Fr. Richard J. Ford

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Died: 05/18/2005
Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

In 2000 the U.S. Navy reported twice to the diocese that Ford sexually abused one of its enlistees when the enlistee was a 12-year-old student at Holy Guardian Angels Regional School in Muhlenberg Township in 1989. The alleged victim was undergoing mental health treatment at the time of the reports. Per Navy officials, the diocese did not respond to the reports. Ford died in 2005. The man filed suit against the diocese in 8/2018. Included on the Allentown diocese’s 8/19/2018 list of credibly accused.

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