Fr. Joseph J. Strittmatter

Ordained: 1956
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown PA

Per PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 Grand Jury Report, the diocese learned in 1991 that Strittmatter molested a girl, age 6 to her teens, 1961-69. He would force her head into his lap. He admitted the abuse. Bishop Adamec kept him in ministry until 1992 when he was accused of masturbating to a female parishioner during confession between 1987-92. In 2002 Strittmatter admitted to past abuse of an 8-year-old girl, saying “I was trying to learn about sex.” Diocese did not call police. Died 8/21/14. Grand Jury wrote, “the exact number of Father Stttmatter’s victims may never be known.”

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