Retired priest charged with sexual abuse

A retired Westmoreland County priest is facing sexual abuse charges.  State Attorney General Josh Shapiro made the announcement yesterday naming Reverend John Thomas Sweeney as the suspect.  Sweeney is accused of forcing a ten-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School in Lower Burrell in 1991.  Sweeney's parish assignments also included Holy Family in Latrobe, Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, Saint Hedwig in Smock, Saint Mary in Freeport, Saint James in Apollo and Holy Family in West Newton.

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