AG could take over case of suspended Pa. priest

September 17, 2012 7:47:49 AM PDT
The state attorney general may take over the investigation of a central Pennsylvania priest who was suspended last month amid allegations of sexual abuse involving children several decades ago.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown reports Monday that may happen because four alleged victims have now come forward, including one outside Cambria County, where the district attorney is now investigating the claims of three other alleged male victims.

The Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown last month suspended the Rev. George Koharchik, who had been pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union. He's not permitted to function as a priest and won't have contact with children while he is on leave.

The Associated Press has been unable to locate the 63-year-old priest for comment. The alleged sexual abuse took place in the late 1970s.