DA Goodman Fails to Charge Alleged Sex Offender with Rape

In Pennsylvania, when a person has sexual intercourse with someone who is under 13 years old, that person is guilty of rape. Well, except in Schuylkill County that is. Yesterday, a 19-year old Minersville man was arraigned in Pottsville on a variety of charges stemming from alleged sexual relationships he had with a pair middle school girls, aged 14 and 12 respectively. Not present in the charging document, though, was rape.

Both girls took the stand at Matthew John Lazovi’s preliminary hearing and testified that they had consensual sex with him numerous times over the span of a year. Furthermore, they stated that they were aware of his age and that he was well aware of theirs. Yet, the District Attorney of Schuylkill County has refused to add rape to the charging document.

Section 3121 of the PA Crimes Code was enacted to protect youngsters from sexual predators as well as from their own bad judgement and indifferent parents. Bottom line is that in this state, if you have sex with a 6th grader, no matter what the mitigating circumstances are, you have committed a felony. It seems that Goodman has forgotten that little nugget of info during his time as District Attorney.

SOMEBODY needs to protect our children. If parents aren’t going to do it, we should be able to look to our chief law enforcement official to do the job. By choosing not to charge the top offense in this and many other criminal cases, Goodman is sending the message to the criminal element that our District Attorney ready to make deals, making Schuylkill County open for business.

Crime in our county is steadily rising. Illegal immigration, drugs, and importation of scum from big cities like Reading, Allentown, New York, and Philadelphia, is beginning to change the Skook from a quaint rural area into a haven for illegal activity. We need a District Attorney who is willing to ferociously prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law. Apparently with Jim Goodman we don’t have that.

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