PETERS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A former employee at a Washington County swim school for kids is accused of inviting teenagers over to his home and giving them alcohol.
Forty-four-year-old Robert Keller, of Peters Township, worked at the Goldfish Swim School, also located in Peters.
Keller allegedly made lewd comments about three girls, ages 16 and 17, and invited them to his home.
Investigators say he believed one of the girls “was inhabited by the soul of his deceased former girlfriend,” and he invited a 16-year-old girl to his home, gave her alcohol, sent her texts and asked her for photos.
One of the girls went to police, and they were able to act quickly.
“These types of cases tend to morph. Everyone’s familiar with the larger cases that have occurred over the years, the Jerry Sandusky-type cases that morph into something very large,” Peters Township Police Chief Douglas Grimes said.
Police said he is also accused of making lewd comments about girls who were walking into the facility’s showers. Keller allegedly said, “This is my fantasy, seeing me and three hot chicks in a shower.”
The Goldfish Swim School released the following statement: “We have been made aware of the allegations that an employee at our Peters Township location has acted inappropriately in a sexual nature towards another employee … the employee was removed from the premises and his employment was terminated … we do not condone this type of behavior … and have policies in place, including background checks for new employees.”
Keller is facing charges of interference with child custody, corruption of minors, harassment and giving alcohol to minors.
He’s also accused of offering to help one of the teens emancipate from her family and get a tattoo.
He was arraigned and released from the Washington County Jail after posting $50,000 bond.
He is scheduled to be back in court on April 30.