Schuylkill Priest Gets 23 Months in Child Porn Case

The Morning Call [Pennsylvania]
August 9, 2005

A Schuylkill County Catholic priest who admitted owning hundreds of child pornography photos, magazines, videotapes and DVDs, and embezzling more than $23,000 in church money will serve up to 23 months in jail on the theft charge and pay $23,629 in restitution.

He will also serve 10 years of probation on child sex abuse charges.

But, despite the volume of child pornography that the Rev. Ronald J. Yarrosh possessed, he was determined to not be a sexually violent predator by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, said District Attorney Frank R. Cori.

Although Cori said he could not release details of the Board's report, he explained that Yarrosh's "conduct fell short of actual improper contact with children."

Further, Yarrosh pleaded guilty.

"It did not surprise me that he was not labelled a sexually violent predator," Cori said. "It doesn't minimize the seriousness, but it does explain why they ruled as they did."