HUNTINGDON - A 65-year-old Huntingdon man pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of rape and two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse in a case that involved eight alleged victims in three counties, Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic said.
Larry Myers pleaded guilty to five counts and, under the plea deal, will receive a sentence of 15 to 40 years and will have to go through a Megan's Law evaluation before the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board to determine if he is to be classified as a sexually violent predator, the district attorney said.
"It's essentially a life sentence," Zanic said.
The agreement involved counts pertaining to three of the eight accusers, including Amish and Mennonite male children from Juniata, Mifflin and Centre counties. The alleged assaults occurred between 2003 and 2010, and some of the incidents allegedly took place in the Big Valley area of Huntingdon County.
Myers befriended their families and children in those communities and was able to take the children on trips, Zanic said. He was a farm laborer who often took the boys with him for horseback rides or to make hay or mulch, police said.
Zanic praised Trooper Charles Aungst of the Pennsylvania State Police for his investigative work that led to the guilty plea. It was a unique case because the victims are Amish and because they are in different parts of the eastern U.S., Zanic said.
Myers' sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 6 in the Huntingdon County Court of Common Pleas. He remains incarcerated at the Huntingdon County Prison.