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Fr. Charles Weber, O.S.B. – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Charles Weber, O.S.B.

Diocese of Greensburg

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Ordained: 1945

Retired: 1994

Died: 2000

Assigned as follows:

  • 1939 Saint Vincent Archabbey
  • 1940 – 1945  Saint Vincent Preparatory School & Saint Vincent College
  • 1945 – 1994  Saint Mary Church in Erie & Saint Cecilia Church in Whitney

Summary of Allegations against Father Charles Weber, O.S.B.:

According to the Grand Jury Report, the only public allegation of sexual misconduct against Father Charles Weber was made in 2015. An anonymous victim approached the Diocese of Greensburg alleging that in the early 1980s, while Weber taught at St. Gertrude Church in Vandergrift, Weber instructed a room full of 11 to 13 year-olds on the distinct meaning of “impure thoughts and actions.” After the class ended, the victim was left alone with Weber and was asked by the Father if the victim understood the meaning of the lesson. According to the victim’s report to the Diocese, Weber chose this moment to fondle the child’s genitals as they talked.

Father Charles A. Weber, O.S.B. died in 2000 as a priest in good standing.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. Mark Gruber, O.S.B. – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Mark Gruber

Diocese of Greensburg

Ordained: 1987

Laicized: 2013

Assigned as Follows:

  • Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA

Summary of Allegations against Father Mark Gruber:

According to media reports, the allegations regarding Father Mark Gruber concerned the Vatican to the degree of ordering the former Benedictine monk to leave St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe and relieved him of his monastic vows for spreading rumors about Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, the leader of the Benedictine community in Unity. He then disobeyed orders to report to a treatment facility in Missouri, which resulted in his involuntary laicization.  According to the Archabbey, Gruber was said to have intimidated a junior monk into falsely alleging sexual misconduct against Nowicki in retaliation for the Order’s response to what it thought was child pornography downloaded onto Gruber’s computer. According to various news sources, the case unfolded as follows:

In 2009, Gruber, a tenured professor of Sociology and Anthropology at St. Vincent College, was suspended from teaching following a state police investigation into allegations that he possessed child pornography. Gruber was not charged with any crime; however, pornographic images, including inappropriate depictions of himself as well as photographs of young-looking men, was discovered on Gruber’s computer.  He had also visited Russian and Eastern European websites that were known to distribute child pornography, but there was no evidence that he downloaded any. Police ultimately determined that the men in the photos were likely over the age of 18, so no crime had been committed, at least as far as they could determine from the partially-wiped hard drive.

However, given the nature of the photographs, Church leaders determined that he had violated Canon Law and sought guidance from the Vatican.  He was ordered to cease ministry and report to a monastery. The Diocese of Greensburg revoked Gruber’s faculties to perform ministry functions.  

In response to the actions taken against him by the Diocese of Greensburg and the Benedictines, Gruber initiated a libel suit against the Bishop of Greensburg, the Archabbot and college officials. He quickly withdrew this lawsuit. The Archabbey released a statement claiming, “the evidence against Rev. Gruber was judged to be irrefutable.” In fact, during its internal proceedings, the Vatican said that Gruber was guilty of possessing child pornography.

According to Diocese records, “The Congregation [Vatican] found him guilty of the more grave delict of possession of child pornography, the crime of the production of materials which gravely injure good morals, the abuse of the Sacrament of Confession with the aggravating factor of the manipulation of conscience, and the defamation of a legitimate superior.” In retaliation for his removal from the college, Gruber allegedly conducted a smear campaign against Archabbot Nowicki by coercing a junior Monk to allege sexual misconduct against Nowicki – Gruber’s religious superior – in a signed affidavit.  The junior monk later recanted and said he was pressured by Gruber to sign it.

In 2012, an anonymous student came forward claiming he was the one who downloaded the pornography onto Gruber’s computer, not Gruber. He had allegedly claimed ownership of the act through confession with Gruber, a confession Gruber did not reveal in his own defense. The student claimed Gruber was a good Father who kept sacred the act of confession even in the face of losing his job and ruining his reputation. Father Gruber maintains that the young man’s sworn statement should have led to the reinstatement of his position last year.

On July 29, 2013, after refusing to abide by the first directive that he report to a treatment facility and cease all ministry, Gruber was involuntarily laicized.  The Archabbey provided financial assistance and healthcare benefits for a designated period to assist Gruber’s transition from the cloth.

