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Fr. Edward W. Jungquist – Diocese of Erie

Father Edward W. Jungquist

Diocese of Erie

Ordained: 1980

Leave of absence: 1990 – 1992

Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1980 – 1981 St. Paul’s (Erie, PA)
  • 1981 – 1982 Beloved Disciple (Grove City, PA)
  • 1982 – 1984 St. Stephen’s (Oil City, PA)
  • 1984 – 1989 St. Titus (Titusville, PA)
  • 1989 – 1990 Nativity of Our Lord (Titusville, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Father Edward W. Jungquist:

Father Edward W. Jungquist served the Diocese of Erie after his ordination in 1980. Between this time and 1984 Jungquist assisted in parishes across Pennsylvania including Erie, Grove City, and Oil City. The father also took on a five-year commitment to a congregation in Titusville. Jungquist left the Diocese in 1989 to serve in Pensacola, Florida. After this time, church documents hold no record of further assignments for Jungquist. The last known documentation of his whereabouts spotted Jungquist on a Leave of Absence in 1990.

In 1998, Jungquist was the subject of controversy when he authored a letter to the editor of a Tucson newspaper criticizing Pope John Paul II for “cracking down” on dissenters in the Church who advocated for changes, including eliminating the vow of chastity and ordaining women to the priesthood.  According to one educated parishioner who responded to the letter with a criticism of Jungquist, he was not listed in the 1998 edition of the Official Catholic Directory, which is supposed to list all active and retired clergy in the country. A call to the Tucson chancery by the parishioner also revealed that there was no priest in the Diocese of Tucson by that name.  These are certainly red flags that his removal from ministry was not voluntary, and they merit additional investigation.

Ironically, in 2001, he wrote another letter to the editor of the same Tucson newspaper calling for the criminal prosecution of the bishops who covered up allegations of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston and nationally.

Jungquist was not identified as an accused priest in the 2018 grand jury report.  He was first identified as an accused priest in the Diocese of Erie’s April 2018 list of credibly accused priests.  The Diocese of Erie provided no information about the allegation(s) against Jungquist.

The exact details of his alleged misconduct have not been released.  According to the Diocese of Erie’s statement regarding priests identified on its list, “Every person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”

Jungquist is deceased, according to the Diocese of Erie.  At the time of his death, he was forbidden to function as a priest but it is not clear that was due to allegations of sexual abuse (unlikely since it claims it had no allegations until after his death) or because of his criticism of Pope John Paul II and philosophical differences about celibacy.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Sean Kerins – Diocese of Erie

Father Sean P. Kerins

Diocese of Erie

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Ordained: 2017

Suspension/criminal investigation: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 2018              Kennedy Catholic High School (Hermitage, PA)
  • 2017 – 2018 Good Shepherd (West Middlesex, PA)

Summary of Allegations against Father Sean P. Kerins:

Less than a year after his ordination, the Diocese of Erie suspended Father Sean P. Kerins for “inappropriate communications” with a high school student at Kennedy Catholic High School, where he was assigned as chaplain.  According to media reports, the Diocese of Erie later clarified that Kerins was found to have sent “a series of inappropriate text messages” to the student, whose age and gender were not specified by the Diocese of Erie.

The Hermitage local police department was notified and are currently conducting their investigation on the matter. When a police officer spoke to the victim in question in regards to the texts, they claimed one of the messages sent by Kerins was in “poor taste” but not to the criminal extent.

Police officials said the Diocese has no further plan of action against Kerins until the police have closed their case.

Kerins is 27 years old.  He is residing in the Erie, Pennsylvania, area, according to the Diocese of Erie and his family.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Msgr. Desmond McGee – Diocese of Erie

Msgr. Desmond McGee

Diocese of Erie

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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.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

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Mr. Kevin J. Feyas (Teacher/Parish Musician) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Kevin J. Feyas
Diocese of Erie

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Kevin J. Feyas:

Mr. Kevin J. Feyas is listed in the Diocese of Erie’s April 2018 list of both priests and lay employees who have been credibly accused of actions that, “in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.” According to its website, “[e]very person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Feyas, including the specifics of his alleged misconduct, number of allegations it knows about, the age/gender of his victim(s) or the number of allegation(s) made against him.

