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January 16, 2013

Suspect faces trial on 377 sex abuse charges

— A Windber-area man is in the Cambria County Prison awaiting trial on hundreds of charges that he sexually abused a girl over several years, starting when she was 8 years old, in both Johnstown and Dale Borough.

George Henry Irvin Jr., 39, of the 700 block of Mount Carmel Drive, Ogle Township, was ordered to stand trial on 377 charges at a preliminary hearing in December before District Judge Leonard Grecek.

Irvin is in jail in lieu of $200,000 bond. The charges were filed by Johnstown Juvenile Detective Julie Wagner and Dale police Cpl. Michael Beblar.

On Monday, the defendant was in county court for a hearing before Judge Timothy Creany on allegations that he violated probation conditions under the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program in a 2011 drunken driving case.

Creany ruled that Irvin violated probation because of the new charges and for failing to complete required counseling and to pay costs and fines. Creany revoked Irvin’s ARD, which means he will have to stand trial on that charge also.

In the sex abuse case, the alleged victim, now 19, came forward to law enforcement in September, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police said she reported the abuse began with Irvin inappropriately touching her when she was 8. The abuse escalated and continued until she was about 15 years old, it’s alleged. The abuse took place between 2000 and 2008, police said.

The charges include 91 counts of child endangerment, 37 counts of rape of a person younger than 13, 61 other counts of rape and five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

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