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Charged school teacher out on bail, school district responds

Posted on: March 25th, 2013

abc27 WHTM CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Jeffrey Schmutzler, the Chambersburg High School Spanish teacher accused of sexual exploitation of children, is out on $60,000 bond. Parents of students in the district have expressed concern that the school did not inform them of Schmutzler’s arrest. Many learned of the charges from abc27 news. Superintendent Dr. Joseph […]

Top Stories Child First Program teaches officials how to communicate with child victims of sex abuse

Posted on: March 15th, 2013

Last year, State Police say they investigated almost 1,500 child sex abuses in Pennsylvania. For those young victims involved, being interviewed during an investigation can be difficult. It’s called the Child-First Program. It’s a class for those who deal with children, who are victims of crimes, and how to effectively communicate with them. Investigators and […]

Child advocacy centers should get money from the NCAA’s fine on Penn State, commissioner says

Posted on: March 14th, 2013

A hefty share of the NCAA’s $60 million fine against Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal should be to pumped into child advocacy centers to help abuse victims, Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick III said Thursday. “There could be no better utilization of those resources,” Hartwick said. He made that proposal […]

When the marriage ends before “death do us part”

Posted on: January 29th, 2013

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a series on divorce. Upcoming topics will include spousal support, child support and custody. The information contained in this column is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your family attorney to obtain advice with respect to any […]

Lawmakers Talk about Child Protection Task Force

Posted on: January 29th, 2013

Lawmakers are looking to continue protecting kids in Pennsylvania. House Judiciary Committee’s Chairman Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) and House Children and Youth Committee’s Chairwoman Kathy Watson (R-Bucks) hosted a joint hearing to obtain testimony from members of the Child Protection Task Force. The task force presented its report to the committees and answered questions from the […]

Penn State law school dean leaves mixed legacy in Carlisle

Posted on: January 29th, 2013

Philip J. McConnaughay, now bound for China, has carved out an impressive list of achievements as dean of Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. But around the historic home of the once-independent school, McConnaughay’s departure is being greeted with as much relief as sadness, and a chance to reset a sometimes tense partnership with Penn […]

Attorney explains Corbett lawsuit against NCAA

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013

Buried in Governor Tom Corbett’s 43-page lawsuit against the NCAA is the legal gem that explains the case. On page 23 of the antitrust lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Corbett argues that the sanction upon Penn State was “imposed by the NCAA as opposed to accepted by Penn State.” According […]

Controversy surrounds Instragram’s new privacy policy

Posted on: December 19th, 2012

Instagram users are thinking twice about keeping the photo ap on their smart phones, after news that policy changes would allow their photos to be used for advertisements without their consent. “Once you click that send button or that post button you essentially lose all control over those photos,” said W. Creigh Martson of Abom […]

Task force to look into child protection laws. “Our first requirement was to address the issue of mandated reporters,” Jason Kutulakis said. “The secondary requirement was to re-instill public confidence in the child welfare system.”

Posted on: November 28th, 2012

By Laura Kennedy After a string of questionable investigations into accusations of child abuse, including the case involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a task force created by the Pennsylvania Legislature announced its recommendations Tuesday. The Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection, formed in December 2011, released their recommendations based on a wide variety […]

Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection’s ‘common sense’ draws praise from advocacy groups

Posted on: November 28th, 2012

A state-appointed task force that spent the past year studying child protection laws generally got rave reviews from advocacy groups for the far-reaching recommendations contained in its 400-plus-page report. The Task Force on Child Protection issued its final report Tuesday based on testimony from experts at 11 public hearings. Pennsylvania Task Force Bucks County District […]