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This page displays the pictures and or names of proven, admitted or publicly accused sexual predatory clergy, current or former, from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania diocese.




Diocese of Pittsburgh       Total Individuals: 42
Last
Name
First
Name(s)
Year
Ordained
Type
Clergy

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Diocesan
/Order

Brief Notes   
Diocese of Ordination
Sources/Assignments
Adams

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Alvin J. 1967 Priest Accused Diocesan Removed 3/09 from parish assignment and position as chaplain at Bishop Canevin High School after new allegation that he had sexually abused a minor in late 1960s in his first assignment as parochial vicar at St. Canice in Knoxville. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3.5.09;
York Daily Record (AP) 3.5.09;
KDKA 3.5.09

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CaparellaAlan E.1966PSettledO.F.M.Attorney Garabedian announced settlement 9/13 on behalf of one individual who alleged abuse by Caparella at some point between 1963-1985. Caparella was working at St. Leonard's Parish in Boston at the time. No further information is known. He was assigned to Holy Ghost Church in Whitman at the time of his death in 4/91.Boston, MASource:
Boston Globe 04.03.91;
 The Republic (AP) 09.04.13; SNAP Press Release 09.12.13; WESA 09.12.13;
Assignment Record

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Carroll John P. 1953 P Accused Diocesan Accused in 1997 of raping a boy in early 1960s when Carroll was working as an extern in the Pittsburgh diocese after a "true allegation of sexual misconduct with an adult woman." Boston, MA Source:
Docs produed by Boston Archdiocese: 1997 memo describing allegation; Docs produced by Boston Archdiocese: 2003 Memo about same allegation
Assignments:
Assignment record from Boston Arcdiocese
BA.org Assignment Record


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Connor
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John P. 1962 P Convicted Diocesan Arrested in Camden in 1984 for abuse of boy 14. Admission. Place in special court program under which his arrest was expunged after 1 year if no more problems. Spent 8 mo. in treatment. Transferred to Pittsburgh in 1985 and then to Philadelphia from 1988 until 1993. Returned to Camden in restricted ministry. Removed in 2002. Named in Philly Grand Jury report 2/10/11. Camden, NJ Source:
Memo to Bishop Bevilacqua, 9.11.85; Philadelphia Inquirer 4.21.02;
Dallas Morning News 6.12.02; Philadelphia Inquirer 7.28.02;
Philadelphia Inquirer 9.17.05;
Philadelphia Grand Jury Report 9.21.05; Philadelphia Grand Jury Report Case Study 9.21.05;
Philadelphia Grand Jury Report--Section III, 9.21.05;
PittsburghChannel.comm 9.22.05; Philadelphia Inquirer 9.22.05;
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 9.23.05; Philadelphia Inquirer 10.16.05; Philadelphia Grand Jury Final Presentment 2.10.11, pp. 35-36;
Philadelphia Inquirer 3.7.11


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Castelucci Robert J. 1964 Priest Sued Diocesan Removed from ministry 1995. One person filed lawsuit in 2004 alleging abuse by Castelucci, formerly of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Braddock. No information is shown on when abuse occurred. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Tribune Review 9.30.04;
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9.30.04; Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Cautela Mauro J. 1974 Priest Accused Diocesan Placed on leave Aug. 2005 after allegations of "serious improprieties" that were apparently financial and sexual in nature. Age of accuser was unknown. Cautela collapsed and died Dec. 2005. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Tribune Review 8.29.05; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 8.30.05; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 12.14.05; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12.31.05


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Chatt Charles J. 1964 Priest Sued Diocesan Diocese received allegation against Chatt and he was removed from ministry and placed on leave in July 1992. "He formally withdrew from all priestly service on July 31, 2003." One, possibly 2 civil suits filed 2004. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4.29.04;
Tribune Review 9.30.04;
Post-Gazette 9.30.04;
Post-Gazette 9.18.07

