Kittanning man faces more charges involving teen girl
By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
State police have filed more charges against a 41-year-old man previously charged with sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old Armstrong County girl.
Gregory Alan Shaffer, whose last known address was on Robinson Street in Kittanning, was incarcerated in the Armstrong County Jail on earlier charges involving the same girl when the latest charges were filed.
State police most recently charged Shaffer with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault. He was arraigned before Kittanning Judge James Owen Monday. His bond was set at $25,000, and he was sent back to the jail.
In court documents, police said Shaffer was found with the girl on April 7 in a room at the Holiday Inn Express hotel in East Franklin. The girl's mother did not know she was with Shaffer.
At that time, Shaffer told police he had known the girl for a few months and that he knew her age.
Police briefly interviewed the girl on April 7,and again on June 27. She told police she and Shaffer checked into the hotel on April 5, where she said Shaffer performed sex acts on her.
After an arrest warrant for Shaffer was issued June 28, he denied any involvement with the girl.
Shaffer is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the newest charges before Owen on July 17.
Shaffer was scheduled for a preliminary hearing on earlier charges Wednesday before Leechburg Judge James Andring.
Shaffer originally was arrested on April 24 for concealing the whereabouts of a child, interference with the custody of children and corruption of minors. Police say Shaffer had illegal custody of the same girl, who was then a runaway.
In court documents, police said Shaffer lied to state troopers about the girl's whereabouts. He was arrested and placed in the county jail; the girl was put into foster care. Shaffer posted bond and was released.
On June 5, the girl's foster care mother in Parks Township told police she had discovered that the girl and Shaffer had contacted each other through Facebook, using her son's video game system.
The girl at that time no longer lived with the foster care mother; she had been sent to a group foster care home because she had been caught talking to Shaffer on the phone, according to court documents.
Police got a search warrant for the girl's Facebook account on June 7. Police said they found more than 700 messages sent and received between her and Shaffer from May 10 to May 21.
Some of the Facebook messages between the two were of a graphic sexual nature and, in some, they referred to each other as husband and wife. They discussed setting a wedding date in October 2015, which is when the girl will be 18.
Police said that was the third incident within a month-and-a-half in which the girl was found in Shaffer's custody or he was inappropriately contacting her.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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