Msgr. Desmond McGee
Diocese of Erie
Summary of Allegations against Father Desmond McGee:
Father Desmond McGee was first named in a civil lawsuit filed in 1997 that was ultimately dismissed on a technicality (the expiration of the statute of limitations).
According to the allegations of the man who filed the lawsuit, McGee, the former principal of Bradford Central Christian High School, raped the former student several times between 1988 to 1989. According to the victim, the abuse began with a grooming period of alcohol and dirty movies. When the victim first came forward with the accusation in the early 90s, “[the victim] got trashed bad… People said, how could [the victim] go against the church?”
Soon after the dismissal – which did not mean that McGee was innocent of the allegations against him, only that the lawsuit was filed too late – the Diocese of Erie promoted McGee to monsignor. According to the victim, former Bishop Donald Trautman also threatened to sue the man for slander after the judge dismissed his civil lawsuit.
Following the release of the 2018 Grand Jury findings, the Diocese of Erie announced that it has now “reopened” the allegation against McGee and is conducting an internal investigation 20 years after it was first brought to the attention of the Diocese.
Trautman was accused numerous times in the Grand Jury report for personally concealing allegations of sexual abuse against multiple priests of the Diocese. The McGee allegations were not discussed in the grand jury report, nor was he identified as an accused priest whose file was reviewed during the criminal investigation.
According to Diocesan protocol, McGee remains a priest in good standing until the conclusion of the Diocese’s internal investigation.
Father Desmond McGee is currently 71-years-old and resides in Dubois, Pennsylvania, according to the Diocese of Erie.
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