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Third man charged in Pa. assault case

January 20, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A third man has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with sexually assaulting adolescent males at a Greene Township man's home in 2004.

Karl Joseph Schmieding, 29, of Newville, Pa., was charged Wednesday with two counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal conspiracy to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors. He was arraigned before Senior Magisterial District Judge Margaret Bria and released on unsecured bail, according to court records.

Trooper Daren Hockenberry said Schmieding had surrendered to police Wednesday. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 31, according to Bria's office.

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In September, police charged Paul Joseph Cioccia, 59, of 2722 Fillmore Drive in Chambersburg, with 16 counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal conspiracy to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault and corruption of minors. Cioccia, who has entered a not guilty plea, has had his case scheduled for the March trial term in Franklin County Court.

Wednesday in Franklin County Court, a Cumberland County man, Edgar Vincent Stine, 71, of Cleversburg, Pa., entered a not guilty plea to 20 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, 16 counts of criminal conspiracy to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, seven counts of indecent assault and two counts of corruption of minors. Stine, who also was charged in September, also is scheduled to have his case heard in Franklin County Court in March.

Schmieding was at Cioccia's home in the summer of 2004 when Stine brought two boys there and Schmieding had sex with them, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Cioccia also had sex with the victims at that time, the affidavit states.

Schmieding lived in Saxton, Pa., in Huntingdon County when the incident occurred, Hockenberry said. State police in Huntingdon County also have filed charges alleging sexual misconduct by Schmieding there, Hockenberry said.

State police in Cumberland County began investigating Stine in August when the parents of a boy reported they believed their son had been molested, police said. The affidavit of probable cause alleges Stine molested several boys and then would take them to meet Cioccia.

The affidavits filed on Cioccia and Stine, who are in Franklin County Prison, indicate at least six boys had been molested. Police said some of the assaults took place three or more years ago and that some of the boys had been molested several times.

Cioccia was arrested in September after police interviewed two boys who alleged that he gave them cash and gifts in exchange for sex, the affidavit states.

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