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Fr. Daniel J. Mahoney – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Daniel Joseph Mahoney – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Daniel Mahoney Fr. Daniel Mahoney

 

Ordained: 1952

Retired: 2002

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:
  • 1952-1954        St. Patrick (York, PA)
  • 1954-1956        St. Edward (Shamokin, PA)
  • 1956-1961        St. Joan of Arc (Hershey, PA)
  • 1961-1964        St. Joseph (Shamokin, PA)
  • 1964-1968        Immaculate Conception BVM (Fairfield, PA)
  • 1968-2002        Holy Name of Jesus (Harrisburg, PA)
Summary of Allegations against Fr. Daniel Mahoney:

Two different women approached the Diocese of Harrisburg in 2002 and 2016, respectively, to report that that their brothers were sexually abused by Fr. Daniel Mahoney as children.

In the 2002 report, the woman informed Diocese of Harrisburg officials that Mahoney abused her brother between 1966 and 1968 at Immaculate Conception in Fairfield. The grand jury report does not include additional details about the boy’s age or the context of the abuse.

In the 2016 report, the woman alleged that her brother was often removed from class at the Holy Name school (where Mahoney was assigned for nearly 35 years), and brought to the rectory by Mahoney for sexual contact. Again, the report provides no details about the boy’s age, years, or context of the abuse beyond the trip(s) to the rectory.

Notably, the Diocese of Harrisburg’s August 2018 list of accused priests indicates that Mahoney was only the subject of one allegation and that it came after his death.  Mahoney died in 2007, five years after the first report of abuse at Immaculate Conception BVM.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Msgr. Robert Maher – Diocese of Harrisburg

Msgr. Robert Maher – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Robert Maher

Ordained: 1937

Resigned: 1975

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:
  • 1937-1939        St. Rose of Lima (York, PA)
  • 1939            St. Mary (Kulpmont, PA)
  • 1940-1941        St. Peter (Columbia, PA)
  • 1941            Boy Scout Chaplain
  • 1946-1961        Superintendent of Schools
  • 1941-1946        St. Mary Assumption (Lebanon, PA)
  • 1946-1960        St. Peter (Columbia, PA)
  • 1960-1961        St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Harrisburg, PA)
  • 1961-1974        St. VIncent (Hanover, PA)
  • 1975-1979        Resigned/Retired
  • 1979-1986        Diocesan Archivist
Summary of Allegations against Msgr. Robert Maher:

According to the grand jury report, there is one lone, mysterious document in Maher’s secret/restricted file, accessible only by the Bishop, relating to Msgr. Robert Maher’s resignation in 1975.  He refers vaguely to an “experience” that is not “without pain. But like surgery it must be endured trusting no metastasis will overtake our spiritual therapy.” Bishop Joseph Daley accepted the priest’s resignation but specifically opted not to revoke Maher’s faculties to minister.  No documents in the Maher’s files refer to the actual reason he resigned.

In 1994, the Diocese of Harrisburg received an allegation of abuse from a man who says that Maher sexually abused him (kissing, fondling, oral sex upon the child) when he was in 6th or 7th grade and Maher was assigned to St. Vincent in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  The same man mad reports consistently in 1997, 2002, and 2007, though the exact reason he was so persistent is not included in the grand jury report.

In 1997, a member of a religious order reported to the Diocese of Harrisburg that he had personally sought counseling as an adult from Maher.  During a counseling session, Maher forced himself upon the man, hugging him and forcing his tongue into the man’s mouth during an unwanted kiss.

In 2012, another man reported abuse as a child.  He said that during the course of being counseled for his poor behavior as a nine year old, Maher made the boy sit on his lap and kissed him inappropriately.

In 2015, a fourth man came forward to the Diocese of Harrisburg to report that, while recovering from an injury, Maher used it as an excuse to get physically close to the boy (as if to check on his recovery) and forced himself on the boy, nearly kissing him on the mouth except that the boy moved away.

