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Retired US priest accused of forcing boy to perform oral sex

AP
Published : Jul 25, 2017, 8:24 am IST
Updated : Jul 25, 2017, 8:25 am IST

The state attorney general's office said that the Rev. Sweeney committed felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse against the boy.

 Prosecutors say the alleged assault occurred during the 1991-92 school year, and that the boy was given milk and cookies afterward. (Photo: File/Representational)
  Prosecutors say the alleged assault occurred during the 1991-92 school year, and that the boy was given milk and cookies afterward. (Photo: File/Representational)

Lower Burrell (US): 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 on Monday 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.

 

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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 defence lawyer for Sweeney. Sweeney made no comment to reporters when he turned himself in.

Tags: sexual assault, rev john thomas sweeney, sexual abuse
Location: United States, Pennsylvania