Detective Benton received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University in 1998. Two years later, he graduated from the Allentown Police Academy, and in 2020 he graduated from St. Joseph's University with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Detective Benton spent over 20 years with the City of Bethlehem Police Department, climbing the ladder from community police officer to criminal investigator, narcotics detective, patrol sergeant, and special operations supervisor as vice sergeant. Detective Benton also spent seven years deputized as a member of the FBI Violent Crime Task Force as well as the U.S. Marshals Office. He joined the District Attorney's Office in March 2021.
Detective Books received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fishery Sciences from Penn State University in 1993. He graduated from the State Police Academy in May 1997 and was assigned to Troop M, Belfast. Detective Books served 18 years at Belfast as a Patrol Trooper. He also took on the responsibilities of Alternate Fire Marshal conducting Cause and Origin investigation for various fire incidents. Detective Books was also tasked with temporary crime unit assignments to assist with more complex investigations. In 2015, Detective Books was assigned as a criminal investigator with the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, where he served at the Sands/Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem, PA. In 2019, Detective Books was promoted to Corporal as a Patrol Unit Supervisor and assigned to Troop M, Dublin. He retired with an honorable discharge from the State Police in January 2022. Detective Books joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2023. He is currently assigned to the Child Abuse Unit.
JOHN CASCIANODetective Casciano received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moravian College, where he double majored in Criminal Justice and Political Science and minored in Sociology. He spent twenty-five years with the Pennsylvania State Police, retiring in 2014 at the rank of Corporal. During his tenure with the State Police, Detective Casciano worked primarily as an undercover investigator, in areas such as narcotics, credit card fraud, identity theft, sexual exploitation, and social media-related crimes. In September 2014, Detective Casciano joined the District Attorney’s Office. In addition to his general investigative duties, Detective Casciano is the Narcotics Supervisor of the Northampton County Regional Police Departments Task Force.
RAYMOND M. JUDGEDetective Judge received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilkes University. In 1996, he graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, following which he was assigned to Troop M Bethlehem, where he served his entire career. From 1996 to 2003, Detective Judge served in the Patrol Unit. From 2003 to 2009, Detective Judge was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Unit, where he investigated complex incidents, such as homicides, sex offenses, and white-collar crime. In 2009, Detective Judge was selected for the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, where he led major case investigations in Northampton, Bucks, and Lehigh Counties. Detective Judge was also responsible for administering Troop M's cold case files, including homicides, missing persons, unidentified remains, and equivocal deaths. Additionally, from 2012 to 2020, Detective Judge served as an Amber Alert Designee, acting as a liaison for law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth. Detective Judge retired from the Pennsylvania State Police with an honorable discharge in 2020, and joined the District Attorney's Office in January 2021.
PAUL ROMANICDetective Romanic received a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, he attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police Academy. Detective Romanic began his career with the Borough of Coopersburg Police Department in 1985. In June 1988, he enrolled in the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Upon completion of the Academy, he was assigned first to Troop K Philadelphia and then moved to Troop K Limerick. Detective Romanic was transferred to Troop M Dublin in 1991. In 1993, Detective Romanic was selected for a position in the Criminal Investigation Unit in Troop M Bethlehem. He served in that position for thirteen years, where he investigated a broad range of crimes, including homicide, rape, robbery, arson, and fraud. In 2006, Detective Romanic was promoted to Corporal and transferred to Troop K Philadelphia. The following year, he returned to Troop M Dublin as the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Unit, where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day activities, such as drafting search warrants and criminal complaints, as well as more complex cases, such as homicide investigations. Detective Romanic later transferred to a supervisory position in Troop M Bethlehem. In 2013, Detective Romanic retired from the Pennsylvania State Police with an honorable discharge and joined the District Attorney’s Office. Currently, Detective Romanic conducts criminal investigations for the District Attorney’s Office and regularly assists municipal and state agencies with various investigations, including fraud and homicide cases. Detective Romanic is also responsible for handling extradition matters and oversees the licensing of individuals seeking private detective and private police licenses.
ROBERT WATTSDetective Watts holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University. He graduated from the State Police Academy in December 1991, after which he served in Troops J and M of the Pennsylvania State Police. As a Criminal Investigator, Detective Watts investigated serious criminal cases, including homicides, sexual assaults, burglaries, and financial crimes. In 2009, Detective Watts was assigned as a Criminal Investigator with the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, where he served at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 2011, Detective Watts was promoted to Corporal and was responsible for supervising the criminal investigative duties of the Criminal Units and Patrol Units at Troop M Dublin and Troop M Belfast stations. After twenty-five years with the Pennsylvania State Police, Detective Watts joined the District Attorney's Office in 2018. He is currently assigned to the Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit.
DEAN WILSONDetective Wilson is a 1987 graduate of Kutztown University. The same year, he graduated from the Allentown Police Academy. In October 1987, Detective Wilson was hired by the Bethlehem Township Police Department, where he served for thirty-one years. During his career, he handled patrol and investigation responsibilities relating to violations of the Vehicle Code and the Crimes Code. During his tenure with the Bethlehem Township Police Department, Detective Wilson also taught in the D.A.R.E. Program, established the Bethlehem Township Citizens Police Academy, and received national recognition for his creation of the "Every 15 Minutes" program. In June 2018, Detective Wilson joined the District Attorney's Office as the detective assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. Detective Wilson has received numerous commendations during his law enforcement career, including the Outstanding Citizen Award from Sammons Communication and E! Entertainment Television, the Governor's Highway Safety Award, the Nathan Ogden Award for Northampton County Police Officer of the Year from the Northampton County Chiefs of Police, the Distinguished Service Award from the Bethlehem Jaycees, and multiple unit citations.