October 25, 2005

Former pastor admits having child porn

The Tribune Democrat


A former Byzantine Catholic pastor in Cambria County faces prison time after admitting he possessed child pornography.

Jason R. Dolan, 31, of Portage pleaded guilty in Johnstown’s federal court, U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced Monday.

Dolan was pastor at SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Portage and St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in South Fork.

He is scheduled for sentencingFeb. 28 before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

Dolan was relieved of his pastoral duties in January by the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

He cannot currently function as a priest.

A tribunal made up of church clergy is considering “what, if any, action should be taken in this case,” said archeparchy spokeswoman Veronica Varga.

Posted by kshaw at October 25, 2005 08:05 AM