Fr. Robert G. Cofenas
Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA
First named as accused publicly in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Educator, guidance counselor, campus minister. Held prominent diocesan positions. Diocese knew as early as 1979 of concerns about Cofenas’ behavior with boys. Admitted in 2000 to abuse of a 17-year-old boy in 1986, while assigned to a Sinking Spring parish and moderating the Youth Group. Treated 1989-90 at Paracletes in NM and in 2000 at St. John Vianney in Downington PA. Removed 2000. Laicized 2005. Died 12/14/13. Included on diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Added to Baltimore list 9/18. Lawsuit in 3/20 claims abuse of a 7-year-old altar boy at a Reading parish, continuing until the alleged victim was in his 30s. Accused also of ‘sharing’ the boy with other priests.
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