Feyas was a school teacher in the Millcreek Township School District and a parish musician when the alleged abuse took place.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, even though Feyas was accused of inappropriate conduct with students and his teaching certifications were revoked as a result, he still receives public pension benefits.

He currently resides in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Ms. Megan E. Fecko (Teacher) – Diocese of Erie

Ms. Megan E. Fecko
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Ms. Megan E. Fecko:

Ms. Megan E. Fecko was sentenced to prison for 6 to 20 months in 2007 after she pleaded no contest to two counts of indecent assault against a female victim. Fecko was a 24-year-old English teacher in Villa Maria Academy in the Diocese of Erie when the abuse occurred.

The abuse began when the girl was 14 and Fecko was her teacher.  The abuse took place from 2002-2005. Although the victim said at Fecko’s sentencing that the relationship was consensual, the age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16 so the acts were illegal nonetheless, authorities said.

The girl’s mother told the judge that Fecko played mind games with her daughter and deserved punishment. The mother said Fecko didn’t stop contacting her daughter until she complained to police.

Fecko moved to Cleveland, Ohio after her release from prison. She is not a registered sex offender.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Mr. William (Bill) Couse (School Employee) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. William (Bill) Couse
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. William (Bill) Couse:

Mr. William (Bill) Couse was listed in the Diocese of Erie’s list of both priests and lay employees who have been credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children. According to the Diocese of Erie, “[e]very person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”

Couse is listed under a section for individuals who are deceased, but would have been prevented from working with children, had they still been alive.

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Couse, including the age/gender of his victim(s) or the number of allegation(s) made against him. All that is known is that he was a school employee when the alleged abuse took place.

He is now deceased.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Mr. Charles “Rick” Cooper (Teacher) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Charles “Rick” Cooper
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Charles “Rick” Cooper:

Mr. Charles “Rick” Cooper is listed in the Diocese of Erie’s public disclosure list of both priests and lay people associated with the church that have been credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  According to the Diocese’s statement accompanying the list, “[e]very person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Cooper, including the age/gender of his victim(s) or the number of allegation(s) made against him.

Cooper is alive and believed to be living in Lenexa, Virginia, according to the Diocese of Erie.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

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Mr. Randolph A. Byrd (Teacher) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Randolph A. Byrd
Diocese of Erie

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Randolph A. Byrd:

Mr. Randolph Byrd was accused of sexual abuse by a now 53-year-old woman. Byrd was a teacher at Mercyhurst Preparatory High School in the Diocese of Erie. The victim graduated in 1983 and was abused from 1981 to 1982.

According to media interviews, Byrd groomed the victim for abuse by singling her out over her grades or comparing her to a “favorite student” at a previous school.  As the abuse escalated to physical encounters, he became more possessive. He would sit near the victim’s mother at parent-teacher conferences and show up unannounced, just to remind her that he always had access to her world, she said. As a result, her grades suffered and she felt afraid and ashamed.

According to the Diocese of Erie, Byrd is still alive and residing in Crozet, Virginia.

Accused priest Fr. Dennis Chludzinski was principal of Mercyhurst Prep at the time of the alleged abuse.  For more information on Chludzinski, click here.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Mr. Andre C. Butler (Lay Employee) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Andre C. Butler
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Andre C. Butler :

Mr. Andre C. Butler is listed in the Diocese of Erie’s public list of priests and lay employees of the Diocese of Erie who have been credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify them from working with children. According to the Diocese’s statement accompanying its list, “[e]very person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Butler, including the age/gender of his victim(s) or the number of allegation(s) made against him. All that is known is that he was an agency lay employee when the accused abuse took place.

Butler is currently residing in Rosedale, New York, according to the Diocese of Erie.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Mr. Ronald K. Allison (Teacher) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Ronald K. Allison
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Ronald K. Allison:

In October 2018, Mr. Ronald K. Allison was added to the Diocese of Erie’s list of priests and lay employees who have been credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children. According to the Diocese’s statement accompanying its list, “[e]very person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Allison, including the age/gender of his victim(s) or the number of allegation(s) made against him. All that is known is that he was a teacher when the accused abuse and/or misconduct took place.

According to the Diocese of Erie, Allison is currently living in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.