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By Nathanial L. Foote of Andreozzi + Foote posted in Child Sexual Abuse on Monday, August 20, 2018.

On August 14, 2018, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General released a long-awaited grand jury report that showed top Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania covered up decades of child sex abuse involving 300 priests and more than 1,000 victims. The grand jury report covered six Pennsylvania Catholic Diocese: the Diocese of Harrisburg, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Diocese of Greensburg, the Dioceses of Erie, the Diocese of Scranton, and the Diocese of Allentown.

With each Diocese, the grand jury determined that bishops and other Catholic officials misused their power and enabled the victimization of children on a grand scale. The report describes Catholic officials’ “playbook for concealing the truth” used to cover up 70 years of child sexual abuse by 300 Roman Catholic priests.

Specifically, in the Harrisburg Diocese, the grand jury report identifies the following priests as potential abusers:

  • Francis J. Allen
  • John G. Allen
  • Francis A. Bach
  • Jesus Barajas
  • Richard J. Barry
  • James Beeman
  • John Bostwick
  • Donald Cramer
  • Walter Emala
  • Paul R. Fisher
  • Augustine Giella
  • Donald “Tim” Hackman
  • T. Ronald Haney
  • John Herber
  • Philip Hower
  • Kevin Kayda
  • Edward Konat
  • George Koychick
  • Thomas Kujovsky
  • Thomas Lawler
  • Robert Logue
  • Arthur Long
  • David H. Luck
  • Robert Maher
  • Daniel Mahoney
  • Guy Marsico
  • John M. McDevitt
  • Anthony McGinley
  • James McLucas
  • Ibarra Mercado
  • Joseph Pease
  • Charles Procopio
  • Guido Miguel Quiroz Reyes
  • James Rush
  • Bryan Schlager
  • Herbert Shank
  • Patrick Shannon
  • Timothy Sperber
  • Carl J. Steffen
  • Frederick Vaughn
  • Salvatore V. Zangari

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