A trial date has been set for Gregory Shaffer, the 41-year-old Kittanning man who is facing separate criminal cases regarding his relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
An Armstrong County Judge last week set October 7th as the date for Shaffer’s trial on charges that he hid the girl at an Indiana County apartment he kept as a second residence. Rather than get on her school bus last April, the girl got into Shaffer’s car. Following up on leads, police found out about the apartment at the old Shelocta Hotel and discovered Shaffer there with the girl the next day. He is charged with two felonies: concealment of the whereabouts of a child and interference with the custody of a child, as well as summary corruption of minors.
In another case involving the same girl, Shaffer is charged with felony corruption of minors and misdemeanor indecent assault, but more serious charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault were withdrawn. He is accused of sending hundreds of text messages to the girl after the first set of charges was filed and while he was out on bail. In June, police interviewed the girl and she told police she and Shaffer had been sexually involved at a Kittanning-area hotel, but prosecutors evidently feel they can’t make that case in court. No trial date has been set for the second set of charges.