More Cases against Priest Revealed

Associated Press
February 24, 1987

Additional complaints against a Roman Catholic priest have surfaced since he was charged last week with molesting a 13-year-old altar boy, officials said Tuesday.

"It appears that there were more children involved than originally thought," said Westmoreland County District Attorney John Driscoll.

Driscoll estimated as many as 15 children may have been victimized by the Rev. Roger J. Trott, 42, who until his arrest was pastor of St. John the Baptist de la Salle Church in Delmont.

But Driscoll said his office is still going to continue with a plea bargain it arranged with the priest.

Trott is to appear Thursday before Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Daniel J. Ackerman to plead guilty to one count of corrupting a minor for allegedly fondling the altar boy several times from June to January, Driscoll said.

Under terms of the plea bargain, which Ackerman must approve, the priest will not be charged with violating the other children nor will a jail sentence be sought.

Driscoll said five years probation will serve as "the proper punishment" because there were no acts of violence and Trott had no prior record. He said concern for the victims was paramount in the decision to file a single charge against the priest.


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