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Southwest Greensburg police charge man with groping boy at hotel

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 1:54 p.m.
Joseph C. Celmer Jr. was charged with groping a boy at the Knight's Inn in Southwest Greensburg on Sept. 20, 2017.
Joseph C. Celmer Jr. was charged with groping a boy at the Knight's Inn in Southwest Greensburg on Sept. 20, 2017.

Southwest Greensburg police arrested a Cambria County man on accusations he inappropriately touched a 7-year-old boy at a hotel.

Joseph C. Celmer, 45, of Johnstown, was arraigned Wednesday before Youngwood District Judge Anthony Bompiani on charges of indecent assault on a person under age 13, inappropriate contact with a minor, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

The judge ordered Celmer, who previously lived in Greensburg, to the Westmoreland County Prison after he failed to post $10,000 bond.

Officer David Sargent reported he was dispatched to an altercation between guests at the Knight's Inn about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The adults fighting were separated when he arrived, but he was approached by several witnesses, Sargent wrote in an affidavit of probable cause. The incident began when Celmer was in a common outdoor area playing with boys when some adult guardians alleged he groped one of the children, Sargent wrote.

After speaking with witnesses, Sargent said he spoke with Celmer, “who could not explain what happened.”

“Celmer had a bloody nose from some type of altercation but could not explain to (officers) what happened,” Sargent wrote.

Sargent said Celmer had a strong odor of alcohol about him.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2860, or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.

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