Fr. Charles J. Chatt
Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA
May have sexually abused “dozens” of boys, per one alleged victim. Placed on leave in 7/92 after allegations he sexually abused a 7th or 8th grade boy in 1970 or 1971. Chatt admitted to sexual contact with the boy and said it ended when the boy was age 20; admitted to “sexual relationships” with “five other youngsters” in the 1970s. Abuse said to have included oral and anal sex. At least people reported to the diocese abuse by Chatt as boys. First victim said Chatt gave him gifts, showed man/boy porn. Said to have taken nude photos of boys, also of a 6-year-old girl, with whom he allegedly took showers. Treated at St. Michael’s in St. Louis MO. Hired to work there and at Vianney Renewal Center after treatment until about 1999. Later became social worker. Formally withdrew from ministry in 1/03. One, possibly two civil suits filed 2004. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25M settlement involving 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report.
Our Database of Publicly Accused does not state or imply that individuals facing allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The reports contained in the database are merely allegations. The U.S. legal system presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. Similarly, individuals who may be defendants in civil actions are presumed not to be liable for such claims unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements. For more information, see our posting policy.