Priest who taught at Elk Co. Catholic accused of sexual harassment

The Bradford Era
July 20, 2018

A priest who had taught at Elk County Catholic High School was among the seven names released Wednesday by the Diocese of Erie as someone with accusations of sexual harassment against him.

Father William A. Rice, retired, now lives in Fryburg, Clarion County.

The Diocese of Erie has received allegations of sexual harassment concerning Father William A. Rice involving both children and adults. Following diocesan policy, law enforcement was informed, an independent investigation was launched, and Bishop Persico placed him on administrative leave. Father Rice has been informed he is to refrain from all public ministry while the investigation continues. He is to have no contact with children. Anyone who may have knowledge of these situations or who has been affected by similar improprieties is encouraged to report that information

More names are being added to the website because of courageous survivors and witnesses coming forward and assisting various investigative processes, said a spokesperson of the diocese. The full list can be found at childprotection/disclosure.html.



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