Former counselor Pereira found guilty

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Luiz Heleno Pereira, 53, was found guilty on two counts related to his having sexual contact with an 11-year-old boy, court records show. Pereira was Allegheny College’s associate director of admissions and coordinator of international recruitment until his Jan. 24, 2018, arrest.

A jury impaneled Sept. 19 found Pereira guilty of unlawful contact with a minor, a third-degree felony, and corruption of minors, a first-degree misdemeanor, on Sept. 20.

Pereira was found not guilty on two other charges — indecent assault of a person under 13 years of age, a first-degree misdemeanor, and harassment by subjecting another to physical contact, a summary offense.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania amended its charges against Pereira on Sept. 12. The motion, which was granted by Crawford County of Common Pleas President Judge Anthony Vardaro on Sept. 13, added the charge of corruption of minors.

Pereira faces up to 12 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Nov. 2.