Fr. Augustine M. Giella

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Died: 05/27/1993
Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Ordained for the Archdiocese of Newark NJ in 1950. Transferred to the Harrisburg PA in 1982.  Retired in 1989; returned to NJ. Allegation in 1992 to the Harrisburg diocese that Giella had abused a child beginning in 1983. Arrested in NJ in 7/1992, indicted for child molestation and child porn. Pled not guilty to sex assault of an 11-year-old girl. Family filed lawsuit. He died in 5/1993, before he could be tried; suit settled with the diocese for $900K. Other women called news outlets saying they had been abused as minors in NJ in the 1960s by Giella. A PA woman filed suit in 2001; that and two other claims settled later in 2001. In 7/2018 two sisters alleging abuse through the 1980s by Giella asked a court to lift a gag order that was part of prior settlements with their other sisters. Accused of abuse of 5 girls in their family, one beginning at age 18 months. Name included on the Harrisburg diocese’s list released 8/1/2018. On Newark’s list 2/13/2019. The five sisters filed suit in 12/2019. Settlement of a claim in the low-to-mid six figures in 7/2023 that Giella sexually abused a boy, age 11-13, during 1984-1986. The abuse allegedly occurred at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Enhaut PA, where Giella was assigned.

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