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Cipolla Anthony J. 1972 Priest Settled Diocesan Abused two boys in 1978 and arrested. Charges dropped after harassment of mother and pressure by church. 1988 Suit by another youth asserted abuse over 4 yr period and mentioned earlier victims. Litigation settled in 1993. Bishop Wuerl suspended Cipola in 1988 and later suspended his privileges. Cipolla appealed to Rome and Bishop ordered to reinstate. Bishop then appealed and decision reversed in 1995. Laicized involuntarily in 2002 because he continued to act as a priest. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3.21.93; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3.22.93; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3.23.93; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3.24.93 ; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3.25.93; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10.01.93; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.18.94; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10.13.95; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10.13.95 (2nd article);
National Catholic Reporter 5.17.02; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 5.21.02; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11.16.02; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6.15.03 ; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.28.04; Pittsburgh Catholic 1.07.05

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DeakinRichard1985PriestConvictedCapuchin FriarConvicted 1990 of molesting young girl from 1986-88. 15 yr suspended sentence & 5 yrs probation. Civil suit filed 1/92 & settled out of court 9/93. Archdiocese knew of his history of deviant sexual behavior. In 1987 (after he yelled obscenities & exposed himself to a woman), Order transferrred him to Pittsburgh. Seminary officials knew of use of church money for x-rated movies and pornography before Ordination. Left priesthood 1988 & married.Baltimore, MDSource:
Baltimore Sun 9.9.93; Baltimore Sun 10.04.90; Baltimore Sun 10.04.90; Baltimore Sun 01.15.92; Washington Times 09.13.93; Baltimore Sun 05.19.02; Archdiocese of Baltimore 09.25.02


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Diskin M. Eric 1975 Priest Sued Diocesan Placed on leave 4/02 from position as head of diocesan Worship Office. No reasons given. Named in 2 civil suits filed 2004 and 1 in 2005 alleging abuse in early to mid 1970s. Formally withdrew from ministry 3/03. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1.15.04; Post-Gazette 3.17.04;
Pittsburgh Tribune Review 1.26.05; Post-Gazette 9.18.07



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Dolan Jason R.   Priest Convicted Byzantine Placed on leave in Jan. 2005 by Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh. He later pleaded guilty to charges of possession of internet child pornography. He was to be sentenced in 2006. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Official announcement of the Office of the Metropolitan of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy, Pittsburgh 01.05; Tribune Democrat 10.25.05

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Dorsch Richard J. 1970 P Convicted Diocesan Accused of kissing and fondling boy during outing in 1994. Placed on leave 8/94 after incident reported. Convicted by Jury 4/95. Sentenced to 11 1/2 - 23 months in county jail but served only 1 mo. Formally withdrew from ministry 1996. Named in at least2 civil suits in 2004. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25M settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Sued 7/10 by family of victim who committed suicide 5/10 after diocese quit paying for therapy. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 8.27.94; Post-Gazette 8.30.94; Post-Gazette 4.25.95; Post Gazette 6.23.95; Post-Gazette 1.15.04; Post-Gazette 2.28.04; Post-Gazette 4.29.04; Post-Gazette 9.18.07; ThePittsburghChannel 7.29.10; Pittsburgh Tribune 7.29.10; Associated Press 7.29..10; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 7.29.10; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 7.30.10

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Dzermejko
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David F. 1974 Priest Accused Diocesan Placed on leave 6/09 within 48 hours after Diocese received allegation that he had sexually abused a minor approximately 19-20 yrs previously. Diocese said there was a "semblance of truth" in the allegation. Abuse is said to have occurred prior to Dzermejko's assignment to Mary Mother of the Church parish in Charleroi in approx 1991. Dzermejko has denied the allegation. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Associated Press 6.8.82;
Associated Press 6.10.82;
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 6.17.09; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 6.18.09 ; Tribune-Review 6.18.09;
Valley Independent 6.18.09;
Pittsbugh Post-Gazette 6.19.09



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Esposito Ralph J. 1967 Priest Sued Diocesan Worked in Pittsburgh 1967-1978 and in Little Rock from 1978 to 1981. Incardinated to Little Rock in 1981 and retired in 2002. Named in 2004 suit against Diocese by one man who alleged abuse at Mother of Sorrows parish for three years, beginning in 1973.Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Associated Press 2.04.04;
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.05.04; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9.18.07



