Lock Haven man waives hearing on charges of sexually assaulting disabled woman

A Lock Haven man waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges that he sexually assaulted a mentally disabled woman.

Gary Gephart, 53, is charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, both felonies, and indecent assault, a misdemeanor.

The charges stem from an incident September 2012, when State College police responded to a local assisted-living community after a caregiver there reported that a resident was sexually assaulted.

The victim said in court documents that she knew Gephart, who came to her house to return a VCR and move a table. He also offered to give her a massage, during which she said he touched her sexually and assaulted her orally.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Gephart initially denied the allegations. But by January 2013, while talking to police as a witness in a different case, he gave a recorded statement, saying he “wanted to come clean” and admittted to the sexual contact. He said at that time that the victim did not say he couldn’t touch her sexually.

Because of the victim’s mental health disability, police consulted with a Penn State professor of psychology who determined that she did “not have the necessary parameters to adequately consent to sexual contact.”

Gephart is free on $50,000 unsecured bail.