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Msgr. George Demuth – Diocese of Scranton

Msgr. George Demuth

Diocese of Scranton

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Assigned as follows:

  • St. Boniface (Williamsport, PA)
  • St. Nicholas (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • Ascension Parish (Williamsport, PA)
  • St. Mary of the Assumption Church (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Msgr. George Demuth:

In Summer 2015, a man reported to the Diocese of Scranton that he was sexually abused by Msgr. George Demuth during Demuth’s assignment to St. Mary’s Assumption in South Scranton. According to the allegation, the sexual abuse began when Demuth took the boy’s confessions, face-to-face as the victim sat on Demuth’s lap. Incidents of sexual abuse also occurred in Demuth’s office at the parish and at a private home nearby, where the mother of another priest lived. The man said the incidents occurred over a period of years, from approximately 1983 to 1987.

Demuth was not identified in the 2018 PA Grand Jury Report, and his name does not appear on the Diocese of Scranton’s list of credibly accused priests, which suggests that the Diocese never investigated the 2015 or 2019 reports.

In 2019, Demuth was the subject of at least one claim filed in the Diocese of Scranton’s Independent Survivors Compensation Fund (ISCP).

Demuth died in 2017. His funeral mass was celebrated by Bishop Joseph Bambera, who considered Demuth a personal friend and mentor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Steven Wolpert – Diocese of Scranton

Father Steven Wolpert

Diocese of Scranton (Redemptorist)

Steven Wolpert Diocese of Scranton Horowitz LawOrdained: 1980

Retired: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • 1980-1981: Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary, Esopus, NY
  • 1981-1987: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Steven Wolpert:

Father Steven Wolpert was ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1980, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. Father Steven Wolpert was not an active Redemptorist priest for long before he retired in 1987.According to media reports, in 2008, 20 years after his retirement, Wolpert pled guilty to “Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse” for having “deviate sexual intercourse” with an 8-year-old boy between January 1, 2006, and December 1, 2007, in Hawley Borough, Pennsylvania.

Wolpert testified that he allowed kids to sleep naked with him “because they were ‘curious’ and [he] didn’t want to stifle the child’s sexuality.” He was sentenced to nine to eighteen years in prison, ordered to pay $3,000.00 restitution, and was to be put on the national sex offender registry for life.

According to news reports, Wolpert has been denied parole twice (in 2016 and 2017).  According to the Department of Corrections, he is still incarcerated in Pennsylvania. Despite his conviction, Wolpert’s name is not included on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2018 list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Benedict Van Der Putten – Diocese of Scranton

Father Benedict Van Der Putten

Diocese of Scranton

Benedict Van Der Putten Diocese of Scranton Horowitz Law
Ordained: 1992

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Aloysius Retreat House (Los Gatos, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Benedict Van Der Putten:

Father Benedict van der Putten was ordained a priest in 1992, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. He was a member of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, which is not recognized by Roman Catholic Church nor overseen by the Diocese of San Jose. He was a retreat master at St. Aloysius Retreat House in Los Gatos, California, from 1995 to 2000.  While in Los Gatos,  around 2000, van der Putten was accused of engaging in “indecent acts” with a 15-year-old girl, and attempting the same with another girl, age 17.

Father Benedict van der Putten was immediately sent to the International Headquarters for the Society of St. Pius X in Switzerland and was sent on a sabbatical to the island monastery in Orkney Islands of Scotland.  He was later expelled from the Society.

In 2001, he became a member of the Society of Saint John, comprised almost entirely of priests leaving the Society of St. Pius X to seek reinstatement with the Roman Catholic Church.  He ultimately sought to be incardinated into the Diocese of Scranton as a Roman Catholic priest, and developed relationships with high-level Chancery officials.

The Diocese of Scranton was ultimately satisfied that van der Putten would make a good addition to its clergy roster and sought a correction of his Canonical status with Rome. When Bishop James Timlin sent the paperwork to Rome for van der Putten to be “regularized” with the Diocese of Scranton, Rome reported the sexual abuse allegation made by the Society of St. Pius X.

According to media reports, in 2002, van der Putten was interviewed by Timlin and other Diocesan administrators. Van der Putten admitted involvement with a 16-year-old girl. He advised he kissed her and caressed her breast. He also exposed his genitalia. Van der Putten claimed there was “nothing erotic” about the encounter, and insisted it was merely his attempt “to build trust” between himself and the child.

Timlin sent van der Putten for evaluation at the Southdown Institute in Ontario, a notorious facility treating pedophile priests.  Upon his admission, he admitted to recently fondling a young woman he met while on Christmas vacation in 2001. The Southdown Institute ultimately found that van der Putten had “predatory behavior.”

