An Allentown Diocese priest faces two years in jail for clergy abuse he committed against a 17-year-old girl. On Monday, the priest pled guilty to charges of indecent assault and the corruption of a minor in the Lehigh County Court in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In August 2018, the Allentown Diocese priest was charged with allegedly groping the minor at the Allentown Central Catholic High School and sending her indecent photos. He also will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law.
Girls as well as boys may become victims of clergy abuse and suffer from the traumatic after-effects. Although many clergy abuse stories appear to be about male victims, female victims are just as vulnerable. In fact, one in five girls may fall victim to sex abuse as opposed to one in 20 boys. The consequences from the abuse may range from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to alcoholism and excessive drug use to suicidal tendencies as well as many more serious issues.
If you experienced sex abuse as a minor by a clergy member, our Philadelphia clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will be a supportive voice in your corner. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our seasoned attorneys. From our offices in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we provide skilled legal representation to individuals throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.