Lancaster Co. man sexually abused by priest says testimony to grand jury afforded emotional release


May 1, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

In the fall of 2016, after a lifetime of torment from painful memories, Todd Frey got an emotional release.

After nearly four decades of living with the pain and confusion of having been sexually molested by his priest, Frey got the chance to talk about it before a panel of men and women who he hopes can help give him the opportunity to seek legal recourse.

Frey in October of that year testified before the 40th Statewide Grand Jury, which is investigating the sexual abuse of children across six dioceses in Pennsylvania.

“Ever since grand jury listened to me that day that I spoke, I felt like I was truly counted,” said Frey, who is nearing his 50th birthday. “It made a difference. It made a big difference.”

Frey, of Lancaster County, is among an untold number of victims who in the past 18 months have testified before the grand jury as the state attorney general’s office wraps up its investigation into the dioceses of Harrisburg, Allentown, Pittsburgh, Erie, Scranton and Greensburg.

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