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Ghastin
Kenneth BSettledFranciscanIn personnel file released in 12/02, there are claims that Ghastin molested two brothers at Christopher Columbus H.S. in early 1970s. Claims settled 1994. Later, the oldest brother (who received $30K) committed suicide. Ghastin was removed from contact with children in early 1990s. Last known to be working as librarian at Mount Alvernia Friary in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. May have retired to FL due to ill health. Omitted from 2011 Boston AD database. Also worked in Pittsburgh Diocese.Boston, MASource:
Biographies for Religious Jubilarians 2009; CambridgeWhosWho.com n.d.; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 3.8.13; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 4.8.13; Boston Herald 04.28.02; Boston Globe 12.17.02; Boston Herald 12.17.02; Patriot Ledger 12.17.02; Framingham Metro West Daily News 12.18.02; Milford Daily News 12.22.02; Boston Globe 11.20.11
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Recor


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Ginder Richard < 1960 Priest Sued Diocesan Worked as a diocesan censor and writer. Rec'd10 yr probation in 1969 for child porn but not removed from active duty until 1976. Convicted of abuse of 2 youths in 1978. Died in accident in 1984. Named in 2004 civil suit. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.28.04; Post-Gazette 9.30.04;
Tribune Review 9.30.04;
Post-Gazette 9.18.07

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Hoehl

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John "Jack" S. 1964 Priest Accused Diocesan 7-8 men filed civil suits in 2001 and 2003-04 alleging abuse by Hoehl in early 1980s. Hoehl was placed on leave in 1986 after previous undisclosed claims became known. Sent for therapy & reassigned. Left active priesthood in 1988. Laicized 6/04. 2002 article says he was children's therapist in West Virginia. Board of Counselors investigated allegations and found them credible. He agreed to surrender his license as of 3/07. Claims included in 9/07 settlement with 34 plaintiffs. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Diocesan Press Release 1.26.01; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1.28.01; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1.15.04; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3.17.04 ; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 6.09.04; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 7.01.04; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 7.01.04; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 12.03.04; KDKA 12.05.05;
KDKA 3.30.07;
Times 9.17.07;
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9.18.07; Tribune Review 9.23.07


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Huff Edward G. 1973 Priest Convicted Diocesan In 1992 two families in 2 days complained to Diocese that Huff had molested their sons. After treatment Huff was made a hospital chaplain in late 1992. Within two months several more families complained. He was sent back to treatment and resigned from priesthood 7 weeks later. Pled guilty in 1994 to charges of improperly touching and providing alcohol to several youths. Sentenced to 15 mo to 5 yrs in prison as result of plea bargain. Other charges dropped. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 7.21.94; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 3.17.02; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 6.15.03; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 2.28.04


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Karabin Joseph D. 1974 Priest Sued Diocesan Placed on leave in 1985 following an allegation of abuse and then reassigned (in 1986?) to non-parish ministries. Formally withdrew from ministry 2002. Accused in 4/04 suit of molesting one youth in 1983 and 1984. Accused by 2 others in 9/04 suit. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4.29.04; Tribune Review 9.30.04;
Post-Gazette 9.30.04;
Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Krawczyk Henry R. 1978 Priest Accused Diocesan Reprimanded in 1986 for providing alcohol and marijuana to minors and for making a sexual advance on an 18-yr old young man. In 1992 he was reprimanded for giving beer to a minor. Diocese found the complaints unsubstantiated but credible. In 2003 a 19 yr old Univ. of Pittsburgh football player fell to his death from attic of Krawczyk's church. Very drunk. Krawczyk charged with providing alcohol. Pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter 9/06; received 7 yrs probation. Civil suit settled 1/06. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 8.28.03; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 9.09.03; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 9.10.03; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 9.21.03 ; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 9.23.03; Philadelphia Daily News 9.23.03; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9.25.03; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 9.29.03; Associated Press 10.02.03;
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 3.17.04; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 2.23.05; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 2.25.05; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 2.27.05 ; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 1.11.06

