Elysburg man accused of molesting young girl
ELYSBURG - An Elysburg man was arraigned Friday on charges he sexually molested a young female over a two-year period. He has since been released on bail.
Ralpho Township Police charged Lon E. Gilger, 55, of 6 E. Mill St., with the aggravated indecent assault of a child and related offenses after authorities said he had improper contact with a juvenile female from July 2010 to July 2012, starting when the victim was 11 years old.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Ralpho Township Police Officer Bryon Chowka, Gilger allegedly touched the female on several occasions, tried to have the female touch him after exposing himself and attempted to look up her shorts as she laid in bed.
According to the criminal complaint, the juvenile confided to a family friend about the incidents in emails, but went to police in July 2012, when the investigation started.
When interviewed by police, Gilger denied the accusations.
At his arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones, Gilger was charged with felony counts of aggravated indecent assault of a child, aggravated indecent assault and corruption of minors, and misdemeanor charges of indecent assault and indecent exposure.
He was released after posting $80,000 cash bail, and a preliminary hearing before Jones is scheduled for Wednesday.