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Clergy Abuse News



Since the January, 2011, Philadelphia Grand Jury report, news concerning the Philadelphia Archdiocese and its handling of the clergy abuse crisis has appeared almost daily in newspapers, on the internet, television and radio. Because reporting on the civil and criminal cases, and the principal subjects of the Grand Jury report such as Cardinal Bevilacqua, Monsignor Lynn, is of utmost concern to survivors and advocates for healing and justice, we will be diligent in compiling and posting articles related to clergy abuse issues in Philadelphia and in all of Pennsylvania.

Andersonadvocates.com

News Release - Two Settlements in Philadelphia Clergy Abuse Cases

April 29, 2015

Two cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by clergy within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were settled shortly before the trials were scheduled to begin. These cases were among the first filed by attorneys Jeff Anderson and Dan Monahan in the aftermath of the 2011 Philadelphia Grand Jury Reports issued by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. To protect the privacy of these survivors and their families who continue to reside within the Archdiocese the survivors were assigned the pseudonyms John Doe 10 and John Doe 187. The amount of the settlements remain confidential.

News Release

Statement of Doe 187

Philly.com

Monsignor cleared and restored to ministry

June 11, 2014

By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Sunday reinstated a priest on leave since 2011, ending what had been an unprecedented investigation into more than two dozen clergy members over child sex abuse allegations.

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USAToday.com

Philly prosecutor appeals in landmark church case

January 28, 2014

By USA Today

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia prosecutors have urged Pennsylvania's highest court to restore the conviction of a Roman Catholic church official in a high-profile child endangerment case.

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Centre Daily

Pa. court reverses church official's conviction

December 26, 2013

By MARYCLAIRE DALE

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic church official who has been jailed for more than a year for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints had his landmark conviction reversed and was ordered released Thursday.

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Philly.com

Overdose victim's family sues archdiocese for wrongful death

November 13, 2013

By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer

A month ago, Deborah McIlmail learned that her troubled 26-year-old son, Sean, had died of an accidental drug overdose.

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http://www.nytimes.com/

Penn State to Pay Nearly $60 Million to 26 Abuse Victims

October 28, 2013

By JOE DRAPE

Penn State has agreed to pay $59.7 million to 26 sexual abuse victims of the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in exchange for an end to their claims against the university, Penn State announced Monday.

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Andersonadvocates.com

Father Robert L. Brennan arrested on sexual abuse charges in Philadelphia

September 26, 2013

Father Robert L. Brennan was ordained in 1964 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and appointed pastor of St. Ignatius in Yardley, PA in 1988 by Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua. Since then, the Archdiocese has learned of inappropriate behavior by Brennan, with more than 20 boys from four different parishes. Brennan remained in ministry despite these reports and Father Brennan remained pastor of Resurrection parish until June 2004.

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CBS Philly

Philly D.A.: Priest Arrested, Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Former Altar Boy

September 26, 2013 | CBS

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former Philadelphia priest has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting an altar boy over a period of four years.

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PennLive.com

Pa. lawmakers push for extending statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims

September 26, 2013

By Jan Murphy

Rep. Mark Rozzi came to the state Capitol on Wednesday to talk about justice for child abuse victims after a restless night of repeatedly re-living the nightmare of sexual abuse he suffered as a boy at the hands of a Catholic priest.

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cnn.com

Police: Pennsylvania priest caught with pantless 15-year-old on college campus

September 20, 2013

By Kevin Conlon, CNN

(CNN) -- A Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has been charged with molesting a teenage boy after police said he was found in a car on a college campus with a 15-year-old who was wearing no pants, according to a police criminal complaint filed Friday in Lackawanna County.

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abc27

Pa. bills would lift statute in child sex abuse cases

September 18, 2013

By Myles Snyder

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Two Pennsylvania lawmakers plan to unveil legislation that would temporarily lift the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases.

