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Alleged victims testify in Allegheny Township man's molestation trial

Mary Pickels
| Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, 10:48 p.m.

Several teenagers testified on Wednesday in the trial of an Allegheny Township man charged with sexually molesting them, stating that he touched them inappropriately, often while they held sleepovers.

James R. Householder, 45, is accused of multiple counts of indecent assault, attempted rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault on a child, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent exposure, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and criminal use of a communication facility.

The girls, all teenagers, said Householder took them to a mall and an amusement park, and sometimes bought them clothes.

None said that Householder threatened them, but he allegedly told them not to tell anyone about the attacks.

One girl said Householder cared for her and her sister while her mother worked, and began touching her inappropriately when she was 5.

She said she often visited the man at his residence in Lower Burrell when she was young, and the “touching” and “rubbing” continued until he was arrested in 2012.

Another girl said that Householder started touching her several years ago, at an apartment he visited in Allegheny Township.

“Did he ever touch you underneath your clothing?” Assistant Public Defender Greg Cicchetti asked.

“Yes,” she said.

The girl acknowledged she testified differently during a preliminary hearing in December 2012.

“I said no, and I wasn't sure. I honestly didn't remember,” she said on Wednesday.

The girl testified that she saw Householder grab another girl's chest as well.

“Was this during horseplay or on a mattress when they were sleeping?” Cicchetti asked.

“Both,” she said.

The mother of one of the girls said that her daughter said Householder “creeped her out,” and that he once asked her to sit in his lap.

“I was not aware of a ‘touching' problem,” the woman said.

One girl said she often rode with Householder to pick up the other girls and that he would touch her inner thighs.

She said Householder once exposed himself to her, and that she sometimes woke to see him touching another girl who was sleeping.

She said she continued attending the sleepovers in an effort to try to protect her friend from Householder.

The girl said she eventually “broke down” and told a boyfriend and then her mother about the alleged incidents.

Contacting the police and accusing Householder ended her friendship with the other girls, she said.

“We agreed not to say anything to anyone,” she said.

Testimony will resume on Thursday morning before Judge Meagan Bilik DeFazio.

Householder remains in jail during the trial.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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