Fr. George Leech
Diocese of Pittsburgh
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father George Leech:
In November 2018, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was sued by a man alleging that he was sexually abused by Fr. George Leech on multiple occasions in the early 1960s while the priest was assigned to St. Bartholomew.
According to media reports, the man says that on 10 to 12 occasions, Leech showed up at a neighborhood ice skating rink, where he grabbed at the boy’s genitals while kissing him on the forehead, even reaching from behind when the boy would turn away. He also says that when and his classmates were being interviewed to be altar boys, the priest made them strip to their underwear to “determine what size smock they would need.”
The man said he reported the alleged abuse multiple times to the diocese in 2008; according to the suit, the diocese said it would “get back” to him but did not.
Leech died in 2006 as a retired priest in good standing.
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