Police: Dallastown-area man took teen from her hometown

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York County drifter is accused of bringing a 15-year-old Reading girl to a house in Dallastown, refusing to drive her home, giving her alcohol to drink and shoving her in the head.

Charles Heaps Jr.

Charles Westly Heaps Jr. met the girl on the internet, according to charging documents.

Heaps, 25, of no fixed address, is now in York County Prison on $250,000 bail, charged with interference with the custody of a child, corruption of a minor, obstructing the administration of law or other government function, furnishing alcohol to a minor and harassment.

Heaps met the girl over the internet and they agreed to meet in person at a park near her Reading-area home on April 17, documents state.

He drove her around Berks County and eventually drove her to his parents' Dallastown home in the 100 block of Pleasant Avenue, according to police. Heaps told her that if anyone asked, she was to say she was 18 years old, documents state.

'Weird mixture': Heaps took the girl to his bedroom, gave her a "weird mixture" of alcohol and told her to "drink it ... drink it ... drink it," documents allege, then kissed her on the cheek and forehead.

Heaps grabbed her chin several times to try to make her look at him and also tried to get her to sit next to him on his bed, charging documents allege.

When the girl asked Heaps to drive her home, he told her he would take her home the next day, police allege.

State police at the Reading, Berks County, station received a report the girl was missing about 9 p.m. April 17, according to Trooper David Beohm, spokesman for the PSP Reading station.

"Her mother had received some texts from her ... (indicating) she was concerned for her safety," Beohm said. "That gave us the authority to ping her phone."

Beohm said that means having the phone-service provider check to see what cellphone towers the device is closest to. Charging documents state that the girl texted her mother that the man she was with had a knife in his car.

Knocked on doors: While the phone provider couldn't narrow the search down to an exact house, it narrowed it down to a block in Dallastown where there are five homes, Boehm said.

"So troopers from the York station went there and banged on all the doors," he said. That was around 2 a.m. April 18, or about five hours after the girl's mother notified police.

Heaps answered the door of his parents' home and initially told troopers he didn't know the girl, police said. But when troopers returned and knocked again, Heaps told them he had been with the girl, but that she'd left "a while ago," documents state.

Troopers demanded Heaps wake his parents so troopers could speak with them and confirm the girl wasn't inside, police said. That's when Heaps confessed the girl was in his bedroom, according to documents.

Protective custody: Troopers arrested Heaps and took the girl into protective custody, according to documents. She was taken to a local hospital to be checked out, Beohm confirmed. Documents allege Heaps "pushed" the victim in the head several times.

Troopers from the Reading station drove the girl's mother to York so she could be reunited with her daughter, Beohm said, then drove the girl and her mother back to Berks County.

Beohm praised the York-based troopers for their persistence in questioning Heaps and getting him to admit the girl was in his room.

Heaps later told troopers he bought the girl shirts, a nightgown, a bra and underwear while driving her around. He admitted that once in his room, he gave the girl a drink made with Absinthe, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, Blue Wave and Tennessee Honey Whiskey, charging documents allege.

He also confirmed the girl wanted to go home, but he said he didn't have enough money for gas to drive her there until he could borrow some the following day, according to documents.

Heaps said he only stays at his parents' home occasionally and doesn't have a permanent address, documents state.

His preliminary hearing is set for May 16, court records state. It is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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