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Second woman accuses Diocese of Greensburg priest of abuse

Stephen Huba
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Monsignor Michael Matusak.

A second woman has come forward to accuse Monsignor Michael Matusak of sexual abuse, her attorney said.

The woman said she was abused from 1973 to 1976 while Matusak was a deacon at St. Hedwig Parish, Smock, and after his ordination to the priesthood, said her attorney, Adam Horowitz of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“The woman also says that Matusak stalked and harassed her for nearly 20 more years, even telling her that he would leave the priesthood for her,” Horowitz said in a statement.

The Diocese of Greensburg learned of the second accusation against Matusak in March and reported it to PA ChildLine and law enforcement, diocesan spokesman Jerry Zufelt said.

At the time, Matusak was already under suspension for an allegation first reported to the diocese in August 2018.

The original allegation stemmed from Matusak’s time at St. Pius X Parish, Mt. Pleasant (1997-2008). Following the release of a statewide grand jury report in August, a woman who had been a parishioner at St. Pius X emailed the diocese to say Matusak molested her when she was a teenager.

The diocese, deeming the allegation credible, placed Matusak on leave and referred the matter to Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck. That investigation is ongoing.

Matusak has since retired to the priests’ retirement facility in Greensburg.

Horowitz criticized the diocese for not making the second allegation public as it did with the first one.

“This is another example of America’s bishops failing at their promises of transparency and openness — and the importance of the public and the media in holding them accountable. Public safety depends upon it and survivors deserve better,” he said.

Zufelt said in a case where an investigation is pending, such as with Matusak, the diocese’s policy is to defer “all further public release of information to law enforcement … in order not to impede a criminal investigation.”

“It is important to note that at the time of this second allegation, Monsignor Matusak was already removed from public ministry. Monsignor Matusak may have retired, but the law enforcement investigation continues,” he said.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Stephen at 724-850-1280, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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