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Phoenixville Man Charged with Fondling Child

Mark Donald Gear groped a 4-year-old on New Year's Eve 2010, according to police.

Warning: the language in this report is occasionally sexually explicit and may not be appropriate for all readers.

A 61-year-old Phoenixville man is in Chester County Prison after police say he fondled a 4-year-old girl on New Year's Eve in 2010.

On Wednesday, an investigation of more than two years culminated in felony charges of aggravated indecent assault of a child and corruption of minors being levied against Mark Donald Gear, according to court documents.

On Jan. 24, 2011, police say a 4-year-old girl was interviewed at the Chester County Child Advocacy Center by a county detective. The young victim told the detective that on New Year's Eve she was sitting on the defendant's lap when Gear put his hands down her pants and rubbed her groin and buttock area, police said. The girl said the assault occurred at Gear’s 1082 West Bridge Street residence, police said.

The girl said she immediately got off Gear’s lap and ran into the kitchen to tell another adult what had happened, police said.

On March 13 of this year, the Chesco detective questioned the girl, who is now 6 years old. The girl gave the same account she had more than two years ago, police said.

On March 20, Gear was charged for his alleged actions. He was confined to Chester County Prison when he was unable to post bail. He faces a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

Update: Gear's preliminary hearing has been continued to April 4.

