Salem man charged with raping child


Murrysville police have accused a Salem Township businessman of raping an 8-year-old girl in December.

James Zahorsky is charged with child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child.

He is free on $10,000 unsecured bond.

Zahorsky, 56, who lives above his business, Astorri's Tavern, at 2831 State Route 66, allegedly took the girl to a restaurant in Murrysville with his cousin, according to an affidavit of probable


The men got "very drunk" and did not purchase any food for the girl, according to court documents.

The three left and went to the girl's home, where Zahorsky prepared Ramen noodles for her. The girl spilled the noodles on her shirt and was ordered to change, according to police.

Zahorsky followed the girl to her room while the cousin was on an outside porch, according to police. Zahorsky allegedly assaulted the girl in her bedroom, the affidavit said.

The girl told police Zahorsky smacked her on the face twice, but she was able to kick him away after the attack and ran to a neighbor's house, according to police.

A preliminary hearing is set for May 28 with Export District Judge Charles Conway.

Zahorsky is free on bond.

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