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Mon Jan 14, 2019, 01:01 PM

Man accused of sexually assaulting child volunteered under alias, camp official says

A Lancaster County man who police said sexually assaulted a boy he met while volunteering at an area youth camp used an alias while working for the nonprofit, according to a camp official. In a criminal complaint filed Thursday by Manheim Borough police, officers said Joseph T. Rohrer met the child while volunteering at Hopes Haven Rescue and Youth Camp, a nonprofit organization that works to rehabilitate at-risk youth and horses.

When Rohrer came to the camp to seek volunteer work, he was using a fake name, which was used to conduct a preliminary background check, IdaMay Hornberger said. The check, she said, showed no negative results.

According to police, the boy, who was younger than 13, was sexually assaulted by Rohrer in his Rapho Township home’s kitchen. Rohrer touched the boy in a sexual manner and made the boy do the same to him, police said. Police said Rohrer was interviewed earlier this month, and he admitted to having sexual contact with the child.

Eventually, camp officials became suspicious of Rohrer, and a more in-depth background check was conducted Hornberger said, and that is when they found that he was using an alias. “Things were just not jiving,” Hornberger said.

They also discovered that Rohrer was a registered sex offender, Hornberger said. The Megan’s Law website shows that Rohrer was convicted of sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography in 2013 for incidents in 2012.

Hornberger said Rohrer’s involvement with the camp was then immediately terminated.

https://www.pennlive.com/news/2019/01/youth-camp-official-says-man-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-child-volunteered-under-alias.html

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Mon Jan 14, 2019, 01:09 PM

1. If true, I'm good with life without parole. This guy burned his second chance.



Its pretty clear he'll do whatever it takes to have access to children.

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Mon Jan 14, 2019, 03:43 PM

2. What kind of background checks do they do there?

I have had background checks done to volunteer at a preschool and to teach. They took my fingerprints. This is in Illinois.

A more thorough search, including fingerprints, would have been preferable.

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