2011-08-04 / Local & State

Harrisonville Area Man Charged With Rape, Assault

Preliminary hearing set for LD Keebaugh Jr.
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

LD Keebaugh Jr. LD Keebaugh Jr. A Fulton County man currently registered as a sex offender through Megan’s Law was arrested last month on additional sex allegations dating back to the late 1990s.

LD Andrew Keebaugh Jr. of 540 White Deer Drive, Harrisonville, was arrested on July 15 by Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph Horton of the McConnellsburg barracks on a variety of charges. In a press release last Thursday, the trooper elaborated charges against Keebaugh were filed through Magisterial District Judge Devin Horne.

A criminal complaint indicates the 50-year-old has been cited with one count each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault as well as 652 counts of indecent assault ranging in severity of second-degree to a first-degree misdemeanor.

Keebaugh was arraigned before Judge Horne, who released him on $50,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 15.

Trooper Horton stated in an affidavit of probable cause he interviewed the victim twice during the month of May. The victim, who was between the ages of 11 and 15 when the alleged abuse occurred, also provided investigators with typed statements she had prepared prior to the final interview.

Keebaugh, according to the affidavit, allegedly began abusing the girl in February 1998 with inappropriate touching. The episodes occurred while the girl’s family was sleeping, in his vehicle and even at Keebaugh’s Arcade and Thrift Store, which was located in the former Hustontown High School.

The victim estimated for police that Keebaugh touched her chest inappropriately either under or over her clothing at least 156 times between February 1998 and May 2001. She added, the affidavit said, he touched her other places on her body inappropriately and also made her touch him with and without clothing once a month over a period of three years.

Keebaugh, who resides in Brush Creek Township, was previously convicted of a sex crime on September 18, 2000. The primary offense, Megan’s Law states, was linked to indecent assault.

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