HARRISBURG, Pa, (WHTM) — A Perry County judge who pleaded guilty on charges that included inappropriate conduct with minors has been placed on temporary suspension.
According to a release from the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Michael E. Schecterly has been suspended from the Bar of Pennsylvania until further notice, which is effective on April 22, 2022.
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Schechterly plead guilty to intimidating a witness and obstructing an investigation of sexual conduct by a state constable back in November of 2021. He also faced an investigation from the Pennsylvania State Police for misconduct involving children.
According to the Attorney General’s office, Schechterly had regularly interacted with children through “Royal Rangers,” a program created by his church.
The State Police investigation revealed that Schecterly allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy in 2012, in addition to another occasion related to a previously filed indecent assault charge.
Schechterly was sentenced to at least 60 days and no more than 23 months in prison in connection to the two investigations.