There are no public allegations that Gruber engaged in sexual misconduct with minor children in the Diocese of Greensburg.

According to his Facebook page, Gruber is currently residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Many of his “friends” continue to refer to him as “Father Mark” even though he is no longer a priest.   

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. Francis Lesniak – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Francis Lesniak

Diocese of Greensburg

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Ordained: 1943

Retired: 1976

Died: 1991

Assigned as follows:

  • 1943-1946 St. Monica (Wampum, PA) and  St. Theresa (Hoytdale, PA)
  • 1946-1953 St. Mary (New Kensington, PA)
  • 1953-1953 St. Bernard (Indiana, PA)
  • 1953-1954 Transfiguration Church (Mount Pleasant, PA)
  • 1954-1956 St. Mary (New Kensington, PA)
  • 1956-1960 St. Michael (Glen Campbell, PA)/Ss. Peter & Paul (Arcadia, PA)
  • 1960-1965 St. Stanislaus (Calmut, PA)
  • 1965-1969 St. Anne (Fellsburg, PA) and Holy Cross (Webster, PA)
  • 1969-1976 Seven Dolors (Yukon, PA)
  • 1976-1987 St. Francis de Paul (Ford City, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Lesniak:

According to the Grand Jury Report, the Diocese of Greensburg received the first complaint of abuse by Father Francis Lesniak in 2004. Allegations were made post-death. Lesniak was alleged to have sexually abused multiple minors in the 1960s and 70s.

Four victims accused Lesniak of molesting and/or raping them from 1962 through the late 1980s at parishes in Mt. Pleasant to Ford City. Incidents reportedly occurred during overnights for altar boys and at a picnic for a first Holy Communion. The abuse began with fondling and escalated to anal rape. Alcohol was also given to the victims on many occasions, with the fourth victim drinking ‘whole large containers full of wine.’

One victim stated that after confession, Lesniak would expose himself and tell the child it was his “strawberry lollipop.” This abuse occurred well over 100 times over the course of approximately four years.

Lesniak retired as a priest in good standing in 1987. He died in 1991.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. Charles Guth – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Charles Guth

Diocese of Greensburg

Ordained: 1924

Retired: 1973

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 7/1924 St. Peter, N.S.  (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 4/1925: St. Andrews, N.S.  (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 3/1926:  St. Joseph  (Braddock, PA)
  • 8/1928:  St. Bernard (Dormont, PA)
  • 1/1929: St. Ambrose (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1/1932: St. Wendelin (Carrick, PA)
  • 7/1932: Presentation  (Midland, PA)
  • 5/1935: St. Mary (McKees Rocks, PA)
  • 6/1935: St. James (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 10/1942: St. Mary (Parkers Landing, PA) and Mission, St James (Petrolia, PA)
  • 8/1944: Holy Family (West Newton, PA)
  • 11/1962: St. Mary (Kittanning, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Guth:

According to the grand jury report, Father Charles Guth is accused of sexually abusing an underage boy in the 1950s. The victim, as an adult, reported in 2005 that Guth molested him around age 7 when the priest was assigned to Holy Family in West Newton. The man says that he went to Guth concerned for his mother’s soul after a Sunday school teacher said people who miss Mass go to Hell. Guth molested the boy, gave him a nickel and told him that both he and his mother would go to Hell and burn if he told anyone what had happened.

Guth retired in 1973 as a priest in good standing.  

Guth died in 1986.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. Leonard Sanesi – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Leonard Sanesi

Diocese of Greensburg

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Ordained: 1953

Died: 1992

Assigned as follows:

  • 1953 – 1955 St. Rita, Connellsville, PA
  • 1955 – 1958 St. Cajetan, Monesson, PA
  • 1958 – 1962 Immaculate Conception, Irwin, PA
  • 1962 – 1966 St. Joseph Minor Seminary, Greensburg, PA
  • 1966 – 1974 Holy Family, West Newton, PA
  • 1974 – 1983 Immaculate Conception, Irwin, PA
  • 1983 – 1990 Mount St. Peter, New Kensington, PA
  • 1990 – 1992 All Saints, Arnold, PA

Summary of Allegations against Father Leonard Sanesi:

According to the grand jury report, Father Leonard Sanesi’s first allegation of sexual abuse came to the Diocese of Greensburg in 2002. A man claimed that during the early 1960s, while Sanesi served at St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary, a school for boys with a potential future in the cloth, Sanesi sexually abused him. The victim in question had a skin condition that required the frequent application of creams and ointments, and Sanesi exploited that by “helping” the boy apply them on his hard-to-reach areas.  He says that Sanesi escalated the contact into seuxal abuse.

