Police: Jefferson shop owner groped girl

Liz Evans Scolforo

A 52-year-old Jefferson business owner already in prison on allegations he was sexually inappropriate with a 14-year-old girl is now accused of groping a 15-year-old girl's breasts and buttocks.

Patrick Bruce Reachard said things to the 15-year-old in July that made her uncomfortable, even after she told him he creeped her out, charging documents state. Reachard is co-owner of Bridget's Attic, a secondhand store at 2 Baltimore St. in Jefferson's square, according to court documents.

Reachard is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Thomas Reilly on his new charges of corruption of minors, two counts of indecent assault and harassment, court records state.

Patrick Reachard

Reachard, of Codorus Township, remains in York County Prison on $300,000 for his initial charges.

Prior to filing the initial charges against Reachard in November, state police Trooper Krystal Dugan spoke with the man, who she wrote "did not appear to know who specifically was the victim of my investigation, which led me to believe that Reachard was speaking to other young juvenile females."

New charging documents filed Monday suggest her suspicions were on the mark.

Fondling allegation: Those documents state that Reachard admitted to Dugan in a follow-up interview that he fondled the 15-year-old's breasts and buttocks.

He conversed with the teen through several social-media apps, including Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Kik, according to documents.

In one of them, he called the girl "cute, sexy and hot" and wrote, "sassy redneck girls are great," documents allege. He also wrote, "If I commented on a lot of your posts someone would be screaming that's inappropriate and then we'd have issues," according to charging documents.

Reachard also told the teen he wanted to see photos of her in a bikini while she was at the beach and later admitted to Dugan that he commented on the teen's homecoming dress — and how he wanted to see her "without it on," charging documents allege.

Police: Jefferson firefighter had child porn, inappropriate texts

First cases: Reachard was charged in November with possession of child pornography, disseminating sexually explicit material to a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor, indecent assault and related offenses for alleged crimes against a 14-year-old.

He told Dugan he had been "friends" with the 14-year-old for about a year and that she was the only juvenile with whom he had conversations, documents state.

But he later "admitted to having inappropriate conversations with both juvenile(s)," documents allege. "He related that he was only joking around and he was not serious."

Reachard admitted to Dugan that he made a suggestion to the 14-year-old about "messing around and seeing where it leads," documents allege.

Analysis of his cellphone revealed he exchanged 255 texts with the 14-year-old between Aug. 25 and Sept. 25, according to police. Documents allege his texts to her included:

  • "You think we can behave ourselves?"
  • "Age is just a number. And I'm more like your friend than (an authority figure)."
  • "Do you have issues with older guys? Like does it creep you out?"
  • "How about just messing around and seeing where it leads?"

Other allegations: According to charging documents, Reachard also showed the 14-year-old a photo of a nude woman, then texted her, "I'm going to guess you like that sort of stuff?" The girl said she didn't, according to police.

He also admitted to "accidentally" touching the 14-year-old's buttocks, although the girl told police he grabbed her buttocks and said something like, "it's nice," documents allege. The girl told police she pushed Reachard away and ran to another area of his secondhand store, where his wife was located, police said.

Dugan alleges that Reachard was found to be in possession of child pornography during her investigation and that he admitted to "producing, possessing and sending child pornography on different social-media applications," documents allege.

Patrick Reachard

Reachard was a firefighter with Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co. for at least five years, according to Jefferson Fire Chief Troy Snyder, but he hadn't been particularly active in the last two years.

Suspended: Fire company officials suspended Reachard pending the outcome of his criminal cases, and his affiliation with the fire company will be terminated if he pleads guilty or is convicted of the charges, according to Snyder.

After being alerted by state police to their investigation into Reachard, Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co. conducted an internal investigation and found nothing to indicate Reachard committed any improprieties at the fire station or while representing the fire company, according to the chief. Court documents confirm that as well.

The fire company already had policies in place prohibiting adult members from being alone with minors when representing the fire company, the chief has said.

Reachard's public defender, Alice Glasser, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

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