Rev. Robert M. Timchak
Summary of Case: Timchak was charged in Oct. 2009 with 17 counts of child sexual abuse for having of child pornography on his computer. He had been put on leave of absence in April 2009, and sent to a treatment facility.
Scranton bishop was James Clfford Timlin (1984-2003)
|1994||St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception||Wilkes-Barre||PA||3/3, 2/2|
|1992||1994||St. Joseph (Slovak)||Wilkes-Barre||PA||This was a mission of St. Mary's.|
|1994||1996||St. John the Evangelist||Pittston||PA||3/3
|1994||1996||Seton Catholic High School||Pittston||PA||Director of Religious Formation||Seton Catholic had 300-307 students.|
|1996||1998||St. Christopher's||Bear Creek Township||PA||This was a mission of Holy Saviour in Wilkes-Barre.|
|1996||1997||Valley Crest Home||Wilkes-Barre||PA||This was a station of Holy Saviour.|
|1996||1998||Bishop Hoban High School||Wilkes-Barre||PA||Director of Religious Formation||Bishop Hoban HIgh had 595-550 students.|
|1998||2000||Annunciation||Williamsport||PA||2/2||Parish had a school with 154-150 students.|
Timlin was succeeded as Scranton bishop by Joseph Francis Martino (2003-2009)
|2006||Transfiguration (Polish)||West Hazleton||PA||1/1||
Parish had a school with 175-100 students, and a religious education program with 142-140 students.
Timchak was known for his focus on youth and started a children's ministry at this parish. (The Times-Tribune
|2000||2006||SS. Peter and Paul||Williamsport||PA||1/1|
|2005||2006||Bishop Hafey High School||Hazleton||PA||Chaplain|
|2006||2007||Unassigned or Leave of Absence||According to the diocese, Timchak worked fo the Luzerne County Probation Office during his leave of absence.|
|2007||2009||St. Vincent de Paul||Milford||PA||2/2||
This parish was "restructured" with St. John Neumann in Lords Valley.
Parish had a catechesis program with 465 students.
|2007||2009||St. John Neumann||Lords Valley||PA||
This parish was "restructured" with St. Vincent de Paul in Milford.
Parish had a catechesis program with 6-86 students.
|2007||2009||PA||occasional substitute teacher||Per the diocese, Timchak subbed on occasion in area elementary schools during this time period. (Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton
October 19, 2009)
|Sept. 2007||Nov. 2007||Notre Dame Elementary School||East Stroudsburg||PA||student teacher for fourth grade|
|Dec. 2008||Notre Dame Elementary School||East Stroudsburg||PA||occasional substitute teacher||After Dec. 2008 Timchak occasionally said Mass at this school and may have attended school functions. (Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton
October 23, 2009)
• Timchak was arrested and charged in Oct. 2009 with 17 counts of child sexual abuse for having child pornography on his computer. (The Times-Tribune
This was a mission of St. John Neumann.
In Dec. 2008 an anonymous source told the diocese that someone using Timchak's email address had accessed child porn. The diocese told the county D.A., and an investigation ensued, without Timchak's knowledge.
Timchak admitted that he had tried to delete the images from his computer. ([Wilkes-Barre]Times Leader
Timchak was put on leave of absence in April 2009. and sent to a medical facility for treatment.
Source: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1993-2009 )
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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 2, 2010