Fr. Joseph M. Ganter

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Ordained: 1922
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. In 2008 an 80-year-old man told the diocese that Ganter sexually abused him when he was a 10-year-old altar boy at St. Athanasius in West View. He said he knew of 6 other boys who had “slept with” the priest. Ganter’s personnel file showed at allegation in 1944 that Ganter had “immoral and corrupt relationships with at least 3 teenage boys.” Per the report, Ganter asked boys to “commit a sex act” in his office. He would give them a few dollars and tell them never to tell. A Justice of the Peace investigated the accusations in 1945, at Ganter’s request. The alleged victims denied “immoral relations” with the priest.


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