A second victim came forward in 2013, alleging that Sanesi sexually abused him also while he attended St. Joseph Seminary in 1962. According to the victim, Sanesi occasionally entered the victim’s dormitory in an attempt to fondle the victim’s genitals. He also reported an instance where he became ill and Sanesi cared for him. Sanesi took advantage of the illness and brought the victim to his private living space. Sanesi provided the victim with alcohol and attempted to fondle him yet again.

Sanesi died in 1992 in active ministry.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. Henry Marcinek – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Henry J. Marcinek

Diocese of Greensburg

Ordained: 1956

Retired: 1985

Died: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956 – 1957 Holy Name, Monessen, PA
  • 1957 – 1958 SS Cyril & Methodius, Fairchance, PA
  • 1958 – 1960 Holy Trinity, Ford City, PA
  • 1960 – 1965 Holy Rosary Church, Republic, PA
  • 1965 – 1967 St. Mary Church, Uniontown, PA
  • 1967 – 1970 St. Elizabeth Church, Starford, PA & Sacred Heart, Dixonville, PA
  • 1970 – 1973 Holy Rosary Church, Republic, PA
  • 1973 – 1982 Holy Cross, Youngwood and St. Gilbert Church, Hunker, PA
  • 1982 – 1985 St. Pius X, Mt. Pleasant, PA

Summary of Allegations against Father Henry J. Marcinek:

According to the grand jury report, in 2007, a 45-year-old man reported that Father Henry Marcinek sexually assaulted him for over a decade, starting in approximately 1972.   He said the abuse began at the age of 10 during the victim’s time at Holy Rosary grammar school, and that it continued for more than 8 years. He was one of Marcinek’s altar boys, and was often asked to “help” around the rectory so that Marinek could have time alone with him.  Soon, he was accompanying Marcinek to his cabin or on other trips when the boy was forced to share a bed with the priest.

In response to the allegation, the Diocese of Greensburg paid the man $10,000.00 and gave him 90 counseling sessions.

Marcinek died in 1987 as a retired priest in good standing.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. Robert Moslener – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Robert Moslener

Diocese of Greensburg

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Ordained: 1976

Inpatient evaluation/treatment: 1979, 1987, 2002

Suspended/Permanently removed: 2002

Laicized (removed from priesthood): 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • St. John the Baptist (Scottdale, PA) 1976 – 1978
  • St. Agnes (North Huntingdon, PA) 1978 – 1979
  • St. Joseph (New Kensington, PA) 1979 – 1985
  • St. Pius X (Mt. Pleasant, PA)  1985 – 1986
  • Saints Simon and Jude (Blairsville, PA)  1986 – 1987
  • St. Luke institute (inpatient treatment) 1987
  • Holy Cross (Iselin, PA)  1987 – 1988
  • Assumption Hall, Sisters of Charity Retirement Home (Greensburg, PA) 1988 – 1992
  • St. Patrick (Brady’s Bend, PA)  1992 – 1996
  • St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart (Yatesboro, PA)  1996 – 2002
  • The Anodos Center (inpatient treatment) 2002

Summary of Allegations against Father Robert Moslener:

According to the 2018 grand jury report: “[The Bishops of Greensburg] permitted Moslener to continue in ministry for 22 years after the initial complaint of child sexual abuse against him and the numerous reports of child sexual assault which followed.  During that time, Moslener continued to prey on innocent children within the Diocese of Greensburg.”

In 1979 and 1980, not long after his ordination, Father Robert Moslener was the subject of allegations that he sexually abused a 15 year old boy.  The Diocese of Greensburg responded by sending him for a psychiatric evaluation, and then assigned him to St. Joseph in New Kensington. According to internal diocesan documents, the diocese saw Moslener’s abuse as a single incident and that the victim in question as an “acceptable yet understandable waystation” on the Moslener’s journey toward “more adult sexual integration.”  The boy was just a healthy experiment, according to Diocesan officials. 

