Police: Dallastown man had sex with girl while charged in similar case

Liz Evans Scolforo

A Dallastown man who avoided prison in August when he pleaded guilty to plying a 15-year-old Reading girl with alcohol and refusing to drive her home is now accused of having sex with another underage girl.

Charles Westly Heaps Jr., 26, of 104 N. Pleasant Ave., is in York County Prison, charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse on a person younger than 16, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault on a person younger than 16, corruption of a minor and using a computer to have illegal contact with a minor. All the offenses are felonies.

Charles Heaps Jr.

Heaps was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Scott Laird, who denied Heaps bail, citing concerns for the safety of the community. Charges were filed by York Area Regional Police Detective Donald Hopple Jr. after Hopple allegedly convinced Heaps to confess.

According to a timeline from the newly filed charging documents, Heaps was sexually involved with a 15-year-old girl when he pleaded guilty Aug. 8 in York County Court to crimes committed against a different 15-year-old girl who lives in Reading.

He pleaded guilty to the first-degree misdemeanor of corruption of a minor and was sentenced to five years of probation, which was the longest possible probationary tail possible. He had spent 51 days in prison before being bailed out, which was about as much prison time as the prosecution could have hoped for, senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy said at the time.

As part of his negotiated plea agreement, Heaps was to have no unsupervised contact with any minor, court records state.

New accusation: Charging documents filed Tuesday state that on Aug. 16, the parents of Heaps' alleged second victim spoke with Hopple at police headquarters about their daughter and Heaps. Hopple also spoke with the teen, who said she and Heaps had five or six sexual encounters.

The girl told police she and Heaps had sex at Lake Redman in Springfield Township, in the parking lot of a Red Lion-area McDonald's, twice at Snyder Park in York Township and in Heaps' bedroom at his parents' home, documents state. The girl said she and Heaps also had oral sex, police allege.

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By Aug. 12, she was no longer having any contact with him, documents state.

Hopple questioned Heaps on Aug. 19.

"At first he acted like he did not know what I was talking about and said he didn't know anyone by (the girl's) name," the detective wrote in Heaps' probable-cause affidavit. "I explained to him that I already knew her side of the story and what occurred."

At that point Heaps admitted knowing the girl, but he said he thought she was 18, documents state.

Alleged confession: The next day, Hopple questioned Heaps again, and that's when Heaps confessed to having sex with the girl, according to charging documents.

Heaps said he met the teen on Facebook, and that the first time he picked her up, they went to Lake Redman, talked for a couple hours, then had intercourse, documents allege. Heaps said they hid when they thought they saw park rangers, then left the park, police said.

Charles Heaps Jr.

Heaps said when they had sex in his bedroom, his mother was home that day, and he told his mother the girl was 18, according to documents.

Mom concerned? He told the detective his mother wanted to see the girl's ID to check her age, but the girl didn't have any identification with her, documents state.

Heaps also admitted to sending the girl photos of his penis and of him masturbating, documents allege.

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Hopple told Heaps the girl "looked very young, and I was certain that he knew she was that young," documents state.

Heaps said the girl told him she was 15 before blocking him on Facebook, according to documents.

Prior crime: Heaps met a Reading-area girl on the internet in the spring and agreed to meet at a park near her home on April 17, according to court records.

He drove her around Berks County, then eventually to his parents' Dallastown home, telling her that if anyone asked, she should say she was 18, court records state.

Heaps took the girl to his bedroom, gave her a "weird mixture" of alcohol and kissed her on the cheek and forehead, records state.

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

Police swooped in: The girl texted her mother saying she was scared, and her mother called state police in Reading. Troopers worked with the girl's phone-service provider and tracked her to the block where Heaps lived, then started knocking on doors about 2 a.m. April 18.

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

Troopers then demanded Heaps wake his parents so troopers could speak with them and confirm the girl wasn't inside. That's when Heaps confessed the girl was in his bedroom, and troopers took the girl into protective custody.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.