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Charges sent to court for ex-chief, friend in rape case

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    Gregory Wagner Jr., of Lehighton, is escorted Monday from the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Wagner is 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; indecent assault person less than 13 years of age; simple assault and sexual exploitation of children. The charges against Wagner have been bound over to Carbon County Court. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

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    Former Weissport police chief Brent Getz, of Lehighton, is escorted following his preliminary hearing Monday from the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton. Getz is 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. The charges against Getz have been bound over to Carbon County Court. TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Published April 15. 2019 03:51PM

 

Charges have been bound oer to Carbon County court for the former Weissport police chief and his friend accused of raping a child hundreds of times over a seven-year period.

Former Weissport police chief Brent Getz, 27, and Gregory Wagner Jr., 28, both of Lehighton, were scheduled to have their preliminary hearings Monday before District Judge Edward M. Lewis, who filled in for District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Wagner chose to waive his right to the hearing, while Getz opted to have his hearing.

Both are 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.

Both remain lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 straight bail, and are scheduled to appear for a pretrial status conference June 13.

Read more in Tuesday’s edition of the Times News.

 

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