PA--Predator priest sentenced; Victims respond
By David Clohessy
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
March 2, 2016
We’re grateful that a central Pennsylvania predator priest will spend 16 years behind bars. We hope now that law enforcement agencies will pursue his church colleagues and supervisors who ignored or hid his crimes.
We hope that all Catholic officials in Pennsylvania and Honduras will use their vast resources to find and help others who were assaulted by Fr. Joseph Maurizio or who helped conceal his crimes.
Like nearly all child molesters, Fr. Joseph Maurizio claims he wasn’t given a fair trial. We’re relieved that U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson rejected this claim. And we’re glad that Maurizio will be kept away from kids for a long possible time.
It’s crucial that Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Mark Bartchak aggressively seek out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers and urge them to call law enforcement immediately.