Victims of clergy sex abuse ask court to lift gag order set by Diocese of Harrisburg


July 2, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

[See the complaint described in this article.]

Two women who were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Harrisburg on Monday petitioned a court to lift a gag order prohibiting them from speaking about their abuse.

Patty Julius and Lara McKeever, who are sisters, filed the motion in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas seeking to overturn an agreement with the diocese that was part of a settlement made with several other sisters years ago.

Julius and McKeever allege that throughout the 1980s the Rev. Augustin Giella sexually molested several members of their family, including they themselves.

Giella served with the diocese in Hanover, but was later assigned to the St. John’s parish in Enhaut, in Dauphin County. The complaint identifies Julius and McKeever as residents of Pennsylvania.

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