Woman, priest say abuser still in public ministry
- Woman, priest say abuser still in public ministry Matt C. Abbott 7/2/06
"Judith Weiss Collins of Lehigh Valley, Pa., alleges that a priest of the
Allentown diocese — still in public ministry — raped her at gunpoint on two
separate occasions, once in 1985 and once in 1988. She also alleges she had been
ritually abused by the same priest from 1961 through 1968 on the property of St.
Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Philadelphia archdiocese. She was
9-years-old in 1961. Collins says she did report the two alleged rapes to the assistant
DA in Northampton County in 2002; the alleged ritual abuse was reported to
the DA's office in Philadelphia; and Crime Victims Council was notified in
1985 and again in 2002. She also says two diocesan officials found her account
credible and apologized to her, but that the accused priest denied the
allegations when confronted by the bishop."
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