2011-08-18 / Front Page

Keebaugh Jailed On More Assault Charges

Harrisonville man allegedly assaults two juvenile girls
By Chanin Rotz- Mountz

L.D. Keebaugh Jr. L.D. Keebaugh Jr. A Brush Creek Township man released last month on unsecured bail for a variety of sexual offenses was arrested again Friday on accusations he assaulted two young girls this year.

L.D. Andrew Keebaugh Jr. was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne Friday on 12 counts each of indecent assault involving individuals less than 16 and 13 years of age and four counts of the corruption of minors. Already listed as a sex offender dating back to 2000 through Megan’s Law, Keebaugh was remanded to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Investigating officer Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Michael Davis said in charging documents a woman appeared at the McConnellsburg barracks with the victims, a 9-year-old girl and a 6-year-girl on August 3. The woman alleged Keebaugh, of 540 White Deer Drive, Harrisonville, had sexaully assaulted the girls, police said.

In an interview, the 9-year-old juvenile told investigators the 50-year-old male had been “touching her with his hands for approximately half a year.” Although she could not recall an exact date, the girl stated she was 8 years old at the time, and the first incident occurred on a Sunday early in 2011. The inappropriate contact, according to the affidavit of probable cause, began with hugging the girl tightly and progressed to touching her through her clothing.

A more recent incident allegedly occurred two weeks after Keebaugh’s July 2011 arrest. The 9-year-old told police, the affidavit said, she was touched over and inside her clothing during a ride with Keebaugh on an all-terrain vehicle at his home.

“She also related she observed the defendant (Keebaugh) touching her younger sister in the past,” the charging documents maintain.

Trooper Davis said in an affidavit during a separate interview with the younger 6-year-old girl, the victim stated she was watching television on one occaision when Keebaugh picked her up, placed her on his lap and hugged her tightly. During the hug, he allegedly touched her inappropriately over and inside her clothing.

“She related Keebaugh has touched her like that more than one time, but could not remember specific days or dates,” stated the trooper, who added a check of Keebaugh’s criminal history indicated he was arrested on July 21, 2000, and November 29, 2003, for indecent assault. He entered a guilty plea in both cases.

A preliminary hearing in this newest sets of charges had been scheduled for Monday, August 22, in Fulton County Central Court. However, defense attorney David Keller has requested and been granted a continuance. A final date has not yet been selected.

Meanwhile, charges previously filed on July 15 by Trooper Joseph Horton, also of the Mc- Connellsburg barracks, were to be heard during a preliminary hearing on Monday, August 15, before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. A criminal complaint in the case indicates Keebaugh has been cited with one count each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault as well as 652 counts of indecent assault ranging in severity of second-degree to a first-degree misdemeanor.

Keebaugh, according to the Trooper Horton’s affidavit, allegedly began abusing a young girl in February 1998 with inappropriate touching. The episodes occurred while the girl’s family was sleeping, in his vehicle and even at Keebaugh’s Arcade and Thrift Store, which was located in the former Hustontown High School.

The victim, who was between 11 and 15 years old when the alleged incidents occurred, estimated for police that Keebaugh touched her chest inappropriately either under or over her clothing at least 156 times between February 1998 and May 2001. She added, the affidavit said, he touched her other places on her body inappropriately and also made her touch him with and without clothing once a month over a period of three years.

Keebaugh reportedly waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He is next scheduled to appear for formal arraignment in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas.

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