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Waynesboro man pleads guilty in groping case

April 14, 2001

Waynesboro man pleads guilty in groping case



A Waynesboro, Pa., man pleaded guilty Thursday to a fourth-degree sex offense in connection with a groping incident at the Leitersburg Haunted House last Halloween.

Steven Craig Stine Sr., 38, of 8361 Shank Hess Road, was allowed to remain free while a pre-sentence investigation ordered by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell is prepared.

Deputy Chris Howard of the Washington County Sheriff's Department was dispatched on Oct. 31 to 21534 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road to investigate a reported sexual offense, court records said.

Howard found Stine in the custody of security personnel when he arrived at the haunted house, court records said.

A female staff member saw Stine arrive, and she and other staff proceeded into the house with him, pretending to be patrons. In the dark, the female staff member told Stine she was afraid and asked if she could hold onto his shirt and follow him through the house, court records said.

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A short time later, Stine took the woman's hand. About two-thirds of the way through the haunted house, Stine used his hand to place the woman's hand on his private parts, court records said.

Stine could face a maximum of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

- Marlo Barnhart

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