In late 2016, 31-year-old Holly Greiner, the mother of two children, testified against her husband, 29-year-old Robert Phillip Greiner, in court. Robert was on trial for sexually abusing minors — their own 10 and five-year-old kids.
The devastating case began in June 2015, when their 10-year-old son went to Pennsylvania officials and reported that both he and his younger sister were being sexually abused, dating back six months.
The children were reportedly forced to perform sex acts with each other and with their parents.
Holly’s attorney, chief public defender Bruce Blocher, told York Dispatch that from that moment on, she was forthcoming and upfront about the abuse her kids were suffering:
West Manheim Township Police Department
“She owned up to her own actions right from the beginning.”
In November 2016, Robert was convicted of 11 criminal counts, some of which were endangering the welfare of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, rape of a child, corruption of minors, tampering with evidence, and, notably, two counts of witness intimidation.
York Dispatch reported that those latter charges were filed after Robert’s arrest, when, from prison, he demanded his wife withdraw her statements to officials and not testify against him in court.
According to reports, Robert was declared a sexually violent predator — which would require, should he be released from prison, monthly counseling meetings and lifetime registration.
However, senior deputy prosecutor Chuck Murphy said that won’t be necessary due to Robert’s lengthy sentence:
“That’s actually what I argued for at sentencing — that he deserves to be incarcerated for the rest of his life.”
Robert was sentenced to 67 to 134 years behind bars.West Manheim Township Police Department
And on Monday, Holly faced her own consequences.
Because her testimony was critical in putting Robert away, according to officials, her charges were reduced. Child rape was dropped, and instead, she was only charged with two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child — first-degree felonies to which she plead guilty.
She was sentenced to five to 15 years behind bars as well as 15 subsequent years of probation, per the York Dispatch.
But Holly wasn’t the only person who helped officials secure Robert’s fate. The victims, their two abused children, were also brave enough to testify.
Murphy told the York Dispatcher that their five-year-old daughter was entirely willing to testify in order to end not only the abuse but also the terrible effects it had on her:
“She said it was because she didn’t want to have bad dreams about it anymore.”
During Molly’s trial, one of her family members told the York Dispatcher that since her testimony, the little girl hasn’t had any more nightmares.
And thanks to her and her brother’s courageous testimonies, she won’t have to face the very people who caused those terrifying nightmares for a very long time.