Hill Crest Country Club board member charged with sexual assault
By Jodi Weigand
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
A Hill Crest Country Club board member is accused of sexually assaulting a female bartender at the club last month, according to a criminal complaint filed by Lower Burrell police.
Robert Reifschneider Jr., 53, of Lower Burrell is charged with multiple counts of indecent assault for the alleged incident on March 17 inside the men's locker room.
According to the complaint, the bartender told police that Reifschneider and another board member, whom police did not identify, were the last to leave the club. It was about 5:45 p.m.
As she was closing, she went into the men's locker room to turn off the lights, announcing her presence to any man inside.
Believing there was no one there, she decided to use the restroom.
While she was in the stall, someone pushed the door open from the outside; she saw it was Reifschneider.
She told police she immediately pushed it shut, but Reifschneider pushed it back in and held it open.
She said Reifschneider put his hand on her genitals while she was sitting on the toilet.
She told him to stop several times, to which Reifschneider allegedly responded: “Come on just let me have a feel, just real quick,” according to the complaint.
When the victim stood up to pull her pants up, she told police that Reifschneider reached around her and grabbed her buttocks. As she tried to get out of the stall he grabbed her breast and made an indecent request, according to police.
She finally forced her way out, ran from the locker room and grabbed her cellphone.
That's when Reifschneider left the club, she told police.
Police interviewed the other board member present that day and the man told officers that he and Reifschneider walked to the parking lot together, but that Reifschneider told him he had to go back in to get his golf shoes. The other board member then drove away, according to police.
Reifschneider is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault and one count of invasion of privacy.
He was arraigned on the charges on Thursday before District Judge Cheryl Peck Yakopec. He is being held on $10,000 unsecured bond.
A preliminary hearing is set for June 25.
Dan Merchant, general manager of the Hill Crest Country Club, said the club is “concerned” about the incident and cooperated with authorities during the investigation.
“There are two different accounts of this incident,” Merchant said. “It's in the court system at this time, and they will determine the facts of the matter.”
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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