Carbondale Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Diocese Says
April 14, 2012
The Diocese of Scranton Friday said a priest accused of sexual misconduct with a minor in Wayne County was removed from his ministry pending the investigation into the accusation.
The diocese said it was notified Wednesday of the accusation against the Rev. Russell E. Motsay.
The alleged victim is now an adult and the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office and state police in Honesdale are investigating.
Motsay was ordained in 1972 and was serving as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Carbondale since 1996.
Among his prior appointment were as assistant pastor at Holy Name, Swoyersville; assistant pastor at St. John the Evangelist, Wilkes-Barre; assistant pastor at Our Lady of Grace, Hazleton; assistant pastor at Sacred Heart, Peckville; catechist at Bishop Neumann High School, Williamsport; assistant pastor at St. Aloysius, Wilkes-Barre; and assistant pastor at Most Precious Blood, Hazleton.
The Diocese of Scranton asked anyone who has been sexually abused by a member of the clergy to immediately notify local law enforcement authorities, including in this particular case state trooper John Decker (570) 253-7126; and to contact Joan Holmes, victim’s assistance Coordinator, at (570) 344-5216; or Diocesan officials, including the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney, V.E., Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, or Teresa Osborne, chancellor, at (570) 207-2216.