2010-08-19 / Front Page

Keefer Jailed On Rape Charges

Preliminary hearing set for Woodrow Keefer Jr.
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Woodrow Keefer Jr. Woodrow Keefer Jr. A McConnellsburg man remains lodged in the Franklin County Prison this week stemming from allegations he raped and molested several young boys.

Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Keefer Jr. of 385 Peach Orchard Road was brought before Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne on an array of charges that currently include six counts of rape, nine counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, three counts of unlawful contact with a minor, three counts of statutory sexual assault, 24 counts of indecent assault, four counts of indecent exposure and three counts of the corruption of minors.

Following arraignment on the 55 counts ranging in severity from a felony two to misdemeanor one, Keefer was remanded to prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Investigating officer Trooper Angela Roher said in charging documents she interviewed three young men at the McConnellsburg state police barracks on August 9 regarding the accusations against the 63-year-old Keefer. The victims, according to the affidavit of probable cause, ranged in approximate age of 4 to 12 when the alleged incidents happened between January 1999 and December 2004. Keefer was believed to have been between 51 and 57 years of age at the time.

The victims claimed in interviews with state police they were “molested” by Keefer when they were younger. One of the victims, Roher stated, had begun receiving counseling services that brought to light the incidents that occurred not only in a walk-in closet and shed at the Keefer household but also in a nearby wooded area.

The outdoor outtings, the affidavit stated, was often referred to as “Guys Day Out” and involved the children being told to strip off their clothing to be searched by Keefer for ticks. The children were given “dirty dollars” on their way back to Keefer’s home and reminded to keep the secret. Keefer also allegedly threatened “to tell on” the boys if they did not comply with his demands and wishes.

Keefer’s preliminary hearing has tentatively been scheduled for Monday, August 30, at 9:30 a.m. in Fulton County Central Court.

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