Dallastown-area man gets prison time for sex with teen

Charles Heaps Jr.

A man who avoided additional prison time for taking a Berks County teen to his parents' Dallastown home could spend the next several years in prison.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, Charles Westley Heaps Jr., 28, was sentenced to three to eight years in prison, followed by seven years of probation, for having sex with a teenage girl in 2016, according to online court records.

In May, Heaps pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with someone younger than 16 as well as corruption of minors.

Heaps will get credit for the 687 days he has already spent in prison, and he must complete sex offender treatment and abide by sex offender conditions of probation, according to court records.

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Guilty plea: Heaps, of no fixed address, told Common Pleas Judge Maria Musti Cook during his guilty plea hearing in late May that he had met the victim at a party and exchanged information, and it turned out she was "not of legal age."

Heaps said he had sex with the girl, who was 15 at the time. Heaps was 26.

As a result of Heaps' plea, his charges of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor were all dismissed.

Deputy prosecutor Teresa Jauregui told Cook during the hearing that the victim agreed to the terms of the agreement. 

Background: According to a timeline from the charging documents filed by York Area Regional Police Detective Donald Hopple Jr., Heaps was sexually involved with the 15-year-old girl when he pleaded guilty Aug. 8, 2016, in York County Court to crimes committed against a different 15-year-old girl who lives in Reading.

He pleaded guilty to the first-degree misdemeanor of corruption of a minor and was sentenced to five years of probation, which was the longest probationary term possible. He had spent 51 days in prison before being bailed out, which was about as much prison time as the prosecution could have hoped for, senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy said at the time.

As part of his negotiated plea agreement, Heaps was to have no unsupervised contact with any minor, court records state.

Charging documents state that on Aug. 16, 2016, the parents of Heaps' second victim spoke with Hopple at police headquarters about their daughter and Heaps. Hopple also spoke with the teen, who said she and Heaps had five or six sexual encounters.

Confession: Hopple questioned Heaps on Aug. 19, 2016, when Heaps admitted knowing the girl but said he thought she was 18, officials said.

Heaps spoke to Hopple the next day and confessed to having sex with the girl, officials said.

Heaps said he met the teen on Facebook, and that the first time he picked her up, they went to Lake Redman, talked for a couple of hours, then had intercourse, documents state. Heaps said they hid when they thought they saw park rangers, then left the park, police said.

Heaps said when they had sex in his bedroom, his mother was home, and he told his mother the girl was 18, according to documents.

He told the detective his mother wanted to see the girl's ID to check her age, but the girl didn't have any identification with her, documents state.

Hopple told Heaps the girl "looked very young, and I was certain that he knew she was that young," documents state.

Heaps said the girl told him she was 15 before blocking him on Facebook, according to officials.

Farley Holt, Heaps' attorney, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 29. 

Prior crime: Heaps met a Reading-area girl on the internet in the spring and agreed to meet at a park near her home on April 17, 2016, according to court records.

He drove her around Berks County, then eventually to his parents' Dallastown home, telling her that if anyone asked, she should say she was 18, court records state.

Heaps took the girl to his bedroom, gave her a "weird mixture" of alcohol and kissed her on the cheek and forehead, records state.

When the girl asked Heaps to drive her home, he told her he would take her home the next day, police said.

The girl texted her mother, saying she was scared, and her mother called state police in Reading. Troopers tracked the girl to the block where Heaps lived, and Heaps confessed to police that she was in his bedroom, according to officials.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.