Fr. J. Peter Crynes

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Monsignor. In 3/06 the diocese received a report that Crynes had sexually abused a girl 1974-77, beginning when she was age 17. Another woman soon came forward, alleging sex abuse by Crynes as a teen. He admitted to his behavior, saying he “always saw his physical behavior with women as gestures of loving paternal affection.” Removed from active ministry 5/06. By 6/06 four other women had reported abuse as teens by Crynes. One of them said that in 2002 she told diocesan Vicar for Priests, Fr. Kopacz, about her abuse, but he did nothing. Crynes lived at Villa St Joseph in Dunmore per diocesan website 9/1/09. Ordered by Vatican to live a life of prayer and penance. Another report in 1/16 of abuse 1972-73 of a girl, age 16-17. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Found in 9/18 to be a member of a private golf club. On diocese’s list 8/19/18 (as Peter G. Crynes).

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