Fr. Lawrence O’Connell

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Ordained: 1930
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

A woman filed suit in 4/04 alleging she was molested by O’Connell at ages 12-15 at St. Gabriel’s in Whitehall, where O’Connell was pastor 1952-83. O’Connell resigned in 1983 and died in 1986. Three more women filed suit later in 2004, alleging he sexually abused them as children. Claims included in Diocese’s 9/07 $1.25M settlement with 32 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 17 priests. Named in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. One woman alleged abuse at age 7. New suit filed 9/18. Another filed in 11/18. New suit in 6/20.

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