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Ledoux
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Michael< 1986PriestAccusedFranciscanAccused in 1/23/03 of sexually abusing a boy in 1987 or 1988 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry. Oral sex was alleged, and attempts in NH and MA. Claim settled. Order found accusations credible. Diocese learned that Franciscans knew of allegation in 2002 but didn't tell diocese. Ledoux was at parish 4/86 to 9/89. Worked as dean at Widener Univ. for 9 yrs until summer 2012 when officials learned of earlier accusation. He resigned rather than be placed on leave. He denied allegation. Also worked in PA.Manchester, NHSource:
NH AG Audit Records 3.26.09;
Case File from New Hampshire Records; Philadelphia Inquirer 1.4.13;
SNAP Statement 1.4.13;
Daily Times 1.7.13; Eagle-Tribune 1.8.13; SNAP Statement 1.8.13;
Daily Times 1.14.13;
SNAP Statement 1.16.13;
SNAP Statement 1.23.13;
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1.23.13;
KDKA 1.23.13; Tribune-Review 1.24.13; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1.24.13; Tribune-Democrat 1.24.13;
Tribune-Democrate 3.7.13

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Lukasik John   Priest Sued Diocesan One man filed a civil suit in Jan. 2005 which alleged Lukasik gave him alcohol and fondled him at St. Mary Czestochowa Church in McKeesport when he was 11. Abuse occurred in early-mid 1960s. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Tribune-Review 1.26.05;
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1.27.05

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McCashin William J.   Priest Sued Diocesan 2004 civil suit filed by one man who alleged that he was molested as an 8 yr old by McCashin at St. Philip Parish in Crafton in 1965. McCashin would have been 75. He died in 1967. Plaintiff came forward to Diocese in 2002. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Associated Press 2.04.04;
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.05.04; Post-Gazette 9.18.07



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Mravintz Ralph   Brother Convicted Marianist Mravintz, a brother and teacher at a Catholic high school, was accused of molesting a male student from Oct. 1984-Feb. 1985 by hugging him, saying I Love You and fondling the youth sought help with studies. Mravintz faced charges of indecent assault and corrupting a minor but was not removed from his classroom. He pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct charge because boy did not want to testify. Diocese denied responsibility because Mravintz was a member of a religious order. Died 5/06. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
United Press International 5.01.85; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 8.25.87;
Sun Sentinel 5.28.06


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O'Connell Lawrence   Priest Sued Diocesan Woman filed suit 4/04 alleging that she was molested for 3 years by O'Connell (from ages 12-15). Three more women filed suits later in 2004. O'Connell died in 1986. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4.29.04; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 7.01.04; Post-Gazette 7.01.04; Tribune-Review 9.30.04 ; Post-Gazette 9.30.04;
Post-Gazette 9.18.07

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Owino
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Felix C.1992PriestArrestedA.J. (Apostles of Jesus)Native of Nairobi, Kenya. Arrested 7/8/10 in Fairfax, VA and charged with aggravated sexual battery of a minor under 13. Charges say he inappropriately touched an 11 yr old girl. Diocese removed his faculties 7/9/10 and told Order. He had been servingas associate pastor at a church in Weirton. Had also taught at Wheeling Jesuit Univ. for the last two years. Previously worked in NH and Reading, PA.Uganda, AfricaSource:
WRIC.com (AP) 7.12.10; WTRF 7.12.10; Statement by Wheeling-Charleston Diocese; Statement by Wheeling Jesuit University; WTOV 7.12.10; Wheeling News-Register 7.13.10; State Journal 7.13.10; WTOV 7.13.10; SNAP Statement 7.13.10; WTRF 7.15.10; Herald-Star 7.16.10; Fairfax Times 7.20.10
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record

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Parme George J. 1948 Priest Sued Diocesan One man filed suit against Diocese and Bishop in 2004 alleging abuse by Parme. No date is given for alleged abuse. Parme retired in 1989 and died March 28, 2002 at age 78. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Tribune Review 9.30.04; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9.30.04; Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Pucci Francis   Priest Accused Diocesan Charged in 1988 with one count of indecent assault for fondling youth during summer, 1986 but action barred by statute of limitations and case was nolle prossed in Sept. 1991. He was also charged with conspiracy for allowing Fr. Richard Zula to have sexual activity with a youth at a parish where Pucci was pastor. Banned from public ministry. Died 2002. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
United Press International 10.14.88; Associated Press 11.11.88;
United Press International 4.03.90; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4.07.02 ; Miami New Times 4.17.03; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.28.04

