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    Dale Schimpf, 71, of Frackville, center, was arraigned Monday afternoon on charges related to having sex with a minor male from Tamaqua. He was escorted to court by arresting officer Tamaqua Cpl. Thomas Rodgers and Patrolman Michael Weaver. KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS

Published February 25. 2019 04:01PM


A longtime, well-known Schuylkill County music educator is behind bars after being arrested by Tamaqua Police for indecent assault of a 13-year-old boy.

Dale Schimpf, 71, of Frackville, was picked up early Monday afternoon at Nativity B.V.M. High School in Pottsville after Tamaqua police learned of his inappropriate conduct with the Tamaqua teen. In addition to his teaching career at Nativity, he has been an active member of the Cressona Band.

The victim and his mother contacted police at 6 p.m. on Saturday after Schimpf allegedly had sex with the boy on Friday.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Tamaqua Criminal Investigator Thomas Rodgers, Schimpf was in contact with the boy through the online dating app “Grindr.” Schimpf asked to meet the victim after saying he thought he was “cute and I like younger,” then sent him a photo of his genitals. He picked him up Friday at the boy’s home, took him to dinner and then to his home in Frackville, where the victim says he was forced to participate in sexual acts.

When interviewed by police, Schimpf admitted having sex with the young man, but said he was under the impression the boy was a 30-year-old man.

He was arraigned before District Magistrate Stephen Bayer on felony charges of statutory sexual assault, indecent sexual deviate intercourse by forcible compulsion, indecent sexual deviate intercourse with a person less than 16, and corruption of minors, along with misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and indecent assault on a person less than 16.

Judge Bayer took Schimpf’s lack of a prior criminal record into account, but still imposed a bail of $100,000 straight cash. Schimpf was unable to post bond.


I get what the teacher did was wrong. But y was this child on a dating site at 13. I have a grandson that is 15 and lives with me with his parents. But we don't even let him on dating site. Y was that parents not watching what the child was on and doing on the internet. The teacher should be punished but so should the parents.
He thought he was 30, are you kidding me? That was the best excuse he could come up with. Might as well told the judge " but he's hot." And to think he was teaching your children.
If genius Ton Corbett's all encompassing plan for education really worked, this wouldn't have happened.
Rape, Pedophilia & Deviance flourish because of Republicans. Now Democrats have the mess to clean up. This is why Republican Animals protest Democrats. Democrats take away the Deviant Republican license to kill, rape and abuse. Thanks Tom Wolf and
Josh Shapiro for your hard work in eradicating the Deviant Republican scourge.
To: Diggingout - Republican Animals??? Deviant Republicans who kill, rape, and abuse??? You must have missed Nurse Ratchet this morning, We just witnessed democrat lawmakers laugh with glee at the thought of allowing live surviving babies of abortion to simply die. Deviance? Does the name Anthony Weiner ring a bell? Bill Clinton? How about the savagery of Antifa members who feel it's their right to scream in peoples' faces, follow them, and beat them? The only mess democrats have to clean up is their own house first before they address the sins of anybody else.
Ignore him, diggingout has the mental capacity of a turnip. I'm sure he's a flat earther that thinks Lincoln was a Democrat and Caitlin Jenner is hot.
Lets get back on track. Anybody search this guy here on TNOnline? His wife divorced him in 2010 after almost 40 years of marriage. I bet she knew something was up.
His excuse totally lacks credibility. He believed a 13-year-old is 30? If he goes to trial he better have something better than that. Unfortunately, he may end up in prison for the rest of his life.
Nothing unfortunate about him spending the rest of his life in prison if he is in fact guilty. Any person that teaches children should know the difference between 13 and 30. Dumbest excuse for an atrocious crime ever.

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