Police: Convicted child rapist heading back to prison after contacting victim and children

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Police say a convicted child rapist is heading back to prison after contacting a victim and two children shortly after completing a 20-year prison sentence.

Peter J. Shelley served 20 years in state prison after he was sentenced in 1999 for crimes committed against two girls, police say.

During a recent probation violation hearing, Assistant District Attorney, Fritz Haverstick said Shelley was released in August and just 29 days later he tried to contact one of his victims and two children via Facebook.

ADA Haverstick said the victim said she thought she’d moved on from this part of her past. Haverstick said Shelley’s behavior was unconscionable and he had revictimized the woman by trying to contact her.

According to authorities, during the probation violation hearing, Shelley said that he did not understand technology and had made contact by accident.

Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely said he didn’t believe that to be true and sentenced Shelley to 1 to 10 years.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.