Man sues Allentown Diocese, Hellertown school, says teacher molested him

Morning Call

July 2, 2020

By Laurie Mason Schroeder

A York County man who claims he was sexually assaulted by a Hellertown Catholic school teacher in the 1970s is suing the Allentown Diocese and others in the latest of a trickle of new lawsuits based on a potential legal loophole around the statute of limitations.

Mark Beaky, 59, says he was 13 when Lawrence Haftle, then a teacher at St. Theresa of The Child of Jesus Catholic School in Hellertown, sexually assaulted him.

Beaky claims that Haftle, who died in 2010, also gave him drugs and alcohol when he was a teen.

Named along the with diocese in the suit are the school and St. Theresa of The Child of Jesus Church in Hellertown. Beaky is demanding a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages.

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