BENNER TOWNSHIP — A Mifflin County man was taken to Centre County Correctional Facility on Tuesday, accused of 67 counts of child sex offenses.
Daniel Treweek, 65, of Reedsville, was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker and charged with multiple felony counts of rape, child rape, incest, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors and 10 misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.
The incidents are reported to have occurred between January 2007 and May (this year, I presume) in both Treweek’s home and in the home of a family member in Centre County, according to the criminal complaint. The reported abuse involved family members and began when one was 5 years old and the other was 8 years old.
According to court documents, the crimes came to light when one of the victims had a nightmare, but revealed the “bad dream” had actually happened in real life, too.
“Alright, I did it. I only did it one time, and I’ve regretted it ever since,” Trooper Jeffrey Ebeck quoted Treweek as saying in the affidavit of probable cause.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller was at the arraignment and said her office anticipates further charges involving other family members to be filed against Treweek.
Stephen Snook, attorney for Treweek, said he understood the offenses are serious and expected a significant amount of money to be set for bail for his client, who had no prior criminal record. His suggestion was $250,000, or whatever Gillette-Walker found “reasonable.”
Parks Miller asked bail be set at $500,000. The high figure would also serve to protect all involved, she said. She expressed concern for the youths involved as well as Treweek, citing fears of suicide related by Treweek’s family.
Gillette-Walker did not follow either suggestion and deemed reasonable bail to come in higher, setting it at $750,000.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 7 in Bellefonte.
Given that the alleged incidents took place in two counties, the respective district attorneys agreed to allow Parks Miller’s office to handle the prosecution.
“We’re taking the lead,” Parks Miller said.