York County DA: Evidence from decades-old clergy sexual abuse case likely destroyed

By Geoff Morrow
York Daily Record
August 22, 2018

No records exist at the York County District Attorney's Office in relation to a decades-old clergy abuse case referenced in the recently released Pennsylvania grand jury report, the district attorney's office said Wednesday.

The report on widespread child sex abuse at the hands of priests alluded to investigative records and evidence being forwarded to the York County DA's office in 1995, which was then investigated by the York City Police Department.

According to the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg turned over “photographic negatives and videotape cassettes” to the DA's office in 1995. The grand jury report details sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania.

Allegations specifically about the Rev. Herbert Shank, one of more than 300 priests named in the grand jury report, were passed along in 1995 to York County law enforcement.



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