A local Army recruiter has been charged with corruption of minors for allegedly having consensual sexual contact with a 17-year-old female recruit.

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey A. Einsig Jr., 28, of East Manchester Township, has been suspended from his recruiting duties, according to a statement released by the U.S. Army Harrisburg Recruiting Battalion. His formal arraignment is set for Jan. 21 in Adams County Court.

Efforts to reach Einsig Monday evening were unsuccessful.

According to court documents, the 17-year-old Biglerville High School student went to the Hanover recruiting office on Carlisle Street in August to get information about joining the U.S. Army.

The girl told state police she became friends with Einsig, and they sent each other text messages. Their relationship grew and led to two meetings when the alleged sexual contact occurred, court documents state.

During one of the encounters, the pair went in a government-owned vehicle to state gamelands in Butler Township, documents state.

The pair planned to meet Sept. 22 and again go to the state gamelands, but the girl's mother became suspicious and called state police, court documents state.

Both admitted to the sexual contact, police said.

The U.S. Army Recruiting Command concluded an internal investigation, and Einsig faces Uniform Code of Military Justice action as well, an Army spokeswoman said.

"The U.S. Army Recruiting Command takes all allegations of recruiter misconduct seriously," Harrisburg recruiting battalion spokeswoman Staci Cretu said in a written statement.


"When integrity, honor and duty are not upheld, we are deeply disappointed."

Case status

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Einsig Jr. waived his preliminary hearing Nov. 19. He is scheduled for formal arraignment Jan. 21 in Adams County Court.