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Johnstown man charged with raping 3 children years ago

By: Maria Miller

DALE, Pa. -- They're charges unfortunately all too common recently. On Thursday, another case of sexual abuse towards children was filed, with the victims coming forward several years later. This time it's a Cambria County man who's been charged with rape and sexual abuse against at least three children for allegations stemming back to 2001.

Dale police filed the charges but told 6 News Thursday that their work is far from finished. They said they expect more charges to be filed and more victims coming forward.

Bernard Brown III is in the Cambria County Prison, accused of raping and assaulting least three children. He's also facing prostitution charges alleging he paid the children a few bucks every time he made them perform a sexual act.

Investigators said it happened at his home in Dale beginning around 2001 and lasting for several years.

The alleged victims are now in their late teens and possibly early 20s; coming forward more than a decade later.

The case is at least the fourth of its kind in the WJAC-TV viewing area in the past week. While they're awful, graphic cases, Tracey Cook, of Victim's Services, in Ferndale, said victims coming forward is an encouraging trend.

"I think they're going to happen as often as they have been happening over the years, but I think there is definitely an increase in reporting," Cook said.

She said says she also feels the stories' attention in the media and education are helping to really boost awareness and encourage strength and bravery among victims.

"The support behind sexual assault survivors is so much better now than it used to be," Cook said. "There's support for them when they come forward, so they're not as afraid to talk about it. They see other people doing it and other kids doing it, so they feel more comfortable coming forward."

Cook said anyone carrying a heavy secret such as sexual abuse can get help anytime simply by calling Victim's Services. She said they'll talk with victims and stand by their side through the entire court process.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times