PA--Ex Pittsburgh Catholic cleric sentenced for sex crimes
Statement by Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA 636-433-2511. [email protected]
A Catholic cleric, who worked in Pittsburgh, has been convicted in Australia of a string of sex offenses.
He is Marianist Brother Bernard Joseph Hartman who taught for more than a decade (1986-97) at former North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. His church supervisors learned of Australian allegations in 1997 and sent him for treatment and reassigned to ministry.
As recently as 2008, Hartman was in active ministry in Ohio despite having apologized in writing almost a decade earlier to a girl he molested. Dayton church-goers told a journalist that Hartman had been sent to live at a church property in St. Louis Missouri where the Marianists are based.
His photo is available at BishopAccountability.org
We hope that Pittsburgh Catholic officials - with the diocese and with the Marianists - will do more to reach out to others who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Hartman or cover ups by his colleagues.