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I have a healthy skepticism when it comes to anyone actually prosecuting the institutions that have made it a business practice to support and protect pedophiles that groom, sexually abuse and rape children within that institution. There is a risk calculation, no doubt, that guides these institutions to deny claims of abuse, attempt to discredit victims and protect the predators.
In the post prior to this one, I put out information released by the Foundation to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse (FACSA). They are looking for victims of sexual abuse to dial in, regardless of how long ago the abuse took place. It is imperative that we document the files on the institutions that protected predators and turned a deaf ear on victims.
The Attorney General’s office in Harrisburg has a Sexual Abuse Hotline, 1-888-538-8541. I called the number on Monday morning. I had a recording tell me that the line was not in service. I tried later in the morning and was surprised to have a live person answer the phone and take my information. She told me the name of the investigator looking into the Diocese of Scranton and said she would pass my information along. I will wait and see if anyone contacts me. If they do I will let you know. I do not expect much, but I would like to document the file against the Diocese of Scranton.
If you were the victim of sexual abuse as a child (under the age of 18) within the state of Pennsylvania, you should call the hotline and make a report. The person answering the phone will give you the name of the investigator for the Diocese(s) that are applicable to your particular circumstances.
Within the Dioceses in Pennsylvania there have been at least 292 credibly accused priests. That, to me, seems to be a low number. In my case, the Diocese of Scranton admits to only (!) four victims of my predator. I know that number is low. Ridiculously, insultingly low. These predators were prolific.
If you have a story to tell, now is the time to do so. Please call the number, 1-888-538-8541 and be heard.
I guess we shall see where, if anywhere, this will lead.
***Disclaimer: the misspelling of “Alltona” on the map was embedded in the .gif file I pulled from the Diocese of Harrisburg’s website.
This is from an email that FACSA sent out Yesterday. It was important enough to come out of my self imposed archive.
Last April, the PA Attorney General’s Office established a toll-free phone number for survivors of child sex abuse (who were PA residents, or were abused by someone in PA) to call if they wanted to file a report of being sexually abused or molested as a child under 18 no matter how long ago the abuse happened or no matter who committed the abuse.
The AG’s office is asking victims from all the places/institutions and all the alleged criminals that have literally gotten away with soul murder. Hopefully, the AG’s office will be able to take further steps to expose the criminals and the criminal institutions that aided and abetted the perps.
While your specific abuse may have happened so long ago that there is no criminal or civil charges you can file, by your identifying perps and complicit institutions now, other victims may gain the courage to come forward once they realize they were not the only one abused by their perp. Additionally, we anticipate there are many institutions over the years that have hidden cases of child sex abuse when it happened and with the children they were supposed to be protecting. The perps and the institutions need to be held accountable for the damage that happened.
Please call this number. Leave a message. Someone will call you back.
Your story could be of help to other victims.
And then SHARE, SHARE, SHARE this email/post!
PS: If you lived in the Allentown Diocese when you were abused, please also contact Rep. Mark Rozzi.
On Facebook: Private Message Rep. Rozzi at https://www.facebook.com/VoteRozzi
Via Email: MRozzi@pahouse.net
There is a fight going on in the State Assembly in Harrisburg. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Ron Marsico is opposed to Window Legislation that would allow a window to open for civil cases to be brought against pedophiles and other sexual predators who have committed crimes against children and vulnerable adults. Marsico is a Catholic, so it is logical that he would like to protect his church. Well, not really logical, perhaps it is understandable that he would bow to pressure from his church.
But I am thinking that there may be a more personal reason here. A priest by the name of Guy Marsico was credibly accused of abusing a child and removed from ministry in the Harrisburg area. Is it possible that Representative Ron Marsico is protecting a family member who would stand to face civil action if a window was opened? This may not be political. It could be very personal, family business. I wonder what, if any, the familial relationship is between the House Judiciary Chairman in Harrisburg and the former priest assigned to St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Rohrerstown?
That would be a fairly huge conflict of interest and a slap at survivor’s of sexual abuse as children if it turns out that the peoples’ representative is putting the interests of a predator family member ahead of the protection of children and justice for victims of prior abuse. I would love to know the answer!
House Bill 342 needs to get an up or down vote on the floor of the Pennsylvania State Assembly.
