Felony dropped against PIAA official accused of assaulting girl

Sean Philip Cotter

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: The Franklin Township man who is the business director for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is no longer facing a felony, but lesser charges that he assaulted and put his daughter in danger remain active against him.

Gregory Biller

Gregory Galen Biller, 47, of 128 Ridge Drive, moved toward trial  Monday when he waived his preliminary hearing on misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, confirmed Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office.

In addition to those charges, Northern York County Regional Police had filed a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault against Biller on Sept. 26. The DA's office withdrew that charge before Biller waived his preliminary hearing, King said.

Biller remains free on $10,000 bail, set by Senior District Judge Doug Meisenhelter, according to online court records. The next time he's due back in court is for his formal arraignment, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the York County Judicial Center.

The allegations: 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, according to the charging documents.

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 that 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 "to the point where she was briefly unable to breathe," charging documents state.

She told police that 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, according to documents.

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 smelled of alcohol and said he'd had a few beers with dinner earlier, but police noted he was not intoxicated, the documents state.

Officers arrested Biller, 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.

Dean Reynose, who's listed at Biler's attorney, didn't respond to a call for comment on Monday afternoon.

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.

No one from the PIAA responded immediately for a call seeking comment on Monday evening.

—  Contact Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.