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Tip to statewide child abuse hot line leads to arrest of Hempfield woman

Paul Peirce
| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
Deedee Alice Klingler
Deedee Alice Klingler

A telephone call to a state child abuse hot line resulted in the arrest Wednesday of a Hempfield woman who allegedly abused a young girl.

Deedee A. Klingler, 31, of Hannastown was arraigned on charges of corruption of minors, indecent assault and indecent assault on a child less than 13 years old filed by state police in Greensburg.

Trooper Christopher Cole reported in an affidavit that the alleged victim revealed to a relative that she was abused by Klingler, and the relative reported the alleged incident to ChildLine, a state child abuse hot line.

The alleged victim later told troopers and local child advocates that the abuse began more than a year ago, Cole said in an affidavit.

Cole said Klingler admitted to abusing the child in a recent interview.

“(Klingler) related that she is addicted to sex and has a problem,” Cole wrote in court papers.

Klingler was arraigned before District Judge Mark Mansour, who ordered her held in the Westmoreland County Prison after she failed to post $50,000 bond.

Her preliminary hearing is Oct. 17 before District Judge Anthony Bompiani in Hempfield.

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

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