Rape charges bound over for trial


Sexual assault charges lodged against a Hallstead man who took children fishing and also held fishing derbies were bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Monday in front of District Judge Jodi Cordner.

John Katchmore, 69, faces counts of rape, aggravated indecent assault of a child and indecent assault of a child under the age of 13.

According to the police affidavit, the girl, now 14, was between the ages of eight and 11 when the assaults occurred.

The Susquehanna County Independent does not identify the victims of alleged sexual assaults.

The girl, who resides in New York, first disclosed the allegations in a note to her mother in March, several years after the alleged abuse, according to police.

The alleged victim testified at the hearing in New Milford District Court.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the sexual assaults occurred in Binghamton, N.Y., and at Katchmore’s Hallstead home.

The victim reported the incidents to the Binghamton City Police Department on March 8 and Pennsylvania State Police, Gibson, was then contacted by Binghamton PD.

According to the affidavit, the child and her younger siblings visited Katchmore’s home with her grandmother.

Katchmore, the victim told police, took the children fishing and also held fishing derbies.

The abuse first happened, she told police, when the children were left in Katchmore’s care while she went shopping.

Another assault, also during a game of hide-and-seek, according to the affidavit, happened when she was about 11 years old.

The victim also told police that there had been other instances when Katchmore had touched her inappropriately when he would take for rides on an ATV.

Katchmore is free on unsecured bail.

A formal arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 6 in Susquehanna County Court.