Wife of West Manheim child rapist pleads guilty for her role

Liz Evans Scolforo

The wife of a convicted West Manheim Township child rapist has pleaded guilty to two child-sex charges and awaits sentencing.

Holly Greiner, 31, now of Westminster, Maryland, pleaded guilty Tuesday in York County Court to two first-degree felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, according to court records.

Holly Greiner

Other charges against her — including child rape, conspiracy and child endangerment — will be dismissed at the time of sentencing.

She remains free on bail pending sentencing, which is set for July 24.

Senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy and Greiner's attorney, chief public defender Bruce Blocher, declined comment until after sentencing.

In February Greiner's husband, Robert Phillip Greiner, 29, was sentenced to a total of 67¼ to 134½ years in state prison for molesting two children, according to Murphy.

The investigation: West Manheim Township Police began investigating after a 10-year-old boy told investigators in June 2015 that he and a 5-year-old girl had been sexually abused for about six months by the Greiners, police have said.

Holly Greiner admitted to police that she and her husband forced the victims to perform sex acts with each other and with them, police allege.

On Nov. 3, a jury found Robert Greiner guilty of numerous offenses including child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and child endangerment, according to court records.

The same jury found him guilty of two counts of witness intimidation and one count of tampering with evidence, records state.

Holly Greiner testified against her husband at his trial.

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Pressured wife: Murphy has said Robert Greiner made phone calls to his wife from York County Prison, urging her to go to police and recant her statements.

He also pressured her not to testify against him, Murphy said.

Robert Greiner

Robert Greiner was determined to be a sexually violent predator, meaning if he is released from prison he would have a lifetime registration requirement under Pennsylvania's Megan's Law and also be required to attend monthly counseling sessions.

De facto life sentence: But Murphy acknowledged it's likely Robert Greiner will die in prison.

"That's actually what I argued for at sentencing — that he deserves to be incarcerated for the rest of his life," the prosecutor said in February.

Murphy said getting convictions against the child rapist was made easier by the young victims.

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"They both had to testify," he said. "Without their courage in coming forward, we couldn't have made sure this guy can't do it to anyone else."

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