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October 22, 2013

Court: Businessman plotted to 'get rid of' gay employee

— A Reade Township businessman was jailed Friday after authorities said he tried to get a relative to injure an openly gay employee who demanded a raise and a promotion.

State police in Ebensburg charged Shane Ryan Krestar, 26, of Fallentimber, with two counts each of solicitation to commit criminal homicide, solicitation to commit aggravated assault and terroristic threats.

Krestar, owner of Key Life Human Services in Coalport, Clearfield County, was arraigned by on-call District Judge John Barron of Stonycreek Township and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post $200,000 bond.

In a criminal complaint, Krestar’s relative said the employee allegedly had confronted Krestar demanding a raise and a promotion to supervisor or she would play the “gay card.”

Krestar spoke to his relative about the employee four times, troopers said.

On one occasion, Krestar said: “I have to let her go but she would play the gay card. What would it take for you to tamper with her car? We have to get rid of her,” the court document reads.

At another time, Krestar reportedly said: “I want it done. I’ll pay you anything.”

Troopers said the business provides residential services for mentally challenged clients.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on


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