Just when you thought the story couldn’t get more bizarre …
Virgil Tetherow, Gabriel Tetherow, Brad Tetherow, Gabriel Posenti, all names used at one time or another by convicted connoisseur of kiddie porn is now using another name, Father Gabriel Francis. The same guy who was recently fired from his position with the schismatic Catholic Group at the Sts Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission in York, Pennsylvania has reinvented himself again and hung out his shingle at the newly created St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Chapel in Dover, Pennsylvania. It looks like he and some other break away members of Sts Peter and Paul RMC have taken the school money from the RMC in York and run to a new location. Or perhaps the heat was too much and the two organizations are working together to avoid having to explain the fact that their “priest” is a convicted felon and has been ordered by the Diocese of Scranton to stop presenting himself as a Catholic priest or to minister as a Catholic priest.
Dover is just a few miles northwest of York, Pennsylvania, still within the Diocese of Harrisburg, although I would imagine that this group is also operating outside of the control of that See.
It looks like the newly renamed “Father Gabriel Francis” intends to open a school with the newly formed schismatic group in Dover. This would seem to be the perfect project for a guy who gets his jollies looking at naked children.
My question to the readers is this, why would anyone allow this man, who keeps changing his name, near any project that would put him in close contact and perhaps allow him to be alone, unsupervised with children? If this man was legitimate, why does he have to keep changing his name? Is it so difficult for these ultra conservative Catholic groups to find a priest in good standing that they are willing to accept the services of a man who has been removed by ministry from the Catholic church, especially one with a proclivity for sexual desires for children?
Dover, Pennsylvania, be warned! Roman Collar crime has taken up residence in your community and the intention is to open a school that may provide victims for a potential pedophile priest.
Thanks to the reader who provided the lead on this story!
By Michael Baumann
An astute reader of this blog provided a website that has a photo of Father Tetherow. While Tetherow is prohibited from presenting himself as a Catholic Priest, he is doing just that. He is also listed as an “Ultimate Service Provider Priest” on Dave Romeo’s Ultimate Service Providers Referral List. I did a screen grab of the site to make sure I had it just in case it somehow changed in the next couple of days. You know how frequently web pages are adjusted after all.
So here he is folks, Father Gabriel, A.K.A Father Virgil Bradley Tetherow, formerly a priest in the Diocese of Scranton. Father Gabriel pleaded guilty in a case where child pornography was found on church computers at St Ann’s Church in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. As a result of an investigation into the incident, Father Gabriel pleaded out to lesser charges and received two years probation. His case is allegedly now with the Vatican to determine his status as a Roman Catholic Priest. Although he has been prohibited from wearing clerical garments and acting as a priest, “Father” Gabriel is now ministering at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission. This Catholic Mission is a schismatic church in York, Pennsylvania operating without the approval of the Diocese of Harrisburg.
To quote the write up for “Father Gabriel” on the Ultimate Service Providers website:
Father Gabriel Tetherow
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission
129 South Beaver Street
York, PA 17401
Phone: (717) 309-8866
Specialty Providing the Traditional Latin Rite Mass to the Diocese of Harrisburg
Dave’s Comments: I first met Father Tetherow in 2006. He is a warm, compassionate, and approachable priest who immediately connects with people. He is extremely devout and knowledgeable in his faith and he is one of the finest speakers I have ever heard. His sermons are meaningful, inspirational and unforgetable.
I bet Dave would not be so effusive in his praise of this “priest” if he was aware of Father Gabriel’s appreciation for photos of children in various stages of undress and in sexual situations which are most inappropriate for children.
Perhaps we should let Dave Romeo know that many of us are not pleased with a priest who engaged in the types of behaviors let led to his entering a guilty plea in court. We are also not pleased that this man is conducting himself as a priest in open defiance of an order by the Bishop of Scranton to cease doing so.
Send Dave Romeo an email and let him know what you think about Father Tetherow.
Thanks to NEPA Catholic for the tip on the photo and the web location for “Ultimate Provider” Tetherow. Lets keep the spotlight squarely on this threat to children in the York, Pennsylvania area.
