Former PIAA official pleads no contest to assault on daughter
- Gregory Biller, 47, who was listed as a PIAA official, pleaded no contest to simple assault Tuesday.
- He was sentenced to two years of probation.
A Franklin Township man who was previously the director of business affairs for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association pleaded no contest to simple assault Tuesday after police said he assaulted his daughter in late September.
Gregory Galen Biller, 47, of 128 Ridge Drive, was sentenced to two years of probation and must attend parenting classes, records state. Additionally, he has to have a mental health evaluation and may not have contact with his daughter, according to online court records. In exchange for his plea, his charge of endangering child welfare was dismissed, records show.
Reached Thursday, PIAA executive director Robert Lombardi confirmed that Biller no longer works for the PIAA, but he could not confirm how long that has been the case, citing personnel issues.
Dean Reynosa, Biller's attorney, said Biller refutes the charges.
"He wanted to put it behind himself and put it behind his daughter," Reynosa said.
The background: 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 state. 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. While 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.
Northern York County Regional Police also had filed an aggravated assault charge against Biller, but the York County District Attorney's Office withdrew the charge before Biller had his preliminary hearing in October.
PIAA: According to his old staff listing on the PIAA's website, Biller was hired in August 1999. His responsibilities were listed as 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.
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