Also in 2015, a St. Vincent parishioner wrote to the Diocese of Harrisburg to report that he or she was aware of 15 boys who were sexually abused by Maher during his assignment there.  At the time, the parishioner was a student at the school and witnessed the inappropriate behavior with Maher. He/She did not provide the names of the 15 boys, maintaining that they each had a right to privacy and could come forward on their own if they chose to do so.

In 2016, yet another man reported that he knew that Maher touched the genitals of a 7 year old boy and also performed oral sex on the child.  How the man knew that is not clear from the grand jury report (i.e., was he a victim or a witness?).

Maher died in 1990.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Fr. David H. Luck – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. David H. Luck – Diocese of Harrisburg

Ordained:    1987

Psychological evaluation: 1988

Suspended from Ministry: 1990

Involuntary removal from priesthood: 2005

Assigned as follows:
  • Summer 1986        St. Paul the Apostle (Annville, PA) as deacon
  • Spring 1987            St. Paul the Apostle (Annville, PA) as deacon
  • 1987-1989            St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Summary of Allegations against Fr. David Luck:

Luck completed his pre-ordination diaconate at St. Paul the Apostle parish in Annville, Pennsylvania.  During this time, he became close to one family in the parish, who often had the young seminarian over to their home for dinner and sometimes overnight stays.  In 1988, the parents learned that Luck sexually abused their two sons during these stays. By that time, Luck was an ordained priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg and working at St. Joseph.

The priest who received the initial report immediately reported it to Bishop William Keeler. According to the report, Luck sodomized the 15 year old son.  He also fondled the boy’s genitals, as well as those of the 11 year old son.

In early 1989, Luck (who may have remained in ministry during this time) was sent to St. Luke Institute, a notorious pedophile priest evaluation and treatment facility, for evaluation.  While there, he wrote to the children at St. Joseph’s parish school that he could not wait to see them again.

According to a summary prepared by the Diocese of Harrisburg’s judicial vicar, SLI diagnosed Luck with paraphilia, an abnormal sexual deviation.  He admitted to his therapists that he fantasized about having sex with boys. SLI recommended that the Diocese of Harrisburg restrict Luck’s ministry but not allowing any ministry with children or adolescents.

Luck’s ministry faculties were not suspended until mid-1990, when the new Bishop, Nicholas Dattilo, arrived in Harrisburg.

In late 1990, Luck admitted to Chancery officials that he was a pedophile.  He was ordered to have no contact with children, especially the two boys he abused in Annville. Not long afterward, however, Luck saw one of them at a church festival and went out of his way to engage the boy.

There is no evidence that the Diocese of Harrisburg reported the allegations (and admissions) to law enforcement.  However, the Annville family reported the abuse to police in 1996, though it is not clear from the grand jury report what prompted them to do so. Luck was never charged with any criminal conduct.

In 1996, when it was evident he would not be returned to ministry, Luck apparently applied for a job at a mental health agency.  The agency contacted the Diocese of Harrisburg. Rather than alert the potential employer to the threat of harm Luck posed to the vulnerable, the Diocese merely wrote a vague letter that Luck was relieved of his priestly duties “because of conduct unbefitting a minister of the Church…and does not have authorization to present himself or work as a priest.”

After many years of canonical appeals, the Vatican laicized Luck in 2006.

