Fr. Joseph Fertal
Working in the Philippines in 1989 when suspected of abuse. Returned to his order’s seminary in Riverside, CA, then asssigned to parishes. Accused in 1995 of molesting a 16-year-old boy from a catechism class. Civil suit filed in 1996; later settled out of court. Criminal investigation dropped for lack of evidence. Forced by church officials to leave a CA retirement home in 2002 after it learned of his past history. In treatment several times. Added to Scranton diocese’s list in 12/18. Living in Chicago at the time.
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