Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Discovers Sex Abuse Cases Dating Back More Than 50 Years

May 6, 2014

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Bernard Joseph Hartman is believed to be in his 70s or 80s as he stands trial in Australia for alleged child abuse.

The former North Catholic teacher's troubles prompted the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to launch its own investigation and what was discovered is disturbing, according to diocese spokesman the Rev. Ron Lengwin.

VIDEO: Watch Sheldon Ingram's report

This, after the diocese sent a letter to more than 9,000 alumni, asking members to report any alleged abuse by Hartman. One person responded.

"The diocese deeply regrets the harm that was done to anyone," said Lengwin

He said three of the four additional alleged offenders are deceased.

"You come away with tears," Lengwin said. "So when you hear this, it's like, 'Oh no, not again.'" Lengwin.

The diocese said it has little criminal leverage because most offenders are deceased and one is out of the country, but the findings were still turned over to the District Attorney's Office.








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