A former church deacon and school board member is facing more charges of unlawful restraint and corruption of minors.
Brian Scott Eppley, 56, North Walnut Street, Davidsville, was charged with two counts each of unlawful restraint and corruption of minors in two additional cases by Conemaugh Township police.
In one case a male teenager said Eppley instructed him to meet in an unoccupied room of the Maple Spring Church of the Brethren in Jerome. Eppley would instruct the teenager to remove his shoes and place his feet in Eppley's lap, police said. Eppley would also trace the child's feet, according to court documents. This occurred once a month for two to three years.
In the other case Eppley is accused of meeting another child at the church every Sunday from March to June. Eppley would ask the teenager to remove his shoes and place his feet on his face, police said. He would also trace the child's feet.
Eppley is facing the same charges in a third case. In that case police said Eppley instructed a third boy to put his feet on his face. The acts occurred approximately 75 times from 2007 to 2012 at the church, the Conemaugh Township Historical Society, the Connumach Lions Club and the boy's home, police said.
Eppley resigned his Conemaugh Township school board position on Aug. 29. As part of his bond, he is not permitted on church property.
Conemaugh Township police Detective Michael Popma said all three young men came to police around the same time. He said he had to do further investigation before filing charges in the two other cases.
"The investigation is continuing and we believe there are additional victims," he said.
Eppley will have an arraignment and preliminary hearing in both new cases at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 before District Judge Susan Mankamyer in Boswell.
A preliminary hearing on the original charge is set for 2:45 p.m. Oct. 2 before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset.
Eppley is free on $25,000 unsecured bond. He is represented by attorney Joseph Policicchio of Somerset. In May Eppley retired from the Meyersdale school district where he taught middle school social studies.