City man charged with 172 counts of sex abuse

An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he sexually abused a girl for nine years, starting when she was 5-years-old.

Kenneth R. Haverstine, 47, was arrested Thursday on 172 counts related to the sexual assault of a girl between early 2008 and 2017.

Haverstine appeared before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio late in the afternoon on Thursday for his arraignment on the charges, including 22 counts each of rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and statutory sexual assault.

Judge DeAntonio set bail at $250,000 cash, citing the seriousness of the charges and the young age of the alleged victim when the abuse started.

According to the charges, Haverstine confessed Thursday to sexually abusing the girl three or four times a year starting when she was about 5 years old until she was about 10. The allegations surfaced last year when the girl was 14 and during

the investigation, she revealed Haverstine abused her for about 9 years and then stopped when she confronted him at the age of 14.

According to the charges, Haverstine allegedly abused the girl in a variety of ways, and also made her perform sex acts on him.

Haverstine told Judge DeAntonio his criminal record consists of just two, 20-year-old DUI cases. He said he is self-employed and operates a lawn care business. He is currently married with no children living at home, he told the judge.

Haverstine was led from Judge DeAntonio’s office on Fourth Street just after 4 p.m. and taken to the Blair County Prison, where he was lodged in lieu of his quarter-million dollar bail.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Sept. 26 at Central Court.