Two More Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse in Pittsburgh

By Judy Jones, Zach Hiner
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
August 19, 2019

Two more priests from the Diocese of Pittsburgh have been named in a lawsuit and accused of child sexual abuse.

The complaint alleges that Fr. Joseph Girdis and Fr. Larry Smith both abused the same unnamed plaintiff when he was 12-years-old and living at the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, PA. Since neither priest was named in last year’s bombshell grand jury report that examined 6 dioceses, including Pittsburgh, we call on Bishop David Zubik and other Pittsburgh church officials to use every means at their disposal to publicize these accusations and urge anyone who may have information related to them to contact law enforcement immediately.

We also hope that this news will encourage others who may have been abused in Pittsburgh to come forward, make a report to police and prosecutors, and find support from family, independent therapists, or support groups like ours.



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