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Kiski Township supervisor candidate’s Only Fans page sparks criminal investigation

Kiski Township supervisor candidate’s Only Fans page sparks criminal investigation

Only Fans strikes again.

A candidate for Kiski Township supervisor is the latest person forced to contend with leaked news that she has a page on the social media site featuring racy photos of herself.

But it might not be supervisor candidate Brittany Hilliard who ends up paying the price for the salacious information becoming public.

Instead, Apollo police are searching for whoever distributed packets outing Hilliard and featuring some of the photos from her social media accounts.

Police are investigating several incidents in which the packets, including photos from Hilliard’s Only Fans page, were distributed to businesses throughout Apollo, Officer Ron Baustert said.

None of the photos show Hilliard nude, but some show her in lingerie or suggestive poses.

Hilliard, 29, is one of five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a six-year term on the board.

There also were TikTok and Twitter photos distributed from Hilliard’s handle, “Baddie Withanosering.”

Only Fans is a website designed to allow people to display a variety of content, including writers, poets, artists and craftspeople. It it best known, however, for adult-themed and pornographic content. In recent years, teachers, police officers and even military personnel have been fired or forced to resign when their adult-themed Only Fans pages came to light.

Users pay a monthly fee of from $5 to $50 to access content on individual Only Fans pages. At last count, according to the website Influencer Marketing Hub, Only Fans had 1 million content creators and 50 million subscribers.

Hilliard confirmed the photos are hers, but declined to say how recently she posted them.

“In my effort to be transparent, which I have based my campaign (on) for the position of Kiski Township supervisor, I do not deny the photos are mine,” Hilliard said.

“I will say that it was for financial reasons and that everyone has a past, but that the township and the corruption within have my full attention.

“The contents of the envelope are irrelevant to my ability to serve as a supervisor.”

Kiski Township police Chief Lee Bartolicius said his department is not aware of any Hilliard-related photos or literature being disseminated in the township.

“If we do find that’s the case, Apollo will investigate it as one act,” he said.

The packets appear to have been distributed to about 20 businesses in Apollo, police said.

It is unclear why Apollo businesses were targeted for disbursement of the materials, and police have not identified any suspects, Baustert said.

If caught, those responsible will be charged with distribution of obscene material, he said.

Hilliard’s attorney, Chuck Pascal, said it’s a violation of election laws to have a communication meant to affect an election that doesn’t indicate who paid for or authorized it.

He said it’s unclear whether Hilliard will file civil charges against the culprit if someone is arrested.

Hilliard is vying for Tuesday’s primary nomination against incumbents Rich Frain, Mike Bash and Dylan Foster, as well as Jeff Snyder, who was appointed in recent months to fill a vacancy left by Sherry Tamski.

Three of the five supervisor seats are up for election this year.

According to the Armstrong County Elections Bureau, Hilliard also is running unopposed for the four-year remainder of the term left by Tamski’s resignation.

When announcing her candidacy, Hilliard said she is a stay-at-home wife, mother and caregiver with a degree in business finance. She has lived in the township for two years.

She said she became involved in local politics last year when four of the township’s six police officers, and a police secretary, resigned, all but dismantling the department. At that time, Officer in Charge Thomas Dessell attributed the walkout to “harassment and intimidation brought on by township supervisors.”

In August, Hilliard circulated a petition to have three supervisors — Bash, Frain and Foster — removed from the board, alleging wrongdoing surrounding the police force bust-up.

In a petition on change.org, Hilliard wrote: “The actions of these board members forced our police officers to resign, leaving the township without a police force. As a resident and taxpayer, I am paying for police coverage and I expect to have it.”

The supervisors have denied any wrongdoing alleged in the police department dust-up.

“The reason behind my desire to become supervisor is to provide the residents of Kiski with integrity, transparency and honesty,” Hilliard said.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .