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The Shocking History of Priest Abuse in Easton, Pennsylvania

Easton, Pennsylvania, located on the Delaware River across from New Jersey, is a town of about 30,000 people.  It is home to five Catholic parishes, a surprisingly large number given the small size of the town.  It is also the home of Notre Dame High School, one of the largest schools operated by the Diocese of Allentown.  The parishes and schools draw people from the surrounding Lehigh River Valley and northern New Jersey.

Easton also has the dubious distinction of being “ground zero” of the child sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Allentown.  The August 2018 grand jury report identified more than a dozen priests who have been assigned to the parishes of Easton throughout the history of the Diocese, which was formed in 1961.

Through our own investigation, we have identified 54 priests accused of abuse in the Diocese of Allentown – and discovered that almost half of those men were assigned to one or more parishes in Easton at some point during their career, and as recently as 2014.  Most of these 26 men appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests.

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Bernard

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

St. Joseph

St. Michael

Notre Dame High School

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown.  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 Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. John Pascal Sabas (Diocese of Allentown)

Father John Pascal Sabas

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Ordained: 1954

Named in a civil lawsuit: 1989

Died: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955-1957        Vocations Director (New York)
  • 1957-1958        House DIscretus and Purser (New York)
  • 1958-1960        St. Vincent de Paul (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • 1960-1962        Sacred Heart (Yarmouth, ME)
  • 1962-1963        St. Joseph (Portland, ME)
  • 1963-1964        St. Francis of Assisi (Minersville, PA)
  • 1964-1965        St. Francis of Assisi (Allentown, PA)
  • 1965-1966        St. Patrick (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1966-1967        BIshop’s Relief Agency (West Schuylkill, PA)
  • 1967-1977        St. Vincent de Paul (Girardville, PA)
  • 1977-1980        St. Ignatius Loyola (Sinking Spring, PA)
  • 1980-1983        Diocesan chancery assignments
  • 1983-1985        St. George (Shenandoah, PA)
  • 1985            Return to religious life
  • 1986            St. Anthony (Easton, PA)
  • 1987-1989        St. John the Baptist (Shillington, PA)
  • 1989-1991        Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1991            Retired

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John P. Sabas:

It appears from his assignment history that Sabas was originally ordained a priest of a religious order, rather than for the Diocese of Allentown, though the name of the Order is not disclosed in the grand jury report.  At some point, he likely became incardinated into the Diocese of Allentown, though it appears he unsuccessfully tried to return to the Order in 1985.  There are numerous red flags in his assignment history that would merit additional investigation in the event a lawsuit were filed against the Diocese of Allentown as they may suggest a history of abuse allegations.

In 1974, a young man approached the Diocese of Allentown and reported that he was sexually abused by Sabas at the age of 14, in 1964.  He recalls that Sabas abused him in the basement of the boy’s family home, at school, and in the church after mass. The abuse ended when Sabas was transferred to a new parish.

In 1989, the man sued the Diocese of Allentown and obtained a monetary settlement.  Notably, Sabas was not removed from ministry until after the lawsuit was filed, more than 15 years after the Diocese of Allentown first became aware of the allegations.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown. 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 Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.