Lawyer For Sex Abuse Survivors Wants Names Of All Suspected Predators Released

'Until the church reveals the names of the predators it continues to protect, Pennsylvania’s children are not safe.'

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
September 17, 2018 - 2:31 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A class action lawsuit was filed  Monday in the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County against the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Altoona-Johnstown, Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Scranton-Wilkes-Barre and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as well as the bishops who lead them.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse as well as parents and their children who attend Catholic school, seeks to compel these dioceses to meet their obligations as mandatory reporters of childhood sexual abuse under the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law.

Citing the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, the lawsuit asserts these dioceses have systematically failed to meet their reporting obligations, as only 10 of 301 priests named as sexual abusers in the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report are listed on Pennsylvania’s Megan Law Database.

The lawsuit further asserts that at least two priests identified in the Grand Jury Report were immediately arrested following the report’s release, and 20 others remain redacted in the report.

The lawsuit contends this conduct demonstrates the dioceses knew of these perpetrators, yet continue to actively conceal their behavior from the public and law enforcement, who could otherwise investigate and attempt to prosecute these crimes.

“The goal of this lawsuit couldn’t be more straightforward:  the protection of Pennsylvania’s children,” said Benjamin Sweet of Carlson Lynch Sweet Kilpela & Carpenter, LLP, an attorney for the Plaintiffs. “Until the church reveals the names of the predators it continues to protect, Pennsylvania’s children are not safe.  The church’s cover-up will continue unless and until it publicly releases the names of ALL suspected predators."

KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin asked attorney Benjamin Sweet “What is new or news about this lawsuit?" it seems redundant. 

 Attorney Sweet tells Griffin:  "This lawsuit is different than any other lawsuit sought before and that is the disclosure of all of the information the church has been concealing for decades now." 

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