href="https://twitter.com/VictorFiorillo/status/901810100343582720">August 27, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Mike Tyler, who also uses the stage name “Colonel Mike Tyler” is currently being detained in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia, with bail set at $150,000.
58 year old Colonel Mike Tyler now faces charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, and sexual assault, among other offenses for what the child's father says he wants anyone who has worked with Tyler to know about.
“He’s no friend of mine,” says the dad. “He’s a fuck. And I want every musician he’s ever played with to know all about this. I don’t want him to get a gig in the worst bar in West Virginia.”
The father of the young child says the incident occurred on August 13th at the family's private residence in South Philadelphia.
“I think I first met him at Connie’s Ric Rac,” the dad said when speaking of Tyler, referring to a trendy South Philadelphia music venue which hosted a party by Tyler back in July earlier this summer.
The father of the victim says that he then invited Tyler, to a family barbecue party at his house on August 12th.
According to the father, that's where Tyler encountered the man’s 14-year-old son, who Tyler spoke to often during the party telling him stories about his famous friends.
The father says the morning after the party Tyler offered to help stay and clean up the mess from the prior night's get-together.
He says he and Tyler amongst others were cleaning the upstairs when the dad himself had to go downstairs to attend to other matters. Tyler remained upstairs doing what he thought was cleaning, claims the dad.
However according to the charges which were filed in court, during this time Tyler snuck into the child's bedroom where he was sleeping and raped the young boy.
The dad says that “he knew something was wrong right away, that his son just didn’t seem like himself”, but he couldn't get a straight answer as to what the problem was.
“He was really embarrassed at first and scared,” says the dad. “He didn’t want to talk about it. I mean, he’s a 14-year-old boy. This is no easy thing to talk about. But I’m so proud of him for telling me.”
He says after a few days once his son told him what had happened he took him to the Philadelphia Special Victims Unit and gave a statement, and police arrested Tyler on Wednesday.
Tyler is expected to have a court hearing on September the 1st in front of a magistrate for the charges.
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