UPDATE: Defendants In Old Forge Scandal Set To Be Sentenced

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SCRANTON -- A former police chief, police captain, and volunteer firefighter, caught up in a sex scandal are due for sentencing.

Three men involved in a small town sex scandal in Lackawanna County are scheduled to go before a judge for sentencing Monday afternoon.

The Old Forge police chief, a police captain, and a volunteer firefighter were charged in 2012.  Two pleaded guilty.  One was found guilty, and all three are scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

Old Forge Police Chief Larry Semenza was found guilty of two misdemeanors in October, and he was found not guilty of the most serious charges he faced. All along, Semenza denied had sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.

According to the district attorney's office, Semenza faces up to six years in prison.  He has to register as a sex offender, and he can't work as a police officer ever again.

Semenza was suspended when the charges were filed.  He quit after the conviction.

Old Forge police captain Jamie Krenitsky pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault, and testified against Semenza at last fall's trial.

Like Semenza, Krenitsky was suspended after the charges were filed in 2012, and he quit after the guilty plea.

The third, former volunteer firefighter Walter Chiavacci, also pleaded guilty to one count of indecent assault in 2012.  Investigators say he faces up to two years in jail.


  • Travis Palermo

    There is something wrong with a legal system that aims to convict certain types of people over other types. In this case our lovely state attorneys tried everything in their power to convict Larry Semenza of a felony. When that failed they still found a way to put him away longer than the people who admitted to committing a terrible crime.

    Good job Pennsylvania! /sarcasm off

  • Justin Barker

    So I guess admitting a felony while ratting on a guy that didn’t get convicted of anything serious gets you an easier prison sentence than the guy who wasn’t convicted of a felony.

  • Send 'em to Prision

    We put our trust in these individuals and community servents and they betray us…..they the poor women these animals tormented.

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