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PFA hearing for Corcoran is continued

School board member’s wife alleges he assaulted son, 13, on Christmas Eve.

WILKES-BARRE – A protection from abuse hearing scheduled today for a Wilkes-Barre Area School Board member has been continued to next week.

Robert M. Corcoran, 50, of East Main Street, and his 13-year-old son, Ryan, were scheduled to appear in Luzerne County Court today for two PFAs filed last week.

Corcoran’s wife alleged in a PFA filed against her husband that he assaulted their 13-year-old son on Christmas Eve over spilled candy, and that the boy suffered long-term physical abuse due to his father’s drinking problems.

Robert Corcoran, an optometrist, filed a PFA against his son, citing mental-health issues and more than a half a dozen other attacks on family members by his son.

A new hearing was scheduled for Jan. 13 after a continuance was requested by attorneys in the matter.

In the petition filed on behalf of Corcoran’s son, Mary Claire Corcoran stated her 11-year-old and 13-year-old sons were fighting over candy. She said her husband stopped the two from fighting. She said he and the older boy “had words” and the boy threw the candy on the floor.

Corcoran said her husband said he would punish the boy, while their son said he would “retaliate.” That’s when, Mary Claire Corcoran alleged, her husband held the boy down and beat him “about the face and neck, bruising and breaking his teeth.”

She said her son was hit approximately 11 times, while her husband was struck twice.

In Robert Corcoran’s version of the events, he wrote that he stopped the fight between his boys on Christmas Eve, telling the older of the two to clean up the spilled candy because he had made the mess.

“I told Ryan that I was the father. As I was turning away, Ryan sucker-punched me twice. The second blow hit my left eye,” Robert Corcoran wrote. “I was blinded by the white afterimage. I began to protect myself.”

He said he put his son into a hold until police arrived and that he was swinging to protect himself.

The Times Leader submitted a Right to Know request for police records last week.

Wilkes-Barre City Clerk Jim Ryan said Monday that the request is still being processed.

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