Luck is still living. His current whereabouts (and occupation) are unknown.  The Diocese of Harrisburg has offered no such information to the general public.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Fr. Thomas Lawler – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Thomas Lawler – Diocese of Harrisburg

Ordained: 1955

Died:     1987

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955-1960        Sacred Heart (Lewiston, PA)/Scout Chaplain
  • 1960            St. Aloysius (Littlestown, PA)
  • 1960            Good Shepherd (Camp Hill, PA)
  • 1960-1961        St. Vincent (Hanover, PA)
  • 1961-1962        Annunciation BVM (McSherrystown, PA)
  • 1969-1971        St. Peter (Columbia, PA)
  • 1971-1987        Sacred Heart of Jesus (Lewisburg, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Father Thomas Lawler:

In 2014, a man reported to the Diocese of Harrisburg that he had been sexually abused as a teen by Fr. Thomas Lawler and that the abuse had been reported to police back in 1987.  According to the man, he was 13 when the abuse began in 1985, and that it occurred in the basement of the Sacred Heart rectory where Lawler would crawl under a table, pull the boy’s pants down, and fondle his genitals and buttocks.  He reported it to his parents, who apparently called police. Very soon thereafter, the man was told that Lawler had died so no police investigation would be conducted.

In 2002, another man reported that he was abused by Lawler in approximately 1963 when he was 10 years old.  According to that allegation, Lawler put his hands inside the boy’s pants while hugging him, leading to fondling of the boy’s buttocks.

Lawler appears on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s August 2018 list of accused of priests, though all its disclosure states is that Lawler was twice accused after his death.

Lawler died in 1987 as a priest in good standing.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Msgr. Thomas Kujovsky – Diocese of Harrisburg

Msgr. Thomas Kujovsky – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Thomas Kujovsky Fr. Thomas Kujovsky

Ordained:    1957

Died:         2015

Assigned as follows:
  • Immaculate Conception BVM (Berwick, PA)
  • St. Columba (Bloomsburg, PA)
  • Our Lady of Mercy (Catawissa, PA)
  • Corpus Christi (Chambersburg, PA)
  • St. Peter (Elizabethtown, PA)
  • St. Catherine Laboure (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Holy Angels (Kulpmont, PA)
  • St. Anne (Lancaster, PA)
  • Divine Redeemer (Mount Carmel, PA)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Mount Carmel, PA)
  • St. Joseph (York, PA)

Our investigation has also revealed that Kujovsky also worked at Holy Spirit School in Mount Carmel, as well as in the Diocesan Archives.

Summary of Allegations Against Msgr. Thomas Kujovsky:

According to the 2018 grand jury report, Kujovsky was the subject of an allegation of possessing child pornography  in 1981 while he was assigned to Immaculate Conception BVM in Berwick.  Two female parishioners reported that another unnamed person found magazines by Kujvosky’s bed that were hiding photographs of several former altar boys in the nude.  Kujvosky denied the allegations when confronted by Bishop Daley, also claiming that he had absolutely no “sexual aberrations.”  The Diocese was able to identify one of the boys in the photographs, but there is no indication that he or his family were ever interviewed about the matter, nor is there any information that law enforcement was made aware of the photographs.

In a later letter contained in his personnel file, Kujovsky made a passing reference to “false charges leveled against him in August of 1990,” referring to a second allegation.  This time, he was apparently sent for a psychological evaluation.  Inexplicably, the allegation was later recanted by Kujovsky’s accuser – though it is not entirely clear from the grand jury report if the allegation related to child pornography or physical sexual abuse of a child.  At any rate, the accuser claimed he made the allegation up for money and Kujovsky was returned to full faculties as a retired priest.  There is no indication the Diocese did any investigation to determine if the accuser was threatened or in any way coerced to recant his allegation, despite the fact that it was highly unusual for an alleged victim to do so.

Kujovsky was also identified on the list of accused priests disseminated by the Diocese of Harrisburg in August 2018.   All the Diocese of Harrisburg has stated is that he possessed a photograph of a nude altar boy in his room in one incident. In the other incident, a book of animated cartoons depicting child sexual abuse was discovered. Both items were turned over to the District Attorney (again, at a time that was not disclosed so it is impossible to tell if the disclosure was immediate or decades later).

Kujovsky was never charged with any crimes.  There are no public allegations that he touched a child in an inappropriate manner at this time.

