Charges Dismissed against Priest in Assault Case
August 1, 2014
A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed charges against a priest accused of plying a 13-year-old girl with alcohol and touching her inappropriately after a midnight Christmas Mass in 1998.
Altavilla had been charged with indecent assault and corruption of minors.
The accuser testified in May that Altavilla rubbed her feet and thigh. Defense attorney Paul Walker questioned whether the touching constituted indecent contact and also argued that the statute of limitations had run out.