Fr. Russell E. Motsay

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton PA

Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carbondale 1996-2012. Removed 4/12 after a report to diocese of past abuse of a minor youth. Police investigated. Accuser said he would sleep over at the rectory with Motsay and that Motsay would massage him, rub his inner thighs and fondle him. State police found four more victims. Motsay admitted to the allegations. No prosecutions due to the statute of limitations. Permanently removed from ministry 9/15. Sentenced to life of prayer and penance. On diocese’s list 8/19/18.


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