HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Greenfield Township man accused of molesting young girls in his family over several years has rendered guilty pleas for a sentence of six to 23.5 months in the county prison, followed by 10 years’ probation.
“We all can’t wait until you finally die,” one of the victims told 65-year-old David C. Dobrowolsky in Blair County Court on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to two felony counts of indecent assault of victims less than 13 years old, two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of victims less than 16 years old and four felony counts of corruption of minors.
State police at Hollidaysburg charged Dobrowolsky after completing an investigation that started in March 2021 when two parents accused him of inappropriately touching their 11-year-old daughter.
Because of the 11-year-old’s allegations, state police talked to others who spoke of their interactions with Dobrowolsky, when they were young girls and young teenagers.
“You know what you did to all of us,” the victim said in the courtroom. “The only reason you didn’t get caught earlier is because you were dealing with children.”
During a preliminary hearing in July 2021, the 11-year-old accused Dobrowolsky of putting his hands underneath her clothes and touching her “private parts.” She said it happened a year ago or two before the hearing and that it occurred at Dobrowolsky’s house or garage.
Three more witnesses at that hearing accused Dobrowolsky of inappropriately touching and fondling them when they were between 8 and 14 years old.
An additional witness, then 37 years old, also spoke of how Dobrowolsky had repeatedly exposed himself when he would give her rides. She said she was 11, 12 and 13 years old at that time and never said anything until the investigation developed.
First Assistant District Attorney Nichole Smith and defense attorney Ted Krol presented the negotiated plea to President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle.
When Doyle asked Dobrowolsky if he understood that he was rendering guilty pleas to specific charges for the recommended sentence, Dobrowolsky said he understood that.
When the judge asked Dobrowolsky if was pleading guilty because he is guilty, he also answered yes.
Smith said outside court that the victims were happy with the finality of the case and Dobrowolsky’s admission of guilt.
“There’s something powerful in hearing an abuser say that he’s guilty,” Smith said. “That’s something you don’t necessarily get by going to trial.”
Doyle said she would accept the negotiated plea to spare those involved from further proceedings and in recognition of Dobrowolsky’s admission and accountability.
The judge agreed that Dobrowolsky could delay entry to county prison until Jan. 2 so he could keep a scheduled medical appointment.
Dobrowolsky’s convictions will classify him as Tier III Megan’s Law offender. That requires him to regularly register his address and other information with state police for the rest of his life.