Fr. Martin A. Cingle
Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA
Per the PA A.G.’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 1979 Cingle fondled a sleeping 15-year-old altar boy who awoke and struck him, as told to Bishop Adamec by the victim in a 6/02 meeting. Adamec met with Cingle in 7/02, who said he couldn’t remember why, but acknowledged the boy struck him. Adamec sent Cingle for a psych evaluation; it yielded “no evidence of psychopathology.” He did not report the matter to law enforcement. Cingle was returned to ministry. Adamec asked the victim to put in writing what occurred in 1979; the victim did not comply and case was closed 6/03. In 9/15 Cingle admitted to the Grand Jury that he was lying next to the boy on a cot in his underwear and a t-shirt on the night in question, and indicated he could have accidentally touched the boys genitals. Per the A.G.’s request, Bishop Bartchak removed Cingle from active ministry in 10/15.
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