Assignment Record – Rev. George D. Koharchik

Summary of Case: An Altoona-Johnstown diocesan priest, Koharchik was removed from active ministry in August 2012, after allegations surfaced that he had sexually molested multiple young boys in the late 1970s. The District Attorney launched an investigation into the claims.

Ordained: 1974
Incardinated: Altoona-Johnstown


   

Start Stop Parish/Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes

1974

Altoona-Johnstown bishop was James John Hogan (1966-1986)

1979 St. Clement's

Johnstown

Koharchik was accused publicly in August 2012 of having sexually abused "multiple" young boys at a parish or parishes in the late 1970s. The diocese did not specify the parishes.

PA 3/3, 2/2, 2/3 St. Clement's had a school with 233-251 students, and a Vacation school until 1977 with 72-92 students.
1979 1980         Koharchik is not indexed in the 1980 Directory, and he is not listed in the Altoona-Johnstown diocesan pages as at St. Clement's.
1980 1984 St. Clement's Johnstown PA 4/4, 3/3 In residence. St. Clement's school had 214-232 students.
1984 1986 St. Joseph's Portage PA 2/2 St. Joseph's had a school with 164 students.

1986

Hogan was replaced by Joseph Victor Adamec (1987-2011)

1987 St. John the Evangelist Bellefonte PA 3/3 St. John's had a school with 134 students.
1986 1987 Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Penns Valley PA   This was a mission of St. John the Evangelist in Bellefonte.
1987 1995 St. Casimir's Johnstown PA 1/2, 1/3  
1995 1999 St. Joseph's Portage PA 1/1 St. Joseph's had a school with 95-55 students, and a religious education program with 210-176 students.
1999 2006 St. Mary's Shade Gap/Orbisonia PA 1/1 St. Mary's had a religious education program with 47-32 students.
1999 2008 State Correctional Institution Huntingdon PA Chaplain  
  Aug. 2012 Diocesan Personnel Board Altoona-Johnstown PA    

June 2006

Mark Leonard Bartchak succeeded Adamec (2011-)

2012 St. Catherine of Siena Mount Union PA Pastor

St. Catherine's had a religious education program with 49-41 students.

Koharchik was removed from active ministry in August 2012 after reports surfaced that Koharchik had sexually abused young boys in the late 1970s. The District Attorney launched an investigation.

 

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1975-2011)

Unedited: Diocese of Altoona-johnstown News Release Regarding Rev. George D. Koharchik (8/24/12), WJAC, August 24, 2012
Diocesan Priest Placed on Leave Following Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Cambria Co., WJAC, August 24, 2012
Priest at Mount Union Catholic Church Placed on Leave Amid Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors, By Anne Danahy , Centre Daily Times, August 24, 2012
Cambria Priest on Leave, Accused of Child Sex Abuse, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 24, 2012
Priest Accused of Abuse, By Kathy Mellott, Tribune Democrat, August 24, 2012
American Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse Placed on Leave, Press TV, August 25, 2012
Diocese Investigates Sexual Misconduct Claims, By Altoona Mirror, Zach Geiger, August 25, 2012
Cambria County Priest Accused of Child Sex Abuse, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 27, 2012
Until Victims Come Forward, Prosecutors Unable to Investigate Allegations against Priest, By Maria Miller, WJAC, August 28, 2012
Don't Jump to Conclusions, The Tribune-Democrat, August 29, 2012
Abuse Claims Recur, By Kathy Mellott, The Tribune-Democrat, September 1, 2012
Cambria DA's Office Launches Investigation into Priest, By Zach Geiger, Altoona Mirror, September 7, 2012
State May Lead Priest Probe, By Kathy Mellott, The Tribune-Democrat, September 16, 2012


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This assignment record was last updated on Sept. 24, 2012