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Times Leader

Judges to decide Sandusky’s appeal for new trial

September 17, 2013

By Sheena DeLazio

WILKES-BARRE — A panel of state Superior Court judges now have Jerry Sandusky’s fate in their hands as they consider an appeal made by his attorney, Norris Gelman, based on errors Gelman contends were made at the 2012 trial.

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WashingtonPost.com

Pa. court hears church official’s endangerment appeal, considers whether wrong law was applied

April 24, 2013 | By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appeals court explored arguments that a Roman Catholic church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints, asking government attorneys pointed questions about their novel prosecution.

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NBC Philadelphia

Sandusky's Bid for New Trial Goes to Court

September 14, 2013

By MARK SCOLFORO

Jerry Sandusky's challenge to his child molestation conviction is going before a state appeals court Tuesday.

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6 abc News

Jerry Sandusky victim speaks out for the first time

August 20, 2013

By Wendy Saltzman

August 20, 2013 (WPVI) -- In an Action News exclusive, one of Jerry Sandusky's victims is breaking his silence for the first time.

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USAToday.com

Lawyer says first Penn State abuse claim settled

August 18, 2013

By Mark Scolforo, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A young man who testified he was fondled by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has reached a settlement that gives him some peace of mind while putting the university in a better position to recover the money through a third party, the man's attorney says.

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USAToday.com

Penn State ex-officials face trial over Sandusky abuse

July 30, 2013

By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY

Three former Penn State University officials, including ousted former president Graham Spanier, were ordered to stand trial Tuesday on criminal charges related to an alleged cover-up that temporarily shielded convicted child predator and former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky from law enforcement scrutiny.

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Centre Daily

Penn State receives preliminary report of Clery Act compliance

July 15, 2013

By Mike Dawson

Penn State has received a preliminary report from the U.S. Department of Education about whether the university violated a federal campus security law, officials said Monday.

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Philly.com

Preliminary hearing date set in PSU cases

July 9, 2013

By Susan Snyder

A preliminary hearing for Pennsylvania State University officials charged with perjury and other offenses for their roles in the child sex abuse scandal will start Monday, July 29 at the Dauphin County Courthouse.

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Fox 43

Childhood Sexual Abuse & Statute of Limitations in PA

July 1, 2013

By Amy Lutz

Childhood Sexual Abuse is a crime that strikes the young and the innocent. It’s all too common and can go unreported for a very long time, if ever at all. The law isn’t always there to protect victims. One local survivor shares her story and what’s being done to try and change PA’s Statute of Limitations.

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PennLive.com

Pennsylvania State House passes several child protection measures by overwhelming margins

June 20, 2013

By Charles Thompson

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed three bills today in a package designed to improve child protection systems in Pennsylvania, all by overwhelming margins.

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PennLive.com

Court quashes another set of appeals by former Penn State administrators in Sandusky case

June 18, 2013

By Charles Thompson

Pennsylvania Superior Court has quashed another set of appeals lodged by former two Penn State administrators stemming from their role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Huffington Post

Paterno Estate, Penn State Trustees, Ex-Players To Sue NCAA Over Sandusky Sanctions

Maay 29, 2013

By GENARO C. ARMAS

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The family of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno – along with several university trustees, former players and others connected to the school – plan to sue the NCAA over the landmark sanctions against the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

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Philly.com

Judge says she'll decide NCAA suit within weeks

May 21, 2013

By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG - A federal judge said Monday that she would decide in a few weeks whether to dismiss a lawsuit by Gov. Corbett against the NCAA over sanctions against Pennsylvania State University stemming from the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

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Verdict.com

Who Is Afraid of Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims, and Who Is Fighting for It?

May 02, 2013

By Marci A. Hamilton

A Diocese of Scranton priest who was once assigned to several parishes in Luzerne County, including a Catholic high school, has been convicted of sexually assaulting an altar boy.

