Former altar boy sues Harrisburg diocese over child sex abuse

Written by Ed Mahon/The York Daily Record | Aug 9, 2018 3:27 PM

A former altar boy has sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, saying former Bishop William Keeler failed to protect him from an abusive priest.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Dauphin County court, according to the lawfirm representing the former altar boy.

The lawsuit says the abuse was committed by John G. Allen, a now defrocked priest who served in several parishes in the diocese, including in Lebanon, Gettysburg, Selinsgrove, New Cumberland, Steelton, Lancaster and Harrisburg.

Allen was one of the priests the diocese identified when it released the names of more than 70 clergy members accused of sexual abuse or inappropriate conduct with children.

Mike Barley, a spokesman for the diocese, told PennLive that the diocese was still reviewing a copy of the lawsuit, so it would not be appropriate for the diocese to comment at that time.

"The Diocese of Harrisburg would again pass on our most sincere apologies to the survivors of child sexual abuse, the Catholic faithful, and the general public for any abuses that occurred," Barley told PennLive.

In the lawsuit, the former altar boy is identified by the pseudonym John Doe, and as a 29-year-old resident of Maryland. Keeler, the former bishop for the diocese, died in 2017 at the age of 86.

You can read the complaint below or at this link.


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