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Rebovich John 1967 P Settled Byzantine First allegation in 1975 involved solicitation of oral sex from an altar boy. Boy told officials of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Passaic in 1978 but nothing done. A few months later Rebovich transferred to Byzantine Catholic diocese of Parma. A 1990 civil suit (settled 1991) alleges Rebovich raped an altar boy in 1980 in Parma diocese. Suit also alleges church officials covered up the incident when notified in 1984. 3 more plaintiffs filed suit 1992. Has been on leave since 1990. Cleveland, OH Source:
UPI 7.19.90; Plain Dealer 7.18.90; Plain Dealer 6.20.02; Akron Beacon Journal 6.20.02
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record

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Ruglovsky Robert 1961 P Convicted Byzantine Catholic Accused of molesting at least 7 boys. First abuse occurred in Ohio and Michigan and then he moved to Minnesota where he abused six other boys. Criminal charges were filed in Minnesota in 1987. Sentence was 15 yrs probaton and 1 yr. jail with participation in sex offender program. One civil suit filed in 1994 in California & 2 other suits filed in Minnesota in 1988. 1990 article says that he admitted to molesting numerous boys over a 20 yr period. Cleveland, OH Source:
UPI 5.8.87;
Plain Dealer 7.11.90;
Plain Dealer 7.11.90 (2nd);
Plain Dealer 7.18.90
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record


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Smith Edward   Priest Sued Holy Spirit One woman sued diocese and both current and former bishops in 2004 alleging that she was abused at age 16 by Smith when she went to him for counseling. Smith died in 1957. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 7.01.04; Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Somma, Jr. James E. 1959 Priest Sued Diocesan Retired as Air Force chaplain in 1984. In 1988 woman said she was abused by Somma 25 years earlier. Allegation judged "not credible" by the diocese and court later dismissed case due to statute of limitations. Remained an active priest until his death in 2002. Second allegation rec'd 2002. Civil suit filed by 1 man 2004. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11.29.02; Post-Gazette 6.15.03;
Post-Gazette 1.15.04;
Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Sorensen
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Bartley A. 1976 P Arrested Diocesan Arrested 12/10/11 & charged with using personal computer at rectory to view child porn. Computer was found to contain over 100 images of prepubescent males. Had been at St. John Fisher Church in Churchill for approximately three weeks when parish employee saw the images on his computer and reported him to the Diocese. From 2004 until early 2011 he was the chaplain at West Penn Hospital. Just before his assignment at St. John Fisher, he had served 9 months at St. Anne Church in Castle Shannon. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 12.10.11; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 12.10.11; WPXI 12.10.11; WTAE 12.11.11; Reuters 12.11.11; Spiritual Politics 12.11.11; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 12.12.11; CBS Pittsburgh 12.12.11; The Patch 12.12.11; KDKA 12.12.11; Vatican Insider 12.12.11; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12.13.11; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 12.14.11; NSAC 12.14.11; WPXI 12.14.11
Assignments:
CBS Pittsburgh 12.15.11 (add'l article); Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 12.19.11 (add'l article); Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12.20.11 (add'l article); Philadelphia Inquirer (AP) 1.4.12 (add'l article); Reuters 1.6.12 (add'l article); BA.org Assignment Record


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Suran Andrew J.   Priest Sued Diocesan Died 1971. One woman filed suit in 2004 alleging that she was fondled by Suran as an 8 yr old. Woman says that 14 yrs later she took a teaching job where Suran was assigned and he fondled and kissed her again. 2nd woman filed suit 6/04 alleging abuse when she was 6. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4.29.04; Post-Gazette 7.01.04;
Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Tisak Daniel J. 1982 Priest Convicted Byzantine Criminal charges filed in 1988 allege Tisak abused 12 yr old at Pennsylvania YMCA. Tisak pleaded guilty. Sentenced to 2 yr probation and 6 mo at St. Luke's. Shown as "On leave" from Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pittsburgh, Byzantine per 1989 OfficialCatholic Directory. Not listed in 1990 or 1995 Catholic Directories. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
United Press International 11.8.88


