Fr. Richard J. Dorsch

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Accused 1994 of abuse of a 13-year-old boy. On leave 8/94, sent to St. Luke’s in MD for eval 10/94. Convicted 4/95. Sentenced to 11 1/2 – 23 months jail; released on parole after 1 week in 6/95. Returned to St. Luke’s. A 2nd man in 12/94 reported abuse at age 10 in 1981, occurring many times until he was in 8th grade. Dorsch withdrew from ministry 1996. Accused 2/04 of abuse 1982-85 of an All Saints in Etna altar boy. Victim died by suicide 5/10 after diocese quit paying for therapy. Family sued. Dorsch named in at least 2 civil suits in 2004. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25M settlement as to 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Superior Court dismissed appeal 9/11. A man in 1/12 reported abuse by Dorsch as a 7th-8th grader at All Saints. A 5th report 7/12 of abuse of a 12 to 14-year old St. Coleman in Turtle Creek altar boy; was reported to diocese in 1994 or ’95. A man in 6/16 reported abuse at St. Coleman’s at ages 10-12. Named in the 8/28/18 PA Grand Jury Report.


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