Former Bishop Carroll house parent sentenced for sexual assault


By Jocelyn Brumbaugh

EBENSBURG – A former house parent for international students at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School was sentenced to be under the supervision of probation for the next 11 years, 11 months and register under Megan’s Law for the next 25 years for sexual assault charges filed last August.

Charges against John Bowman Thornberry, 29, of Mills River, North Carolina, were announced by then-Attorney General Kathleen Kane last July.

He was originally charged with one count each of institutional sexual assault, criminal attempt at sexual assault, attempted indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators said the alleged incidents warranting the charges occurred while Thornberry was a house parent in a dorm-style residence hall for students at Bishop Carroll between December 2014 and February 2015.

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