In April 1986, the North Huntingdon Township Police Department advised the Diocese of Greensburg that Moslener had been investigated for committing sexual acts against underaged males (plural) and that there was evidence to substantiate the charges. However, Moslener was never prosecuted.  Instead, he remained in ministry for nearly two more decades.

Also in 1986, several “elementary to middle school aged children” gave statements to the Diocese of Greensburg that Moslener, their religion teacher, was asking them uncomfortable questions about their masturbation habits and even described the Virgin Mary licking Baby Jesus clean after his birth.  One letter discussed the graphic discussion Moselener had with a child about the physical effects of masturbation.

In response, the Bishop ordered Moslener put “on ice” while the hysteria died down.  Moslener was also sent for a psychological evaluation given the increased threat of scandal to the Church.  Over his objection, Moslener was ordered to St. Luke Institute, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests, in Suitland, Maryland.  

Upon his discharge, Moslener was reassigned to active ministry as a parish priest several more times.

In 1999, still another victim contacted the Diocese to report his sexual abuse by Moslener.  No details about the allegation were contained in the grand jury report, but that may be because there are no notes or documents contained in Moslener’s file until his suspension from ministry several years later.

Despite the 1999 allegation (and those that came before it), Moslener remained in active ministry until 2002. Two months after the scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston became regular national news, Bishop Bosco placed him on administrative leave (suspension).  

In 2003, a fifth victim came forward to report that he was sexually abused as a child.

In 2013, a sixth victim reported that he and his siblings were sexually abused by Moslener at St. Joseph.  

Moslener was laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Vatican in 2005, along with several other accused priests.

Moslener is now 74 years old.  He is believed to be residing in the Pittsburgh area.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. George Pierce – Diocese of Greensburg

Father George R. Pierce

Diocese of Greensburg

Ordination: 1959

Leave of Absence: 1997

Retired (in good standing): 1998

Laicized: 2005

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959 – 1960 St. Mary, Freeport, PA
  • 1960 – 1963 All Saints, Masontown, PA
  • 1963 – 1966 Immaculate Conception, Connessville, PA
  • 1966 – 1967 St. Mary and Holy Trinity, Ford City, PA
  • 1967 – 1968 Immaculate Conception, Irwin, PA
  • 1968 – 1972 St. Gertrude, McIntyre and its mission St. Anthony, Aultman, PA
  • 1972 – 1985 Holy Family, Seward and its mission: St. Mary, Bolivar and St. Mary, Florence, PA
  • 1985 – 1995 Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Leckrone, PA
  • 1995 – 1997 St. James, Maxwell, PA

Summary of Allegations against Father George R. Pierce:

The Diocese of Greensburg received the first allegation of sexual abuse against Father George R. Pierce in 1997. The victim stated that the abuse began in 1968 when she was 12, and that it continued until she was approximately 20. A typical evening for the two included dinner, alcohol and sexual intercourse, which led her to believe that Pierce was her boyfriend, not an abuser. This abuse lasted even after Pierce transferred to Holy Family in 1972, stirring concern among parishioners of the victim’s overnight stays at the rectory. Yet nothing was done despite the blatant red flags.

She also reported that Pierce was sexually abusing at least one other underage girl at Holy Family.  She knew this because when she would go there to see him, he woudl have at least one other female around, and it made her jealous.  When she was about 15 or 16 years old, the other female (whose age is not clear from the grand jury report) was in the car when Pierce picked up the victim for a visit.  As they drove the other female home, she was forced to perform oral sex on the priest while the other female watched (or vice versa – there is a conflict in Diocese documents about what the woman reported in her statement).  

When questioned later, Pierce admitted to some level of sexual contact with the victim, but not to the sexual intercourse.  He was ordered to undergo an inpatient evaluation at Andos Center, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests. He was there from November 1997 to May 1998, at which time it was suggested he seek assignment in the Diocese of Erie.  It does not appear that he was accepted into the Erie Diocese, and instead opted to retire in 1998.

