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Prison for wife who helped W. Manheim man rape kids
The wife of a convicted West Manheim Township child rapist will now be a state prison inmate, just like her husband. But unlike him, she's expected to someday be released.
Holly Greiner, 31, now of Westminster, Maryland, was sentenced Monday to five to 15 years in prison, followed by 15 years of probation, according to senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy.
She pleaded guilty in April to two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, both first-degree felonies, according to court records. As part of her agreement, other charges against her, including child rape, were dismissed.
Murphy said the plea agreement was a negotiated one, reached because Greiner cooperated with prosecutors and testified against her husband at his trial.
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.
"There's no minimizing how disgusting and horrendous these acts were," Murphy told The York Dispatch on Monday.
Helped convict husband: Murphy confirmed that Holly Greiner's testimony helped secure her husband's conviction but said her own actions required her to serve a lengthy prison sentence, despite the assistance she provided to the prosecution.
"She owned up to her own actions right from the beginning," said her attorney, chief public defender Bruce Blocher.
After handing down Holly Greiner's sentence, Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness ordered the woman remanded to prison to begin serving her time, attorneys said.
Murphy said the Greiners' two child victims — a boy and a girl — testified at Robert Greiner's trial.
The girl testified she was happy to have testified against him, and she had a heartbreaking reason for why, according to Murphy.
"She said it was because she didn't want to have bad dreams about it anymore," he said.
On Monday, a family member said in court that the girl hasn't had any bad dreams about Greiner since the trial.
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.
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.
Pressured wife: The intimidation charges were filed after Robert Greiner made phone calls to his wife from York County Prison, urging her to go to police and recant her statements, according to Murphy.
He also pressured her not to testify against him, Murphy has said.
"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 testimony from the Greiners' victims at trial was key in getting Robert Greiner convicted.
"Without their courage in coming forward, we couldn't have made sure this guy can't do it to anyone else," he said.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.