All of the defendants’ victims were minors, as well as members of Jehovah’s Witness congregations.
“These cases are disturbing, the allegations hard to imagine, and all share one common tie – the 19 victims and the four men who are being charged with sexually violating them are all members of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” AG Shapiro said. “These children deserved to be protected and grow up in peace, not to be preyed upon. My office will not stop until these defendants are held accountable for their crimes against innocent children and until justice is achieved for these courageous survivors.”
Jesse Hill, a former resident of Berks County now a resident of Georgia; Jose Serrano of Lancaster County; Eric Eleam of Butler County; and Robert Ostrander, a former resident of Cambria County, now a resident of New York, are all charged for the sexual assault and exploitation of children.
When officers attempted to take Eleam into custody, he took his own life.
Charges were filed in Lancaster, Berks, and Cambria counties. Those charges all stem from a grand jury and the investigation found that these men in total abused and exploited 19 minors.
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