AG: More victims possible in ex-Weissport police chief case
Gregory Wagner Jr., left; and Brent Getz.
The Pennsylvania attorney general says that there may be more victims in the case of the former Weissport police chief who, along with his friend, is accused of raping a child hundreds of times over a seven-year period.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro released a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding an update to the case against Brent Getz, 27, and Gregory Wagner Jr., 28, both of Lehighton.
“This investigation is ongoing, and my office believes there may be other victims,” Shapiro said. “We encourage anyone with information about this case to call a special Carbon County Sexual Abuse hotline that my office has set up. You don’t have to be afraid to come forward.
“We want to hear from you.”
Getz and Wagner are both charged with rape of a child; conspiracy, rape forcible compulsion; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child; conspiracy, IDSI forcible compulsion; aggravated indecent assault of a child; conspiracy, aggravated indecent assault without consent; and indecent assault person less than 13 years of age.
Wagner also faces charges of simple assault and sexual exploitation of children.
The investigation into Wagner began in May 2012 when the victim, who was 12 at the time, reported to a substitute teacher that she had been sexually assaulted by Wagner. At the time, the report was sent to Franklin Township police, but no charges had been filed.
In 2015, the case was reassigned and charges against Wagner were filed, but they were dismissed by a magisterial district judge due to a paperwork error and charges were never refiled.
In August 2018, Franklin Township police again revisited the case, and the victim also disclosed that Getz had sexually assaulted her on a number of occasions while with Wagner. The victim, during the time of the assaults was between 4 and 11.
The case was transferred to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office by the Carbon County District Attorney’s Office because of Getz’s employment with various police departments in Carbon County.
Both Getz and Wagner are currently lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 straight bail, and are scheduled to have a preliminary hearing April 15 before District Judge Edward M. Lewis.
If you are a victim of either of these men, contact the special Carbon County Sexual Abuse Hotline at 267-768-3957.