Former Priest From York Charged With Child Sex Assault In HBG

A former priest in the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting children. The Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office says 75-year old John Allen of York, has been charged with four counts of indecent assault and two counts of corruption of minors on two victims between 1997 and 2002. Police say it happened when Allen was a priest at St. Margaret Mary’s Alacoque Church in Harrisburg. Allen was removed as the pastor after a man reported to the diocese that he was abused as a boy. Then the Pope at the time formally removed Allen from the priesthood in february 2006. Thursday’s charges come in the wake of the state Attorney General’s Grand Jury Report which detailed sexual abuse since the 1940’s and ensuing cover-ups in several of Catholic Dioceses. The 2-year investigation found more than 1000-child victims and over 300 so-called ‘predator priests.’ The lead prosecutor on the case, Dauphin County Chief Deputy District Attorney, Sean McCormack says while there is confusion about the statute of limitations for sexual abuse crimes, he encourages anyone who has been the victim of abuse to report it to the authorities.

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