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The Sunday Dispatch

Priest from Wilkes-Barre found guilty of child sex abuse

May 01, 2013

By Steve Mocarsky

The movement to eliminate the child-sex-abuse statutes of limitations (“SOLs”) so that victims can obtain justice is stronger and more impressive than ever. Never before has there been so much activity in so many states at once. Last year, Hawaii enacted a 2-year window, and a few other states expanded their SOLs. (Such bills allow claims that would otherwise have been timed out, to be revived and brought to court during a specified period of time.) This year, windows, the extension, or elimination of SOLs are pending in many states, including Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey. Plus Arkansas already eliminated its criminal SOL. This is progress!

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Centre Daily

Victim 6 asks judge to overrule Penn State motion to drop civil lawsuit in Jerry Sandusky case

May 01, 2013

By Mike Dawson

The lawyers for the only Jerry Sandusky victim pursuing damages against Penn State in court are arguing against the university’s latest attempt to thwart the case.

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Editorial: Philadelphia was a shallow victory

April 30, 2012

By NCR Editorial Staff

Two Philadelphia cardinals in succession, John Krol (head of the archdiocese from 1961 to 1988) and Anthony Bevilacqua (1988-2003), for decades knowingly protected priests who had sexually abused children, sometimes savagely, hiding their actions from civil authorities and from the Catholic community they were supposed to serve.

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WashingtonPost.com

Philly judge defends church official’s trial, landmark conviction for child endangerment

April 24, 2013 | By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A judge is defending her decisions in the trial of the first Catholic Church official in the United States to be charged and convicted in the cover-up of the priest abuse scandal.

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Centre Daily

Former Penn State officials want court records unsealed for defense in obstruction case

April 23, 2013

By Mike Dawson

The lawyers for two former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are asking a judge to unseal secret court documents they say are necessary to defend their clients against accusations they covered up child abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.

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PennLive.com

Mike McQueary's bid for millions in damages for mistreatment by Penn State can proceed

April 16, 2013

By Charles Thompson

Penn State learned today it will likely have another long legal battle on its hands, as a Chester County judge ruled that a defamation and whistleblower lawsuit brought against it by early Jerry Sandusky accuser Mike McQueary can proceed.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/

Child Victims Act supporters plan rally to persuade New York State lawmakers

April 11, 2013 | Michael O'Keeffe

Save the date: Supporters of the Child Victims Act will gather in Albany next week to push New York State lawmakers to pass the bill inspired by sex-abuse scandals at Poly Prep Country Day School, Syracuse and other institutions.

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ESPN.com

Sue Paterno defends late husband

April 10, 2013

By Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Joe Paterno's widow said Wednesday that she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky and did not realize that the former Penn State assistant football coach was abusing the boys he met through a children's charity that he founded.

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Centre Daily

Judge denies default judgment against Jerry Sandusky

April 10, 2013

By centredaily.com

WILLIAMSPORT — Jerry Sandusky does not have to worry about a default judgment being entered against him in a federal civil case brought by one of his alleged victims.

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cnn.com

Philadelphia archdiocese finds 2 priests unsuitable for ministry

April 8, 2013

By Sarah Hoye

(CNN) -- Two Catholic priests accused of wrongdoing have been declared unfit for service by the Philadelphia archdiocese and will no longer be allowed to minister.

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PennLive.com

Two years later, Penn State can't shake the Jerry Sandusky fight

March 25, 2013

By Charles Thompson

Two years after the first public report of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation, it appears that Penn State has been divided into two distinct camps.

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Centre Daily

Sex abuse cases: 'I have a personal stake in this' (Video)

March 28, 2013

By Jeff Blumenthal |Philadelphia Business Journal

Last week, I interviewed Marci Hamilton, a lawyer representing victims in the Sandusky and Philadelphia Archdiocese child abuse scandals, as part of our Inside the Reporters Notebook series. And it was a lively discussion where the audience included some knowledgeable people on child sexual abuse matters, including former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham and Support Center for Child Advocates Executive Director Frank Cervone.

