Fr. James B. Coveney

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per the PA AG’s 3/1/6 Grand Jury Report, Coveney fondled the genitals of a 10-year-old boy while assigned to St. Joseph’s in Portage PA in the 1980s, as reported to Bishop Adamec in 1996. Adamec sent Coveney to treatment then returned him to ministry. Also accused in 1988 of fondling the genitals of five 7th-grade boys; sent to treatment by Adamec. No reports to police either time. Coveney retired in 2011. Placed on leave in 2/16 during re-examination by diocese of previous allegations against clergy.

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