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Pa. men sentenced in sexual assaults

November 16, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two men convicted of sexually assaulting boys drew lengthy state prison sentences this week in Franklin County Court.

Karl Joseph Schmieding, 29, of Newville, Pa., was sentenced by Judge Carol Van Horn to eight to 20 years in prison Wednesday, a day after she sentenced Edgar Vincent Stine, 72, of Shippensburg, Pa., to 15 to 30 years in prison. Earlier this year, Van Horn sentenced a third man involved in the molestations, Joseph Paul Cioccia, of 2772 Fillmore Drive, Chambersburg, to 20 to 40 years in prison.

Schmieding had pleaded guilty in July to two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to court records. Pennsylvania State Police had charged him with having sex with two boys at Cioccia's home in the summer of 2004.

Pennsylvania State Police said Stine brought boys to Cioccia's home, where they were molested. On at least one occasion, police said Schmieding engaged in sex with boys at the house.

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"I'm fearful for his life. He's suicidal," defense attorney Greg Abeln said, asking Van Horn to consider ordering psychiatric therapy for his client, who sobbed throughout much of the sentencing procedure.

"I'm afraid he might do something to hurt himself," said his mother, Karen Schmieding. She asked the judge to consider placing him in a medical facility.

The mother of the victims, however, asked the judge not to show leniency. The woman asked Van Horn not to give Schmieding a sentence concurrent to another long sentence he received in Huntingdon County for molesting another boy and having child pornography on his computer.

"It's a choice ... It's not something they have to do," she said.

"I made a mistake I can't fix ... Everyone suffered, most of all me," Schmieding wrote in a letter read in court by his mother.

"That does not do away with the fact that you committed criminal acts against young boys," Van Horn said. She ordered the sentence be served at the end of the sentence he received in the Huntingdon County case.

The judge also asked if authorities had checked with Schmieding's former employers, noting he once had worked at a youth home.

Stine, who entered a guilty plea in June, was sentenced Tuesday on one count of indecent assault and six counts of being an accomplice to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to court records.

Police records stated that over a period of years, Stine molested at least six boys and brought them to Cioccia's house. One affidavit stated that one victim, now an adult, told police he was molested for six years beginning in 1989.

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