Tillinghast
Tillinghast

A convicted Megan's Law sex offender repeatedly tried to lure teenage girls inside his Newberry Township home, including telling two of them they could "chill" at his house and have a couple beers, police allege.

Roger Leroy Tillinghast Jr., 33, of 167 White Dogwood Drive, is now chilling in a York County Prison cell, unable to post his $250,000 bail.

The girls told Newberry Township Police they knew him from the neighborhood as "JR."

According to charging documents, Tillinghast approached one of the girls July 13 as she was walking along Persian Lilac Drive. He pulled up next to her in a silver or gray minivan and tried to convince her to come home with him by offering her alcohol, documents state.

The next day, Tillinghast tried to grab the girl as she again was standing along Persian Lilac Drive, police allege. The girl ran behind a car to get away from him, documents state.

Pills and booze: Less than an hour later, the girl saw Tillinghast again. This time he grabbed her arm, told her he had pills and alcohol at his home and tried to get her to agree to go there, police allege.

The girl told officers she was able to pull free from him and run away, police said.

Two other girls made similar allegations against Tillinghast, according to police.

They said they were walking along White Dogwood Drive on July 13 when he pulled up in his minivan and started talking to them, documents state.


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As the girls walked away, he told them he was going to buy cigarettes at a nearby convenience store, police said.

"If (you're) down to chill, I have a few beers," he allegedly told them, but the girls continued to walk away from him, documents state.

Megan's Law: Tillinghast was convicted in 2005 of attempted sexual abuse and is listed as a Megan's Law sex offender, according to Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website.

He is now charged with three counts each of luring a child to a motor vehicle and corruption of minors, and one count of harassment. Police filed the charges on Tuesday, court records state.

Tillinghast's preliminary hearing is set for July 28 before District Judge Scott Gross.

It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.