Former Ambridge Priest Among Three Placed on Administrative Leave Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
The Times [Beaver County PA]
August 31, 2018

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has placed a retired priest who served at an Ambridge parish for nearly four years in the 1990s on administrative leave after a new allegation of sexual abuse was reported.

Diocesan officials announced Friday that three priests were placed on administrative leave following allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were received.

The Rev. John Bauer, 71, was serving in team ministry at several Greene County parishes before the diocese received a report of sexual abuse on Aug. 30. Officials said Bauer was accused of sexually abusing a minor in the early 1980s. Bauer was pastor at Good Samaritan Parish in Ambridge from June 1994 until February 1998 before taking an 11-month leave of absence.








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