Stephen William Wiley, the former president of the Wiley's Pharmacy Inc. chain in Lancaster County, resigned shortly before being charged today with inappropriate sexual contact with several minor employees, according to the company.
Richard Heilig, the current president of Wiley's Pharmacy, issued the following statement.
"We were sickened to learn of the allegations about our former president. Even more, that among the alleged victims were our former employees. We first learned of an allegation of inappropriate behavior last winter and quickly made two decisions. The first was to assist law enforcement in any way we could. The second was to place Mr. Wiley on a leave of absence while this matter was being investigated.
"The board of directors voted in December to place Mr. Wiley on a leave of absence from his employment. He also was asked for his immediate resignation as an officer and director, ending his tenure as president.
"After I learned law enforcement was investigating additional allegations against Mr. Wiley, I asked Mr. Wiley, who was still on a leave of absence, for his immediate resignation. I received that resignation this past Sunday, July 7. Stephen Wiley is no longer an employee of Wiley's Pharmacy.
"We obviously regard this to be a very serious matter. Thousands of Lancaster County residents trust Wiley's Pharmacy to help them with personal health issues and have done so for more than 20 years. It's a trust we take seriously. As president since December, I am committed to continuing to build that trust and we will assist law enforcement in any way possible."
The company said Stephen Wiley, 60, was an officer of Wiley Pharmacy since its inception in 1992 and worked almost exclusively at the Wiley's Pharmacy in Centerville, Lancaster County. The chain's other three locations are Millersville, Strasburg and Quarryville.
According to court officials, Wiley is free on $145,000 bail awaiting a court appearance on July 19.
Affidavits mention two males who began working for Wiley at his pharmacy at 15 and 16 years of age. Both reported spending time with Wiley socially outside work and being provided alcohol by Wiley despite being underage. One said Wiley made a sexual advance to him and "attempted to kiss him at his residence," but that he told Wiley "he was not gay and not to touch him."
The other employee said Wiley took him to Wiley's property in the Poconos about half a year after his employment began and sexually assaulted him. He said the assaults continued for years.
The reported incidents date from about 1998 to early 2012, according to the affidavits.
Court records show that Wiley is awaiting court action on previously filed charges of DUI, careless driving and furnishing liquor to a minor. The 16 charges filed today include a second-degree felony count of statutory sexual assault; a first-degree felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years of age; and misdemeanor charges including corruption of minors.
Wiley's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment this afternoon.
Updated Aug. 15, 2013: Charges regarding three individuals were withdrawn in August because their statute of limitations had expired, but Wiley still faces the most serious charges concerning a fourth individual.