Despite Severed Ties, van der Putten Continues Ministry

In 2002, the Diocese received a call from a woman, who reported van der Putten molested her 18-year-old daughter in December 2001. This woman tracked van der Putten to Sacramento, California where he was giving liturgy.

The Diocese noted in a report documenting the woman’s complaint that van der Putten had a “Celebret” from the Congregation in Rome, Ecclesiae Dei, which provided him, with legitimacy, to engage in liturgy.

In 2002, Timlin advised van der Putten he would not be given faculties with the Diocese of Scranton. In December 2003, a memorandum went out to all bishops by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of the General Secretary advising that van der Putten was a former member of the Society of St. Pius X and that he did not have faculties in the Diocese of Scranton due to admitted sexual misconduct.

For some time, Van der Putten used a website to advertise his availability for conferences, retreats and youth camps while claiming he is a priest in good standing, which he was not. He was also asking for Mass stipends.

In 2018, he was named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report

According to a February 2021 news report, Van der Putten married, had four children, divorced and moved to Oklahoma. Van der Putten, who now goes by “Ben Vanderputten” is believed to be residing in Shawnee, Oklahoma. According to his Facebook page, he is now raising several children as a single father, including several girls.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Sebastian Vadakekottara – Diocese of Scranton

Father Sebastian Vadakekottaram

Diocese of Scranton (Oblates)

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Ordained: 1968

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Sebastian Vadakekottaram:

Father Sebastian Vadakekottaram, a native from India, was ordained a priest of the Oblates of Saint Joseph in 1968, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, his name was included on Diocese of Scranton 2018 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse According to the list, Vadakekottaram was not a Diocese of Scranton priest.

The Diocese of Scranton did not release any information about the allegation(s) against Vadakekottaram, including the age/gender of his victim(s) or his assignment(s) at the time of the abuse. Allegations of abuse were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by
the individual, and/or other evidence.

It is unknown whether he is living or deceased.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity – Diocese of Scranton

Father Carlos Urrutigoity

Diocese of Scranton (Society of St. John)

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Ordained: 1991

Removed: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • Decree issued by Bishop James C. Timlin establishing the Society of St John

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Carlos Urrutigoity:

Father Carlos Urrutigoity was ordained a priest in 1991, who not issued a religious assignment in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in an effort to return disaffected members of the Society of St. Pius X to membership in the Catholic Church, Bishop James C. Timlin of the Diocese of Scranton interviewed a group of men who claimed that they were seeking to return to the true church.

The group of men called themselves the Society of St. John (SSJ) and included among them was one of the order’s founders, Father Carlos Urrutigoity and Fr. Eric Ensley. There were no background checks or reviews of their seminary or priestly formation records at that time. Father Urrutigoity and Father Ensey were subsequently incardinated into the Diocese.

On September 15, 2001, Timlin was informed that Urrutigoity had made it a practice to sleep in the same bed with boys and young men. Timlin immediately questioned Urrutigoity who denied any immoral behavior. Urrutigoity did admit that there may have been occasions when overcrowded conditions prompted shared sleeping arrangements. Timlin ordered Urrutigoity to stop the behavior and the allegation was brought before the Diocesan Review Board. Since there was no specific complaint, though, the Board believed that Timlin’s instruction was all that could be done.

On January 12, 2002, Timlin received correspondence from a representative of the Pope.  Attached was a letter written by a victim’s father accusing Urrutigoity of sexual misconduct of his minor child. These allegations were investigated by the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office, however, because the statute of limitations had expired, no criminal charges were filed against Urrutigoity.

The Diocese of Scranton was ultimately sued by the minor victim, who received a settlement.

Urrutigoity was sent for clinical assessments and removed from active ministry, pending the outcome of the Diocese of Scranton’s investigation.

Urrutigoity Picks Up Ministering in Paraguay

On November 19, 2004, Bishop Martino issued a decree suppressing the SSJ. While awaiting the Diocesan investigation, Urrutigoity requested to be excardinated from the Diocese of Scranton so they could be incardinated in a Paraguay diocese with the hopes of re-establishing the SSJ in South America.

The request was initially denied. In 2008, however, Urrutigoity was excardinated from the Diocese of Scranton and incardinated into the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. The Bishop of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este praised Urrutigoity at the time of his incardination, citing a letter written by Timlin wherein Timlin gave a glowing opinion of the SSJ and Urrutigoity.

