By Terri Hill | November 6, 2018
A former Westmoreland County deputy sheriff who resigned Friday has been charged with exchanging sexually graphic text messages with a 15-year-old girl, and her 16-year-old friend.
Bobby Neiderhiser, 38, of Mt. Pleasant Township, faces one misdemeanor count of corruption of minors, according to a criminal complaint filed by a state trooper.
Trooper Christopher Cole began an investigation in August after the 15-year-old’s mother found some of the texts on the girl’s cellphone that were allegedly sent by Neiderhiser.
According to the complaint, Neiderhiser began sending the texts after he attended a birthday party in June that they both attended.
In some of the messages Neiderhiser allegedly offered to perform a sex act on the girl and her teen friend “in exchange for alcohol,” the complaint said.
Neiderhiser claimed he was drunk when he sent the messages after he was confronted by a family member of one of the girls, the complaint alleged.
However, Neiderhiser repeatedly requested that the messages be erased and in one message said, “You don’t tell … I don’t tell. That’s the deal,” Trooper Cole wrote in the filing.
Trooper Cole also alleged that one of the girls said she was afraid of Neiderhiser.
Despite the charge being classified as a misdemeanor Neiderhiser faces 2-1/2-to-5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, if convicted.
Neiderhiser was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond and is scheduled to appear in Common Pleas Court in January after waiving his preliminary hearing.
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