Fr. Daniel F. O’Friel

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Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, O’Friel is known to have sexually abused two male students at Bishop Carroll High School while he was principal in the 1970s. With each boy, O’Friel asked details re their intimacy with their girlfriends, then would touch the victims’ genitals and expose himself. O’Friel died 12/15/81. The first victim reported the abuse to the diocese in 2004.The GJ said the second victim “struggled greatly” with the abuse and later sought counseling as a student at State College; his counselor was accused priest Rev. Robert Kelly, who pushed the boy’s head into his lap. The victim was subsequently hospitalized.The GJ called O’Friel a “child predator.”

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