Diocese of Erie releases first update to list credibly accused, list includes six new names

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On April 6, 2018, The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, bishop of Erie, authorized publication of the names of persons who were credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify them from working with children. At the time, the bishop referred to the list as a living document, and said he would release additional names if new information came to light. 

In revising its Policy for the Protection of Children, including the publication of the list,  the Diocese of Erie has provided several avenues for reporting abuse. The addition of the six new names listed below is the direct result of these steps.  

The diocese is notifying the public and the media of this first change to the list. Subsequent updates will be made at the end of each month as needed. The full list can be found at https://www.eriercd.org/childprotection/disclosure.html
Update to name already on the list: 
Philip J. Pochatko – location updated to Erie, Pennsylvania 
Update to name on the list of those under investigation: 
John (Jack) Tome – location updated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

New names added to the list (living) 

  • Randolph A. Byrd — Crozet, Virginia        Former lay school teacher
  • Former Fr. Barry M. Hudock — Albany, Minnesota        Laicized
  • Former Fr. Patrick B. Vallimont – Union City, Pennsylvania        Laicized 

New names added to the list (deceased)  

  • Fr. Kevin E. Cray, SDS       Was able to function (abuse reported after death)  
  • Fr. Fidelis G. Lazar, OSB        No longer in ministry
  • Fr. Andrew W. Pawlaczyk        Was able to function (abuse reported after death) 

New category added: 
Awaiting trial 

  • Fr. David Poulson Forbidden to function as a priest 

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