Eric J. Kerchner - Chief County Detective
Eric 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, and is the commanding officer of the county’s Criminal Investigations Division.
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.
Brian Webbe - Detective Sergeant
Brian Webbe has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since April of 2011. In 2023, he was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant making him second in command of the Criminal Investigations Division.
Detective Sergeant Webbe began his law enforcement career in early 2000 as a police officer for the now-defunct Barrett Township Police Department. In 2015, the Barrett Township Police Department was absorbed into the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department.
Brian is the county’s technical expert and leads the cybercrime 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), the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS), and numerous other organizations; as well as training in the investigation of online child sexual exploitation provided by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Brian holds several industry certifications in digital and mobile forensics and is primarily tasked with the examination of computers, cell phones, and other digital media for evidence of crimes. In addition to offering his expertise to Monroe County-based agencies, Brian also performs forensic examinations for other counties, as well as state and federal agencies, and routinely testifies in both state and federal court as an expert in the disciplines of digital forensics and cybercrime.
Brian is knowledgeable in several computer programming languages and 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.
Detective Sergeant Webbe can be reached at (570) 517-3114 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Lippincott - Detective
Kim Lippincott has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since February 2014.
Kim is an expert in human trafficking investigations and is considered by many to be the go-to authority in northeast Pennsylvania. She works closely with anti-human trafficking organizations such as Valley Against Sex Trafficking (VAST), The Samaritan Women, and Bloom to rescue victims of human sex trafficking and allow them to escape that life.
In addition, Kim spearheaded the effort to establish an Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Team in Monroe County and is the Coordinator of that team. The OFR is a nationwide initiative that works to review lives of those who have died of an opiate overdose in an effort to formulate recommendations to the community to prevent overdose. Kim plays an active role in working to reduce overdoses in Monroe County and partners with community resources like Carbon Monroe Pike Drug and Alcohol, Pyramid Healthcare, and Northbound and Co to distribute Narcan and connect those struggling with addiction to treatment.
Mario Orlando - Detective
Mario Orlando has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since August 2014.
Mario is a graduate of Northampton Community College and holds a degree in criminal justice.
Mario began his law enforcement career in 2005 with the McAdoo Borough Police Department in Schuylkill County. In 2008 he accepted a position as a police officer with the East Stroudsburg University Police Department in Monroe County while continuing to serve in McAdoo.
In 2014, during his tenure with the East Stroudsburg University Police Department, Mario was appointed as a part-time County Detective with the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney.
Mario 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.
Mario specializes in the investigation of narcotics trafficking, drug deliveries resulting in death, as well as criminal gang activity. He is the only certified gang specialist in Monroe County. His work often finds him working hand-in-hand with Detective Kim Lippincott in her pursuit of human trafficking offenders.
A fluent Spanish speaker, Mario is our only bilingual detective and often assists other agencies in need of a Spanish-speaking officer.
Throughout his career, Mario 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).
Detective Orlando can be reached by telephone at (570) 517-3874 or by email at email@example.com.
Tom McMahon - Detective
Thomas McMahon has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since 2017.
Tom is a graduate of Penn State University holding a Bachelor of Science degree in the administration of justice. During his coursework at Penn State, Tom 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 Criminal Investigations Division of the District Attorney’s Office.
Tom specializes in gaming enforcement investigating illegal gambling devices under a cooperative agreement with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. In addition, Tom is responsible for investigating contractor fraud and other forms of white collar and financial crime.
Tom can be reached by telephone at (570) 517-3025 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig VanLouvender - Detective
Craig VanLouvender has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since 2019.
Craig came to the Office of the District Attorney after having served more than 25 years as a Trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police.
Craig entered the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in October 1992, graduating in February of 1993. After his graduation, Craig spent several years assigned to the patrol division of Troop N, Swiftwater Station (now the Stroudsburg Station) before being transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit, also at Swiftwater.
As a criminal investigator, Craig was tasked mainly with the investigation of serious criminal investigations including homicides, sexual assaults, death investigations, and burglaries. He remained at the Swiftwater / Stroudsburg station as a criminal investigator until his retirement in 2018.
Craig holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Scranton.
Craig can be reached at (570) 517-3152, or by email at email@example.com.
Robert Sebastianelli - Detective
Robert Sebastianelli has been a detective with the Office of the District Attorney since 2019.
Rob came to the Office of the District Attorney after having served more than 25 years as a Trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police.
Rob entered the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in May 1993, graduating in November 1993. After his graduation, Rob spent 2 1/2 years assigned to the patrol division of Troop N, Swiftwater Station (now the Stroudsburg Station) before being transferred to the Criminal Investigations Unit, also at Swiftwater.
As a criminal investigator Rob was tasked mainly with the investigation of serious criminal investigations including homicides, violent crimes, sexual assaults, death investigations, and burglaries. He remained at the Swiftwater / Stroudsburg station as a criminal investigator until his retirement in 2018.
Rob has been qualified as an expert witness in major case investigations in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a double major in history from Wilkes University.
Rob can be reached at (570) 517-3816, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derek Marshall - Detective
Derek Marshall was appointed to the position of detective with the Office of the District Attorney in 2023 after serving 6 years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Derek spearheads the County’s driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement program, coordinating the collection and testing of blood samples.
Derek can be reached at (570) 517-3179, or by email at email@example.com.
Emmanuel Varkanis - Detective
Emmanuel Varkanis was recently rehired in July of 2023 as a detective with the Office of the District Attorney after having previously served as a detective in our office from 2006 to 2011.
Emmanuel graduated from both the Northampton Community College and East Stroudsburg University with an Associate and Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.
After graduation, Emmanuel began his law enforcement career at the Monroe County Correctional Facility in early 2000, as a Corrections Officer.
In 2001, he was hired by the Monroe County Probation & Parole Department as a Parole Officer until 2005, when he accepted a position as a detective with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, serving as a detective from 2006 to 2011. During these years, Emmanuel established the Monroe County Gang Task Force to monitor local criminal gang activity and worked with the Drug Task Force, conducting narcotic investigations and arrests.
Emmanuel was then hired by the Moore Township Police Department in Northampton County, where he worked as a patrol officer for 14 years and was the department’s D.A.R.E instructor at the Moore Township Elementary School for 8 years.
Emmanuel is fluent in Greek and has assisted as a translator throughout his years of service.
Emmanuel has attended numerous trainings in many areas of Law Enforcement which include, Homicide, Theft and Forgery, Narcotics, Gangs and Auto Theft.
Emmanuel is currently assigned to investigate auto theft and related crimes and is the County’s representative on the Pennsylvania State Police Auto Theft Task Force, a collaborative effort of state and local law enforcement seeking to prevent and investigate automobile theft and insurance fraud.
Detective Varkanis can be reached by telephone at (570) 517-3063 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org