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May 5, 2011

City teacher charged with child sex assault

JOHNSTOWN — A Greater Johnstown Middle School teacher was jailed Thursday after authorities alleged that he sexually assaulted a juvenile who was not a student.

Jason I. LoBoi, 35, of Beechwood Street in Geistown, was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, aggravated indecent assault of a child, corruption of minors and indecent assault of a person younger than 13.

In all, Geistown police filed 28 sex-related counts.

LoBoi was arraigned by District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township and sent to Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $200,000 bond.

LoBoi immediately waived his right to a preliminary hearing, sending the case directly to Cambria County court.

His attorney, Robert Davis Gleason of Johnstown, said he will try to have LoBoi’s bond reduced.

“We waived the preliminary hearing on this matter since it will enable us to expedite the procedure to effect modification of bail,” Gleason said.

LoBoi is accused of assaulting the juvenile over a two-year period.

LoBoi was interviewed for a story in The Tribune-Democrat in March 2009, when he was director of the Laurel Highlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also led Bible-study “huddles” and was a sixth-grade teacher at the middle school.

“This is certainly a regrettable incident since Jason was a respected teacher, coach and exemplary citizen without any criminal record,” Gleason said Thursday.

School district Superintendent Barbara Parkins was not available to discuss LoBoi’s teaching status.

LoBoi’s next court date has not been scheduled.

He is the second city schoolteacher charged with sex crimes in three months.

Michael Jack Rager, 28, a substitute teacher, was charged in March with using the Internet to solicit a 14-year-old girl for sex.

He was arrested when the “girl” turned out to be an undercover officer.

Rager’s case is in county court.

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