New York Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Will Be Secretly Tried in Erie

WJET [Erie PA]
January 11, 2006

A priest from the Archdiocese of New York who's accused of sexual abuse will have a secret church trial here in Erie.

Monsignor Charles Kavanagh is accused of improperly touching a student in a sexual manner more than twenty years ago.

The student was reportedly enrolled in a high school run by Kavanagh.

Three to five Canon Law judges from the Catholic Diocese of Erie will hear the trial.

The location will be determined by Bishop Donald Trautman.

The proceeding was moved to Erie from New York to provide what the archdiocese there called "a more sedate environment."


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