Kujovsky died in 2015 as a priest in good standing.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Fr. George Koychick – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. George Koychick – Diocese of Harrisburg

 Fr. George Koychick

 

Ordained: 1949

Retired/Faculties suspended: 2003

Died: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Francis of Assisi (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Assumption BVM (Lebanon, PA)
  • Sacred Heart Mission (Lykens, PA)
  • Assumption BVM (McSherrystown, PA)
  • St. Joseph (Mechanicsburg, PA)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Mount Carmel, PA)
  • Holy Spirit (Palmyra, PA)
  • St. Joseph (York, PA) (1967-1981)
  • St. Patrick (York, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Fr. George Koychick:

In 2003, a woman sent an email from an anonymous account to the Diocese of Harrisburg and stated that Koychick “touched her sensually” when she was 13 or 14 in the 1970s. She reported that he rubbed multiple girls at St. Patrick Catholic Church in York, the report states.  Ultimately, this led to additional allegations and investigation by the Diocese, who ultimately deemed the allegations credible.

According to media reports, documents in Koychick’s personnel file indicated that when Koychick was asked if there was any truth to the allegations of sexually touching of minor girls, he replied, “Yes, it was when I was going through a touchy/feely time in my life.”

Koychick was immediately suspended from active ministry but he was allowed to remain a retired priest; the Diocese of Harrisburg did not seek his removal from the priesthood (laicization).

In 2013, a woman reported to the diocese that Koychick sexually abused her from 1976 to 1979 when she was between 12 and 15 years old. He touched her breasts over her clothing and exposed himself to the child, according to the allegation.

In 2016, a woman came forward to report that Koychick also sexually abused her from 1976 to 1979. He touched her breasts and sunbathed naked, according to the report.

All the Diocese of Harrisburg stated in its release of information relating to Koychick was that he was the subject of “multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children” during his lifetime. No additional details about the reports/allegations were provided by the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Koychick died in May 2017.  He is buried in a Diocese of Harrisburg cemetery.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Fr. Kevin Kayda – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Kevin Kayda – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Kevin Kayda

Ordained: June 2013

Accused of Abuse: September 2013

Died: October 2013

Assigned as follows:
  • June- October 2013        St. John the Baptist (New Freedom, PA)
Summary of Allegations against Fr. Kevin Kayda:

Less than three months after Fr. Kevin Kayda was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg, the Diocese received information that Kayda had “inappropriate online communications” with a young girl on Facebook. One of her parents reported the incident to the Diocese, who confronted Kayda and requested permission to conduct a forensic examination of his computer.  Kayda was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation at Villa St. John Vianney, a notorious pedophile priest treatment facility in Downington, Pennsylvania.

Kayda surrendered his computer for examination on October 1, 2013, which ultimately revealed pornographic material depicting adolescents.  In its August 2018 list of accused priests, the Diocese of Harrisburg confirmed not only the existence of child pornography on the priest’s laptop, but also evidence that he visited websites featuring child pornography.

Kayda took his own life on October 3, 2013.  He wrote multiple suicide notes, according to the grand jury.  At least one alluded to Kayda being a victim of sexual abuse himself, but he did not identify his abuser.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Msgr. Francis Hudak – Diocese of Harrisburg

Msgr. Francis Hudak – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Francis Hudak

Ordained:1955

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Hope (Coal Township, PA)
  • St. Peter (Elizabethtown, PA)
  • Cathedral of St. Patrick (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Holy Angels (Kulpmont, PA)
  • St. Anne (Lancaster, PA)
  • Holy Infant (Manchester, PA)
  • Divine Redeemer (Mount Carmel, PA)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Mount Carmel, PA)
  • Immaculate Conception BVM (New Oxford, PA)
  • St. Pius X (Selinsgrove, PA)

Summary of Allegations Against Msgr. Francis Hudak:

Msgr. Francis Hudak was not identified or discussed in the 2018 grand jury report.  His name was, however, included on the list of accused priests published by the Diocese of Harrisburg in August 2018.  Unfortunately, very little information was provided by the Diocese of Harrisburg relating to the gender or age of the victim(s), the dates of the alleged abuse, or the context/details of the abuse.

