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Megan's Law offender in Greensburg arrested when girl, 13, found hiding in shower

| Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:05 p.m.
Christian D. Leach of Greensburg, a registered sex offender, is accused of having a 13-year-old girl hiding in his apartment.

A Megan's Law offender was arrested by Greensburg city police on Thursday for allegedly enticing a 13-year-old girl, who was found hiding in the shower in his apartment.

Christian D. Leach, 28, of 79134 North Jefferson Ave. has been charged with interference with the custody of children, concealment of the whereabouts of a child and obstructing the administration of the law.

Police received a call from the girl's grandmother and legal guardian about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, saying the girl had left home without permission about 5 p.m., Officer Justin Scalzo said.

Her grandmother knew Leach is a registered sex offender and feared the girl had gone to see him. She told police she suspected the girl had been communicating with Leach for some time through text messages and phone calls.

Leach pleaded guilty in 2012 to unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault of a person under 16. As a Megan's Law offender, he is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with a minor.

When Scalzo and Officer Kerry Dieter arrived at Leach's home, they knocked on the door. No one answered, although they could hear noises coming from inside. Eventually, Leach opened the door but denied the girl was there and said she had run out of the apartment when police arrived, Scalzo wrote in the criminal complaint.

On further questioning, Leach admitted, “She is hiding inside the apartment,” police said. The officers found the girl standing in the shower.

The girl told police that she went to see Leach because she was upset when he had told her he was going to jail for “not completing his classes.”

The girl told police that when police showed up, Leach told her to hide in the shower because if she were caught with him he would spend 20 years in prison.

There is no evidence that Leach had sexual contact with the girl, police Capt. Chad Zucco said.

Leach was unable to post bail of $50,000 cash and is in Westmoreland County Prison. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7 before District Judge James Albert.

Jacob Tierney is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6646 or jtierney@tribweb.com.

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