The SSJ was re-created in Paraguay and Urrutigoity was promoted to second in charge of the Order. In 2014, the Vatican initiated an investigation into Urrutigoity and the Bishop of Ciudad del Este. Urrutigoity was removed as second in command and the Bishop was suspended. The Vatican claims the removal was due to politics and was not related to past allegations of abuse.

In 2018, he was named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report.

Urrutigoity’s last known location was in Paraguay in 2014. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. John Rebovich – Diocese of Scranton

Father John Rebovich

Diocese of Scranton 

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Ordained: 1967

Administrative leave: 1990

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1972: Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Pittston, PA
  • 1972-1973: St. John the Evangelist, Pittston, PA
  • 1973-1974: St. Joseph’s, York, PA
  • 1973-1974: Trinity High School, Shiremanstown, PA
  • 1974-1978: St. Nicholas, Dunellen, NJ
  • 1978-1979: Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1979-1985: St. Eugene, Bedford, OH
  • 1985-1990: St. Michael’s, Akron, OH

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Rebovich:

Father John Rebovich was ordained an Oblates of St. Joseph priest in 1967. who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Scranton and Harrisburg Pennsylvania before becoming a Byzantine Catholic priest. During his tenure, Rebovich has reportedly had multiple allegations of sexual abuse against a minor. According to media reports, in 1990, Rebovich was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old altar boy at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Dunellen, New Jersey in 1975. Rebovich’s accuser is said to have told church officials, who promised to investigate, in 1978. Rebovich was transferred from the parish to seminary the year that the 1978 complaint was filed.

The First Lawsuit is Filed

Rebovich was removed from St. Michael’s in April 1990 when he was accused in a lawsuit of having raped and molesting an altar boy in 1980 at St. Eugene. The victim said the first incident occurred on Good Friday 1980 after Rebovich took him to dinner and persuaded him to spend the night at the rectory. He said he awoke in the night to find Rebovich performing oral sex on him.

The second incident took place in August 1980, after Rebovich supplied him with mixed drinks and took him back to the rectory in a drunken state. That time, the victim alleged, he awoke to find himself naked in the pastor’s bed.

The lawsuit also stated that the victim met with diocesan officials in 1984 and agreed not to press charges if the church removed Rebovich as pastor of St. Eugene, forced him into treatment and banned him from contact with boys. The diocese removed Rebovich from St. Eugene, but less than a month later reinstated him and that same year assigned him to St. Michael.

The Second Lawsuit is Filed

John Rebovich was accused again in a 2002 lawsuit of having sexually abused three boys at St. Eugene’s, from 1978 to 1981, when the boys were 15 to 17 years old.

In interviews, the men said Rebovich lured teens to the rectory by inviting them over to drink alcohol. They said the offer was difficult to resist, and that the priest was a “cool” guy for allowing them to hang out and play cards.

That man said Rebovich asked him to clean up after bingo for $50. The priest also let it be known the cleanup crew could help themselves to beer.

Another man said Rebovich would have lots of teens hanging around his house. One by one, the boys would leave. On two occasions when he had been drinking and ended up alone with Rebovich, the priest raped him, he said.

According to Diocese records, Rebovich passed away, but the year and his last known location are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Mark Plaushin – Diocese of Scranton

Father Mark Plaushin

Diocese of Scranton (Oblates of St. Francis de Sales)

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Ordained: 1989

Removed: 2018

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Mark Plaushin:

Father Mark Plaushin was ordained a priest of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1989, who served in parishes in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in Father Plaushin, a retired Army chaplain at Our Mother of Consolation in Chestnut Hill Pennsylvania parish since 2013, was placed on leave in 2018 after an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor in 1985 in Monroe County Pennsylvania, four years prior to his ordination. Plaushin denied the allegation.

The allegation was reportedly shared with parishioners by the assistant provincial for the Oblates, in an announcement at Masses the following weekend. In addition, letters were sent by the parish pastor, the Rev. Bob Bazzoli, to all registered parishioners as well as school and PREP religious education families.

According to Plaushin’s public Facebook page, he is currently living in Lithuania.  His current status as a priest is unclear; he may be working in active ministry.

