Robert M. Timchak
Diocese: Diocese of Scranton
From Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:
On December 9, 2008, the Diocese of Scranton received an anonymous letter alleging that Father Robert M. Timchak was viewing / downloading child pornography. The Diocese turned over the material that was received to the Pike County District Attorney’s Office. At the conclusion of a police investigation, Timchak was charged with possessing /downloading child pornography. He pled guilty and was sentenced to state prison.
On January 24, 2014, Pope Francis granted dispensation to Timchak.
Additional information regarding the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Dioceses of Pennsylvania and the systemic cover up by senior church officials is compiled in the Pennsylvania Diocese Victim’s Report published by the Pennsylvania Attorney General following a two-year grand jury investigation. A complete copy of the Report is available on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website.