Jack Harclerode

BLOOMSBURG -- Jack Harclerode, a former Bucknell University professor, received a 9 to 30 months sentence today in Columbia County Court for fondling a 10-year-old boy at a campsite near Bloomsburg in July 2006.

Harclerode, 73, a former biology professor, pleaded guilty to indecent sexual assault and corruption of a minor in the case last year.

The sentence was imposed by Judge Thomas James. The judge also cleared up a matter that delayed sentencing by declaring Harclerode a sexually violent predator.

A retired Bucknell University professor remains in custody in Columbia County, and will spend from nine to 30 months in prison. Jack Harclerode of Lewisburg was

The Lewisburg resident also was found guilty by a Union County judge on charges of having child pornography. He is awaiting sentencing on those charges.

He is currently incarcerated in the Columbia County Jail.

Harclerode was jailed Jan. 5 without bail after his daughter testified in Columbia County Court that he had admitted sexually assaulting young boys for decades.

Testifying at the sentencing hearing to determine whether Harclerode was a sexually violent predator, Harclerode’s daughter, Jolee Djaraher, said her father admitted to her in 1995 that he had engaged in sexual relationships with boys between the ages of 11 and 13 during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Harclerode had been free on bail pending sentencing for molesting the boy in 2006.

The criminal cases against the retired professor began in March 2007 when he was arrested for sexually assaulting the boy, who was vacationing at a campground near Elysburg with his grandparents.

During the investigation, state police searched Harclerode’s 1225 Supplee Mill Road home and uncovered 245 sexually explicit photographs of young boys.

He was convicted of 20 counts of possession of child pornography in a nonjury trial by Union County Judge Louise O. Knight in early December.

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