Retired US priest accused of forcing boy to perform oral sex

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy was forced by a Catholic priest to perform oral sex on him after counseling about misbehaving on a school bus.

Published: 25th July 2017 11:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th July 2017 11:54 AM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

LOWER BURRELL: A now-retired Roman Catholic priest is accused of forcing a 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy to perform oral sex on him after counselling the 4th-grader about misbehaving on a school bus.

The state attorney general's office yesterday said that the Rev. John Thomas Sweeney committed felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse against the boy at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School in Lower Burrell. Prosecutors say the alleged assault occurred during the 1991-92 school year, and that the boy was given milk and cookies afterward.

The Greensburg Diocese says the 74-year-old Sweeney was removed as pastor of Holy Family Parish in West Newton in 2016 after church officials learned of the allegation. Court and diocese officials were unable to identify a defense lawyer for Sweeney. Sweeney made no comment to reporters when he turned himself in.

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