Stoystown man charged with aiding runaway juvenile

August 24, 2018

A Stoystown man has been charged with interfering with the custody of a child and corrupting a minor.

John Joseph Neimiller Jr., 24, of 1st Street, was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Susan Mankamyer and sent to the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $30,000 bond.

On July 25, state police visited a home along 1st Street to speak with a woman about her granddaughter, who had run away from home overnight. Police searched the neighborhood and came into contact with Neimiller’s girlfriend, Nicole Platter. The trooper told her about the investigation and the missing juvenile, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

“Over the next several days members of PSP Somerset searched several areas for the Victim as well as followed-up on several leads,” Trooper Joseph Kozuch wrote in the affidavit. “Many of the anonymous tips we received indicated that the Victim was in the custody of the Defendant and his girlfriend.”

On Aug. 5 police received a tip indicating the girl was at another home along 1st Street. Police found the girl in the home and interviewed her. She told police that Neimiller assisted her daily, providing her with shelter, food, beverages and clothing. She said he also propositioned her for sex, according to police.

The girl said she told Neimiller’s girlfriend about his request. This upset him, she said, prompting him to tell her to leave his trailer and go to her aunt’s trailer, where she was later found. Neimiller told police he provided the anonymous tip, according to the affidavit.

Neimiller was charged last week with purchasing alcohol for four juveniles. Preliminary hearings are scheduled to take place Wednesday morning before Mankamyer. Platter was not charged.

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