Updated List Released of Names of Clergy and Seminarians Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child
Diocese of Harrisburg
August 06, 2018
HARRISBURG – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg released an updated list of names of clergy and seminarians Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child.
On August 1, 2018, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer directed that a list of clergy and seminarians accused of sexual abuse of minors be made available at the Diocese’s new website, www.youthprotectionhbg.com. Accordingly, the Diocese published a link to a list of clergy with allegations of abuse. We again emphasize that this is a list of accusations; we did not make assessments of credibility or guilt in creating this list.
The Diocese has received additional information since the list was originally released on August 1. Accordingly, we have added the name of one additional clergy member to the list, bringing the total to 72 names. The name of Joseph Bradley was added to our list under the heading of “Cases Involving Allegations of Indecent Behavior,” for an accusation of sexual abuse of a child. Additional accusations were made involving individuals who were on the previous version of our list. Those additional accusations have been updated.
An additional document outlining years of service and assignments within the Diocese for all individuals on the list has also been posted online. As with all new allegations, each was reported directly to law enforcement immediately.
Bishop Gainer added, “I acknowledge the sinfulness of those who have harmed these survivors, as well as the action and inaction of those in church leadership who failed to respond to you appropriately and justly.
“In my own name, and in the name of the Diocesan Church of Harrisburg, I express our profound sorrow and apologize to the survivors of child sex abuse, the Catholic faithful and the general public for the abuses that took place and for those Church officials who failed to protect children.”
If you would like to report an incident of child sexual abuse within the Church, please follow the instructions below:
There are TWO steps to make a complaint:
We encourage anyone who suspects abuse of a minor to call the toll-free PA Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-932-0313.
To report suspected abuse of a minor by a church official, employee or volunteer, also please call the Diocesan toll-free hotline at 1-800-626-1608 or email: ReportAbuse@hbgdiocese.org. It is critical that the Church be made aware of any complaints immediately so that we can remove that person from active ministry or service.