Fr. John A. Geinzer

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

First named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report released 8/14/2018. (Named misspelled Genizer). Added to Baltimore list 9/2018. Complaint to diocese in 7/1995 that Geinzer fondled a 13-year-old boy in 1980. Kept in ministry as parish pastor. Geinzer denied the allegation in 2009, while discussing with bishop the possibility of being a cruise ship chaplain. Call to diocese in 5/2014 from a woman concerned about Geinzer’s undue attention toward her 8-year-old son three years prior at Little Sisters of the Poor, where they were visiting her parents; she said more recently he showed too much attention to a 13-year-old boy at the facility. Remained a ‘priest in good standing’ per the diocese with documentation in 2016 stating “…he has never engaged in sexual behavior inconsistent with priestly celibacy, nor had he ever acted in an inappropriate manner with minors.” On Baltimore archdiocese’s list 4/24/2019. Included on the diocese’s list of accused in 2019. Mentioned in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report.

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