Police: Spring Grove-area man molested disabled student

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Jackson Township man who worked as a personal-care assistant to a physically disabled Adams County boy is free on bail, accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting the child at school.

Robert Earl Shultz II, 65, of the 200 block of Leedy Road, remains free on $25,000 bail, charged with institutional sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor. All the offenses are felonies.

Gettysburg Police filed the charges against Shultz on Monday, Oct. 22, after speaking with the 9-year-old boy, the boy's mother, a hospital nurse who examined the child and a teacher, according to charging documents.

Robert Earl Shultz II

According to police allegations, Shultz inappropriately touched the boy in a variety of ways a number of times between September and February, when the alleged abuse came to light.

Police said Shultz served as the boy's personal-care assistant during that time period  and that he sexually assaulted the boy in the nurse's office and the library of the elementary school where the boy is enrolled.

The allegations: Shultz allegedly assaulted the boy when no one was around and would close curtains around them in the nurse's office, charging documents state.

In addition to touching the child in various sexual ways, Shultz made the boy touch Shultz's groin over his pants and also tongue-kissed the child, police allege.

A teacher at the school reported to police that Shultz gave the boy a Valentine's Day card that played the song "Wild Thing (You Make My Heart Sing)," and signed the card "Love Mr. Bob," according to documents.

Shultz also gave the boy a piggy bank, according to police.

The same teacher told investigators that in late February, Shultz took the boy into a bathroom in the nurse's office, and they were gone for 10 or 15 minutes, charging documents state.

Unanswered knocks: The teacher eventually checked on them and found the bathroom door locked, so he knocked repeatedly, for about three minutes, before Shultz answered the door, according to documents.

Shultz told the teacher, "I didn't know the door was locked," charging documents state.

Police became involved in late February after the boy was examined at Gettysburg Hospital by a SAFE nurse. SAFE stands for sexual assault forensic examiner.

Efforts to reach Shultz on Wednesday, Oct. 24, were unsuccessful. His home phone number rang busy, and it is unclear if he has retained an attorney.

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