A former Pennsylvania priest faces child sex abuse charges after pleading guilty at the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas in Brookville, Pennsylvania in mid-October. The 64-year-old former priest who presided in the Erie, Pennsylvania diocese for around 40 years pled guilty to charges of corruption of a minor and child endangerment. He faces up to 14 years in prison and a $30,000 fine for sexually assaulting one boy, and then attempting to assault another. From 2002 to 2010, the priest abused two victims who were 8 and 15 years old. Although the diocese knew for over five years that the priest was a sexual predator, they failed to report this to the authorities until September 2016 when they were subpoenaed as part of the grand jury investigation. The former priest who was identified in the grand jury report among about 300 other priests will be sentenced in January 2019.
One survivor of sexual abuse committed by the former Erie priest cannot file a claim against him due to the statute of limitations. Unfortunately, he will not gain the justice he deserves, but he continues to speak out about the harm done to him. A proposal to remove the statute of limitations will be voted upon, so that all survivors of child sex abuse, no matter the age, will be able to file claims against their perpetrators.
The removal of the statute of limitations will allow older survivors of clergy abuse the peace of mind they deserve after the mental trauma they still struggle with today. Our Erie clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar fully support the proposal and will pursue justice on your behalf. Please call 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free case review. We serve clients in Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and nationwide.