Fr. Robert G. Wolk

Ordained: 1966
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh PA

Report to the diocese in 1987 that Wolk sexually abused two PA brothers, starting when they were 12-year-old altar boys, and continuing over six years. Admitted in 9/1987 to the “sexual relationships.” Placed on leave. Sent to St. Luke’s in MD for treatment. The brothers filed a police report; Wolk was charged in 10/1988. The two filed suit in 8/1988, also accusing Revs. Francis Pucci and Richard Zula. Pleaded guilty in 1990. Sentenced to two concurrent 5-10 years in jail. May have abused one of the boys in Canada, VA, FL and OH. Report to the diocese 10/2003 of abuse of a boy mid- to late 1980s at St. Thomas Moore in Bethel Park. Possibly laicized in 2003. Per the 8/14/2018 PA Grand Jury Report, a report was made in 10/2017 to the diocese of abuse by Wolk and Rev. Francis Luddy of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese. Another allegation in 3/09 of abuse of a 14- to 17-year-old boy beginning 1968 while Wolk was at St. Athanasius in West View. A man in 9/2010 said Wolk and Rev. Leo Burchianti abused him as a child. Suit filed 6/2020. Included on the diocese’s list of credibly accused.

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