Greene County CYS board member charged with child sex assault


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A Greene County man who serves on a Children and Youth Services advisory board is awaiting extradition from West Virginia on charges that he sexually assaulted a boy more than 100 times over four years.

A teenage boy told Pennsylvania State Police that John R. Lohr, 56, of Cumberland appeared to be intoxicated when he approached the boy late one night in October 2009, pulled the boy's pants down and forced oral sex on him, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by troopers at the Waynesburg barracks.

That, the boy told police, marked the beginning of a yearslong pattern in which Mr. Lohr either forced the boy into sex acts or forced himself on the boy.

The boy also told state police Mr. Lohr "would threaten him with a kitchen knife" and threatened to kill the boy and his siblings if he told anyone, troopers wrote in the affidavit. The boy also told troopers Mr. Lohr supplied him with energy drinks and a little white pill to keep him awake during the assaults.

Troopers said they began investigating in mid-August after the boy's guardian overheard a conversation between the boy and one of his relatives that sounded bizarre to her. She then asked the boy whether Mr. Lohr ever touched him inappropriately.

The woman confronted Mr. Lohr, who confessed to her that he had, according to the affidavit.

Mr. Lohr asked the woman to give him an hour before she called police and then left in a van, troopers wrote.

Mr. Lohr was arrested Thursday in Marion County, W.Va., and has been held in the North Central Regional Jail in Greenwood, W.Va., since then.

He has an extradition hearing scheduled for Sept. 9, according to the Greene County district attorney's office and state police.

Mr. Lohr faces charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, corruption of minors and indecent assault. He did not have an attorney on file in Greene County, where the charges were filed.

Chuck Morris, chairman of the Greene County board of commissioners, said he was notified a few weeks ago that Mr. Lohr was the subject of an investigation. Mr. Morris said he is consulting with a county solicitor to determine what to do about Mr. Lohr's position on the advisory board, which he has been on for at least three years. Mr. Morris said Mr. Lohr did not come into contact with children as part of his service with the advisory board, which focuses largely on guiding and shaping CYS policy.

"Everyone was kind of taken by surprise," Mr. Morris said. "This is a pretty unusual situation. I don't know what we do."

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil.


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