Molester sentenced in second county

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A little girl’s story of being molested by a Tyrone man was found on her laptop in late 2011 by her father.

That story, titled “Busted,” was written by the youngster as a way to “vent” about what had happened to her, according to charges filed by a Tyrone police officer.

The girl’s story led to a 10-to 20-year prison sentence on Monday for Frank J. Shroyer, 57, of Tyrone.

Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle called the sentence “appropriate” in view of Shroyer’s history of child sexual abuse and a similar sentence imposed on him last week in Huntingdon County on a separate charge of child rape.

While Shroyer will serve the two counties’ sentences at the same time, Blair County Assistant District Attorney Dan Kiss said he believes Shroyer will be spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Shroyer entered a no-contest plea to a charge of unlawful contact with a minor. The plea means he was not admitting that he committed the crime but agreed that there was enough evidence to convict him.

Shroyer spent 15 years in prison for child sexual abuse which occurred in the early 1990s, Kiss said.

According to the Blair County charges, he improperly touched a young girl in 2007, shortly after getting out of prison.

The 9-year-old girl lived in the same apartment complex as Shroyer, and the incident occurred in a vacant apartment.

The girl said she was glad Shroyer was in jail because she feared he would hurt her and she would never be able to tell anyone about his crime.

During the Tyrone investigation, police said they found that state police had arrested Shroyer in 1990 for involuntary deviate sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.

Shroyer is a lifetime registrant under Megan’s Law.

Unbeknownst to Kiss and only by coincidence, Shroyer’s first victim, now in her 20s, was in Doyle’s courtroom in support of another defendant who was ending their case with a plea before the judge.

The woman approached Kiss after Shroyer’s case was heard and according to Kiss, she said, “I’m glad you put him away.”