Fr. George R. Pierce

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA GJ Report. Died 2009. In 1997 a woman told the diocese that Pierce sexually abused her ages 12-20, beginning in 1968 at St. Gertrude’s in Aultman. In 1972 Holy Family parishioners complained to diocese about young women staying overnight at the rectory. Parishioners from most assignments told diocese about Pierce’s relationship with a “particular female.” Pierce acknowledged but minimized the “relationship.” She sued in 1997; $30K settlement. Pierce was treated 11/97-5/98 at the Anodos Center. Retired 8/98, faculties removed. Moved to Erie diocese where he may have helped out. Allegation to Greensburg diocese 2002 from man alleging abuse for three years, beginning age 10 in 1969. Suit 10/19 claiming rape of girl 1973-78, starting age 11.

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