Retired priest’s sentence for sexually abusing boy thrown out

March 9, 2020

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The sentence for a local retired priest who was found guilty of sexually abusing a boy was vacated Thursday.

Father Hugh Lang, 89, will get a new trial, but a date has not been set.

Lang, a former priest at Saint Therese in Munhall, had been found guilty in November of felony unlawful contact with a minor, along with three other misdemeanors.

The allegations against Lang surfaced 19 years after the incident.

A motion regarding the statute of limitations was filed in November by Lang’s prior attorney.

A spokesperson for the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office released a statement following today’s decision. It said, “Our office feels badly for the victim and the victim’s family given that this case did not proceed to sentencing as expected. We believe today’s decision is contrary to the law and we will be filing a commonwealth appeal to Superior Court.”

“The Church recognizes the decision of the court, and will wait until all court proceedings are completed before moving forward in its canonical process. We continue to pray for all involved,” Bishop David Zubik said.



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