In 2002, a man contacted the Diocese of Greensburg and reported that he was sexually abused by Pierce at St. Anthony and St. Gertrude from 1969-1972.   According to the victim, he was 10 years old when he confided in Pierce that right before his 7th birthday the victim’s brother and his friends gang raped him. In response, Pierce explained to the victim that in order for him to be saved and go to heaven, he must perform oral and anal sex with Pierce. The young boy believed him and did as his priest said from 1969 to 1972.  It ended when Pierce was transferred to Holy Family.

Pierce was laicized in 2005, along with several other accused priests in the Diocese of Greensburg.  By that time, he had relocated to Linesville, Pennsylvania.

Pierce died in 2009.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. Roger Sinclair – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Roger A. Sinclair

Diocese of Greensburg

Ordination: 1974

Sick leave: 1983 – 1984

Inpatient treatment: 1983-1984, 2002

Faculties suspended: 2002

Retired (voluntarily): 2005

Arrested (Oregon): 2016

Convicted: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974 – 1977 Immaculate Conception, Connellsville, PA
  • 1977 – 1979 Holy Family, Latrobe, PA
  • 1979 – 1980 St. Therese, Uniontown, PA
  • 1980 – 1983 St. Mary, Kittanning, PA
  • 1984 – 2002 Released to the Archdiocese of Military Services

Summary of Allegations against Father Roger A. Sinclair:

According to documents reviewed by the 2018 grand jury, during Father Roger Sinclair’s assignment at Holy Family in Latrobe there was “an incident” with a young man that Sinclair brought on vacation to Florida.  Specifics were not contained in the grand jury report, but memoranda reviewed indicated “the young man’s father refused to confront Sinclair,” which seems to refer to the Diocese of Greensburg’s modus operandi that anyone accusing a priest of sexual misconduct must confront him personally.  If a victim (or his/her parent) refuses to do so, the matter was generally dropped and the allegations classified as “withdrawn.”

In 1981, two mothers wrote to the Diocese of Greensburg that Sinclair molested (or attempted to molest) their fourteen-year-old sons during a sleepover at one of the boy’s homes.  According to the allegations, in 1980, Sinclair went over to the house for a drink with the boy’s father and the boys were watching television together during a sleepover. After the victim’s father went to bed, Sinclair chased the boys around the living room trying to “shake hands” but each time he did so, he would push the victims’ hands near their genitals. One of the victims reported that Sinclair tried to put his hands down the victim’s pants.

According to the Grand Jury Report, the mothers first reported the incident to Father Thomas Bertolina, Pastor of St. Mary, but he did nothing. One of the mothers went on to plead to Bishop Gaughan that Sinclair be sent for professional help away from the parish and away from children.  Eventually, Bishop Connare requested outpatient therapy for Sinclair in 1981 through Catholic Social Services. He feared for any hidden hostility or anger residing in Sinclair that may have led to occasional drinking and aggressive behavior when drinking with the boy’s father.

Seeing almost nothing done with Sinclair, who still continued to try to spend time with her son, one of the mothers threatened to go to police in August 1981.  She was talked out of it by the then- Vicar General, who promised to seek the Bishop’s counsel immediately. Nothing was done.

The following year, in 1982, Bishop Gaughan wrote a letter to the Catholic Social Services of Allegheny County alleging many parishioners were “after them” to have Father Sinclair transferred.  A group of mothers assembled on behalf of their sons and approached the Chief of Police. Once they did, the Chief announced he had already heard the “rumors” about Sinclair and spoke with the Chancery about them already. Bishop Connare permitted Sinclair to stay at St. Mary.

Connare’s responded to another concerned mother in 1983 by apologizing for Sinclair’s behavior. He believed Sinclair had sought professional counseling and Connare said had already arranged for Sinclair’s further evaluation/treatment. Connare promised Sinclair would no longer be in the parish. Promptly after writing to this mother, Connare ordered Sinclair to report to the House of Affirmation, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests, in Missouri. In the referral letter to HOA, Bishop Connare said the move was prompted by more allegations of Sinclair’s attempts toward minors.  The Diocese placed Sinclair on sick leave from 1983 to 1984 for his treatment.

Upon his release from treatment, Sinclair applied for chaplaincy with the Air Force; the Bishop of Greensburg provided a letter of reference stating Sinclair was in “good standing” with the church.

In 1991, while assigned to the Topeka (Kansas) State Hospital, a facility devoted entirely to the care of mental health problems, Sinclair reportedly “managed to gain access to a locked unit deceitfully” and tried soliciting the teenage boys of that ward to see a movie with him.

