Ex-houseparent charged with abusing foreign students jailed


EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former houseparent at a Pennsylvania Catholic school has been jailed on charges he sexually assaulted two Chinese international students he supervised.

Twenty-eight-year-old John Bowman Thornberry, of Mills River, North Carolina, is being held in Cambria County in lieu of $250,000 bail pending next week’s preliminary hearing.

Thornberry was hired in 2014. He was removed in February from his job overseeing Chinese international students at Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg.

One student said Thornberry fondled him. Another boy said he fought off a molestation attempt. Officials say they’re trying to locate at least one other possible victim.

Thornberry’s attorney, Dana Richardson, said Wednesday that her client looked forward to his day in court and that the defense believed he would be vindicated.

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