Fr. Leonard J. Bealko

Ordained: 1971
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

Accused in a lawsuit filed in 8/20 of sexually abusing an altar boy many times over a four-year period until 1978, beginning when the boy was age 12. The abuse allegedly occurred at Transfiguration Parish in Mt. Pleasant and at a church rectory in Clymer. In 1988 Bealko was charged with firing a gun at his 22-year-old housemate in Irondequoit, NY. Bealko was pastor of a Polish National Catholic Church parish at the time. He said he had been in a relationship with the young man for 2 1/2 years, and that the young man moved with him from PA. A 17-year-old boy was also staying with Bealko. The boy was removed by Child Protective Services. By the early 2000s Bealko was active as a traditionalist priest in Latrobe, PA. Per a news report in 2007, Bealko was dismissed by the Greensburg diocese in the mid-1980s, ousted later by a Tridentine church in Greensburg, and dismissed again by another in Unity, PA in 2007.

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