A Pleasant Gap man has agreed to a plea that could mean several decades behind bars for raping two children.
Eric Todd Crader, 33, accepted the arrangement with the Centre County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday, pleading guilty to 213 counts of rape of a child. He also entered a guilty plea for a separate marijuana possession charge for drugs found when he was arrested.
Crader was charged with a total of 1,278 counts in connection with the case, including an additional 213 counts each of statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, indecent assault of a child, sexual assault and indecent assault of a person under 13.
Court records show that the numbers point to 213 separate incidents. Of those, 208 were documented crimes committed against one of the two victims.
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“Did you commit these acts?” Judge Bradley Lunsford asked.
“Yes, I did,” Crader said.
Assistant District Attorney Crystal Hundt said that the plea agreement calls for 50 to 100 years in state prison and no contact with the victims.
Lunsford scheduled sentencing for Oct. 21 to allow for a pre-sentencing assessment.
One of Crader’s victims was in the courtroom to hear him admit his guilt.
According to Spring Township police’s original filing, the case was originally brought to the attention of authorities when one of the children approached a school guidance counselor in May 2013. The victim “didn’t want to be hurt anymore.”
Centre County Children and Youth Services and police took over from there. The story they documented tells of hundreds of instances in which the two children were assaulted, sexual behavior, inappropriate sexual material, oral sex and sodomy.
The children faced multiple interviews with investigators from both agencies. Charges against Crader were filed in February.