PIAA official accused of physically assaulting girl

Christopher Dornblaser, 505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • A Franklin Twp. man listed as an official for the PIAA is accused of assaulting his daughter
  • Police say his daughter told them he choked her, but he denied wrongdoing
  • He remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail

Update: The York County District Attorney’s Office withdrew a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault against Gregory Galen Biller in October 2016. The Franklin Township man pleaded no contest in March 2017 to simple assault, and he was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to attend parenting classes.

Reported earlier: A Franklin Township man listed as the director of business affairs for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is charged with aggravated assault against his 10-year-old daughter. 

Gregory Biller

In addition to that felony, Gregory Galen Biller, 47, of 128 Ridge Drive, also faces misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to charging documents filed by Northern York County Regional Police.

Police allege Biller's daughter told them her father grabbed her, threw her into a brick hearth and choked her  after she asked him to pay more attention to her while she was doing her homework. When police spoke to Biller, he denied wrongdoing.

The alleged incident: Around 8 p.m. Sept. 25, Biller's daughter ran to a neighbor's house and pounded on the front door, telling the residents her father had choked her, charging documents allege.

When police arrived, the girl, who was "visibly upset and crying," told them that she was doing her homework with her father at his home, according to the court documents. Biller was eating popcorn and not helping the girl with the homework as much as she wanted, which police say prompted her to ask him to pay more attention.

She said Biller became angry, grabbed her and threw her against a brick hearth that surrounds the fireplace in the kitchen, according to police. She said he then took her by the arm into her room, threw her on the bed and choked her, according to charging documents.

"(His daughter) advised that G Biller choked to the point where she was briefly unable to breathe," charging documents state.

She told police Biller let go of her neck and went downstairs, at which point she took her father's phone and ran toward the neighbor's house as she called her mother, documents state.

The girl had light red marks around her neck as well as an abrasion on her right thigh, police said. She told officers the back of her head was slightly sore from hitting the brick hearth, documents allege. Police say there were no other obvious signs of injuries, but the charging documents note the neighbor told police the girl's lips were "somewhat blue" when she arrived at their home.

The girl's mother, Biller's ex-wife, came to the home from her residence in Camp Hill. She said she divorced Biller in 2011 and that "this was not the first instance of physical abuse within the Biller household," charging documents state.

When the officer stepped outside to make a phone call, Biller approached him, asking what was going on. When the officer informed Biller about what he had been told, Biller denied any wrongdoing, police said. When speaking with the officer, Biller had an odor of alcohol, and he admitted to drinking a few beers with dinner earlier, but police noted he was not intoxicated. the documents state.

Biller was taken into custody, and his daughter was taken to Holy Spirit Hospital by his ex-wife, police said.

While in the patrol vehicle, Biller told officers he would never harm his daughter and denied throwing her against the brick hearth and choking her, police said. Documents state that Biller explained he was helping his daughter with her homework and she became irritated that he wasn't giving her enough attention, documents allege. 

"G Biller went on to explain that (his daughter) was disrespectful toward him, at which point he grabbed her and escorted her to her bedroom, placing her onto her bed," charging documents state.

He said at no time was he physically aggressive toward her, police said.

PIAA: According to a staff listing on the PIAA's website, Biller has been with the organization since August 1999. His responsibilities include the PIAA budget, audit and tax preparation and overseeing buildings, grounds and merchandising. He also is listed as tournament director for tennis and volleyball championships. 

The PIAA is the governing body of high school athletics in Pennsylvania.

When reached by phone Friday afternoon, PIAA executive director Robert Lombardi declined comment. When asked about Biller's employment status with the organization, Lombardi said he could not comment on personnel issues.

Biller remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail, meaning that if Biller does not show up to court proceedings, he will have to forfeit that amount. A phone message left at Biller's residence Friday afternoon requesting comment was not immediately returned. Online court records do not list an attorney for Biller.

Biller's preliminary hearing is set for 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 17 in front of District Judge Richard T. Thomas.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.