As has been reported over the last several days, my law firm represents a young woman who was repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted by Joshua Markelwitz, a youth pastor at the Charlton Methodist Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Ben recently appeared on the local news to discuss the case; you can see his interview here.
It has been well-reported that two teachers at Plum High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were carrying on sexual relationship with their students. What's worse, Plum School District officials are accused of covering up the sexual relationships. A Plum board member recently resigned over the District's response to the allegations, claiming he reported high-school English teacher Joseph Ruggieri for inappropriate behavior with students years ago. Ruggieri has since been charged with multiple crimes for having sex with a Plum student.
Pennlive reported today that Fernando Zagaceta, a houseparent at Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was arrested for felony sex offenses involving a child. Zagaceta has been charged with indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age, unlawful contact with a minor - sexual offenses, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of children.
Currently, victims of sexual abuse in Pennsylvania may pursue a civil case arising out of their abuse until they turn thirty. Many, many survivors are unable to confront their sexual abuse until many years after that, so potential clients are often left without recourse. That could all change, however, if Pennsylvania victims' advocates, ourselves included, are able to push through reforms to the current statute of limitations. One bill currently winding its way through the Pennsylvania legislature would extend the statute until a victim turns fifty.