Man allegedly raped girl in Spring Grove

Jeremiah Gleason

A 42-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over a period of more than three years in Spring Grove.

Southwestern Regional Police said Jeremiah Lee Gleason sexually assaulted the young girl multiple times in a Spring Grove home between 2015 and March 2019, when she was between 4 and 7 years old.

Gleason was arrested in Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, according to Sgt. Jamie Stalcup, the department's officer-in-charge. 

He is awaiting extradition to York County, according to the sergeant.

Once in York County, Gleason, of no fixed address, will be charged with child rape, attempted child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, aggravated indecent assault of someone younger than 13, indecent assault of someone younger than 13 and corruption of minors.

All of the charges are felonies.

Court documents state the victim reported the alleged abuse in March. Police filed charges on Monday, Aug. 5.

The victim, police said, was known to Gleason.

Prior criminal history: Gleason was wanted for stealing a snowblower from the Spring Grove municipal building in April 2016, according to Stalcup.

It wasn't until March of this year that he was arrested on those charges, according to court records.

Records state he pleaded guilty to theft and trespassing, both misdemeanors, and he was sentenced to one month in prison. 

He was released from York County Prison in mid-April, online records state.

Stalcup said Gleason is transient and had connections in Maine. 

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