Pa. man's request for bail reduction denied in case involving sadistic acts with preteen boy

February 27, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A St. Thomas, Pa., man accused of sadistic acts involving a preteen boy appeared in court Monday seeking a bail reduction.

Albert Raiber, 61, faces two misdemeanor and five felony charges, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and indecent assault of a person younger than 13.

Franklin County (Pa.) Judge Richard Walsh maintained Raiber’s $250,000 bail. He presided over a bail hearing after the defendant requested unsecured bail and electronic monitoring that would allow for his release from jail, pending trial.

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove said Raiber has a history of sexual crimes, with six known victims in Franklin County, Pa., and the Baltimore area since 1984. She referred to him as a “sexual sadist child molester.”

“Frankly, when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s a new case,” Sulcove said in court.

Pennsylvania State Police trooper Courtney Pattillo testified a boy’s family members noticed bruising on his buttocks, photographed the marks and contacted police Jan. 2.

Police conducted a search of Raiber’s home and found handcuffs, a whip and a rope matching descriptions given by the boy.

The rope, which was attached to the foot of a bed, was used to bind the child, Pattillo testified.

Sulcove questioned Raiber about his past convictions, which often involved spanking a child’s bare bottom, sometimes with a belt.

Pattillo said the boy reported being involved in a “game” while in a vehicle behind a Chambersburg shopping center. The boy claims that incident involved smacking and rubbing of his buttocks.

Raiber has met his victims through Little League and church, Sulcove said.

She asked Pattillo whether he found Raiber’s name on any type of Megan’s Law list for sexual offenders in Pennsylvania or Maryland. He said he could not find a record.

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