Harrisburg Diocese Releases List Of 71 Priests Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has released a full report on 71 priests, church employees and volunteers who have been accused of sexually abusing children, Time reports.

The list goes back nearly 8 decades to the 1940s. The latest represented allegation came in 2014. No one on the list, says Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer, is currently engaged in ministry, but the Bishop admitted that the diocese’s leadership had failed to protect children from harm in the past.

Pennsylvania Dioceses Head Off Grand Jury Report With Lists Of Accused Priests

The release of the list comes just four months after a similar one, naming over 50 priests as accused abusers, was released the Church’s diocese in Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie’s diocese identified over 50 priests and church members who had been accused of sexual abuse over the years.

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Pennsylvania dioceses are hoping to get out ahead of a 900-page state grand jury report, expected in the coming week, which names some 300 “predator priests.” The culmination of 2 years, the state grand jury report covers 6 dioceses in Pennsylvania: Erie, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Allentown and Scranton.

A prior report found evidence of systemic sexual abuse within the church’s Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown dioceses. The allegations have been culled from internal church documents, police reports and civil church sex abuse lawsuits.

The List: Priests, Clergy Accused Of Sexual Abuse

The list of priests, seminarians, deacons, clergy members and parishioners can be found in full below:

Name Status Position Accusation
Alexander Cano alive Harrisburg diocese seminarian accused of child sexual abuse
Francis Allen II dead Harrisburg diocese seminarian accused of abusing 2 children
John Allen alive Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Francis Bach dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Luis Barajas alive Order of Most Blessed Trinity accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Richard Barry unknown Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate accused of sexually abusing multiple children
James Beeman dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
John Bostwick III alive Richmond diocese accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Augustine Giella dead Newark diocese accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Ronald Gonzalez alive Dallas diocese accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Thomas Ronald Haney dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of inappropriate comments, inappropriate touching and sexual abuse
William Haviland dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
John Herber dead Missionaries of the Precious Blood accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Philip Hower alive Harrisburg diocese seminarian accused of sexually abusing a child
George Koychick dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Kevin Labuda alive Harrisburg diocese seminarian accused of sexually abusing a child
Arthur Long dead Society of Jesus accused of soliciting child for sex
David Luck alive Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing 2 children
Guy Marsico alive Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Anthony McGinley dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Joseph Pease alive Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Charles Procopio dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of touching and kissing children
Guido Quiroz Reyes unknown Order of Friars Minor accused of sexually abusing multiple children
John Rebovich dead Order of St. John accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Thomas Scala alive Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Herbert Shank alive Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Timothy Sperber alive Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Carl Steffen dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
John Tokarick Jr. alive Harrisburg diocese seminarian accused of sexually abusing a child
Salvatore Zangari dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Walter Emala dead Baltimore, Memphis dioceses accused of kissing minor on lips
Ibarra Mercado unknown Archdiocese of the Military accused of kissing minor
James Rush alive New York archdiocese accused of hugging, kissing and holding hands with child
Donald Cramer II alive Harrisburg diocese priest accused of child pornography
Paul Fisher alive Harrisburg diocese priest admitted he visited child pornography websites
Donald (Tim) Hackman alive Harrisburg diocese deacon found guilty of sending child pornography
Kevin Kayda II dead Harrisburg diocese priest child pornography discovered on laptop
Thomas Kujovsky dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of possessing photograph of nude altar boy
Robert Logue alive Harrisburg diocese deacon accused of inappropriate communications with a child
Bryan Schlager alive Harrisburg diocese seminarian accused of inappropriate communications with multiple children
John Bolen dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Patrick D’Alessandro dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Philip DeChico dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Raymond Dougherty dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Joseph Driscoll dead Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer accused of sexually abusing a child
Joseph Hager dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Francis Hudak dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Thomas Lawler dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing 2 children
Robert Maher dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
Daniel Mahoney dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing 2 children
Neil Murphy dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
James Noel dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Stephen Rolko dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
John Suknaic dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Frances Taylor dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing a child
Frederick Vaughn dead Harrisburg diocese priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children
James Vecera dead Harrisburg diocese deacon accused of sexually abusing a child

The Harrisburg diocese has not confirmed or discredited any of the accusations.

Harrisburg Diocese Outlines Sex Abuse Reforms

But releasing the list of accused pedophiles is just one step in Gainer’s march toward greater transparency, the Bishop said in a press release. The Harrisburg diocese is currently making a list of all buildings and properties named after clergy members; it plans to remove the names of priests accused of abuse.

The church has also taken the unusual step of rescinding its right to confidentiality, so that details from past settlement agreements can be released into the public domain. Going forward, the diocese has committed itself to new abuse reporting procedures.

From here on out, all complaints of sex abuse will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement officials. Anyone working for the church, including volunteers, will receive background checks. A new training program will be required for all diocese employees.

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