WHEN THEY MET in 2010, she was 14 and he, a silver-haired 72-year-old, was old enough to be her grandfather.
They met at Courtesy Stables in Andorra. She rode horses. Walter Sasse, a retired Philadelphia cop who spent 18 years on horseback in the elite Mounted Patrol, supervised the barn.
At first, everything was ordinary, she said. But friendly hugs and kisses soon turned into romantic kissing and fondling. That escalated into a 2 1/2-year relationship that included frequent oral sex and masturbation until she ended things in December, she said.
Yesterday, after hearing testimony from the girl, Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge James Murray Lynn ordered Sasse, who will be 76 next month, held for trial on charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual assault, corruption of minors and aggravated indecent assault.