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But he counts himself among the lucky ones who have negotiated the ravages of abuse to forge a life. Plus the Senate just gave them a green light said: 'Here you go. For the past several months, Dougherty has been following the reports on House Bill 1947, the reform legislation that is poised to overhaul Pennsylvania's child sex crime laws. 'Here you go.' No sex offense charges." Like almost all victims of clergy sex abuse, Dougherty blames the church for the fate of the bill.
The torment and the pain are just beneath the surface, though. The bill - which sailed out of the House in April by a 180-15 vote - passed the Senate last week, but only after being stripped of the retroactive measure that would have allowed Dougherty to seek legal recourse against Koharchik. He said the church, and its powerful legislative arm, the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, have the ear of lawmakers in the General Assembly .
Even though the FBI concluded he was a child predator, because of expired statute of limitations, Koharchick cannot be identified as a child predator.
Sean Simmers, Penn Shaun Dougherty's story begins on page 66 of the grand jury report into widespread child sexual abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.
Priests and church leaders sexually abused hundreds of children in Altoona Diocese: AG office The grand jury report could not recommend criminal charges against any individuals associated with the diocese as all criminal statute of limitations had expired. Scarnati argued that it was unconstitutional to revive expired statute of limitations, the conclusion delivered by the state Solicitor General Bruce Castor during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill. To date, dioceses across the state have spent more than .6 million on victim/survivor assistance services to provide "compassionate support to individuals and families." "The Catholic Church has a sincere commitment to the emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals who have been impacted by the crime of childhood sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the crime was committed," reads the conference's official statement.
"That is his interpretation," Dougherty said of Scarnati's opinion on the constitutionality of the bill. A priest defrocked In 2012, contacted by detectives investigating allegations of child sex abuse against Koharchik, Dougherty provided information to the Cambria County law enforcement officials.
Gone is his faith in his religion, and most of his faith in God.
"When accusations were brought, (Bishop Mark Bartchak) immediately placed George Koharchik on leave." On Jan. "The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome requested that George Koharchik seek laicization," De Gol said, reading from the former priest's file.
"When he did, it was granted by Pope Francis." Koharchik lives in Johnstown as a private citizen.
A preferential sex offender Koharchik on March 17, 2015, testified before grand jury investigators that he had sexually molested boys while at St. In a contentious exchange, Koharchick told investigators how he had for years slept and showered with minors, how he had children sit on his lap and how he "patted" the buttocks of young boys.
Koharchik offered only clipped answers to the aggressive questions from investigators.
The second youngest of nine kids, Dougherty was 10 and a fifth-grader at St. Koharchik was his basketball coach and his religion teacher.