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Catholic priest forced 10-year-old boy to perform sex act on him and gave him milk and cookies

By Mason White 4:50 PM July 27, 2017
Priest (illustration)
Priest (illustration)
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) A Roman Catholic priest severely abused a young boy by forcing him to perform a sex act on him while being disciplined for bad behavior, according to police in Pennsylvania.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced criminal charges against the Catholic priest in Westmoreland County for the sexual assault committed against the 10-year-old boy.

74-year-old Reverend John T. Sweeney of Greensburg, was arrested and charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony.

Attorney General Shapiro announced the arrest near the St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic School, where the victim was a 4th grade student when the sexual assault took place.

According to the police investigation, while in 4th grade, the victim was sent to Sweeney for discipline because he had been disruptive on a school bus.

The grand jury found that Sweeney used his authority and position as a priest, under the guise of a disciplinarian, to gain access to the victim and to force the victim to perform a sex act on Sweeney in a conference room next to Sweeney’s office inside the St. Margaret Mary Parish.

After Sweeney finished sexually assaulting the 10-year-old boy, Sweeney’s parish secretary brought the boy milk and cookies.

The victim came forward as he was concerned that Sweeney could still be harming other children.

The victim testified he kept his abuse secret his entire life to protect his parents, who he feared would blame themselves.

The victim grew up and currently serves in the United States Coast Guard.

Sweeney continued in ministry as a priest for approximately 16 years after abusing the victim, and was in contact with children on a regular basis.

Sweeney was assigned to various parishes during his tenure as a priest in the Diocese of Greenburg.