Bethlehem Press

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by The Press in Local News

Northampton First Deputy District Attorney and lifelong Democrat Terry Houck has announced his campaign for Northampton County District Attorney.

Houck said in his statement, “I’ve spent my career standing up for victims of crime, and ensuring that those who abused and victimized the vulnerable faced consequences for their actions. For 30 years I’ve seen my role as a true advocate for victims when they are at their most vulnerable. I’ve stood up for the citizens of Northampton County for 13 years - and as district attorney, I will keep up that fight.”

Prior to his career as a prosecutor, Houck was a decorated Officer of the Philadelphia Police Department, where he earned numerous commendations including the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Award for Bravery.

Houck has served alongside District Attorney John Morganelli as Northampton County’s First Deputy DA for 13 years. In this capacity, Houck oversees 20 attorneys, and all specialized units including the Child Abuse/Sex Offense, Violent Crimes, DUI, Grand Jury, Narcotics and Forfeiture, White Collar, Juvenile, Appellate and Domestic Violence Units.

Houck graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy in 1977, holds a B.A. in criminal justice from LaSalle, an M.A. in human organization science from Villanova University and his J.D. from Temple University.

Houck lives in Easton with his wife of 40 years, and has two daughters, a son-in-law and a granddaughter. He grew up with four brothers and four sisters, the child of William and Regina Houck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he went to Cardinal Dougherty HS.

His career as a prosecutor started in 1986 as an ADA in Bucks County, where he earned a promotion to chief deputy district attorney and headed the Child Abuse/Sex Offense Unit. In 2002, he joined the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office as a chief deputy district attorney and the chief of the Violent Crime Unit. In 2006 he was hired by District Attorney John Morganelli as the first full-time first deputy district attorney, directly overseeing all specialized units. He has personally investigated and successfully prosecuted some of the county’s most difficult and high profile cases in the last 13 years, including:

● 2007 1st degree murder convictions of Ali Davis, Demar Edwards and Olayiwola Hollist for the “execution-style” murders of three people in a home in Easton,

● 2008 1st degree murder conviction of Eugenio Torres for the beating death of a three-year old child.

● 2017 conviction of Daniel Clary for the attempted murder of Pennsylvania State Troopers Seth Kelly and Ryan Seiple.