Friday, July 25, 2014
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A 33-year-old central Pennsylvania man faces up to a century in prison after pleading guilty to raping two young girls hundreds of times in recent years.
Police in Spring Township, Centre County, began investigating in May 2013.
That's when an 8-year-old girl told a school guidance counselor she had been molested after learning more about the subject from a school lecture on inappropriate touching. The girl also said her 10-year-old sister had been molested by 33-year-old Eric Crader, of Pleasant Gap, since about 2011.
Police filed more than 1,200 counts of various sex crimes before Crader, on Thursday, agreed to plead to 213 counts of child rape.
As part of the plea agreement, Crader will face 50 to 100 years in state prison when he's sentenced Oct. 21.