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HIV test ordered for rape suspect

February 01, 2001

HIV test ordered for rape suspect



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


A Washington County Circuit judge has ordered a Williamsport man accused of second-degree rape to undergo HIV testing sought by the father of the girl involved.

Michael John Greijack, now 21, of 11308 White Hall Road, wasn't present in court Tuesday.

The girl was 14 when the alleged sexual encounter occurred after both had attended a youth service at their church in the summer of 1999.

An Aug. 3 grand jury indictment also charges Greijack with a fourth-degree sex offense against the girl, according to court records.

Greijack's attorney, John Corderman, argued to Judge John H. McDowell that it was unfair to test only Greijack.

"We have information she had had contact with others and that others should be tested also," Corderman said.

But Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long pointed out that only Greijack is charged.

McDowell agreed, saying he reviewed the statute and it applies only to the one charged.

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"The court doesn't have the authority to require anyone else to be tested," McDowell said.

According to court records, the girl and her father went to the the Washington County Sheriff's Department in February 2000 to report the alleged Aug. 29, 1999, incident.

Investigator Kenny Barnhart interviewed the girl, now 16, who told him that she and several friends from her church, Gateway Ministries on Kemps Mill Road in Williamsport, went to a Hagers-town restaurant after youth services.

While at the restaurant, the girl alleged, Greijack asked her to meet with him after he took her and another girl home at 10 p.m., court records said.

The girl said she agreed. She told Barnhart she crawled out her bedroom window at 11:30 p.m. and walked down the road to meet Greijack, court records said.

While in Greijack's vehicle, the girl said he leaned over and kissed her and she kissed him back, court records said. She alleged to Barnhart that Greijack had sex with her, told her to get dressed and drove her home, court records said.

Greijack told Barnhart the meeting was the girl's idea and that she consented to the sexual intercourse, court records said.

The trial date is March 12.

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