Fr. John J. Boyle

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Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, Boyle abused 5 boys 1958-82. In 1969 a father reported to the diocese and PA State Police that Boyle abused his 12-year-old son. Per Bishop Hogan’s notes there was sufficient evidence for charges, but Boyle “could move.” Boyle put on “sick leave” then reassigned. Boyle abused another boy, age 15, in 1971. In 1973 he plied a 14-year-old boy with alcohol to the point of unconsciousness, then raped him for the first of numerous times over 2 years. In 1982 he began a year of sexual assaults on a 16-year-old boy, giving him alcohol and lavish gifts. In 1992 the diocese received a report that Boyle abused a 10- or 11-year-old boy 1958-60. Abuse included fondling, masturbation and oral intercourse. Not until 1995 did Bishop Adamec send Boyle to treatment and allow him to retire. Boyle was subject of 3 lawsuits in 2003. In 5/04 diocese paid $3.71M to settle claims by 21 people alleging abuse by 11 priests, including Boyle. Died 12/14/11.

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