Ex-Priest Broke Megan's Law

By Erin L. Nissley
The Times-Tribune [Scranton PA]
January 30, 2007

A former Catholic priest who admitted to sexually abusing children in Luzerne County and New York pleaded no contest Monday to failing to comply with Megan's Law requirements.

In May 2005, Albert Liberatore Jr. pleaded guilty in Luzerne County to three counts each of indecent assault and corruption of minors and one count each of endangering the welfare of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

All the charges related to encounters Mr. Liberatore, now 42, had with a 13-year-old altar boy at St. Joseph's Church in Duryea. The former priest was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty.

A month later, Mr. Liberatore pleaded guilty in New York to attempted sexual abuse of a child and was sentenced to 10 years of probation. The New York judge ruled he had to register his address as a sex offender.

Pennsylvania's Megan's Law requires sex offenders to register here if they are required to do so in another state.

Mr. Liberatore registered his address at 5605 Broadacre Drive, Stroudsburg. Lackawanna County First Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico said, however, there was evidence he was living with his father at 906 W. Locust St.

At his arrest, Mr. Liberatore denied he was living in Scranton. His attorney, Larry Moran, could not be reached for comment Monday. His family declined comment.

In a no contest plea, the defendant admits there's enough evidence to convict him. He was sentenced to 90 days probation, which will run concurrent to his probation in Luzerne County.

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