Nov. 28, 2023

HARRISBURG – Using a position of power to exploit the trust of a child is a serious crime that should come with serious consequences. That is why Rep. Joe D’Orsie (R-Manchester) introduced legislation to increase the grading of the corruption of a minor charge when the crime was perpetrated by someone in a position of authority.

Specifically, House Bill 1847 would enhance the charge from a first-degree misdemeanor to a felony of the third degree in instances when the accused is a police officer or school employee and is in the position of instructor or mentor of the abused child.

“It’s imperative that we take steps to keep our children safe from predators who abuse their position to corrupt children,” D’Orsie said. “While the legislation increases the penalty, it is my hope it will serve as a deterrent and prevent abuse in the future.”

By moving the grading to a third-degree felony, prison time would likewise increase. A first-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of five years, while a third-degree felony has a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.

“Too often people with authority in our society who should serve as mentors and role models abuse their position to prey on minors,” D’Orsie said. “Increasing the penalty for this crime would not only ensure longer prison time, but send a clear message to would-be perpetrators that this kind of predatory behavior won’t be tolerated in Pennsylvania.”

House Bill 1847 is in the House Judiciary Committee for consideration.

Representative Joe D’Orsie
47th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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