Fr. James J. McHale

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Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

A woman filed suit 5/09 in Delaware alleging that McHale, who was an Allentown priest, began to abuse her in 1964 when she was age 12; she said in continued until 1984. He reportedly took her on frequent trips to six states and once to Rome. McHale’s accuser says she told a priest in 1991 several times, who took no action. In 2016 she said that she discovered after a news investigation in 8/16 that the priest she had told, Rev. William Geiger, also had allegations of child sexual abuse against him, McHale died in 1997 at age 65. A Delaware judge dismissed her lawsuit in 4/10, citing no jurisdiction. On Allentown diocese’s 8/19/18 list.


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