Fr. Donald J. Cooper

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Erie PA

Name included on Erie diocese’s list 4/6/18. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Report to diocese 2005 of inappropriate sexual contact 1981-1982 of a 16-year-old boy while assigned to St. Charles in New Bethlehem. Allegations included fondling the boy and masturbating in front of him, occurring on overnight trips and at the rectory. Accuser said another priest in the rectory knew but did nothing. Alllegations deemed credible. Cooper agreed to retire. Died 12/16/11.

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