New Lawsuits Accuse 11 of Clergy Sex Abuse

November 15, 2018

A law firm announced the suits were filed in 12 complaints that named the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop David Zubik and Cardinal Donald Wuerl as defendants.

The complaints name eight priests who were already named in the grand jury report along with three new individuals named by victims who have since come forward for the first time.

The priests accused in the new lawsuits include:

John Hoehl, at Quigley High School

Francis Siler, accused by two alleged victims at St. Catherine Parish and St. Margaret parish

William O’Malley, accused by two alleged victims at St. Canice Parish and St. Francis de Sales parish

George Zirwas, at St. Michael Parish

George Leech, at St. Bartholomew Parish

Edward Huff, at the parish of North American Martyrs

Raymond R. Rhoden, at St. Francis of Assisi parish

Ernest Paone, at Madonna of Jerusalem parish

John Unger, at Sacred Heart Elementary School

Peter Pilarski, at Resurrection parish

Lawrence O’Connell, accused by two alleged victims at St. Gabriel parish

Leech, Pilarski and Unger’s names were not disclosed in the grand jury report.

The earliest alleged incident happened in 1960 and the most recent happened in 1983. The victims’ ages at the time of the alleged abuses ranged from 7 years old to 16 years old.

O’Malley, O’Connell and Huff were all previously named in other lawsuits against the Diocese.








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