Former Catholic School House Parent Sentenced in Abuse Case

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EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former house parent at a Pennsylvania Catholic school accused of molesting two international students he supervised has been sentenced to probation.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reports ( ) that 29-year-old John Bowman Thornberry will be released from a county jail where has been held since last year and placed under probationary supervision for 11 years and 11 months. He will also register as a sex offender under Wednesday’s sentencing by a Cambria County judge.

Thornberry pleaded guilty in March to institutional sexual assault.

He was removed last year from his job overseeing Chinese international students at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg. One student said Thornberry fondled him. Another boy said he fought off a molestation attempt.

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