Fr. James F. Skupien

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Skupien was principal of Bishop Guilfoyle High in 1981 when police found him naked in his car with a youth. Per the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury report, the police officer was told by the DA to “let it go.” Bothered, the officer informed Msgr. Saylor, who told him they “knew about him” and “they even have a retreat that they sent these priests to.” Skupien was kept in ministry. Bishop Hogan’s “Secret Archives” note “Chief M. was thanked for his discretion.” In 2008 victim told the diocese Skupien would pay him for oral sex, including at the St. Joseph’s rectory in Williamsburg PA. Also in 2008 a man reported that when he was a boy 1968-71, Skupien forced him into oral sex. Skupien was removed from ministry in 1984 due to “alcoholism.” Retired 1995. Died 2/11/96.

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