Fr. James L. Armstrong

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Ordained: 1977
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/18. The diocese knew as early as 1990 that Armstrong was accused of giving homeless Pittsburgh boys drugs, alcohol and money in exchange for sex. Sent to St. Luke Institute in MD for evaluation in 5/91. Placed on leave, sent to inpatient treatment at St. Michael Center in St. Louis 7/91-12/91. Returned to ministry. On leave again 7/07. In 2009 an alleged victim asked the diocese for counseling in 9/09. He had been a “street kid” and said “Fr. Tom” had him and a “hustler” perform violent sex acts on him for several years when he was a teen in the mid-1980s. Armstrong died in 2012.


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