Greensburg Priest Forced to Resign Amid ‘Conspiracy to Conceal Criminal Background’ of Church Employee

A respected priest from the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, has been compelled to resign after an employee at a church cemetery was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a minor. The diocese has also initiated an investigation with local authorities into what they suspect was a conspiracy to conceal the employee’s criminal history.

Bishop Larry Kulick asked Fr. John Moineau to resign and the diocese is now collaborating with the Westmoreland County Detective Bureau in its probe into allegations of a “conspiracy to conceal the criminal background” of the implicated employee, Shon Harrity, WPXI-TV reported.

Harrity, who worked as a maintenance worker at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Irwin, was charged last week with eight felonies, including the sexual assault of a minor unrelated to the church. Despite his troubling criminal record, which includes charges of indecent exposure, open lewdness and drug offenses, Harrity was employed in various roles across the parishes for over a decade.

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