A former altar server at the church involved in the lawsuit against the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania commented on his experience and the suit in a recent news report. On Monday, Williams Cedar filed the suit on behalf of a 29-year-old man who served as an altar boy against the Diocese of Allentown, the former priest Bruno Tucci, the former and current bishops, and a rehabilitation center that claimed to “treat” abusive priests. Allegedly, the former priest sexually abused the victim between 1999 and 2001 while he was between the ages of 10 and 12 at the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, which closed and became a diocesan shrine. Another former server stated that the abusive priest was mean and that this type of misconduct is leading to the shutdown of many Catholic churches. A longtime resident of Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania also alleged that the abuse occurred for years and was commonly known throughout the community, yet no actions were taken against the abusive priest.
Even though the former priest who allegedly abused the altar boy was removed from the ministry in 2002 and subsequently removed from the priesthood, the dismissals were merely slaps on the wrist for the criminal actions committed against the victim. After years of emotional anguish, the survivor may finally receive the justice he deserves with the lawsuit filing against the diocese and other parties. The grand jury report gave the plaintiff the strength to come forward and pursue a suit against the perpetrator.
If you experienced clergy abuse as a child, our Pennsylvania clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will stand beside you and pursue justice for you after years of suffering. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential case review. We serve clients throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.