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PennLive.com

Priest in Blair County suspended over 1990s child sex abuse allegation

March 25, 2013

By The Associated Press

NEWRY, Pa. — A central Pennsylvania bishop has suspended a priest and ordered him to have no contact with children because of a child-sex allegation dating to the 1990s which is being investigated by the district attorney.

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Centre Daily

Abused ex-pros want to prevent another Penn State

March 19, 2013

By Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — For 47 years, longtime NFL defensive tackle Joe Ehrmann kept secret the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Just as he was coming to terms with what happened all those years ago, the plight of those like him became part of one of the biggest scandals in sports.

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Sexual abuse and domestic violence symbol is launched

March 18, 2013

By Eliza Collins, USA TODAY

Christine Mau doesn't want anyone to go through the abuse that she suffered, which is why she helped design the No More symbol.

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Centre Daily

No ruling on Mike McQueary lawsuit against Penn State after hearing

March 18, 2013

By Matt Carroll

BELLEFONTE — The wait for a judge’s ruling on Penn State’s request to throw out a whistle-blower and defamation lawsuit filed by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary will drag on for another month.

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PennLive.com

Pennsylvania Senate introduces 16-bill proposal to reform child protection laws

March 18, 2013

By Ivey DeJesus | PennLive.com

A bipartisan group of state senators on Monday unveiled a package of legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s child protection laws.

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ydr.com

Bills would address child sex abuse cases, statue of limitations

March 17, 2013

Two child sex abuse bills that are awaiting approval by the State House Judiciary Committee would remove the statue of limitations on criminal charges and civil suits, or suspend any expired statue of limitations.

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PennLive.com

Child sexual abuse charges against Lower Dauphin School District board member did not involve schools

March 15, 2013

By Jeremy Arias | PennLive.com

A Lower Dauphin School District board member's arrest Friday for child sex charges in no way involved the school district, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office.

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Huffington Post

Secrets in the Vatican, Sunshine Here in the US

March 14, 2013

By Marci Hamilton

When the Roman Catholic Cardinals gathered for their secret Vatican conclave to choose Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina as the new pope, it was impossible not to be reminded of the global sex abuse scandal that has scandalized the church over the past decade. Secrets have long kept child predators in the priesthood in business, and the current process of selecting the spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics underscores the inherent lack of transparency in the institution.

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WashingtonPost.com

Penn State and The Second Mile Defend Motion to Delay Victim 6's Case After His Rebuttal

March 13, 2013 | By Laura Nichols

By Associated Press

The ongoing legal battle over the status of a civil suit filed by a victim of Jerry Sandusky continued Tuesday when attorneys for the defendants argued the case must be delayed because the three central witnesses will 'undoubtedly' refuse to testify.

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WashingtonPost.com

Lawyer outlines Penn State ex-assistant Sandusky’s grounds for appealing abuse convictions

March 11, 2013 | By Associated Press

By Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s “major claims” as he appeals a child sexual abuse conviction include the many years that went by before accusers notified authorities, according to a pair of defense filings Monday.

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PennLive.com

Pennsylvania House fight over statute of limitations for child sex victims intensifies

March 11, 2013

By Charles Thompson | cthompson@pennlive.com

A top midstate legislator said Monday he will not support efforts to create a temporary "window" for victims of long-ago child sex abuse cases to bring new civil suits against their alleged abusers or the institutions that employed them.

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Huffington Post

Teacher Michael White Accused Of Forcing Teenage Female To Give Lap Dances To Male Students

March 7, 2013

By David Moye

A former female student has told investigators that White made her perform lap dances for male students in his informational technology class, and also kissed her on the lips while in the classroom, KDKA-TV reported.

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forward.com

Yeshiva Staffers Back Easing Restrictions on Child Sex Abuse Claims

March 8, 2013

By Anne Cohen

Two Yeshiva University staffers Friday urged passage of a bill that could potentially harm their own school, which is currently under scrutiny because of allegations it failed to address child sexual abuse over several decades at its high school affiliate.

