69 Year old Thomas Gehres Sr. of Jim Thorpe appeared in district court today on rape charges.  According to a police affidavit Gehres admits to assaulting his 19 year old grand-daughter last month at his home.  He gave her money so she wouldn't tell her parents.

During the investigation, police learned he also groped the victim earlier in the year, but she didn't come forward at that time. He'll face additional charges in for that incident.

Gehres is charged with rape, rape by force,aggravated indecent assault,  incest and related offenses.  He waived his right to a preliminary hearing today, and all charges will be bound over to Carbon County court.