A Lower Paxton Township teenager lied about being attacked by someone with a pipe while waiting at a school bus stop in October 2015, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.
On Wednesday, Preston Gorecki, 16, was adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court on charges of making false reports to law enforcement authorities and theft by deception by Dauphin County Judge William T. Tully.
County officials did not release Gorecki’s name, but PennLive wrote extensively about the case, including interviewing the teen, following the reported attack last year.
Gorecki was also ordered to repay the $4,300 he had raised on a GoFundMe page following the attack, officials said.
After the attack was reported, Gorecki set up the fund with the hope of visiting Pixar and Jim Henson Studios.
“Though we do not need money for medical expenses, Preston has been raising money himself through drawing and puppet making since last winter, in order to raise money towards his dream of being an artist,” the family wrote on the website at the time. “He plans on going to LA in the spring, in hopes of visiting the Disney, Pixar and Jim Henson Studios.”
On Oct. 14, 2015, Gorecki was standing alone when he said he was struck by a “pipe-like object” that was extended or swung out the window of a passing car while he was standing at the intersection of Fairmont Drive and Clover Road, police said.
Gorecki “did not realize the seriousness of his injuries and did not immediately report the incident,” police said at the time.
“In the end, the thorough investigation showed that in fact the whole story was made up,” according to the district attorney’s office.
Gorecki was also ordered to complete 75 hours of community service.
District Attorney Ed Marsico said the parents in the case are not facing charges.
Anyone who contributed to Gorecki’s fund is asked to contact Jessica Stoddard of the Dauphin County Victim Witness Assistance Program at 717-657-5656, ext. 1181, to file a restitution claim.