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Indecent assault case vs. former priest who once served in Steelton moves to county court

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 4/25/19

The case against a former Catholic priest who once served at St. Ann Church in Steelton is heading to the Court of Common Pleas.

John G. Allen, 75, of York, was charged in March with two …

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Indecent assault case vs. former priest who once served in Steelton moves to county court

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The case against a former Catholic priest who once served at St. Ann Church in Steelton is heading to the Court of Common Pleas.

John G. Allen, 75, of York, was charged in March with two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person younger than 13 years of age, two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person younger than 16 years of age and two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors, according to online court records.

Allen had a preliminary hearing before District Judge Joseph S. Lindsey, and online court records indicate that his charges were held for court.

He is scheduled to appear before Court of Common Pleas Judge Deborah Curcillo on June 7, although Allen’s attorney, Brian W. Perry of Perry Shore Weisenberger & Zemlock, filed a notice of his intent to waive a formal arraignment.

Allen is accused of sexually assaulting two altar boys while he was a priest at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Harrisburg, according to the affidavit.

Allen was identified in both a Diocese of Harrisburg list of clergy members who had been accused of sexually abusing a child and a Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report compiled by a grand jury that investigated child sexual abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses, including Harrisburg.

The AG’s report said that Allen served at churches in Lebanon, Gettysburg, Selinsgrove, Lancaster, New Cumberland, Harrisburg and St. Ann in Steelton.

Allen was transferred to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in 1995 and was there until 2002.

According to the affidavit, Allen allegedly assaulted one victim over 10 times from when the victim was 10 to 13 from 1999 to 2002 when the diocese removed Allen from the church. Allen allegedly would come up behind the victim while he was serving as an altar boy at St. Margaret Mary and grab his buttocks.

A second victim made allegations against Allen that he grabbed his buttocks and touched his genital area while he was serving as an altar boy at St. Margaret Mary when he was 12 to 14 from 1997 to 1999, according to the affidavit. Pope Benedict XVI removed him from the priesthood in 2006.

Online court records indicate that Allen’s bail was set at $25,000, which was posted.