The news is out: [A magisterial district judge in Pennsylvania is accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy at his home in 2012, according to a news release from the state’s attorney general.
Michael Schechterly, 58, of Newport in Perry County, was arrested Monday by Pennsylvania State Police and charged with unlawful contact with children, a third-degree felony, and corruption of minors and indecent assault, both first-degree misdemeanors, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The charges brought against Schechterly originated from an incident in 2012, when the judge had a 12-year-old boy at his home, according to the affidavit.. While the judge and the boy were sitting on the couch and watching TV, Schechterly “reached over and placed his hand on [the victim’s] privates,” the affidavit says.
“Serious allegations show this judge violated the trust that the citizens of Perry County placed in him by sexually abusing a little boy,” Josh Shapiro, the attorney general for Pennsylvania, said in a news release. “There may be other victims … We will hold the powerful and well-connected accountable to law just like everyone else. My office will investigate and prosecute anyone who abuses their authority to harm Pennsylvanians, no matter what position of power they may hold.”]
It used to be that judges had a decent moral character.