Catholic Priest

Albert Leonard

Ordained: 1980
Diocese: Diocese of Pittsburgh

From Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:

In 1989 and 1993, the Diocese of Pittsburgh received complaints about Father Leonard’s behavior with children.   In one case, parents expressed their concern about Leonard’s relationship with their 14-year-old son.  In another case, parents expressed concern about Leonard’s relationship with their minor son and reported that he swam nude with boys.

Shortly after the 1993 complaint, Leonard requested a six month leave of absence in November, 1993.

In September 1994, Leonard attempted to obtain employment with Holy Family Institute. The Holy Family Institute is a residential treatment facility for children. The Diocese disclosed information regarding Leonard’s sexual history with minors to the institute.  Leonard complained to the Diocese that the disclosure of that information had hindered his employment.

The Diocese did not notify law enforcement of Leonard’s conduct.

Additional information regarding the widespread sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Dioceses of Pennsylvania and the systemic cover up by senior church officials is compiled in the Pennsylvania Diocese Victim’s Report published by the Pennsylvania Attorney General following a two-year grand jury investigation.  A complete copy of the Report is available on the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s website.