Details emerge in sexual assault allegations against Tetro

Staff Writer

Further details have emerged related to charges of rape and sexual assault filed Thursday against Glenn Edward Tetro, a co-founder and clinical director of Brookville Behavioral Health.
Tetro, 56, Summerville, has been charged with nine counts of rape, 34 counts of rape victim less than 13 years of age, nine counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, nine counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse victim less than 16 years of age, 34 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse victim less than 13 years of age, 34 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse victim less than 16 years of age/perpetrator four or more years older, nine counts of statutory rape, 34 counts of statutory sexual assault, nine counts of indecent assault perpetrator over 18 years of age/victim less than 14 years of age and 34 counts of indecent assault victim less than 13 years of age.
According to court documents, the investigation was initiated when the victim arrived at the Punxsutawney Pennsylvania State Police barracks and reported the sexual abuse, which allegedly occurred between 1994 and 1998. The alleged abuse began when the victim was six years old and continued until the age of ten. At that time, Tetro was working at Abraxas Youth and Family Services as a counselor while attending Clarion University. After graduation, he co-founded Brookville Behavioral Health LLC.
The victim reported that most of the abuse occurred at a residence in Summerville. She described the sex acts to police, relating that Tetro allegedly trained her to think it was normal behavior. She also provided police with court documents indicating suspected sexual abuse claims against Tetro.
Police later interviewed the victim's mother, who reported having been told in 2011 that Tetro had abused the victim when she was younger. The mother was interviewed again at a later date after she had begun writing down everything she could recall that might be relevant to the incident, providing more details of what the victim had told her.
On Feb. 20, 2018, the victim contacted Tetro via telephone. Tetro answered and spoke with the victim for approximately 19 minutes. Police reported that Tetro indicated that he was sorry for what he had done to her; when asked why, he told her it is easy to repress feelings like that when you don't have a constant reminder around. He reportedly said it was normal for the victim to be reliving those memories, especially when you have kids the same age. According to court documents, Tetro told her he loved her, saying, "Don't you remember the night when I said, 'Sorry, honey, we can't do this anymore, young ladies don't do this, and I want you to grow up to be a beautiful young lady?'"
On Feb. 27, the victim again contacted Tetro via telephone; he answered and spoke with her for approximately 14 minutes. During the call, the victim asked if Tetro remembered specific acts that were committed; police said he responded in the affirmative.
During interviews with police, the victim was unable to remember exactly how often the abuse occurred, saying it was an almost daily event early on but happened only when Tetro had opportunity as it progressed. She estimated it occurred at least once per month, often more.
Based on this information, police concluded there was sufficient evidence to file the aforementioned charges against Tetro.