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Centre Daily

Penn State sues insurance company, says it failed to cover Sandusky victims’ claims

March 6, 2013

By Matt Morgan

Penn State is suing one of its insurance providers, claiming the company failed to cover the university against claims by 30 men who have come forward saying Jerry Sandusky abused them.

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mcall.com

Child sex abuse lawsuit window should be opened

March 6, 2013

By Bill White

Over the years, I have heard and told the stories of numerous men and women who were molested as children.

I wrote about one of them earlier this year, a 37-year-old survivor of a kidnapping and years of abuse. Unable to seek justice because his statute of limitations had expired, he has had to endure the additional torment of knowing his abuser is a youth sports coach today, with easy access to new victims.

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PennLive.com

Pa. judge appoints prosecutor to investigate secrecy issues in Penn State grand jury

February 27, 2013

By The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge has named a special prosecutor to examine whether secrecy rules were violated in relation to the grand jury that investigated Jerry Sandusky and three former Penn State administrators currently facing criminal charges.

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Huffington Post

Stephen Baker, Friar, May Have Sexually Abused Dozens In Ohio, Pennsylvania Catholic Schools

February 24, 2013

By JOHN SEEWER

TOLEDO, Ohio -- About 50 more people have come forward to say they were sexually abused at Catholic schools in Pennsylvania and Ohio by a Franciscan brother who killed himself in January, said an attorney who settled 11 alleged abuse cases against the friar.

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USAToday.com

NCAA sues Pa. over $60M Jerry Sandusky fine

February 20, 2013

By Michael Winter, USA TODAY

The NCAA on Wednesday sued Pennsylvania hours after Gov. Tom Corbett signed a law mandating that all of Penn State's $60 million fine for the Jerry Sandusky child-rape scandal be spent in the state.

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mcall.com

Ex-Lehigh County Boy Scout sues over alleged sex abuse

February 19, 2013

By Peter Hall and Bill Landauer, Of The Morning Call

A former Boy Scout from Lehigh County who accused a longtime Scout leader and beloved Bethlehem school teacher of sexually abusing him has sued the Boy Scouts of America and its Minsi Trails Council.

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Centre Daily

Conklin calls for impartial investigation into Penn State response to Jerry Sandusky case

February 12, 2013

By Matt Morgan

A local legislator is calling for another investigation into Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal — this time from an impartial source.

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Centre Daily

Centre County Women’s Resource Center response to Paterno Report

February 11, 2013

By Mike Dawson

“As representatives of organizations working with victims of child sexual abuse and engaged in prevention efforts for many years in Centre County, we were pleased with the support of such programs in the recently released Paterno family response to the Freeh report. We are concerned, however, with the impression created by Mr. Clemente that a new national organization is needed to address the needs of victims of child sexual abuse and create new prevention programs. We realize that child sexual abuse is an issue that few people think about until they are impacted by a crisis, and thus knowledge of existing resources may be limited. It is important, however, that the community know how we have responded and what work is being done to meet the needs of victims and to prevent child sexual abuse.

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cnn.com

Too tired to go on, Pope Benedict resigns

Febraury 11, 2013

By Hada Messia and Michael Pearson

Rome (CNN) -- The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI, surprised the world Monday by saying he will resign at the end of the month "because of advanced age."

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ABC News

Louis J. Freeh's Statement on 'The Critique of the Freeh Report'

February 10, 2013

By World News with Diane Sawyer

I respect the right of the Paterno family to hire private lawyers and former government officials* to conduct public media campaigns in an effort to shape the legacy of Joe Paterno.

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Centre Daily

Sue Paterno defends husband; report countering Freeh investigation coming Sunday

February 9, 2013

By Mike Dawson

STATE COLLEGE — Sue Paterno on Friday blasted the report by former FBI director Louis Freeh that labeled her husband part of a cover-up and previewed the release of the long-in-the-works review of the document, which tarnished the legacy of the legendary Penn State coach.

