Harrisburg performing arts teacher gave underage booze, made them strip naked; police

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Harrisburg-area performing arts teacher has been charged after police say he provided underage girls with alcohol, forced them to strip and had been touched inappropriately.

On June 27, Lower Swatara Township Police arrested Matthew Thomas Schreiber of Camp Hill on two counts of indecent assault and two counts of bribery of minors.

According to a criminal complaint, Schreiber was a director, teacher and stage companion at the Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center, a community and religious youth organization. According to the police, Schreiber was a volunteer for the youth organization.

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The Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Protection Unit contacted police to report an alleged incident in 2018 involving multiple teenage girls. A 17-year-old woman reported that Schreiber brought her and three friends to his Camp Hill home and provided them with alcohol and made them strip naked.

According to police, the victims, aged between 13 and 17, said they were given alcohol, beer and wine coolers, which made them intoxicated. The victims said that Schreiber had prepared drinks and that a girl had drunk at least 15 doses of alcohol. One victim said she thought she lost consciousness that evening.

According to the criminal complaint, Schreiber suggested the girls play “truth or dare” and challenged them to strip and come out naked. One of the victims provided video from the night showing the group in various stages of stripping.

Police also say the victims were touched by Schreiber and made them do a “puddle of hugs” with him. The victims also reported that Schreiber groped them and attempted to touch their genitals.

The victims told the police that Schreiber had power over them through the theater performances.

Schreiber has posted an unsecured bond of $50,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 13.

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