OH--PA--Cleric who worked in Dayton and Pittsburgh abused girl with turkey baster
For immediate release: Thursday, July 9
Cleric who worked in Dayton abused girl with turkey baster
He pled guilty and now his sentencing hearing is being held
A Catholic cleric who spent time in the Cincinnati archdiocese abused a girl with a turkey baster and was “a sadist,” a court in Australia was told this week.
Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman was working near Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton when child sex abuse allegations against him surfaced in late 2011. Earlier this year, he pled guilty to molesting kids at a Melbourne school.
He is believed to be the first Catholic clergy member was extradited from the US to Australia, according to several sources. He belongs to a St. Louis-based religious order known as the Marianists.
A hearing is now being held in Australia to determine his sentence.
After abusing the Australian kids, Hartman, now 75, returned to the United States in the 1980s and continued working with Marianists in the Cincinnati area, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun.
He also worked at a school in Pittsburgh.
“It’s very likely others who were hurt by these priests are still suffering in shame, silence and self-blame,” said David Clohessy of St. Louis. He heads an international support group called the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “Cincinnati and Pittsburgh clerics and lay Catholics should do everything possible to find and console these wounded victims.”
SNAP is also begging anyone who was hurt by Hartman or other clerics to “speak up and get help, and call police.” And SNAP wants Catholic officials in the Cincinnati and Pittsburgh areas to “permanently post, on church websites, the names, photos and whereabouts of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics so that kids can be safer and so that victims can be healed.”
“Over the years, Hartman was given easy access to literally thousands of girls and boys in Catholic parishes and schools,” said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for SNAP. “There could be dozens of adults mired in pain in Ohio, Pennsylvania and wherever else Hartman has worked because of his crimes. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik should use parish bulletins, church websites and pulpit announcements” to aggressively seek out and offer help to these wounded victims.”
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