Fr. Joseph D Maurizio

Ordained: 1987
Status: Sentenced

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Homeland Security raided rectory 9/12/14. Charged with illicit sexual conduct in foreign place and possession of child porn. Suspended. Accused in federal agent’s 9/25/14 affidavit of sexual abuse in 3/09 of two boys living at center for street children in Honduras. Center’s board members reported Maurizio 11/09 to diocese, FBI, and PA AG. Maurizio remained pastor. Resumed trips to Central American countries by 2011. Prosecutor cited 2 new allegations by boys in PA 9/29/14, ages 5 and 7 and rectory computer photos showing genitals of polio-stricken boy, now deceased. Per prosecutors in 9/15, 4th boy alleged abuse by Maurizio. One boy recanted at trial 9/15. Convicted 9/22/15 of illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, possession of child porn and international money laundering. Named in PA A.G.’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report. Sentenced 3/2/16 to 16 years., 8 mos jail and life probation. Appealed. Denied 7/24/17.

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