Skinner
Skinner

A 74-year-old Conewago Township man has been found guilty of trying to lure a teenage boy into his car by saying they could have "fun."

Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn on Monday found Theodore Irving Skinner guilty of interfering with the custody of a child, luring a child to a motor vehicle and harassment, according to court records.

Skinner, of 2045 Greenbriar Road, remains free on $20,000 bail awaiting sentencing, set for Oct. 20. Prior to sentencing, he must undergo a sexual-offender assessment under the state's Megan's Law, records state.

No matter what the assessment, Skinner will have to register with state police as a Megan's Law offender for the rest of his life, according to deputy prosecutor Stephen McDonald.

Renn decided the case because Skinner opted for a non-jury, or "bench" trial.

What happened: According to court documents filed by Northern York County Regional Police, Skinner approached a 15-year-old boy outside the Heritage Senior Community Center at 3700 Davidsburg Road in Dover Township about 12:45 p.m. Sept. 17.

Police said the teen had stayed home sick from school and went to the senior center to help his mother, who works there.

He 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.


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That's when Skinner asked if the youth wanted to do something fun, police said, then reassured the teen by saying, "Don't worry about it, it will be fun."

'Just stay': 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.

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.

Offered ride: 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," according to documents.

The teen went back inside the center and alerted his mother, who called 911, police said.

McDonald, the prosecutor, said the teen testified Skinner pulled on his arm very aggressively.

"He was very shaken up," McDonald said, primarily at the thought that younger children might not have been able to get away.

"I think that bothered him a lot," he said.

Skinner maintains his innocence, defense attorney Rick Robinson said, adding he and Skinner will discuss appeal options after sentencing.

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