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Man arrested for sexually assaulting boys

June 10, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA.

A Cumberland County man pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin County Court to sexually assaulting half a dozen boys and will serve 15 to 30 years in state prison.

Edgar Vincent Stine, 72, of 111 Railroad Lane in Shippensburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse as an accomplice and one count of misdemeanor indecent assault, Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams said.

"I wanted to get something for each victim named" in the case, Williams said.

Stine originally had been charged with 41 criminal offenses, including multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal conspiracy, indecent assault and corruption of minors, according to court records.

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As part of the plea agreement before Judge John R. Walker, Stine will serve 15 to 30 years in state prison, which will mean he would be in his late 80s before he is eligible for parole, Williams said. His formal sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 6, but Stine first must undergo an assessment by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine if he qualifies as a sexually violent predator, Williams said.

Stine is the second man to enter a plea agreement in the case. On Feb. 15, Joseph P. Cioccia, 59, of 2722 Fillmore Drive in Chambersburg, pleaded guilty to five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to court records.

Cioccia's plea agreement calls for him to serve a 20-to-40-year state prison sentence, Williams said. Cioccia originally had been charged with 64 criminal offenses, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, indecent assault and criminal conspiracy, according to court documents.

In September 2005, Pennsylvania State Police began an investigation into a report by a teenager that he had been molested beginning three or four years earlier by Stine and Cioccia. The boy, who was 12 when the incidents began, told police Stine molested him 50 or more times, and that he was taken to Cioccia's house about 15 times, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Police eventually identified several other victims of Stine and Cioccia over the course of the investigation, court documents stated.

A third man, Karl Joseph Schmeiding, 29, of Newville, Pa., was charged in connection with the case, according to court records. He is charged with two counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal conspiracy, corruption of minors and indecent assault, police said.

Schmeiding's case still is pending, according to court documents.

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