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Easton Allentown Diocese Horowitz Law

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. Ronald J. Yarrosh (Diocese of Allentown)

Father Ronald Yarrosh

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Fr. Ronald Yarrosh Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Arrested: 2004

Laicized: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1975        Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions
  • 1976            Student in Rome and Hong Kong
  • 1977-1981        PIFM Mission Appeal (Detroit, MI)
  • 1982            St. Anthony of Padua (Easton, PA)
  • 1982-1985        Holy Rosary (Reading, PA)
  • 1986-1988        St. Patrick (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1988-1991        St. Francis of Assisi (Allentown, PA)
  • 1990            Incardinated into the Diocese of Allentown
  • 1991-1996        St. Anne (Bethlehem, PA)
  • 1996-1998        St. Margaret (Reading, PA)
  • 1997            St. Peter (Reading, PA)
  • 1998-1999        St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Easton, PA)
  • 1999-2001        Sacred Heart/Holy Family (New Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1999-2001        St. Anthony (Cumbola, PA)
  • 2001-2003        St. Bernard (Easton, PA)
  • 2003-2004        St. Ambrose (Schuylkill Haven, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ronald Yarrosh:

In 2004, Yarrosh’s residence was searched by Pennsylvania State Police, who seized “a tremendous amount” of child pornography on the church computer.  A week later, Yarrosh was removed from ministry by the Diocese of Allentown and sent to Villa St. John Vianney Hospital in Downington, Pennsylvania, for evaluation.  Ultimately, Yarrosh was charged not only for the child pornography, but also for embezzling thousands of dollars from the parish.

In our experience, there is often a direct link between theft from a parish and a priest who is abusing children. Quite simply, it is expensive to supply victims and would-be victims with gifts, take them on trips, or purchase cabins and vacation homes where they can be abused.

In 2005, Yarrosh pled guilty to the theft and child pornography charges and was set to begin his term of incarceration after completing treatment at St. John Vianney.  Instead, he opted to leave the treatment program and lived in a motel for several months before being incarcerated for approximately 3 1/2 months.  Upon his release, he was required to register as a sex offender.

Yarrosh remained a priest and was given permission by the Bishop of Allentown to reside in the St. Francis Villa in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.  Internal memos indicate the Diocese of Allentown considered him a high risk to use pornography or solicit prostitutes even after his treatment and prison.  The grand jury report does not indicate if this assessment resulted in any special or extraordinary precautions being taken to protect the community from Yarrosh.

Apparently, there were no such precautions because less than a year later, in November, 2006, Yarrosh was discovered taking trips (plural) to New York with a 7 year old boy.  He was arrested and police found child pornography in his possession.  He was taken into custody and sentenced to four to ten years in custody for violating the terms of his original release.

According to the Diocese of Allentown, Yarrosh is still alive. His last known address was in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.  He is not a registered sex offender and does not appear in any state or federal inmate database.

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.