According to the Grand Jury Report, in 2002 another victim came forward claiming Sinclair abused him at the age of 9/10-years-old while he was an altar server at Immaculate Conception.  The abuse stopped when Sinclair left IC, but resumed when Sinclair was assigned to St. Therese, which was near a close family friend’s home.

The Diocese of Greensburg revoked Sinclair’s faculties, rescinded his Archdiocese of Military Services endorsement and sent him to treatment at the Andos Center, another notorious facility for priests accused of sexual misconduct, in 2002.  

In 2002, the attorney of still another victim reported that his client had been sexually abused in 1979 while at Holy Family Latrobe. The victim was thirteen-years-old at the time of the abuse.

Sinclair was ultimately removed from public ministry in 2002, but his removal – or the reason why – was never made public.  He quietly retired in 2005, and was laicized shortly thereafter. In support of his petition for laicization, the Diocese of Greensburg cited Sinclair’s admitted sexual misconduct with minors, though it is not clear exactly which allegations he admitted.  Based upon our experience, the admission(s) likely came during one or more of this inpatient treatments, or even during meetings with Chancery officials.

In 2016, Oregon police arrested Sinclair for sexually abusing a mentally disabled man.  He pled guilty to multiple counts of attempted sodomy and sexual abuse of the 19 year old victim, and was recently sentenced to seven years in prison.

Sinclair is 71 years old. He is currently incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg 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. Joseph Sredzinski – Diocese of Greensburg

Father Joseph Sredzinski

Diocese of Greensburg

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Birth: 1944

Ordination: 1970

Retired (in good standing): 2015

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970 – 1972 St. Margaret Mary, Lower Burrell, PA
  • 1972 – 1974 Holy Rosary, Republic, PA
  • 1974 – 1979 St. Mary Czestochowa, New Kensington, PA
  • 1979 – 1984 St. Peter, Brownsville, PA
  • 1984 – 1989 St. Stanislaus, Calumet, PA
  • 1989 – 1989 Theological Studies, North American College, Rome
  • 1989 – 1999 St. Joseph, Everson, PA
  • 1999 – 2007 St. Hubert, Point Marion, PA
  • 2007 – 2009 St. Emma’s Monastery, Greensburg, PA
  • 2007 – 2009 SCI Greensburg, Greensburg, PA
  • 2007 – 2009 Chaplain, Westmoreland Manor Nursing Home, Greensburg, PA
  • 2010 – 2014 Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, PA

Summary of Allegations against Father Joseph Sredzinski:

An atmosphere of fear and suspicion.

According to a Grand Jury review of the personnel files of the Diocese of Greensburg, in 1991, Father Roger Statnick, the Vicar General of the Diocese, and Tim Shoemaker, the then-mayor of Everson, Pennsylvania, met to discuss Father Joseph Sredzinski’s reputation within their community. The mayor conveyed information he had from the community about Sredzinski’s inappropriate relationship with the local boys. In 1991, an event occurred in which a local police officer happened upon Sredzinski’s red car parked in the middle of a cemetery at night with a young boy inside.  Upon seeing the officer, and without being asked, Sredzinski immediately got out of the car exclaiming nothing was wrong, and he was merely listening to problems the boy was having.

  • THE COMMUNITY RAISES CONCERNS ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TIME SREDZINSKI SPENDS WITH THE LOCAL BOYS.

According to the mayor, numerous members of the community commented on Sredzinski’s spending too much time with the local boys in inappropriate circumstances, such as nights at the church rectory and in the woods around a campfire. A key witness informed the Diocese of Greensburg that they had seen Sredzinski alone in an alley with a young boy around 2:00 am. The boy in question was the same boy as the cemetery, and the allegation occurred at a similar time and place as the first. This particular boy was one of the three Sredzinski allegedly saw “far too often.” The Mayor was profoundly concerned as there had been another boy who was once a very active altar boy but then suddenly withdrew from the parish without reason.

The investigation would reveal that one boy in particular seemed to be the object of Sredzinski’s obsessions.  Information continued to come into the Diocese of Greensburg well into the 2000s, yet Sredzinski remained in ministry and retired in good standing 25 years after the original allegations were made.  

