A Cambria County teacher was arraigned Monday on indecent assault and other charges stemming from an incident that, according to court records, occurred on a March 25 field trip at the Pennsylvania State Capitol.
James Ernest Luksik, of Johnstown, no age or address available, was charged with three felonies including having sexual contact with a student, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors by a person over the age of 18, as well as misdemeanor counts of indecent assault against a person under age 16.
But a law enforcement official who had been briefed on the investigation said that the case involved an allegation of “inappropriate touching” by Luksik that came to light after the trip as the result of a report to a hotline for reporting school-based threats.
The student victim attended Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Ebensburg, A post on the school’s Facebook page has a post from March 25 highlighting the freshmen class’s tour of the Capitol that same day.
The state Department of General Services, under which the Capitol Police operate, could not provide any additional details on the case Monday, and arrest records were in transit between court offices and not available for this story.
PennLive was able to confirm that Luksik was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Paul Zozos Monday, and a preliminary hearing will be scheduled later before Magisterial District Judge David O’Leary, whose court office encompasses the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg.