Spring Mills man charged with 1,000 counts of child sex abuse

A Gregg Township man is in custody, suspected by state police of raping and sexually assaulting a child.

Edward Geier Jr., 39, of Spring Mills, was arraigned before District Judge Thomas Jordan on Tuesday morning on more than 1,000 counts of child sex abuse. Police first began investigating the case in August, when they received a report of a minor carrying suitcases walking along state Route 45, according to court documents.

Police found the minor along the road about 11:15 p.m. and were told that sex abuse was the reason for running away, police said.

The abuse occurred over the course of four years with the last instance occurring two or three days before leaving, the young person reported to police and investigators at the Centre County Children’s Advocacy Center.

The reported abuse ranged from inappropriate touching to intercourse and happened “at least once per week,” according to court documents.

State police utilized a forensics unit during the investigation. Items taken from areas where abuse allegedly occurred showed the presence of seminal fluid, police said.

State police interviewed Geier twice. According to court documents, Geier did not deny the allegations but said he “hoped the matter would be resolved quickly.” He told troopers he had a prior record for sex-related crimes, police said.

Geier is listed as a sex offender on the state Megan’s Law website. The website indicates Geier has two convictions from 2001 for indecent assault.

Geier’s attorney, Lance Marshall, declined to comment.

Jordan set bail at $150,000, and Geier was taken to Centre County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is scheduled March 4.