A Milesburg, Pennsylvania, man has been found guilty of 1,068 counts of rape against a minor.
Edward Geier, 41, was convicted on Jan. 20 of 1,068 counts for raping his then 13-year-old stepdaughter, and six counts for raping his sister, both minors at the time of the abuse, Centre Daily Times reported.
The stepdaughter’s abuse ended after four years in 2014, when she was discovered by police walking alone in the dark. She confided to police that she could no longer live at home because of her stepfather’s abuse.
Geier reportedly did not deny the allegations, but told police they would not find DNA evidence linking him to the victim, according to The Express. However, police did find evidence.
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Bodily fluids, including semen, were found in numerous areas of the girl’s bedroom and, upon DNA testing, were found to belong to the victim and Geier.
On Feb. 24, 2015, Geier was arrested and charged with more than a thousand counts, including rape of a child, statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion, sexual assault, corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person younger than 13 years of age, and indecent assault of a person younger than 16 years of age.
In April 2015, Geier’s sister came forward with allegations of abuse that took place in early 2003, when she was 14 years old, reported The Express. She told police she fell asleep while babysitting Geier’s son and when she woke up, he was raping her. Her mother allegedly talked her out of going to the police, and forced her to recant her story when she did confide in them while at school.
His stepdaughter testified against him in court.
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“You have a front row seat to bravery when a child testifies against an abuser,” Centre County District attorney Stacy Parks Miller said, according to Centre Daily Times. "While it is unfortunate they have to, it also can bring great closure and healing when a jury says we believe you."
Geier is a registered sex offender from a prior conviction in 2001 for indecent assault, reported Centre Daily Times.
For each count of rape, Geier faces up to 20 years in prison, according to Pennsylvania’s statutory rape laws, as compiled by the OLR Research Report.