CLEARFIELD, Pa. – Thomas P. Harzinski, 48, of Olanta, Pa., who entered the season as the Curwensville baseball coach, has been charged with nine felony counts and seven misdemeanor counts surrounding alleged indecent sexual contact with two underage boys.
Those charges include two felony counts of sexual assault by a sports official and one felony account of rape of a child.
According to the police report, Harzinski had indecent sexual contact with two male victims, one aged 15 and the other 10, at various locations within Pennsylvania.
Harzinksi is facing the following felony charges – two counts of sexual assault by a sports official, three counts of indecent assault person less than 13, one count of rape of a child, one count of sexual assault, one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, and one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years of age.
He is also facing the following misdemeanor charges – three counts of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years of age and four counts of indecent assault of a person less than 16 years age. See the docket sheet here
Harzinski was arraigned in front of District Judge J. Michael Morris on Tuesday, March 21, and was denied bail as he is considered a “high risk to children in the community”.
He is currently being held in the Clearfield County Jail.
A Preliminary hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Clearfield County Centralized Court.
According to Curwensville superintendent Ron Matchock, Derrick Dixon will be the interim head baseball coach at the school.
“The felony charges against Mr. Harzinsk would preclude him from employment in a public school,” Matchock said in a text message to the YDL Sports Network/D9and10Sports.com Tuesday night.
More on this story can be found at GantNews, WJAC-TV, and the Clearfield Progress.