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Fr. Martin McCamley – Diocese of Orlando

Father Martin McCamley

Diocese of Orlando

Martin McCamley Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Retired: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 1962: St. Patrick’s Church (Johnstown, PA)
  • 1970: St. Columba’s Church (Johnstown, PA)
  • 1977-1988: Our Mother of Sorrows (Johnstown, PA)
  • 1980s: St. Columba’s Church (Johnstown, PA)
  • 1980s: Bishop McCort High School (Johnstown, PA)
  • 1988: St. Clement Church (Johnstown, PA)
  • 1992: Church of the Visitation (Johnstown, PA)
  • 1995-2001: Our Lady of Victory (State College, PA)
  • 2004: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Martin McCamley:

According to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in 2001, Fr. Martin McCamley was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in 1997. A victim reported that McCamle, along with another priest, would touch his genitals when spending the night at the victim’s home. The report also stated that Fr. McCamley was a sexual partner the other Pennsylvania priest, Father James Bunn and that they both molested the young boy together. According to the report, in 1981, when Fr. McCamley was vice-principal of a Catholic High School, he was reported to the bishop for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old boy. Still, the bishop “dismissed the complaint outright.” Catholic officials kept Fr. McCamley on the job, which “endangered children for another 25 years,” the grand jury found.

In 2003, Fr. Martin McCamley was accused of sexually abusing a child in the 1970s while serving at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, PA. Parents of a former student said Fr. McCamley became a family friend and shared a bed with their son during a choral festival outing when McCamley was music director at the school. McCamley was then placed on administrative leave from Our Lady of Victory by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

In 2008, another victim by McCamley came forward. The victim indicated that McCamley sexually abused him while McCamley served at St. Patrick’s Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. McCamley would grant the boy special privileges when he served in the choir. He would take him to eat at restaurants and on trips to Pittsburgh. McCamley sexually abused the boy in the rectory of the church and the car when traveling. He would touch the boy’s thighs and body. The victim was initially afraid to tell Father McCamley to stop because “he was a priest,” and he thought it was “ok.” However, when Father McCamley attempted to shove his hand into the victim’s pants, the victim resisted, which infuriated McCamley, and he took it out on the victim in choir.

Fr. McCamley was permitted to retire in 2004 and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. Whether he has access to children is unknown.

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Why You Should Care About These Men Who Came to Florida

Bear with us a bit and we’ll tell you who these guys are and why you should know about them.

Hugh Behan left Jefferson City MO, coming to Orlando. So did Martin McCamley who was from Altoona PA. Walter Coleman was in Bridgeport CT but moved to Miami. So did George Zirwas of Pittsburgh PA. Robert J. Brague left Scranton PA for Naples. Richard J. Giuliani left Allentown PA for St. Augustine.

Some moved multiple times. John J. Whiteley of St. Louis MO moved Venice and then Miami. Thomas J. Benestad left Allentown PA and moved to Boca Raton and then Palm Beach.

Timothy Sperber left Harrisburg PA, moving to Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Miami, Venice and Punta Gorda. And Robert E. Spangenberg moved even more – from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina before ending up in Sarasota.

Similarly, John (Jerry) Kucan was in four Pennsylvania towns (Sharon, Bethlehem, Steelton and Beaver Falls), two Wisconsin towns in Wisconsin and two Illinois towns before finding his way to the Sunshine State.

Not to be outdone, however, is Roger A. Sinclair who also spent time in four Pennsylvania towns (Connellsville, Latrobe, Uniontown and Kittanning) then joined the military and moved to California, Kansas, Virginia, Massachusetts, Oregon and ultimately Florida.

Finally, there are other men who – like Kucan and Sinclair- who moved south to unknown Florida towns: John Phillip Schanz (from Erie PA), Stanley M. Gana (from Philadelphia), Roger J. Trott (from Greensburg PA), and Ferdinand B. Demsher and Bernard J. Kaczmarczyk (both from Pittsburgh).

Who are these guys?

Each one is a proven, admitted or credibly accused child molesting Catholic cleric.

And here’s where this gets interesting:

We learned ALL of this from secular sources (mainstream media accounts and law enforcement reports.)

We learned NONE of this from Catholic officials.

“How can this be?” you might ask. “All US bishops have long promised to be ‘open and transparent’ about abuse. In fact, in 2002, they all signed on to a supposedly-binding national ‘charter’ that mandates this kind of disclosure. And many of them have posted predators’ names and assignments on their websites. How come these transfers and moves can still be kept hidden?”

The answer: making promises and keeping promises are not the same.

“Well, who are these ‘secular sources’ you cite and how reliable are they?” you might ask.

They are all publicly-available reports issued in recent years by law enforcement officials and/or a credible, Massachusetts-based non-profit called BishopAccountability.org, which bases its information on court records and mainstream media accounts. (Please check out their outstanding website. And look for the tab on the left hand side of their home page called “Grand Jury and Other Reports.”)

“Wait,” you might ask “Were these child molesters SENT here by bishops or did they move here on their own?”

Some of both. But here’s OUR question: “Does that matter? Almost two decades ago, bishops said they’d start being more honest and forthcoming about predator priests. Don’t they have a moral and civic duty to warn parents, police, prosecutors, parishioners and the public about potentially dangerous men in their jurisdictions, no matter how they got there?”

And one final question: “Who’s responsible for this continued and reckless secrecy and what can be done about it?”

Those answers will come soon in another blog. So please check back with us soon.