PA--Predator priest sentenced; Victims respond

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790314 645 5915 home,

We’re grateful that a central Pennsylvania predator priest will spend 16 years behind bars. We hope now that law enforcement agencies will pursue his church colleagues and supervisors who ignored or hid his crimes.

We hope that all Catholic officials in Pennsylvania and Honduras will use their vast resources to find and help others who were assaulted by Fr. Joseph Maurizio or who helped conceal his crimes.

Like nearly all child molesters, Fr. Joseph Maurizio claims he wasn’t given a fair trial. We’re relieved that U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson rejected this claim. And we’re glad that Maurizio will be kept away from kids for a long possible time.

It’s crucial that Altoona-Johnstown Bishop Mark Bartchak aggressively seek out other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers and urge them to call law enforcement immediately.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,, Barbara Blaine (


Former priest sentenced to 16 1/2 years in prison for sexually abusing boys


Joseph Maurizio heading into his sentencing on Wednesday.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A former Somerset County priest convicted of five counts of sexually abusing young boys while on mission trips in Central America was sentenced to 200 months in prison on Wednesday.

A federal judge ordered Joseph Maurizio, 70, to serve  . . .

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