Priest Sentenced for Sex Abuse of Children

Associated Press, carried in Centre Daily Times
November 22, 2006

Pottsville -- A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to four to 10 years in state prison Tuesday after a judge revoked his probation for sexual abuse of children.

Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin told the Rev. Ronald J. Yarrosh, 57, that buying child pornography, taking a stripper's 7-year-old daughter to lunch and drinking alcohol were all violations of his probation. Defense lawyer Christopher Hobbs described Yarrosh's acts while on probation as "misguided actions."

The Allentown Diocese relieved Yarrosh of his duties when he was charged in 2004. In August 2005, Yarrosh was sentenced to three to 23 months in prison for a theft charge for taking more than $23,000 from St. Ambrose Church in Schuylkill Haven, where Yarrosh was an assistant pastor.

At the same time, Yarrosh got 10 years of probation for sexual abuse of children. That charge came when police investigating the embezzlement allegations found that Yarrosh had hundreds of images of child pornography in his possession. At the time, Schuylkill County District Attorney Frank R. Cori said Yarrosh's "conduct fell short of actual improper contact with children."


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