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Local Man Facing Over 1,000 Child Rape Charges

Nearly, 1,300 counts were filed against the suspect in District Court.
BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY – 33 year-old Eric Crader, from Pleasant Gap, is charged with 1,278 crimes, including rape of a child, statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault of a child.

The criminal complaint details a disturbing scenario in which two children were repeatedly raped by Crader.

According to court documents, the sexual abuse began in 2011 and continued through May 2013. Police say the abuse was discovered after one of the victims told a school guidance counselor about the alleged incidents. According to the criminal complaint, the child "did not want to be hurt anymore."

The two elementary school-aged victims tell police the abuse happened almost every day after school and they say Crader graphically raped them.

The criminal complaint says Crader used sex toys and had sex videos in a drawer in the bedroom.

Police say during their investigation, Crader admitted to being raped as a child and claims it would be the last thing he wanted for other children. The victims say the abuse began as cuddling and escalated to rape.

Investigators on the case say this is one of the most horrific cases of child sex abuse they've seen.

Crader is in Centre County Jail under $500,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.


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