Statement Concerning Rev. Msgr. Robert A. Brown & Mr. Paul Ditto

Diocese of Steubenville
August 11, 2006

Steubenville, OH: The Diocese of Steubenville has received a credible allegation pertaining to abuse of a minor child by Msgr. Robert Brown, former pastor of St. Sylvester Church in Woodsfield, Ohio, and by Mr. Paul Ditto, former volunteer at St. Sylvester Church in Woodsfield, Ohio. Both parties are deceased. The alleged abuse took place between the years of 1976 and 1978. Diocesan officials have already contacted and notified the local civil authorities of this fact.

If anyone has been abused by these persons or anyone else, please contact Msgr. Kurt Kemo, Vicar General of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio at (740) 282-3631.

Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Diocese asks for prayers for those who are victims of child abuse and for those who are perpetrators of child abuse, particularly in the Catholic Church. The Bishop also indicated that when allegations are made concerning child abuse they are dealt with in a straight-forward and compassionate manner, and that he is committed to full compliance with state law and church policy in regard to this matter.

August 11, 2006


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