Theodore Skinner
Theodore Skinner

A 73-year-old Conewago Township man is free on $20,000 bail after he allegedly tried to lure a teenage boy into his car by saying they could have "fun."

Theodore Irving Skinner, of 2045 Greenbriar Road, is charged with interfering with the custody of a child, luring a child into a motor vehicle and harassment.

Northern York County Regional Police said it happened outside the Heritage Senior Community Center at 3700 Davidsburg Road in Dover Township about 12:45 p.m. Sept. 17. Skinner was arrested Monday.

But attorney Rick Robinson, who represents Skinner, said his client had no ill intent.

"He absolutely maintains his innocence," Robinson said. "The officer's ... recitation of the statements he took from my client is not what occurred."

Robinson said statements attributed to Skinner in charging documents were mischaracterized by the officer.

The allegations: According to charging documents, a 15-year-old boy who had stayed home sick from school went to the senior center to help his mother, who works there.

The teen walked outside to throw trash in a Dumpster and was stopped by Skinner, who asked the teen to "help him with something" at his car, documents state.

Because the boy occasionally helps elderly people at the center, he walked to Skinner's car, police said.

'Don't worry': That's when Skinner asked for the boy's name and asked if he wanted to do something "fun," and reassuring the boy by saying, "Don't worry about it, it will be fun," charging documents allege.

The teen told Skinner he had to go back inside and turned to leave, but Skinner grabbed the teen's shoulders and said, "Just stay ... here with me for a while," according to documents.

That's when the teen's mother came outside to look for him. When she asked what was going on, Skinner said they "were talking about biology," documents state.

The mother went back inside after telling her son to hurry up, police said.

Wrist grabbed? As the teen started to walk back toward the center, Skinner asked him if he liked girls, then said "the only difference between girls and himself are that their parts are on the inside and his are on the outside," documents state.

Skinner grabbed the teen's wrist and tried to pull him to the car, saying, "Just jump in. I'll give you a ride home and we could talk about having some fun in the near future," charging documents allege.

The teen went back inside the center and told his mother what happened, police said. She then called 911.

Met with cops: Police met with Skinner the next afternoon in the senior center parking lot to interview him.

He confirmed he had offered the teen a ride and said he intended to take him somewhere "to talk," and also confirmed he grabbed the teen's hand, documents allege.

But Skinner told officers there was nothing sexual about it, police said.

The investigation continues, and anyone with information is asked to call police at (717) 292-3647, or call 911. Or leave a tip online at nycrpd.org.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.