Fr. Joseph A. Rock

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

Assigned to parishes, Catholic Scouting and CYOs. Two reports to diocese in 1986 of ‘sexual contact’ with three boys, one age 9, in the early 1980s. On ‘sick leave’ 2/86, sent to Paracletes in NM for treatment. Assigned 10/87 to nursing/retirement home for priests. Resigned 11/01 after accused of sex abuse of two elderly residents. Another allegation 1/92; Admitted to feeling boys’ genitals. Lawsuit filed by 20-year-old man in 1994 claiming Diocese failed to prevent him from abuse at ages 9-12 by Rock in Mount Carbon. Rock denied the allegation. Settlement for $305K in 2000. Report 3/00 of past abuse of boy beginning 5th or 6th grade. Named in suits filed by five alleged victims in 2004. Laicized 2005. Accused in 2007 of abuse of 6th- to 8th-grade boy 1979-81. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On diocese’s 8/19/18 list. Per 12/19 lawsuit abused girl, age 13, continuing for 11 years.


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