Ex-Priest Facing Child Sex Charges

Associated Press
May 26, 1999

A former Roman Catholic priest has been charged with molesting a 14-year-old boy after plying him with alcohol and pornographic movies.

Joseph Gaborek Jr., 49, of East Conemaugh is charged with corruption of a minor, indecent assault and selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Reached by telephone at his home on Tuesday, Gaborek declined to comment on the case, the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reported.

Gaborek was the pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Roaring Spring from 1984 to 1987. He was later suspended.

In September 1989, he was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, open lewdness and misconduct for allegedly sexually assaulting a dog in a Logan Township parking lot.

Gaborek told police he was simply trying to untangle the dog from its chain.

The charges were dismissed when police were unable to locate the dog's owner.

East Conemaugh police Capt. Ron Pavic, who filed the more recent charges, said Gaborek picked up the boy in Johnstown after he found him wandering the streets.

"He (Gaborek) took him under his wing because the boy was having family problems at home," Pavic said.


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