Fr. John Thomas Sweeney

Ordained: 1970
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Greensburg PA

Worked in Latrobe, Greensburg, Smock, Freeport, Lower Burrell, Apollo and West Newton parishes. Retired in 12/16. Arrested in 7/17 on charges of “involuntary deviate sexual intercourse” with 10-year-old boy during 1991-92, when Sweeney was assigned to St. Margaret Mary in Lower Burrell and the boy was a 4th grader at the parish school. His accuser reported the allegations to police in 2016 after seeing the movie “Spotlight.” He said he was called into Sweeney’s office after misbehaving on the school bus, and that Sweeney forced him to perform oral sex on him, warning him that he would get in trouble if he told anyone. He said the Sweeney’s secretary brought him milk and cookies after the abuse. Sweeney pled guilty 7/31/18. In 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Sentenced 12/18 to 11 months to 5 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.


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