A man accused of kidnapping a 7-year-old girl from her Paradise Township home through an open window, then raping and brutalizing her, has been offered a plea deal by the York County District Attorney's Office.
Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Robert Carl Yeager would plead guilty to child rape and kidnapping in exchange for a sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison, according to senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy.
Murphy informed presiding District Judge Thomas Reilly of the offer Wednesday afternoon, moments after Yeager waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
The offer would allow the girl to avoid testifying at a criminal trial, Murphy said.
He confirmed Yeager could face a much longer prison sentence if convicted at trial, "if he wants to put (the alleged victim) through a trial."
Yeager did not respond to questions as he was led out of Reilly's office by state constables.
His defense attorney, public defender Rebecca Coy, declined comment.
No bail: Yeager, 36, formerly of Paradise Township, remains in York County Prison without bail, charged with child rape, kidnapping, aggravated indecent assault, burglary, making terroristic threats, indecent assault and corruption of a minor.
At 4:30 a.m. June 24, the girl woke up her grandmother to say she had been sleeping on a recliner in the living room of the family's mobile home about 4 a.m. when a man reached in an open window, yanked her outside and clapped a hand over her mouth, according to Northern York County Regional Police.
The man forced her into another nearby trailer, all the while telling her to "shut up" or he would kill her mother, grandmother and sibling, police said.
Inside his trailer, the man anally raped the girl while hitting her and screaming at her, according to police.
Afterward, he walked her back to her home and ordered her to climb through the window, again warning her not to tell anyone, police said.
Saw tattoos: But the girl knew to tell her family right away, and she also was able to remember some of her attacker's tattoos, police said. She was taken to York Hospital by ambulance.
At the time, Yeager lived in the same small mobile-home park where the girl lived, located outside Thomasville, police said.
He denied any involvement in the kidnapping and rape, but by that time the girl had already been shown a lineup of tattoos on men's arms, and she picked out a photo of Yeager's arm tattoo, police said.
Neighbors had already given investigators reasons to suspect Yeager was the attacker, according to charging documents.
Not seen for days: One neighbor reported seeing Yeager's mother pick him up later that morning, but reported Yeager's mother denied being there, police said.
Nine days after the rape, another neighbor reported that Yeager hadn't returned home since the morning of the attack, police said.
That neighbor told detectives Yeager was "constantly" calling her to ask for updates in the police investigation, documents state, and also said Yeager had given her differing alibis for the time of the attack.
Detective Michael Hine interviewed Yeager Dec. 7 at the Adams County jail, where he was being held. He told Hine he had nothing to do with the attack, and said it had been nearly a year since he'd had sexual intercourse, documents state.
During the interview, Hine collected a sample of Yeager's DNA for analysis.
Ten quintillion: Hine visited Yeager again on March 28, this time in York County Prison, to tell him his DNA matched the girl's attacker and there was only a one in 10 quintillion chance Yeager isn't the rapist.
"He stated he doesn't know what 10 quintillion means," Hine wrote in charging documents. "I explain(ed) it has 18 zeros behind the 10."
That prompted Yeager to say he left a used condom on the floor of his trailer after having sex, and suggested someone could have used the semen from the used condom to frame him, according to documents.
He then claimed it was a conspiracy against him and that "nothing adds up," documents state.
"I explain(ed) that everything adds up," Hine wrote. "The time it occurred, the fact that he left (his) residence and never returned, the tattoos and especially the DNA."
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