Unlike many other members of religious orders who have been accused of sexual abuse, Plaushin’s name does not appear on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2018 list of credibly accused priests.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Sister Clare Pisaneschi – Diocese of Scranton

Sister Clare Pisaneschi

Diocese of Scranton (Religious Teachers Filippini Sisters)

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Ordained: 1953

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Pompei (Baltimore, MD)
  • St. Anthony (Bristol, CT)
  • Our Lady of Sorrows (Jersey City, NJ)
  • St. Francis Xavier (Newark, NJ)
  • St. Ann (New York, NY)
  • St. Joachim (Trenton, NY)
  • St. Peter (Torrington, CT)
  • St. James (Trenton, CT)
  • St. Anthony (Dunmore, PA)
  • Our Lady of Libera (West New York, NJ)
  • St. Joseph (Lodi, NJ)
  • St. Bartholomew (Scotch Plains, NJ)
  • Most Holy Rosary (Perth Amboy, NJ)
  • Blessed Sacrament (Paterson, NJ)
  • St. Ann (Raritan, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Sister Clare Pisaneschi:

According to media reports, in Sister Pisaneschi, a Religious Teachers Filippini sister, taught in the the Diocese of Scranton for a number of years in the 1960s, but was then stationed elsewhere. She returned in 1980 and taught until 1983 at Dunmore Central Catholic High School. In 1998, she returned again and taught at Dunmore Central Catholic, Bishop O’Hara, and Holy Cross high schools until she retired in 2012.

She was pastoral minister and Director of Religious Education at Mount Carmel Parish, Pittston, and principal at St. Anthony, Belleville, New Jersey. She was elected Regional Coordinator of Religious Education for the Pittston area, and briefly served on the Bishop’s Council for Religious.

No information is currently available about the accusations against her.

Pisaneschi died in 2014 in Morristown, New Jersey.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Neil P. McLaughlin (Jesuit) – Diocese of Scranton

Father Neil McLaughlin

Diocese of Scranton

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Ordained: 1959

Removed: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1983: Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA)
  • 1965-1983: Georgetown University Hospital pastoral care program (Washington, DC)
  • 1971-1995: St. John Bosco (Conyngham, PA)
  • 1985-1986: University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
  • 1985 -2006: Alumni Association at the University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
  • 1990s: St. Mary of the Assumption (Scranton, PA)
  • 1996-2006: St. Thomas More (Lake Ariel, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Neil McLaughlin:

Father Neil McLaughlin was ordained a a Jesuit priest from the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, which had a Jesuit Community within the Diocese of Scranton, in 1959. According to media reports, when Bishop Martino was installed as the Bishop of Scranton, he directed that a comprehensive review of all allegations of sexual misconduct involving clerics of the Diocese of Scranton be conducted. A concern about McLaughlin was soon discovered.

According to media reports, 2002, McLaughlin’s niece alleged that she was touched in an inappropriate manner by priest as a child. While in therapy, the niece had recovered a memory that in 1959, McLaughlin hugged her in a sexual manner at his ordination. Officials at the Maryland Province of the Jesuits first became aware of the allegation in 1990. In 2010, the allegations were deemed “credible” during an internal review by the Jesuits.

McLaughlin was sent for an evaluation and was diagnosed as a latent pedophile in 2002. The Jesuits recently sent McLaughlin for another evaluation; the professional conducting that evaluation purportedly opined that there was an error in the first evaluation and that McLaughlin was not a threat to children.

In 2006, the Diocese of Scranton received notification from the Jesuit community that it was recommended that McLaughlin continue ministry but that it be restricted to ministry that did not involve children.

In 2007, McLaughlin was assigned to the Jesuit Provincial Community in Baltimore, Maryland. McLaughlin was notified by the Diocese of Scranton that his faculties were withdrawn.

In 2008, an adult female reported to the Jesuits that McLaughlin touched her in an inappropriate manner in 1963 when she was 10 years old. The allegation was reported to the local police department in Maryland but wasn’t made public until 2010.

In 2018, he was first named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury Report.

According to the most recent records, McLaughlin was last living at Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore, Maryland.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Arthur Long – Diocese of Scranton

Father Arthur Long

Diocese of Scranton (Jesuit)

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Ordained: 1955

Removed: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Arthur Long:

Fr. Arthur Long was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1955, who served in the Diocese of Scranton. According to media reports, in Father Arthur Long was accused of soliciting a child for sex and being in a sexual relationship with an adult that began when the adult was a child.

There were records of complaints to the Diocese of Scranton in 1987 that Long sought to have sex with a 17-year-old girl 4 years prior. Long was also accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with a 13-year-old girl. He was chaplain of a Danville convent attached to a girls’ high school at the time and admitted to sex with ‘four or five’ girls since he was assigned to Baltimore.

Fr. Long was removed from ministry after a new superior learned of his history and was sent to Guesthouse, then St. Luke’s for treatment. He was allowed to work in the Baltimore archdiocese briefly from 1991-1992 until more reports of inappropriate behavior were made.

Long left the community for vacation but never returned. In 2018, he was first named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury Report.

Nothing is known of his activities after he left the community, but he is reportedly deceased.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. 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 Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help. 

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