2010-10-21 / Front Page

Keefer Waives Preliminary Hearing On Sex Assault Charges

Scheduled for mandatory arraignment
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

A McConnellsburg area man will be scheduled to appear in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas for mandatory arraignment after he opted to waive a preliminary hearing this week on allegations he raped and sexually assaulted several young boys.

Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Keefer Jr. of 385 Peach Orchard Road appeared before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott Monday morning charged with 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.

After 50 minutes of closed-door deliberations with defense attorney Jeff Evans, the 63-year-old Keefer waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He currently remains free, having posted $200,000 bail at the Franklin County Prison on September 9.

Information regarding the alleged sexual acts came to light when three young men ages 16, 18 and 22 were interviewed at the Pennsylvania State Police Mc- Connellsburg barracks. Investigating officer Trooper Angela Roher revealed in an affidavit of probable cause that the male victims aged in range from 4 to 12 when the incidents reportedly occurred. Meanwhile, Keefer was between 51 and 57 years old.

The victims claimed in interviews with state police they were “molested” by Keefer when they were younger, Roher maintained in the affidavit. One of the victims, Roher stated, had begun receiving counseling services, bringing 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 incidents are believed to have occurred between January 1999 and December 2004.

The outdoor outtings, the affidavit stated, were 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.

Roher went on to interview the mother of one victim, who described her child becoming “very defiant” at around the age of 10 and starting to bully other kids. The mother, the affidavit stated, revealed that when they would attempt to visit Keefer her son became very upset, cried and asked not to go.

A mandatory arraignment date for Keefer has not yet been placed on the court docket.

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