A Butler County man accused of raping his daughter over two decades and fathering four of her children waived a preliminary hearing on the charges Monday.
The Summit Township man, 55, is being held in Butler County Prison on $500,000 cash bond on 73 counts, including rape, statutory rape, indecent assault, aggravated indecent assault and incest, according to state police.
Trooper Gesuele Burello in the Butler barracks said the case is "probably the most disturbing thing that I have dealt with," outside of homicides, in his career.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is not naming the man to avoid disclosing his accuser's identity.
State police said the woman told authorities that her father "groomed" her and would give her alcohol to "overcome her resistance," the trooper said. The alleged assaults occurred at "various locations in Allegheny and Butler counties" and began when she was 12 or 13.
"Her father was also basically telling her that, you know, if this would ever get out, she could be held liable," Trooper Burello said.
The accuser delivered children in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2000, three in Westmoreland County and one in Allegheny County. The eldest child died last year of natural causes, Trooper Burello said.
Trooper Burello said last week that he doesn't know if the three surviving children, who were in protective custody, understand what has happened. Some have special needs, he said.
Her father took photographs of his daughter at various ages, she told authorities, some sexually explicit, Trooper Burello said.
The woman was left in her father's primary care at age 12, and the assaults started immediately, the trooper said. Before that, she grew up and lived in Ohio with her mother, he said.
The accuser told Butler County Children and Youth Services officials about the abuse in late August, Trooper Burello said. He would not say what led her to come forward with the allegations, but said CYS authorities had previous contact with the family.
The defendant took a paternity test that revealed he is the father of the accuser and the four children, Trooper Burello said.
Public records show the man has no criminal record in Pennsylvania nor in Mahoning County, Ohio, where he lived for a period of time.
According to court documents, he has children by at least two other women, both of whom petitioned Common Pleas Court in Allegheny County for child support in the 1990s.
Molly Born: email@example.com or 412-263-1944. First Published October 28, 2013 2:55 PM