  • SREDZINSKI MISIDENTIFIES THE BOY HE IS SPENDING TIME WITH – AND ABUSING- TO THROW OFFICIALS OFF HIS TRAIL.

After his conversation with the Mayor in 1991, Statnick confronted Sredzinski with his new information and documented the conversation. Sredzinski identified the boy, claiming he was a high school junior at the time whom he had just picked up for a Dairy Queen treat so they could have time alone to talk about troubles the boy had – however, the grand jury would later find out that Sredzinski lied when he identified the boy, perhaps so no one would find out who the victim really was. The boy he identified later testified he was not abused by Sredzinski.  Instead, he was often the boy that Sredzinski would “confide” in about his abuse of the actual victim, and who eventually told the Diocese of Greensburg all about the abuse of the actual victim.

Sredzinski denied spending too much time with the boys of the community and said that various children spent time at the rectory because they felt comfortable with him, not because he invited them. Sredzinski was directed to have no further contact with young people outside of business hours and only in the public areas of the rectory. When Sredzinski asked for time to change his behavior, the Vicar General underscored that it was an immediate directive.  Nothing was written about how that directive would be supervised and enforced, however.

  • THE BOY SREDZINSKI IDENTIFIED HAD ALREADY MADE MULTIPLE COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE REAL VICTIM SPENDING TIME WITH SREDZINSKI – AND THE COMPLAINTS CONTINUED AFTER THE MAY 1991 MEETING WITH THE VG

The same day that the VG met with Sredzinski, notes indicate that the boy that Sredzinski lied about being with had already repeatedly contacted the Diocese with concern over the Father’s relationship with the actual victim, according to the grand jury report. The witness claimed to the Diocese of Greensburg that on 1991 Sredzinski took the victim as mentioned earlier swimming at the Bridgeport dam. He also took the boy to Cleveland and to Washington D.C. after the meeting with the Vicar General.

A handwritten note appeared in Sredzinski’s file dated July 23rd, 1991 – well after the Cleveland and D.C. trips – documenting an interview with Sister McCarthy. She confirmed that she worked for Sredzinski with kindergarten through eighth grade students at St. Joseph. She noted Sredzinski was very active with the school and he even took four boys on a vocational trip, all named in the file.  None were the victim already known to the Diocese of Greensburg – these were four new potential victims.

When confronted by the VG about why he went on multiple trips and spent time with young people despite the directive not to, Sredzinski claimed he went of those trips despite Statnick’s direct instructions because they were pre-planned. There is no indication anyone other than Sredzinski and the VG knew about the prohibition.  

A 1992 letter from Sredzinski to the victim referred to an upcoming trip to Amish Country with the boy. Another letter referred to putting the boy on the altar boy serving scheduled as soon as he gave his availability to Sredzinski.

  • THE INTERESTS OF THE DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG WERE ALL THAT MATTERED TO THE DIOCESE OF GREENSBURG

In 1994 Bishop Anthony Bosco the Diocese of Greensburg wrote a letter to Sister Jolenta Sred, Sredzinski’s sister, in response to her letter stating her brother felt aggrieved by the Diocese’s treatment of him.  In the letter, Bosco affirmatively stated that in dealing with Sredzinski his primary focus was to protect the Church’s reputation. Everything else, including the interests of Sredzinski’s potential victims came second. Bosco stated, “At no time did we investigate with any of the families precisely because we did not want to agitate the waters anymore.”

In 1994, the victim’s father wrote to the Vicar General beacuse Sredzinski was pursuing a $513.00 bill for unpaid tuition in civil court.  He believed it was a petty attempt to get back at the father for forbidding Sredzinski to have contact with his son. The Vicar General wrote back to the father, blatantly lying to the man by telling him all of the other allegations had been investigated so Sredzinski had put everything behind him. He asked for additional information about what the son claimed Sredzinski did to him, but the father refused to provide the information.  The Diocese took no further action against Sredzinski.

Sredzinski remained in ministry despite the fact that information about his sexual misconduct continued to filter into the Diocese of Greensburg into the 2000s about Sredzinski’s abuse of the known victim, including corroboration from his classmates.  

Father Joseph Sredzinski retired from all pastoral and chaplain responsibilities on July 1st, 2015, as a priest in good standing.  He died later that same year.

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