2010-12-16 / Front Page

Keefer Pleads Not Guilty

Next scheduled to appear on April 12 for call of the list
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER
A McConnellsburg man accused of sexually assaulting and molesting several young boys over a fiveyear time frame has entered a plea in Fulton County Court of Common Pleas to all 55 criminal offenses filed against him this summer.

Woodrow Keefer Woodrow Keefer Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Keefer Jr. waived his right to mandatory arraignment on Tuesday in an appearance before Judge Carol L. Van Horn. Keefer pleaded not guilty to the array of offenses that 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.

Represented by defense attorney Jeff Evans, Keefer will next appear in court on April 12, 2011, for call of the list. At that time, he will be able to enter a plea of guilty to any or all of the charges or maintain a stance of not guilty and request a trial.

The charges against the 63-year-old man came to light earlier this year after three young men, ranging in ages 16 to 22, provided Pennsylvania State Police officers from the McConnellsburg barracks with information regarding the alleged acts that oc- curred between January 1999 and December 2004.

The victims claimed in interviews with state police Trooper Angela Roher that they were “molested” by Keefer when they were younger (between the ages of 4 and 12), an affidavit of probable cause maintains. The reported incidents happened not only in a walk-in closet and a shed at the Keefer household, but also in a wooded area adjacent to Keefer’s residence located at 385 Peach Orchard Road.

The outings involving the boys, the affidavit further stated, was often referred to as “guys day out.” The victims reported to state police they were told to strip off their clothing and were searched by Keefer for ticks.

The children were also given money referred to as “dirty dollars” on return the trip through the woods to Keefer’s home. The charging documents stated the victims were both threatened and reminded to keep the incidents secret.

As a follow-up to speaking with the victims, Trooper Roher went on to interview the mother of one of the young men. The woman described her son as being “very defiant” at around 10 years old and turning into a bully. The mother revealed that when they would attempt to visit Keefer, her son became very upset, cried and asked not to go, the affidavit concluded.

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