All the Diocese of Harrisburg has disclosed is that the allegation(s) relating to Hudak was first reported to the Diocese after his death in 2005.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Fr. William T. Haviland – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. William T. Haviland – Diocese of Harrisburg

 

Ordained:    1962

Retired:    2010

Died:        2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Queen of the Most Holy Rosary (Elysburg, PA)
  • St. Francis Xavier (Gettysburg, PA)
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Bishop McDevitt High School (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Geisinger Medical Center (Danville, PA)
  • Assumption BVM (Lancaster, PA)
  • Assumption BVM/Our Lady of Fatima (Lebanon, PA)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Lewisburg, PA)
  • Annunciation BVM (McSherrystown, PA)
  • Mother Cabrini/St. Edward the Confessor (Shamokin, PA)
  • Holy Rosary Restoration Center (South Mountain, PA)
  • Prince of Peace/St. Peter the Apostle (Steelton, PA)
  • St. Joseph (York, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Fr. William Haviland:

Fr. William Haviland was not identified or discussed in the August 2018 grand jury report.  His name appeared on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of accused priests, but, unfortunately, the information offered relating to the allegations is very limited.

According to the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of accused priests, Haviland has been the subject of at least two allegations of abuse.  Specifically, it stated, “[i]n life, Fr. Haviland was accused of sexual abuse of a child. After his death, in another accusation, Fr. Haviland was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor.”  No additional details were offered regarding the gender or ages of the victims, when the reports were made, or the context/details of the abuse.

Haviland died in 2017.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Fr. Thomas Ronald Haney – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Thomas Ronald Haney – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Ronald Haney Harrisburg Fr. Ronald Haney Harrisburg

Ordained: 1958

Retired: 2006

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1961        St. Anne (Lancaster, PA)
  • 1961-1963        St. Peter (Columbia, PA)
  • 1961            Assumption BVM (Lancaster, PA)
  • 1963-1964        Sacred Heart (Lancaster, PA)
  • 1964-1967        St. James/Bishop McDevitt High School (Harrisburg, PA)
  • 1967            St. Ann (Steelton, PA)
  • 1967-1970        St. Edward (Shamokin, PA)
  • 1967-1976        Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School
  • 1976-1981        Holy Spirit (Palmyra, PA)
  • 1981-1985        St. Ann (Steelton, PA)
  • 1985-1992        St. Catherine (Harrisburg, PA)
  • 1992-2006        St. Theresa (New Cumberland, PA)

Haney also held positions in the Diocesan chancery, including as the editor of the Diocesan newspaper.

Summary of Allegations against Fr. T. Ronald Haney:

In 1995, the Diocese of Harrisburg received multiple reports of bizarre, inappropriate conduct by Fr. Ronald Haney while assigned to St. Theresa.  A husband and wife reported to the Diocese of Harrisburg that Haney was a close family friend who frequented their home for dinner. The couple had a 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son.  The parents overheard Haney talking to the 7-year-old in another room and, heard him say multiple times something to the effect of, “so I guess you’ve heard about pedophilia.” The couple also reported that another mother in their parish told them that Haney came by her home on Christmas day and made inappropriate comments about their daughter’s body, though her age is not included in the grand jury report.  On this Christmas Day visit (which occurred in 1994), Haney reportedly patted the daughter’s buttocks and commented to her parents that the girl had a “nice tight ass.”

According to the grand jury report, the two mothers confronted Haney, who “felt embarrassed and hurt,” but apologized for his conduct.  There is no indication that the Diocese of Harrisburg took any additional action.

Haney died in June 2012.  At his funeral mass, Bishop Joseph McFadden called Haney “a great blessing to the Diocese.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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