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Stefano aide charged with indecent assault

April 13, 2018

A former legislative aide to state Sen. Pat Stefano was charged Thursday afternoon for alleged sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

Brad W. Geyer, 36, of Connellsville, is charged with a felony count of criminal attempt to commit corruption of minors, 11 misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person less than 16 and one misdemeanor count of furnishing liquor to a minor. He is also a former Connellsville councilman.

“The alleged victim disclosed that Geyer had sexual contact with her on numerous occasions over a three-year period, beginning in May of 2015, with the last incident of sexual contact occurring in April of 2017,” a statement from Fayette County District Attorney Rich Bower said in part. “The alleged victim stated this occurred while she was between the ages of 14 and 16.”

Stefano, R-Bullskin Township, employed Geyer as a legislative aide in his Connellsville office, but said in a statement released Thursday afternoon that Geyer was terminated effective immediately. Stefano represents all of Somerset and Fayette counties and part of Westmoreland County.

“I first learned of these charges a few hours ago,” the statement said in part. “My staff and I had no knowledge of any inappropriate actions by this employee until today. I am shocked and appalled by the allegations. My office and I will fully support the investigation going forward.”

The teen, who is now 17, told her therapist last month that Geyer had inappropriate contact with her and allowed her to drink wine at his house. She reported the contact happened multiple times, saying he lay in bed with her and touched her under clothing, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. Connellsville Police Department received a ChildLine report from Fayette County Children & Youth Services March 27, launching the investigation. ChildLine is a mandatory reporting line for child abuse. Police and a caseworker met with the alleged victim for a forensic interview earlier this week. She reported she met Geyer through their work at Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale about 10 years ago. Geyer is president of the Westmoreland County theater’s board. In May 2015, when she was 14, she said she spent the night at Geyer’s home seven times. She reported he touched her under her shirt on many of those nights. He offered her wine when she stayed, according to court paperwork. She reported the abuse continued, and escalated, for years. Geyer served three terms as a councilman in Connellsville until he lost a bid for re-election in 2015. He successfully ran for the seat in 2003, then a college student studying political science. In 2017 Geyer, a member of the Connellsville Lions Club, was named governor of Lions District 14-M, which includes Somerset, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties.

He was arraigned at 3 p.m. Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr. and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Court documents indicate he posted a bond signature in the case.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday before Haggerty.

Geyer was charged on his birthday, according to court documents.