Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Arraigned in Northern Tier
MANSFIELD, PA (WENY) -- The former Tioga County Priest accused of sexually abusing an alter boy was arraigned in Mansfield today.
Father Thomas Shoback was released on unsecured bail.Shoback faces 31 counts connected to sexual abuse while he was ministering in the Saint Mary's Parish in Blossburg. The charges cover a six year span, from 1991 to 1997, when the alleged victim was 11 to 17 years old.
Shoback moved on from the Blossburg parish to the Scranton area. The Scranton diocese removed the priest from the ministry in November, when the investigation began.
Shoback is due back in court on July 25th.