Orlando-area Catholic Pastors Surrender in Penn. Sex-abuse Case
March 17, 2016
|This photo from March 15, 2016, shows a poster from the Pennsylvania State Attorney General with the images of three ex-leaders of the Franciscan religious order -- Robert D'Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli, and Giles Schinelli. (Todd Berkey / The Tribune Democrat via AP)|
Three Franciscan friars — including two from Central Florida — have surrendered in Pennsylvania on child-endangerment and conspiracy charges, accused of allowing a suspected sexual predator in that state to hold jobs where he molested more than 100 children.
Robert D'Aversa, Giles Schinelli and Anthony Criscitelli were arraigned Friday morning.
D'Aversa, 69, is the head pastor at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mount Dora and Schinelli, 73, is the director at San Pedro Center, a Catholic retreat in Winter Park.
Both have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the Diocese of Orlando.