harry finster March 27, 2013 at 03:14 PM
its your town full of drug addled people ,a failed community do to a failed culture cite=site
Annie March 27, 2013 at 05:52 PM
@the original harry finster1 By "its your town full of drug addled people ,a failed community do to a failed culture cite=site," I think you really meant: "It's your town full of drug-addled people; a failed community due to a failed culture. cite=site" Takes one to know one.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, March 27, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Don't say the mother could never put something like this in a childs head...its as very possible as the alleged allegations against Mark....I have seen parents do a lot worse in the name of revenge...and I find it remarkable that a child that young has such an amazing memory as well...I have very young children...they don't "remember" events from 2 yrs ago, but they believe what is told to them that happened...I also find it interesting that two years ago, a young child goes to her parents and says someone just had their hands in her panties and a ass kicking did not take place and police weren't involved and we never heard about this back then...I know if I had a party and any child said that...there would have been outrage to the point the law would have been called....I said it before...something just ain't right about this story....a lot of pieces are missing and people need to stop being judge and jury...Mark is entitled to a fair hearing, and its quite obvious he won't get one now....
hacker70 March 27, 2013 at 07:17 PM
@Mom- Ok- point taken- but there hasn't even been a hearing or evidence presented yet- let this make its way through the court system rather than throwing all this garbage back and forth- if there is no evidence to support all this the case will get tossed and Mr. Gear should sue the crap out of everyone involved. If there is evidence to support the charges then he has a problem- at least then you'll know who is in denial and who isn't.
I know the truth March 27, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Why don't you ask mark's lawyer that he hired 2 years ago about the situation? This scenario didn't happen at a party, there weren't alot of people there, and you don't know that people didn't get enraged and try to commit bodily harm to that freak. Once again you people don't know ANYTHING AND SHOULD KEEP YOUR MOUTHS SHUT. You have never been molested obviously so you don't know what impact that would have on a child!!!! And she was too scared to tell anyone bc he told her not too just like a typical scumbag. She was just old enough for it to traumatized her for the rest of her life. Do not compare her to your kids who have not been touched inappropriately. It becomes more and more obvious by the comments of his supporters just the stupidity that surrounds him. You people don't understand the severity of what he did. But you will.
John March 27, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Momof3...how do you know he did?
John March 27, 2013 at 09:13 PM
leave it to Harry the pedophile idiot to chime in on what is obviously a serious/volatile situaton. Harry, go away and kill yourself.
John March 27, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Nothing more dangerous on this planet then a scorned woman.
John March 27, 2013 at 09:15 PM
I think majority of rational comments are centered around due process.
Brooke Spinelli March 27, 2013 at 09:27 PM
John you are right. The law is innocent until proven guilty in our judicial system. There may be evidence to support that a crime was committed but there also may be evidenced to the contrary. I would be careful to convict a potentially innocent man in the court of public opinion patch users... For you yourselves may one day be the subject of a criminal headline whether you are guilty or not.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, March 27, 2013 at 09:56 PM
"I know the truth" unless you were an actual eyewitness to the "abuse",even YOU don't know the entire truth now do you? And I seriously doubt Mark's lawyer is out running his mouth about anything. So since you can't say you HONESTLY know THE TRUTH you need to stop playing judge and jury and let the courts do their job.....
I know the truth March 27, 2013 at 09:59 PM
John. This situation has nothing to do with a woman scorned. This situation revolves around a child.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, March 27, 2013 at 10:05 PM
BTW "I KNOW THE TRUTH" the above article clearly states, the child "immeadiately" went into the kitchen and told an adult...It says nothing about her being afraid to tell anyone what happened....Still "know the truth" ??
I know the truth March 27, 2013 at 10:18 PM
I do know the truth and I could care less what the idiots surrounding him think, I have faith that this will resolve itself, and that the truth will be told.
I know the truth March 27, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Hey ville? You are a moron, I know the details of the article and I know more details than I'm allowed to put on here. Not all grownups know what to do when a child says something of that magnitude. Don't try and make it seem like I don't know the situation bc I know it all. I'm closer to the victim then you are. And by victim I mean the child. Again I don't care for the idiots that "think"they know bc they A. Read the article or B. know mark. None of that means anything to me, but again it doesn't matter, God will deal with him one way or another.
harry finster March 28, 2013 at 03:54 AM
tom S You are the Robin Hood of phoenixville, freeing the inhabitants to speak their minds (even though some seem to lack one) ,fighting the evil repressive,oppressive sheriff of nottingham representative of a small town hierarchy that hides its sins behind a veneer of normalcy
SCANDAL March 28, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Used to live the Ville, Apparently you know nothing of being molested or you would have never made the comment about remembering. Im not saying the man is guilty or innocent. But when some heinous act was done to you. It's hard to forget it. You relive it over and over. A simple movement from someone else can make all the memories come back.
John March 28, 2013 at 06:12 PM
actually, I don't mean what I say. I'm such a loser, and I have no life...I've been stalking these boards because of all the crimes I committed, and praying that I don't have to flee to Mexico. Good luck to you all, I love you and pray that life works out great...I'm Phoenixville Proud!!!!
Voice of reason March 28, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Its nice to learn that so many people in Phoenixville live such clean and sinless lives, that they can pass judgment and cast dispersions on the family of the victim of a crime. A victim, I might add, that was only FOUR years old at the time of the crime... Must be an AWESOME place to live. But seriously, all emotion aside, clearly, no one here has even the slightest clue as to how the legal system works. The wheels of justice move slowly... Especially in a case such as this. These charges are too serious to be taken lightly by the chester county detectives. There is NO WAY this is a spur of the moment case brought on by a filing of divorce in January. This type of case takes MONTHS if not YEARS of investigation and evidence gathering. I can understand that this is a heinous crime, and as such, is unbelievable to those of you close to the accused. I can understand wanting to come to the defense of your father. But burying your heads in the sand won't make this go away. Simply put, where there is smoke, there is fire. These charges are REAL, and the result of HOURS and HOURS of interviews and BOXES and BOXES of evidence. These charges are NEVER brought about with only the rantings of a deranged ex-wife. To suggest otherwise is unfair and ignorant. This is a very serious case with very serious accusations. The victim here is not a 61-year-old alcoholic with a crazy ex-wife. The victim here just happens to be a LITTLE GIRL. Please try to remember that.
Jim L. March 28, 2013 at 09:34 PM
If this is not true then he should take all the legal action he can against those responsible for damaging his name/reputation. Get a good attorney and sue.. It is awful that this can happen to someone if they are innocent It should be investigated thoroughly before action is taken to arrest someone. Pray that the truth comes out.
Detective March 30, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Marks daughter..feel real bad for you. Your "dad" (who is a wife beater and tried to set a woman on fire) is super sick in the head and is getting less punishment than he deserves. He needs help. But I don't think there is any. The funny thing about kids is that they don't know things like this can even happen until they do. Like father like daughter!
Detective March 30, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Oh and the person called Kate served time in jail and rehab. Ouch lady!
Katie April 01, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Dawn ... Why do you say KL ... Since she is a minor her name was not disclosed, do you know this family ?
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, May 06, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Detective, how dare you! " like father like daughter". I do not believe Mark did this, but that is a rotten thing to say to his daughter! More children should have unconditional love for their parents and vice versa what a better place this world would be. Your a mean person!
The truth June 05, 2013 at 02:41 AM
I think it's safe to say the truth is out. He pled guilty. What do u people think now of this "wonderful" loving man??? He admitted it and is getting a lesser charge than he should. U people are idiots for defending a child molestor. But the TRUTH is finally out
Meg Holler June 05, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Wow, your still commenting... Get a life.
Meg Holler June 05, 2013 at 04:47 PM
To bad u think u know what your talking about...get a life peeps
The truth June 05, 2013 at 08:23 PM
It's a shame the truth of ur father is out, and a shame he doesn't get jail time. Ur obviously still looking at this post, and who needs to get a life?
Katie June 06, 2013 at 10:22 AM
You shouldn't throw stones at a glass house! Who cares about the ex wife.
Katie June 06, 2013 at 10:26 AM
Trauma for sure.... .CYS def got involved but bc of this guy not anyone else

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