Fr. Dennis E. Coleman

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per PA A.G.’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, in 1979 the parents of a 10-year-old boy told Bishop Hogan of concerns about son’s behavior and comment about Fr. Coleman. Hogan met with boy, who said Coleman invited boys to sleep over in the rectory, would ‘hypnotize’ them, and sniff and then rub his penis against their feet. Also, Coleman asked boy if he could photograph him in his underwear. Hogan told Coleman to talk with parents, including boy if needed. If it went badly, might need transfer. Transferred; similarly abused boy age 12-13, and at least three more at next parish. Details noted by Hogan in “secret archives.” Coleman refused treatment. Suspended by Bishop Adamec in 1987, who got him job at county courthouse. Coleman boasted publicly about it and judge involved in helping Adamec rescinded offer, saying “it would be a disaster for the Church.” Suspended in 7/88 for refusing treatment. Named in a 2003 lawsuit against the diocese. Laicized in 2004. Died 3/12/14.

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