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Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Scranton

In August 2018, the Diocese of Scranton was included in a grand jury report that detailed the sexual abuse of over 1,000 children over the course of 70 years by more than 300 predator priests across Pennsylvania. The report identifies 59 offenders within the Diocese of Scranton, giving detailed summaries of abuse perpetrated by Father Robert Caparelli, Monsignor Joseph Hammond, and Father Thomas Skotek. According to the report, these examples provide a window into the conduct of past Pennsylvania Bishops and the crimes they permitted to occur on their watch. This includes the actions – and inactions – of Bishop J. Carroll McCormick and Bishop James Timlin.

Read the complete 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

Diocese of Scranton Independent Survivors Compensation Program (ISCP)

On November 8, 2018, the Diocese of Scranton announced a plan to launch the Independent Survivors Compensation Program (ISCP) to compensate victims of sexual abuse. The Program will be administered by Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros of Feinberg Rosen LLP, who will be overseen by a committee, also independent of the Diocese.

The Diocese announced registration for the ISCP is open as of January 22, 2019, to all survivors, whether the abuser was a priest from the Diocese of Scranton, from a religious order, or was a lay employee of the Diocese.

  • This financial compensation is available now, regardless of the statute of limitations or when the sexual abuse occurred.
  • Survivor participation in the Program is voluntary.
  • Both survivors who have an existing claim and those filing for the first time can seek compensation.
  • Information provided by survivors will be maintained as confidential.
  • There is no confidentiality requirement of any kind for participating survivors, and they may share details of their experience with whomever they wish.
  • New claim registration deadline: July 31, 2019
  • Existing claim submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Before making such an important decision concerning such a serious and sensitive matter, we encourage all survivors of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Scranton to consult with legal counsel before proceeding with the ISCP.

Our team in Pennsylvania is dedicated to helping survivors of sexual abuse. We will support, protect, and guide you along your journey toward justice and healing. Your information will remain completely confidential. You can contact our law firm confidentially either online or by phone at 215-515-6174.

Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Scranton

Click the name of an accused priest, cleric or diocesan employee from the list below for more details about their assignment history as well as, when available, pertinent biographical information, photo, and links to related news. All information has been collected from public sources.

Please remember, you are not alone. The abuse you experienced is not your fault. Healing is possible.