Pennsylvania Police Chief Among Two Arrested for Raping Child Hundreds of Times
Two Pennsylvania men including Weissport's Police Chief were arrested for the rape for sexually assaulting a young victim hundreds of times over seven years, according to Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Police chief Brent Getz, 27, and Gregory Wagner, 28, both of Lehighton, Pa., were charged Tuesday for the rape of child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of child and several related charges.
The investigation started in May 2012 when the victim, who was 12 years old at the time, told a substitute teacher that Wagner was sexually assaulting her, the Attorney General's Office said. It was reported to the Franklin Township Police Department, but no charges were filed after an investigation.
The case was reassigned in 2015, and police prepared charges for Wagner for various crimes, but the complaint was dismissed due to a paperwork error.
A Franklin Township Police Officer who was revisiting the case in August 2018 asked the victim to come back in for an interview. She said Getz, who was Wagner’s friend and the current Weissport Police Chief, had also sexually assaulted her, according to Shapiro.
The victim said from age 4-11, she was raped by Wagner and that Getz would also participate in the assaults, which investigators said was consistent with previous investigations. She also told investigators Wagner often made her watch pornography with him that showed teenagers.
“The defendants terrorized this young victim by assaulting her hundreds of times over seven years,” said Shapiro. “My Office will listen to survivors and prosecute anyone who sexually abuses children to the fullest extent of the law we are able—no matter how much time has passed."
Agents carried out a search warrant of Wagner's residence Tuesday. They located multiple electronics, including his cell phone, which contained Google searches consistent with child pornography, the Attorney General's Office said.
Wagner admitted to sexually abusing the victim over several years and said Getz also abused the victim, and they would do so together, Shapiro said.