Spring Mills man again denied bail in sex case

Less than a week after asking for modified bail at a preliminary hearing, a Spring Mills man facing child sex abuse charges asked a different judge to grant his release Monday.

At the end of a brief hearing, Court of Common Pleas Judge Jonathan D. Grine denied the request and ruled that Edward Geier, 40, shall remain in Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $200,000.

Casey McClain, Geier’s public defender, asked for similar conditions when he asked District Judge Leslie Dutchcot to modify his client’s bail last week. McClain asked the court to consider intensive supervised bail involving tracking with a GPS anklet, like Geier was subject to when he posted bail on the initial set of charges filed against him in February, and possibly house arrest.

Geier faces more than 1,000 counts of child-sex abuse from the first set of charges. He posted $150,000 bail on those charges and was free before additional charges involving a second person were filed last month. District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker put Geier back in jail on the current bail after arraignment on the second set of charges.

Unlike the preliminary hearing, Geier himself addressed the court. Geier appeared on a courtroom television and, speaking from the jail via live feed, said he is seeking release so he can gain employment, help his family and prepare his defense.

“I am 100 percent innocent of these charges,” Geier said.

Geier’s wife and mother were present in the courtroom but did not address the judge.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller made similar arguments from the preliminary hearing as to why Geier, whom she described as a “serial pedophile,” should remain incarcerated. She pointed not only to the accusations from this year but also to a prior charge from 2001.

Geier pleaded guilty to indecent assault that year in an incident involving a 14-year-old, Parks Miller said. He is registered on the state Megan’s Law website for that offense.

“He’s right where he belongs,” she said.