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Priest with York ties named in sex abuse report

Written by Brandie Kessler, York Daily Record | Mar 16, 2016 3:00 PM
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(Undated) -- A man with York County ties was named in a grand jury presentment issued Tuesday when the state attorney general's office announced child sex abuse charges against leaders of a Franciscan religious order.

Although charges against three men were announced Tuesday, several other members of the Catholic order against whom allegations of sexual abuse had been made were also named in the grand jury presentment. Among them was Fr. Reginald Krakovsky, who was assigned to St. Joseph's Church in York from 1957 to 1958. The church is now located in Springettsbury Township.

Krakovsky, who died in 1997 at age 73, sexually abused two little boys between 1963 and 1964 at a church in Minnesota, according to the presentment.

Fr. Stephen Fernandes, current pastor at St. Joseph's Church, said he was unfamiliar with the news until he learned about it from a reporter. He said Krakovsky was a member of a different branch of the Franciscan order. Whatever the case, Fernandes said, "child abuse perpetrated by anyone -no matter what background or institution they represent is heinous and we must work together as a people to remove this scourge from among us."

According to the presentment, Krakovsky was assigned to churches in Oregon and Pennsylvania prior to his assignment in York. And he had assignments in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, West Virginia and Slovakia after his time in York.

A civil suit was filed in 1994, and documents filed against the order alleged that it "breached a duty to provide a safe environment for a child by exposing the child to Father Reginald Krakovsky who was in a position of truth and authority," according to the presentment.

The attorney general's office established a hotline for victims after a grand jury report detailing sexual abuse in the Altoona-Johnstown diocese was released about two weeks ago. That hotline, 888-538-8541, remains open for victims to call. The hotline is being manned by investigators.

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between York Daily Record and WITF. 

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