Cinko trial to continue

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A jury trial started Monday in Blair County Court for Brian Cinko, 49, Johnstown, who continues to challenge child rape, assault and other allegations filed against him in connection to a now 10-year-old boy.

Cinko was living in Logan Township in late 2019 when he invited the boy’s family to move into his apartment when they needed a place to reside. At the time, Cinko told the family he was planning to move to Johnstown.

First Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith told the jurors in her opening statement that while Cinko lived with the family for up to two months, Cinko repeatedly raped and indecently assaulted the boy who was then 8 years old.

Johnstown attorney David Weaver told the jury in his opening statement to keep an open mind in a case that comes down to the testimony of a youth who wasn’t abused by Brian Cinko.

Weaver said that when Cinko and the boy shared a bedroom in the Logan Township apartment, the boys’ parents were sleeping in the neighboring bedroom, with no door between them.

“Serious charges require serious proof,” Weaver said.

The boy, who testified Monday from a location outside the courtroom, told the jurors that he was in court because of Brian Cinko.

“He pretty much was doing bad stuff,” the child said.

When interviewed at the Altoona Center for Child Justice in late November 2019, the child offered more details during a two-hour session.

The jury was scheduled to watch portions of that hearing late Monday.

The trial is slated to continue through Thursday before President Judge Elizabeth Doyle.

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


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