The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

June 28, 2013

East Taylor man accused of rape

Girlfriend also facing charges in incident involving teen

— An East Taylor Township man and his girlfriend are in jail on charges he raped a 17-year-old girl and the woman tried to cover up the crime.

Jeffrey M. Knepper, 45, and Rosemary A. Stonerook, 42, both of the 100 block of Bansky Avenue, were arraigned Friday by District Judge Mary Ann Zanghi in Vinco.

East Taylor Township police say the victim told them Knepper entered the bedroom where she was staying in the couple’s home Thursday morning after Stonerook left for work.

Knepper sexually assaulted her, but she was able to get out of the house and go to a relative’s, the criminal complaint said.

She returned to the Bansky Avenue home later Thursday morning and Knepper again accosted her, this time raping her, she told police.

Police said Knepper had been under orders to stay out of the house because of another incident.

But court papers say the 17-year-old told police Stonerook had her go pick up Knepper at his mother’s house on the day the “safety plan” was put into effect by Children and Youth Services.

Stonerook also took the girl’s cellphone and driver’s license and told her to tell police and CYS “as little as possible” to get the case done with, the court papers said.

Knepper is charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, statutory sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children, sexual assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure, corruption of a minor, harassment and disorderly conduct.

Stonerook is charged with endangering the welfare of children, corruption of a minor, reckless endangerment and hindering apprehension.

Both were taken to Cambria County Prison after failing to post bond.

Knepper’s bail is set at $75,000 and Stonerook’s is set at $50,000.

Additional charges may be forthcoming, East Taylor police Chief Ken Smith said.

The victim reported a similar incident several months ago but then “clammed up,” Smith said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Fire1.JPG Neighbors rouse residents from West End fire

    Vincent Freedman was asleep in a duplex in Johnstown’s West End early Monday when he was awakened by pounding on the door.

    July 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • mundys corner wreck 22 Motorcyclist injured on Rt. 271 in Mundys Corner

    An accident reconstruction team was brought in to process a crash scene involving a motorcycle and tri-axle truck on Route 271, investigators said.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cause of West End fire still undetermined

    The cause of a five-alarm fire early Monday morning at a vacant structure on the 500 block of Dorothy Avenue in Johnstown’s West End has not yet been determined.

    July 22, 2014

  • Rents change with new rules

    A change in federal housing regulations raises the rent for 28 public housing tenants and reduces the rent for 29 tenants in Johnstown Housing Authority communities.

    July 21, 2014

  • Memorial programs recognized

    A national hospital ranking report recognizes Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center as high performing in four categories.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tribune Treasure!

    July 22, 2014

  • Residents seek Sonman memorial

    Relatives of workers involved in one of the biggest mine disasters in the region’s history are working to keep the victims’ memories from fading. Next year marks the 75th anniversary of the 1940 Sonman Mine explosion, which claimed 63 lives.

    July 21, 2014

  • Foul play ruled out in train fatality

    Foul play has been ruled out in the death of a Windber man found struck by a train near Seward early Sunday, investigators say.

    July 21, 2014

  • Correction 07/22/2014

    July 21, 2014

  • Concussion prevention project progressing

    A Johnstown-area hospital and school district are a step ahead of the president's call for more research into sports injuries, having developed a groundbreaking concussion-prevention program aimed at helping all athletes, particularly students, avoid brain injuries.

    July 21, 2014


What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
House Ads