Follow-up on the Robert Timchak Case in Northeast Pennsylvania

The Pocono Record is updating the case of Father Robert Timchak as he approaches his sentencing date in November.  The article is available at the Pocono Record Website and quoted here:

Priest, ex-Notre Dame teacher, awaits sentencing in child porn case

Pocono Record Writer
October 13, 2010

A priest who once taught at East Stroudsburg’s Notre Dame Elementary is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 18 in Pike County after pleading guilty to child pornography possession.

The Rev. Robert Timchak, 44, of Milford, an assistant pastor in Scranton, pleaded guilty in August to 17 counts of child porn possession and one count each of criminal use of a communication facility and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

After the Diocese of Scranton received an anonymous tip in December 2008 about Timchak’s possible inappropriate computer use, police began an investigation that led to the discovery of explicit pictures of underage boys on his personal computer, according to an affidavit.

Police said Timchak downloaded the photos from two Internet porn sites.

Timchak was a student teacher at Notre Dame from September to November 2007. In December 2008, he worked as an occasional substitute teacher at Notre Dame, “occasionally celebrated Mass” and “possibly” attended school functions there, according to a statement released last November by the Diocese of Scranton.

He substituted in other local elementary schools, including public schools, the diocese said. He was also assigned at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lords Valley.

The diocese released the following statement this week: “Father Timchak continues to reside at a treatment facility outside the diocese. Also, he is obliged to adhere to the strict limitations already imposed on him by the diocese.

“As with the case of any cleric accused of sexual abuse of a minor, Father Timchak is prohibited from exercising any ministry in the Church. Father Timchak remains on a leave of absence while he awaits the outcome of the legal proceedings in Pike County.”

4 thoughts on “Follow-up on the Robert Timchak Case in Northeast Pennsylvania”

  1. Michael,

    Thank you for posting this information. It certainly isn’t on the Diocese of Scranton website. I’ll be following, with interest, the outcome of the November sentencing. Also, please know that you are in my prayers.

  2. Thank you for the information about father Bob. I pray every day for the children and for father Bob. We must hold the diocese of Scranton liable, for the things that go on in our church. We must stop this abuse of our children by priest.

  3. Bernice, Timchak is responsible for his actions. I applaud the diocese for reporting this matter to the police. I pray the judge realizes the seriousness of these charges and sentences him accordingly.

  4. Why should we pray for Father Bob and his family and friends, as requested by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Scranton? Maybe we should pray for the victims in this case…. innocent children. Remember, if noone wanted to see child porn, there’d BE no child porn. Enjoy your time in Gen Pop, “Fodder Bob”, or should it be “Fodder Kneel N. Bob”?

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