A verdict was returned Wednesday, after a three-day trial earlier this week, against a man charged in two separate rape cases.
Edward Geier, 41, of Milesburg, is going to prison.
“You have a front row seat to bravery when a child testifies against an abuser. While it is unfortunate they have to, it also can bring great closure and healing when a jury says we believe you,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller.
A Centre County jury did believe the prosecution, convicting Geier of 1,068 counts of rape.
On Aug. 10, 2014, state police at Rockview found a minor walking along state Route 45, alone, in the dark.
Police were later told by the victim about four years of molestation.
According to court documents, the victim was taken to the Children’s Advocacy Center for an interview.
State police forensic services discovered in numerous areas in the minor’s bedroom bodily fluids. Tests showed a mixture of the minor and Geier’s DNA, police said.
Geier was arrested on Feb. 24, 2015, and charged with more than a thousand counts including rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, sexual assault, corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person younger than 13 years of age, indecent assault of a person younger than 16 years of age.
But Geier’s abuse didn’t stop with this victim, police said.
Another victim, also a minor at the time of molestation, came forward on April 1, 2015.
According to court documents, the second victim told investigators of reporting the rape to an adult, but being talked out of going to police.
Geier has been convicted of sex crimes in the past and is a registered sex offender on the Megan’s Law website. Geier was convicted in 2001 for indecent assault.
Geier may go to jail for the rest of his life.