Fr. Charles Siegele – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Charles Siegele

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. Charles Siegele Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Inpatient treatment: 1967-1968

Died: 1989

Assigned as follows:

  • 1953-1957 St. Joseph (Jim Thorpe, PA)
  • 1957-1958 St. Jerome (Tamaqua, PA)
  • 1958-1967 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1958-1961 St. Veronica (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1961-1963 Our Lady Help of Christians (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1963-1967 St. Bonaventure (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967 Most Precious Blood (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967-1968 Leave of Absence (Villa St. John Vianney)
  • 1968-1973 Our Lady of Pompeii (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1973-1979 Our Lady of the Assumption (Strafford, PA)
  • 1979-1983 Holy Child (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1983-1989 St. Barnabas (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Siegele:

According to the 2005 grand jury report, Father Charles Seigele was accused of molesting at least six boys between 1953 and 1967.

The first allegations came to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in October 1967.  According to his file, three boys accused him of abuse during his very first assignment at St. Joseph in Jim Thorpe.  Two more allegations involved a 14 year old male student at Cardinal Dougherty High School and a third grade boy, both of whom alleged they were abused during Siegele’s assignment at Cardinal Dougherty High School.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia removed Siegle from ministry following these allegations and sent him for an extended treatment at Villa St. John Vianney, a notorious pedophile treatment center in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  When he was discharged in June, 1968, the Archbishop of Philadelphia assigned Siegle to Our Lady of Pompeii in the Franklinville neighborhood of Philadelphia.

In March 1988, the 14 year old boy involved in the 1967 report contacted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia again.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia spoke with Siegele about the allegation, though the grand jury report does not include any information about the contents of that interview.  In any event, Siegle remained in ministry at St. Barabas until his death.

Siegele died in 1989.  At the time, he was a priest in active ministry at St. Barnabas.  

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