Portage man faces child sex assault charges

Five victims testify to alleged abuse dating back to 1997

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Sexual assault and indecent exposure charges against a Greenfield Township man are being forwarded to Blair County Court based on the testimony of five alleged victims whose accusations stretch over several years and date as far back as 1997.

Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger, at the end of a preliminary hearing Thursday for 64-year-old David C. Dobrowolsky of Portage, found the testimony to be sufficient in support of criminal charges state police at Hollidaysburg filed in June.

The charges include two felony counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13, five felony counts of corruption of minors and

14 misdemeanor counts of indecent assault or indecent exposure.

The charges are based on allegations by members of Dobrowolsky’s extended family that surfaced after police began investigating an 11-year-old’s allegations.

The 11-year-old, who testified Thursday, accused Dobrowolsky of putting his hands under her clothes and touching her “private parts.” She said this happened a year or two ago, when she was at Dobrowolsky’s house or in his garage.

Another witness, now 16 years old, said she was eight years old when Dobrowolsky put his hand under her clothes for the first time.

On three additional occasions when sleeping at his house, she accused him of lifting up her nightgown to touch her.

An 18-year-old woman said she was 11 or 12 when she was awakened while being touched, then saw Dobrowolsky leave the room. She also recalled a second occasion, when she was in a nightgown, and he put his hand over her left breast.

A fourth witness pinpointed her accusations to July 2016 when she was 14 years old. She recalled three times when Dobrowolsky engaged her in lengthy hugs and “moved his hands around” to touch her breasts and buttocks.

A fifth witness, now 37 years old, said she was 11, 12 and 13 years old when Dobrowolsky repeatedly exposed himself to her, including the time when he gave her a ride home.

Until the investigation developed, the 37-year-old woman said she never told anyone about these incidents dating back to 1997.

“When I heard about things that happened to the (others), I thought ‘Enough is enough,'” she said on the witness stand.

Defense attorney Ted Krol repeatedly asked the witnesses for more specific information about their allegations. He also referenced that years have passed since some of the alleged incidents.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Weil, who presented the five alleged victims, also called upon state police investigator Adam McGinnis to testify.

McGinnis spoke of his efforts and arrangements to have four of the five alleged victims interviewed at the Altoona Center for Child Justice.

McGinnis said he also interviewed Dobrowolsky, who denied the allegations.

Dobrowolsky remains out of jail on $50,000 cash bond.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.


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