Father Edward G. Huff
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Leave of Absence: 1993
Resigned (voluntarily): 1993
Assigned as Follows:
- 1973-1978 – Holy Innocents (Pittsburgh, PA)
- 1978-1983 – North American Martyrs (Monroeville, PA)
- 1983-1987 – St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother (Whitehall, PA)
- 1987-1991 – St. Anthony (Bessemer, PA)
- 1991-1992 – St. Anselm (Swissvale, PA)
- 1992 – Leave of Absence
- 1992-1993 – Office for Chaplaincies and Campus Ministry
Summary of Allegations Against Father Edward G. Huff:
Diocesan Records reveal many accusations against Father Edward G. Huff. In 1992, several people came forward with accusations of inappropriate touching by the priest while he was assigned to St. Anthony. It was also reported that Huff would invite teenagers back to the rectory, where he would wrestle with the boys and give them alcohol.
One of the victims recalled a time when Huff had taken him to a Pittsburgh Pirates game, then let him drive his car while Huff touched him inappropriately. Father Huff allegedly did this to many of the other victims as well.
Later that year, Huff was removed from his position at St. Anselm. He was sent to St. Michael’s Institute, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in St. Louis, Missouri. In the fall of 1992, he was assigned to a supervisory role in the Diocese Chancery.
He was placed on administrative leave and sent to St. Michael’s a second time, for reasons that are not clear, in 1993. At that time, he and the Diocese determined it would be best for him to resign his ministry.
His abuse at St. Anthony led him to be arrested in 1994. His sentence was 18 months to 5 years after he pled guilty to his abuse. He was released on parole in 1999.
A note found in Huff’s file in 2000 said that he “admitted to touching at least 500 kids and targeting at least 1200.” The author of the note is not clear.
According to media reports, Father Huff also abused a young girl between 1983 and 1984. On multiple occasions, Huff took the victim to the rectory at St. Gabriel and put his hands under her uniform, then touched her genitals.
Another victim came forward in 2008. He said that Father Huff would give him lots of alcohol and take him to Pittsburgh Pirate’s games. The victim stated that Huff would touch his legs and grope his genitals while they were in Huff’s car while he was drunk.
In 2015, the mother of a teenage boy reported that Father Edward Huff had approached her son during altar server training that very same year. She said he came into St. Joseph the Worker in New Castle and asked the teen if he would go to a Pittsburgh Pirates game with him.
Huff is still living and is believed to be residing in the New Castle, Pennsylvania, area. He is 71 years old.
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