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Veri Alberta   Nun Sued Sisters of Saint Joseph Accused in a 1997 lawsuit of sexually abusing a high school senior in 1972. Veri denies the charge. Complainant states that when she first came forward in 1994, the order and diocese asked her to keep silent. They deny this. Suit was dismissed on SOL grounds. Order offered to settle in exchange for a confidentiality agreement; complainant refused. Order paid for therapy. Veri was called Sister Bernadine; she took a leave of absence in 1980 and left the order some time thereafter. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10.18.97; WTAE 4.26.02


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Walsh
William J 1954 P Accused Jesuit Walsh was teaching in China in 1996 when 5 of his nieces accused him of abusing them decades earlier in the 1950s. They reported the abuse to the Jesuit Order and Walsh was recalled. Walsh was assigned to the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown Univ. Women made their allegations public in 1998 because the Order had not removed. He was then placed on leave. Walsh was headmaster at  Bishop's Latin School in the Pittsburgh Diocese from 1961 to 1965. Washington, DC Source:
Georgetown Voice 4.23.98; Washington Post 12.2.10
Assignments:
BA.org Assignment Record


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Wellinger John W. 1970 Priest Sued Diocesan Wellinger took a personal leave 6/95. Three months later a young man came forward to allege that Wellinger had abused him in 1989. Diocese Wellinger from active priesthood 3/03 when he failed to return from leave (for health purposes). Suit filed 2004. Claims included in Diocese?s 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Associated Press 2.04.04;
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.05.04; Post-Gazette 7.05.04; Tribune-Review 7.07.04 ;
KDKA 8.03.04;
Post-Gazette 8.04.04;
Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Wichmanowski Joseph   Priest Sued Diocesan One woman filed suit 2004 claiming that Wichmanowski molested her for a year, beginning when she was 12. He would give her wine and would have sex with her several times a week. Wichmanowski died in 1977. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 4.29.04; Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Wilt George 1959 Priest Accused Diocesan Woman filed suit in 2004 alleging that in 1961, when she was 13, she was molested by Wilt when she went to him for counseling after she had been sexually abused by her father. Wilt denied all accusations. Diocese investigated and cleared him. Retiredin 2003 with restricted ministry; diocese said reasons had nothing to do with child sexual abuse. Claims included in Diocese's 9/07 $1.25 mil settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 7.01.04; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 7.01.04; Post-Gazette 7.07.04;
Tribune Review 7.07.04 ; Post-Gazette 9.18.07


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Wolk Robert G.   Priest Convicted Diocesan Wolk, Francis Pucci and Richard Zula accused of abuse of two brothers in the 1980s' Wolk began abusing both boys when they were 12. He was placed on leave in 1987 and indicted in 1988. Sentenced to jail (2 concurrent 5-10 yrs sentences.). Wolk is also suspected of abuse in Pennsylvania, Florida and Canada. Believe he was voluntarily laicized in 2003. Diocese also admitted settling a civil suit out of court. Pittsburgh, PA Source:
United Press International 10.11.88; United Press International 10.14.88; Associated Press 11.11.88;
United Press International 4.03.90 ; USA Today 4.04.90;
Philadelphia Inquirer 7.28.02;
Miami New Times 4.17.03; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 6.15.03; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.28.04; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 9.28.05

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Zula Richard ""Sade""   Priest Convicted Diocesan Zula originally indicted on 138 counts of sexual abuse. He pled guilty to two counts involving two brothers and in 1990 was sentenced to 2-5 yrs in prison. Sentence to run concurrently with one in another county imposed for 1-5 yrs. Francis Pucci and Robert Wolk accused of abuse of the same boys. Zula was placed on permanent leave in 1987, Pittsburgh, PA Source:
United Press International 10.14.88; Associated Press 11.11.88; Associated Press 11.14.88;
United Press International 5.23.89 ; United Press International 6.02.89; United Press International 4.03.90; Philadelphia Inquirer 7.28.02;
Miami New Times 4.17.03; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 6.15.03; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2.28.04; Pittsburgh Tribune Review 9.28.05


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