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Robert Viszneki (Parish Volunteer) – Diocese of Erie

Robert Viszneki

Parish Volunteer

Robert Viszneki Horowitz LawSummary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Robert Viszneki:

In June 2018, Robert Viszneki was charged with forcing a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual intercourse.  According to law enforcement, the sexual contact with a minor female occurred between May 2017 and May 2018 in Millcreek, Pennsylvania.  All told, he was charged with seven crimes, including aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

Viszneki’s connection to the victim is not clear from media reports, but he does appear on the Diocese of Erie’s list of accused individuals whose behavior prohibits them from working with minors.  Whether Visznecki met the girl through his work with the Diocese of Erie, or through some other means, has not been made public by law enforcement. One of the seven charges now pending against Viszneki was child endangerment by a parent, guardian, or other person supervising the welfare of the child.  Under Pennsylvania law, that is anyone  other than a parent or guardian that provides care, education, training or control of a child.

The Diocese of Erie has offered no public statement on the matter.

In 2019, Visznecki, who is now 68 years old, pled guilty to third-degree felony counts of indecent assault, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a child as part of a plea bargain.  He received a sentence of four- to eight-years in prison.  He is also required to register as a sex offender for life.

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.

Craig T. Ward (Lay Agency Employee) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Craig T. Ward
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Craig T. Ward:

Mr. Craig T. Ward 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 of Erie, everyone included on its 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.”

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Ward, 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 lay agency employee in the Diocese of Erie at some point.

According to the Diocese of Erie, Ward still resides in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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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. Joseph Votino (Teacher/Coach) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Joseph Votino
Diocese of Erie

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Joseph Votino:

Joseph Votino was a fixture at Kennedy Catholic High School in the Diocese of Erie for nearly two decades. On March 30, 2001, a caller to a child abuse hotline informed authorities that Votino was having sexual relations with a student. At first, he denied any wrongdoing, but the school suspended Votino and eventually fired him.

Law enforcement said Voting engaged in sexual relations with three female students at Kennedy, all of whom were 17 at the time, between 2000 and 2001.

The investigation identified a fourth victim, but the criminal statute of limitations had expired in that case.

Votino pleaded guilty to a single count of corrupting the morals of a minor in a plea bargain, admitting having sex with the girls either at his home or at an undisclosed location in Sharon. Votino was sentenced to 1 year of incarceration.

Votino has since been released from prison and currently resides in Masury, Ohio, according to the Diocese of Erie.  He 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. Dennis Vickery (Teacher) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Dennis Vickery
Diocese of Erie

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Dennis Vickery:

Mr. Dennis Vickery pleaded guilty to and was convicted of a single count of receiving child pornography in 2006. Vickery is a former chemistry teacher at Villa Maria Academy, one of the Diocese of Erie’s schools.

Vickery also agreed to take responsibility for the conduct charged in two other counts, possessing and receiving child pornography, which federal prosecutors dropped. He was fired after his arrest in April 2006. According to his attorney, Vickery claims he did not know that viewing child pornography was illegal.

Vickery is a registered sex offender living in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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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. Vincent Valentine (School Employee) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Vincent “Vance” Valentine
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Vincent “Vance” Valentine:

Mr. Vincent “Vance” Valentine 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 of Erie, to be included on the list, a person “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.”

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Valentine, 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 in the Diocese of Erie at some point.

Valentine died in 1972.

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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. Ron Thomsen (Lay Volunteer) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Ron Thomsen
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Ron Thomsen:

Mr. Ron Thomsen is listed on the Diocese of Erie’s public list of lay people associated with the Diocese 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, to be included on its list, a person 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.”

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Thomsen, 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 volunteer associated with the Diocese of Erie at some point.

According to the Diocese of Erie, Thomsen still resides in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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. Brian Radachy (Teacher) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Brian Radachy
Diocese of Erie

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Brian Radachy:

According to media reports, Brian Radachy was sentenced to 200 months in prison by a federal judge after being found guilty of knowingly receiving and distributing child pornography in 2010.

When the FBI raided Radachy’s Brookfield, Ohio home, they found 600 CDs containing child pornography. Investigators said when they questioned Radachy about the material he admitted he possessed approximately 1,000 CDs with child pornographic images and videos.

At the time of his arrest, Radachy was a registered sex offender, having been previously convicted on charges that he had sexual contact with an adult incapable of consent in New York state during the summer of 2003.

It is unclear when Radachy worked as a teacher for the Diocese of Erie, and at which schools he worked.  The Diocese of Erie did not release this information.

Radachy 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. These actions range from corruption of minors to direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  The Diocese of Erie has not indicated if it is in possession of information that Radachy may have committed sexual misconduct beyond that which is already public records.

Radachy is incarcerated in a federal prison in Lisbon, Ohio until 2024.

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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. Philip J. Pochatko (Teacher) – Diocese of Erie

Mr. Philip J. Pochatko
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Philip J. Pochatko:

Mr. Philip J. Pochatko 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. These actions range from corruption of minors to direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Pochatko, 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 teacher when the alleged misconduct took place.

According to the Diocese of Erie, Pochatko still resides in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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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.

Ms. Hattie B. Nichols (Lay Agency Employee) – Diocese of Erie

Ms. Hattie B. Nichols
Diocese of Erie

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Ms. Hattie B. Nichols:

Ms. Hattie B. Nichols is listed on the Diocese of Erie’s public list of lay people associated with the church who have been credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children. These actions range from corruption of minors to direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.

The Diocese of Erie has not released any information about the allegation(s) against Nichols, including the age/gender of her victim(s) or the number of allegation(s) made against her. All that is known is that she was a lay agency employee when the alleged misconduct took place.

According to the Diocese of Erie, Nichols still resides in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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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.

Ms. Denise (Geitner) Myers (Teacher) – Diocese of Erie

Ms. Denise (Geitner) Myers
Diocese of Erie

Ms. Denise Myers Horowitz Law

Ms. Denise Myers Horowitz Law

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Ms. Denise (Geitner) Myers:

Denise (Geitner) Myers, who was fired from her job as principal at Greensburg Central Catholic High School in 2013 after the Diocese of Greensburg discovered “financial irregularities,”  is listed on the Diocese of Erie’s public list of laypeople credibly accused of sexual misconduct of an undisclosed type.

According to a statement from the Diocese of Erie, “The diocese can confirm that it is aware of credible evidence independently gathered over the years by diocesan and independent investigative personnel indicating that Mrs. Denise J. Myers violated the child-protection policies and expectations applicable during her prior employment within the Erie Diocese, rendering her unsuitable for any future employment involving children in the Erie Diocese’s judgment.”  It did not provide any other specifics, including if Ms. Myers was ever accused of inappropriate sexual contact herself. According to the Erie Diocese, it was not aware of the “extent” of the misconduct until after Myers left her job as a teacher at Elk County Christian High School in 2001.

Neither the Erie Diocese nor the Greensburg Diocese have offered any additional information about the nature of the violations she is alleged to have committed, nor has the Diocese of Erie offered an explanation why that information was not shared with the Greensburg Diocese during Myers’ tenure as a principal.

According to the Diocese of Erie, Myers still lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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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.