Zullinger man accused of molesting child

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A 75-year-old Zullinger man accused of sexually molesting a nine-year-old girl repeatedly over a period of seven months this year has been denied bail. David Eugene Helfrick is in Franklin County Jail, held without bail on almost 200 counts of sexual assault and other crimes.

Helfrick faces the following charges, totaling 192 individual counts:

  • 24 second degree felony aggravated indecent assault of a child charges;
  • 48 first degree felonies of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child;
  • 24 first degree felony unlawful sexual contact with a minor charges;
  • 24 third degree felony corruption of a minor charges;
  • 48 first degree misdemeanor indecent assault charges;
  • 24 summary harassment charges.

Pennsylvania State Police Police responded to Helfrick’s Antrim Township home shortly before noon September 30 after a caller said Helfrick had been caught molesting a child. He had fled the home, the caller reported.

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About half an hour later police interviewed the girl, who told them Helfrick often touches her all over her body.

At 2:15 p.m. that same day Helfrick agreed to talk to police, admitting to molesting the girl.

Police allege the incidents had been going on since March.

In denying bail for Helfrick, Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns cited community safety as a factor in the decision.

“(There are) no bail conditions available to ensure the safety of the community,” he wrote in online court documents.

Helfrick’s preliminary hearing in the case takes place Monday morning in Franklin County’s Magisterial District Central Court.


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