Man Who Exposed Genitals to Pregnant Woman, Trespassed in Woman’s Apartment Waives Hearings

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A 19-year-old man waived his hearings on Thursday on charges for allegedly exposed his genitals to a pregnant woman on an elevator in Punxsutawney Borough, and another incident in which he trespassed in a woman’s apartment.

Court documents indicate 19-year-old the following charges against Daniel Scott Heitzenrater, of Glen Campbell, were waived for court on Thursday, April 23:

Charges from December 2019 incident:

– Indecent Exposure, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Misdemeanor 3
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3

Charges from March 14 incident:

– Criminal Trespass-Enter Structure, Felony 3

The charges have been transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Heitzenrater remains free on $25,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from two separate incidents that occurred in Punxsutawney Borough, Jefferson County.

December 2019 incident:

According to a criminal complaint, around 8:02 a.m. on December 31, 2019, a known victim was entering the Jefferson Street High Rise, and while waiting to enter the building, Daniel Scott Heitzenrater allegedly attempted to have a conversation with her about the weather.

The victim reported Heitzenrater entered the elevator with her, and after the door closed, he asked her several times to “see her boobs.” She told police he then pulled down the zipper on his pants and exposed his genitals. The victim reported she attempted to avoid any verbal or eye contact with Heitzenrater, and he then exited at the fourth floor, according to the complaint.

Officer Andrekovich, of the Punxsutawney Police Department, viewed video footage of the entrance and hallway from the date in question, and also made contact with Heitzenrater.

According to the complaint, Heitzenrater allegedly admitted he exposed his genitals to the victim and said it was “because he really likes her.”

He also stated he had never met the victim prior to that day and was not aware she was married and five months pregnant, the complaint states.

Charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office.

March 14 incident:

According to a criminal complaint, on March 14, Punxsutawney Borough Police were dispatched to a residence on Weis Alley for a report of a man who came out of the residence when the owner came home.

Police spoke with the victim who reported that she came home from work, pulled in front of her residence, and saw a man in a neon green sweatshirt and white knock-off Converse shoes who had a short beard, was around 5’8″ to 5’9″ and appeared to be in his 20s. She reported the man came up to her truck, and she asked what he was doing in her apartment. The man allegedly stated he thought it was his friend’s place, then asked if the victim had a boyfriend, and the victim replied that she did.

According to the complaint, the victim reported the man then left, and she went into her residence and checked on her 10-year-old sister, who was in the apartment at the time and also checked to make sure nothing was missing.

The complaint notes Officer Winfield remembered seeing Daniel Heitzenrater earlier in the evening, wearing a neon green shirt that matched the victim’s description.

On Saturday, March 15, Officer Winfield spoke to Heitzenrater.

According to the complaint, Heitzenrater reported he was looking for his friend. Heitzenrater filled out a written statement about the incident, as requested by police, in which he reported he walked into the residence, and no one was inside. He reported that as he was walking out, the girl pulled up in her truck.

According to the complaint, when asked why he went into the apartment, Heitzenrater said “to get warm,” and when asked if he knew no one was home, he said he did.

He allegedly told police, “I didn’t show her my weenie or anything like that.”

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