Fr. John G. Allen

Ordained: 1970
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Harrisburg PA

Per diocesan records, there were concerns about Allen as early as 1970. Reportedly abused multiple young boys in the 1970s-1990s. Sent for evaluation in 1991. Arrested in 1992 for soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. Other allegations in 1985 of sex with several young men from a local college. Resigned in 2002 after confronted with credible allegations of abusing boy, ages 14-18, starting about 1979. Laicization announced in 6/2006. Included on diocese’s 8/1/2018 list. Lawsuit in 8/2018 by a 29-year-old former Penbrook altar boy claiming abuse for 3 years, beginning in 1999. Named in 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report. Arrested in 3/2019, on charges related to claims he abused two young Penbrook altar boys 1997-2002. Pleaded guilty 11/5/2020. Sentenced in 2/2021 to five years’ probation and to register as a sex offender for life.

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