Fr. Emil Payer

Ordained: 1971
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

In 8/20 the diocese announced that Payer had credible and substantiated allegations against him of abusing multiple minors and vulnerable adults in the 1980s, and was added to its list. He denied wrongdoing.The diocese learned of the allegations from law enforcement in 10/18. In 2014 Payer pleaded guilty to theft from a South Huntingdon parish; sentenced to probation.


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