The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has received dozens of new allegations since the release of the grand jury report on sexual abuse by priests.
According to Nicholas Vaskov, the executive director of the diocese, it received around 50 new allegations of sexual abuse, all of which happened before 1990. He added that none of the accusations involved clergy.
“This is consistent with our previous statement that 90 percent of the incidents of abuse in the Diocese of Pittsburgh occurred before 1990,” Vaskov said in a statement.
In addition, Vaskov said people reported the new allegations through email and the hotline established by the diocese.
Mike Manko, the spokesman for the district attorney in Allegheny County, told CNN that he was “not aware of any new referrals.” This likely means that the diocese hasn’t reported any of the new allegations to the district attorney’s office.
According to the grand jury report, there were more than 1,000 victims of child sexual abuse by 301 priests since the 1940s.
Grand Jury Report Identified Nearly 100 Predator Priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh
In the Diocese of Pittsburgh alone, the grand jury found there were almost 100 priests who sexually abused children.
“The grand jury uncovered evidence of sexual abuse of minors committed by dozens of priests and, in one case, an aspiring priest, in the Diocese of Pittsburgh,” the report said. “This sexual abuse included grooming and fondling of genitals and/or intimate body parts, as well as penetration of the vagina, mouth or anus,” according to the report.
Additionally, the grand jury said the administrators of the diocese regularly placed these priests in ministry despite complaints against them. This enabled their sexual conduct and endangered children.
Furthermore, the grand jury found that the diocese “made settlements with victims.” The “settlements contained confidentiality agreements” prohibiting victims from talking about their abuse under threat of some penalty.