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Black Collar Crime: Pastor Robert Batcho Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minors

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Robert Batcho, pastor of Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Elmira Heights, New York, was accused today of illegally giving alcohol to four minors.

WENY reports:

A local church leader was arrested after being accused of giving alcohol to minors.

According to the Elmira Heights Police Department, 60-year-old Robert J. Batcho is facing four counts of unlawfully dealing with a child. Batcho is the pastor at the Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Elmira Heights.

Police say he gave beer to four minors, where he lives on McCann’s Boulevard.



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    OK this is a dumb thought, but some churches give alcohol to minors every week in the former of communion. US federal law prohibits sale of alcohol to those under 21. I wonder what the specific pass that religion gets for giving alcohol to minors through communion. Is it a technicality because it isn’t a sale, or is it covered under “religious freedom “?

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