Retired Pittsburgh Priest, 88, Charged with Sexual Abuse of Child in Early 2000s
January 25, 2019
A retired Catholic priest who came under investigation in the wake of last year's state grand jury report was arrested Friday on charges that he assaulted a 10-year-old boy during altar service training in 2001, Allegheny County police said.
The Rev. Hugh Lang, 88, was released on nonmonetary bond after turning himself in for arraignment by District Judge Thomas Torkowsky. Police said Lang was charged with sexual abuse of children, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, indecent assault and indecent exposure.
Lang, of Castle Shannon, was serving at Saint Therese of Lisieux in Munhall when the alleged assault happened in June 2001, police said.
The alleged victim, identified as John Doe, told police that Lang removed him from the other boys in training and took him to a CCD room in the church basement, according to the criminal complaint.
"After Father Lang and John Doe entered the room, Father Lang locked the door. Father Lang then told John Doe that Doe was a troublemaker and instructed Doe to remove his clothes," the complaint said. "After John Doe removed his clothes, Father Lang took a Polaroid photograph of John Doe while he was standing naked. Father Lang showed the photo to John Doe and warned him that if he didn't behave, he would show the photo to others."