- Apr 5, 2020
A mid-level appeals court decision issued last summer that allowed some victims of childhood sexual abuse a way to pursue lawsuits despite time limits will be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the justices announced Monday.
An accusation against a priest has his friends wondering how this could have happened.
Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move.
A year ago, the previous Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a 147-page report based on secret diocesan records and other evidence that detailed abuse by more than 50 priests and clergy against hundreds of children in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Now the members of a new Independent Oversight Board for Youth Protection have been announced, including a former prosecutor, a former police detective, and an abuse survivor turned advocate.
A priest convicted last year of sexually abusing two street children in Honduras had his conviction upheld on Tuesday. Prosecutors said Father Joseph Maurizio had established a charitable organization — Honduras Interfaith Ministries — to help pay for his trips.
A lay employee of a Catholic high school in Pennsylvania, who was responsible for supervising Chinese international students, has waived a preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted two students while officials continue to look for a third alleged victim.