Br. Bernard Joseph Hartman

Order: SM
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Joined Marianists in 1958; worked many years in Australia. Taught 1986-97 at North Catholic High in Pittsburgh. US Marianists learned of Australian allegations in 1997; removed from school. Sent to treatment; reassigned to internal ministry under safety plan. In 1999 accused by woman in Australia of sexual abuse when she was age 8. He apologized to her by letter. In US in 2008 when he celebrated his 50th anniversary. Lived in Dayton OH area in 2009. New accusers in Australia. Returned to Australia 9/13, convicted of sustained sexual abuse, including penetration, of a boy and 2 girls as young as age 8. Two more allegations at N. Catholic. Released from jail in Australia 7/23/17 after 3 years, 1 year suspended. To return to US. Per Marianists he was to live in a non-Marianist facility with direct supervision of men with “significant personal issues and/or legal convictions” for the rest of his life, with no external ministry. On Marianists list 6/24/20. On Covington diocese’s list 7/31/20.

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