Fr. Ferdinand B. Demsher

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Ordained: 1946
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. At least 4 alleged victims. A man told the diocese 3/18/02 that Demsher sexually abused him at age 13-14 in 1975 to 1976 at St. Mary of the Assumption. He was working at the parish for Demsher doing odd jobs. In 3/12 the diocese received a report that Demsher molested a boy in the late 1970s to early 1980s. In 2/15 a man told the diocese that he was abuse by Demsher as a 14-year-old Central Catholic High School freshman. A 2/1/16 memo in Demsher’s personnel file revealed that another person said Demsher fondled him when he was a 10- to 11-year-old altar boy at Resurrection parish. Another person alleged abuse by the priest as noted in a 5/16 memo. He said the abuse occurred in the mid to late 1960s. Demsher died in 1983.

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