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Huffington Post

Father Robert Oliver, Vatican Official, Thanks Media For Uncovering Abuse

February 5, 2013

By Philip Pullella

ROME, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Vatican's new sexual crimes prosecutor on Tuesday acknowledged that the U.S. media "did a service" to the Catholic Church through its aggressive reporting on child abuse that helped the Church "confront the truth".

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wjactv.com

Another Alleged Victim of Jerry Sandusky Comes Forward

February 5, 2013

By Gary Sinderson

Centre County authorities are saying very little about the latest person to come forward- claiming he was abused by Jerry Sandusky. We've heard from various sources-that the person filing the complaint is not from Centre County-but claims the abuse occurred in Centre County-and has no ties to the second mile.

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Philly.com

Pennsylvania's attorney general names an aide to review the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case

February 5, 2013

By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG - Three weeks after being sworn in, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane has delivered on a promise to name a top aide to review the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case.

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Philly.com

Ex-altar boy's case may revive suit against Philly archdiocese

February 3, 2013

By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer

The criminal case resulting from the serial sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northeast Philadelphia altar boy may well have ended with Wednesday's guilty verdicts against a priest and a former Catholic-school teacher.

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Philadelphia Convictions Close the Corridor for Abusive Priests

February 01, 2013| By: J. Michael Reck

Much like the layers of an onion which make you cry more with each successive layer, the convictions of Father Charles Englehardt, an Oblate of St. Francis DeSales priest, and Bernard Shero, a lay teacher, expose a painful and tangled conspiracy of abuse and silence that was previously covered by a thin veneer. Independent orders of priests like the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales often operate in multiple jurisdictions and multiple dioceses allowing their perpetrators increased access to children and increased mobility to thwart public detection. With multiple assignments working with children in both Wilmington, Delaware and in the Philadelphia area, Father Engelhardt’s assignment history is a prime example of how this pattern can work to the advantage of a predator.

Like Father Engelhardt, at least twelve (12) other accused abusers within the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales have also utilized this corridor between Wilmington, Philadelphia and the surrounding jurisdictions to suit their needs. The accused abusers concealed themselves at schools like Father Judge High School in Philadelphia and Salesianum High School in Wilmington. The convictions of Englehardt and Shero are a shining and empowering example of how law enforcement and prosecutors are able to recognize and successfully neutralize what appears to be a coordinated effort by those who would hurt children. These convictions send a clear message to church hierarchy that no matter where the abusers go, justice and accountability will find them.

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CBS Philly

Judge: No New Trial For Jerry Sandusky

January 30, 2013 | By AP

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict.

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Priest, teacher convicted in Philadelphia sex abuse case

January 30, 2013 | By AP

PHILADELPHIA — A jury convicted a priest and teacher today in a pivotal church-abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia archdiocese and sent a church official to prison for child endangerment.

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ydr.com

DA sends Pa. clergy abuse case to attorney general

January 29, 2013

EBENSBURG, Pa.—The state attorney general will take over the investigation of a central Pennsylvania priest suspended last year amid allegations of sexual abuse involving children in the 1970s.

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The Tribune-Democrat

Lawyer: More telling of abuse

January 24, 2013

By Kathy Mellott

JOHNSTOWN — A New England attorney said he is getting calls from men alleging they were sexually abused by Brother Stephen Baker, the Franciscan brother who taught at Bishop McCort High School from 1992 through the early 2000s.

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Philly.com

Abuse case against Phila. priest, ex-teacher nears end

January 23, 2013

By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer

After eight days of testimony, the Philadelphia jury in the child sex-assault trial of a priest and a former parochial-school teacher is expected to hear its final witnesses Thursday.

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WHPTV

Renewed push to update statute-of-limitations laws in child sex abuse cases

January 23, 2013

By 21 News

Saying the move is long overdue and flanked by high-profile reform advocates, state Reps. Louise Williams Bishop and Michael P. McGeehan, both D-Phila., today announced a renewed push to update archaic statute-of-limitations laws in child sexual abuse cases at a Capitol Rotunda news conference.

