March 24, 2006

$1 million award against diocese upheld

Altoona Mirror

By Phil Ray

HOLLIDAYSBURG - The state Superior Court has upheld a $1 million punitive damage award against the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese.

The award stems from sexual abuse of a former Altoona boy by a priest at St. Therese Parish and its elementary school in the 1970s.

A three-member panel of the state appeals court called "outrageous" the actions by the late Bishop James J. Hogan and the diocese, which ignored pleas of children and parents.

Posted by kshaw at March 24, 2006 07:00 AM