The Mayfair Town Watch reported yesterday on its Facebook page that the "Swiss Cheese Pervert" has been terrorizing neighborhood women.
According to the group, the suspect, a heavyset white man estimated to be in his late 40s or early 50s, approaches women while driving a silver or black sedan with his genitals exposed. He then displays a piece of sliced Swiss cheese and offers to pay the women to put the cheese on his penis and perform sexual acts on him using it...
A police source yesterday confirmed that the Special Victims Unit is investigating the man after several women from the Mayfair area filed reports describing similar encounters with a man displaying what the source called a "major sexual cheese fetish."
And although news of the bizarre case shocked many Mayfair residents, Gabby Chest - who lives in nearby Bridesburg - recognized the behavioral pattern instantly.
In July 2012, Chest, then 19 and having just broken up with her boyfriend, created a profile on the dating website OkCupid.
Within days, she said, she was contacted by a "really strange guy," who sent her a private message that detailed a very specific request.
"He said he was looking for someone to perform masturbation on him with cheese," Chest said. "He kept saying how strong his urges were and how desperate he was to find someone to help him with them."
An excerpt from that message, which Chest sent the Daily News, details the origin of the man's self-described "fetish."
"I started to compare girls to cheese due to their milky complections [sic], girls are soft, smooth feeling and tend to like dairy products more," he wrote.
"That and typical advertising, always using a girl to advertise dairy products. So cheese is what I started to use as a replacement for having sex with girls."
It's not surprising, then, that Chest recognized the man who had contacted her as the "Swiss Cheese Pervert" as soon as she saw his picture on the Mayfair Town Watch's Facebook page.
"There's no doubt it was him; it looked exactly like the picture on his profile," she said.
So Chest shared her story with the town watch, adding her voice to the growing number of people outraged at the man's behavior
Philadelphia police served Christopher Pagano, 41, with a warrant at his Norristown home.
Police said Pagano is being charged in connection with three incidents. The first occurred Jan. 1, 2013 on the 7400 block of Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg. The second two both occurred Jan. 5, 2014, one on the 4200 block of Chippendale Street and one on the 7100 block of Frankford Avenue in neighboring Mayfair.
Click here for a video of the arrest.