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Philly.com

Jailed ex-priest recants guilty plea for sex abuse

January 19, 2013

By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer

Ten months ago, defrocked Catholic priest Edward V. Avery began serving a sentence of 21/2 to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a 10-year-old altar boy from the Northeast.

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ABC News

Victim 6 Sues Penn State, Sandusky, His Charity

January 23, 2013

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press

A young man who testified at the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky last summer is suing him, a charity he started and the university.

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Northeast Times Star

Alleged victim in priest-abuse trial has his day in court

January 17, 2013

By John Loftus

“You know, don’t you, that your testimony is completely false?” a defense attorney on Wednesday asked a former Northeast man who had testified that two priests and a Catholic lay teacher had molested him when he was 10 and 11 years old.

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Philly.com

Jury selection begins in priest sex abuse case

January 07, 2013

By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer

Prosecution and defense lawyers this morning began the process of finding a jury of 12 Philadelphians to hear the criminal case against a priest and former parochial schoolteacher accused of serially sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy from the Northeast in the late 1990s.

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Philly.com

Trial starts Monday for priest, teacher in Philadelphia clergy sex-abuse case

January 07, 2013

By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer

It's been almost two years since a Philadelphia grand jury probe of Catholic clergy sex abuse of children resulted in charges against four priests and a teacher.

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Sports Illustrated

Pennsylvania Gov.: NCAA sanctioned Penn State to weaken it

January 02, 2013

Sports Illustrated

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania's governor, in a challenge to the NCAA's powers, claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday that college sports' governing body overstepped its authority and "piled on" when it penalized Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

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WBOC 16

O.C. Police Charge Former Priest With Child Abuse

January 02, 2013

By Kye Parsons

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City police have filed charges against a former Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a child in the resort town more than 30 years ago.

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FBI

Priest Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Possessing Pornographic Images of Children

January 02, 2013

U.S. Attorney’s Office | Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH—A suspended Catholic priest was sentenced in federal court for violating federal child sexual exploitation laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

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PennLive.com

Pennsylvania lawmaker calls NCAA taking Penn State's $60 million fine out of state 'an indefensible position'

December 27, 2012

By JEFF FRANTZ, The Patriot-News

A bill in the General Assembly would require the $60 million in fines Penn State University must pay the NCAA to be spent on programs in Pennsylvania.

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abc27

Youth leader facing more child sex assault charges

December 20, 2012

By Myles Snyder

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - An Enola man who was a volunteer youth leader at a Dauphin County church has been charged with additional counts of child sexual abuse.

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Citizensvoice

Ex-coach pleads guilty to child porn charges

December 19, 2012

Former Holy Redeemer head football coach Joseph J. Ostrowski agreed Tuesday to plead guilty and serve 25 years in federal prison for producing child pornography and engaging in what U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith called the "sextortion" of youths in more than a dozen states.

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WashingtonPost.com

Del. man sues Boy Scouts, Mormons over sexual abuse by scoutmaster, cites secret Scout files

December 12, 2012 | By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A Delaware man sued the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday over childhood sexual abuse committed by the scoutmaster at his church-sponsored troop.

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ydr.com

Our take: Strengthen child abuse laws

December 06, 2012

Before Jerry Sandusky became a household name, the Pennsylvania laws intended to protect children from predators like him were notoriously weak.

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www.post-gazette.com

Pennsylvania proposal would require attorneys to report incidents of child abuse

December 03,2012

By Amaris Elliott-Engel / The Legal Intelligencer

Attorneys may become mandated reporters of child abuse if a recommendation suggested by a task force created in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and the Philadelphia priest sex-abuse scandals is passed into law.

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Philly.com

Inquirer Editorial: Protecting kids is the priority

November 30,2012

By Philly.com

The sweeping legal reforms recommended for Pennsylvania's child-abuse laws this week would go a long way toward building a better early-warning defense against predators like convicted molester Jerry Sandusky - even as long-ago abuse victims still would have to wait for justice.

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