Fr. Joseph D. Galko

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Diocese aware of issues as early as 1984. Galko admitted to sex with an 18-year-old male parishioner and to incidents with other males over the years, pre- and post-seminary and ordination. Concerns in 1987 about his spending too much time with altar servers and interaction with adolescent boys. Sent to Downingtown for treatment. Placed on leave 1988. Report to diocese in 2002 of abuse of male, age 17-18, in 1980 or ’81. Another report 2007 of abuse of 13-year-old 8th grade boy from St. Anne’s in Bethlehem. Galko acknowledged the abuse. Both victims said Galko plied them with alcohol. Laicized 2010.


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