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Priest accused of child sexual abuse

2012-08-25 08:17

Pennsylvania - A western Pennsylvania priest has been placed on leave amid allegations of sexual abuse involving children several decades ago.

The Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown said Friday that the Reverend George Koharchik, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union, will not be permitted to function as a priest and won't have contact with children while he is on leave.

Diocese spokesperson Tony DeGol said the alleged sexual misconduct took place in the late 1970s. The alleged victims brought it to the attention of the church recently.

Bishop Mark Bartchak has notified the Cambria County district attorney of the accusations. The church did not elaborate further on the allegations.

DeGol said a letter from the bishop will be read to parishioners on Sunday.

Comments
  • raymon.mcnelly - 2012-08-25 08:45

    Here we go.. A perfect article for the atheist butt-buddy club to come and bash Christians as a whole because of the actions of the Roman Church clergy... So let me per-emt: The combined church of Christians and pagan sunworshopers do no represent Christianity... You get that EddyDeepfield, Bergie, Meme, Hugh, DamnTheMan, zaatheist?

      Citroes - 2012-08-25 11:52

      Wow - guilty much? The term you were looking for is "pre-empt" Not per emt...

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-25 09:19

    Let's hang this dog from a tree !! Maybe, just maybe, it will bring some reality to the THOUSANDS of RC priests , who can't keep their filthy hands, out of the underpants of children !!!

  • FNWitch - 2012-08-25 12:37

    As though it was only RC priests. Please catch a wake-up. It is rife in all denominations (not only ministers, also youth leaders, Sunday School teachers, etc). Check the news, ask the FCS units of the police.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-08-25 14:56

      FNWitch, ""As though it was only RC priests"" YES, just about all cases , in church institutions , involve RC priests!! ""It is rife in all denominations"" This is an insult to Anglicans, Jewish , Muslims. ,members of the NGK, etc, etc, etc In Europe in the last few years, tens of thousands of 'sexual abuse' cases have come alight, involving RC priests, and hardly, if any at all, involving other religious institutions!! There is a clear reason for this.........! You can work this one out for yourself!!!

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