More information on Father Tetherow and his troubles at St Ann’s can be found at:
By Michael Baumann
I received a comment to an older post about a week ago that had me a little baffled at first. The comment was from a “D. W. Downey” and it was intended to get me to wonder if Father Virgil Bradley Tetherow, formerly a priest in the Diocese of Scranton, was framed by Bishop Martino. It seems that Father Tetherow, who was ordered to refrain from acting as or presenting himself as a Catholic priest, has joined a “Catholic Mission” located within the Diocese of Harrisburg that is not recognized by that diocese. Father Tetherow is now at Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission. This is now a case of a rogue priest that has found sanctuary and acceptance in a rogue church.
To get you up to speed, Father Tetherow, who also goes by the name Father Gabriel, pleaded out to charges after child pornography was found on a computer he used. To quote from the database of accused priests in the Diocese of Scranton from Bishop Accountability:
Also known as “Father Gabriel.” Tetherow admitted in 2005 that he downloaded child porn while working at St. Ann’s Catholic Church rectory in Tobyhanna, Pa. in 01/05. He was arrested in West Orange NJ while staying at St. Anthony of Padua. Pleaded guilty to one charge of criminal use of a communication facility and was sentenced to two years probation. Case sent to Vatican for review. Privileges were removed when he was found celebrating mass in PA.
Note I said he pleaded guilty. That will be important in a moment.
The church in which he is now masquerading as a “holy man”, priest, shepherd, spiritual leader is mounting what looks to be a public relations campaign to rewrite Father Gabriel’s past. The Chairman of the church, Dr David M. Drew, O.D, has “looked into the 2005 police charges and found them meritless”. I wonder what kind of investigative credentials Dr. Drew possesses? His findings seem to be in direct contrast to the facts. I guess when you are the lay leader of a schismatic church you take what you can get when you are shopping for a priest. I wonder what the job requirements may be for this position. It seems that someone who pleaded guilty to a felony in connection to having downloaded child pornography is not disqualified. As long as the incumbent priest will stand in front of Planned Parenthood in full clerical garb, in direct defiance of an order from the Roman Catholic Church, actively intimidating, threatening and insulting the staff, volunteers and people coming to that office, the “Catholic Mission” thinks this “man” is qualified for the job.
While Planned Parenthood is not my favorite organization, I think that one can arrive at the conclusion that a priest with a criminal history that involves child pornography would be the least credible protest leader against abortion. One could make the leap that he supports saving those children so that fresh images of little boys could be available in 5 to 10 years for his perverse pleasure.
One may question the leadership of this church/cult in selecting this particular low-life as their priest. I, personally, would seriously question the judgment of Dr. Drew for choosing and defending a convicted felon. If the good doctor has children, I would be especially worried that he may have his head up his ass in standing by Father Gabriel. I wonder if the administration at Hanover Hospital would have some concerns about one of the doctors who has privileges at their hospital supporting a priest with a taste for child pornography? That kind of indirect association can’t be good for the reputation of the hospital. I am very happy that I do not live in the area where this guy practices medicine, I would definitely not want to seek any medical care from any organization that is comfortable with a person like this on the staff.
As I see it, the friend of my enemy is my enemy. Anyone that stands by a priest who, by his own admission, stands convicted in relation to crimes involving child pornography and allows him a position of trust with access to children is my enemy. They are the enemy of children and of decency. Despite what Dr. Drew and his followers at the rogue “Catholic Mission” may say, Tetherow pleaded guilty. If he was not guilty, he should have fought the charges and sought to have his name cleared. As much as I dislike the Diocese of Scranton, the actions of Bishop Martino and those who protect pedophiles, I loathe anyone that would consider allowing access to children to a subscriber of child pornography.
Any organization, Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Mission for example, that accepts this predator and reasons away his criminal behavior as being “without merit” poses a great danger to children. If you are a member of this congregation/cult you may want to consider joining another congregation/cult that, at a minimum, does not choose a felon with a penchant for child pornography as their spiritual leader.
I find Dr. Drew’s findings “without merit”. I find the total dismissal of facts to be a clear and present danger to children who live near the church in York, Pennsylvania. It is just a matter of time! Which one of the parishioners will sacrifice a child to Tetherow?
If you have a photograph of Father Tetherow, please send it along to me. I will be happy to get his mug out for the world to see and I would love to get it up on Bishop Accountability so that he can be identified and avoided by the people of York.
More information on Father Tetherow and his troubles at St Ann’s can be found at: