Catholic Priest

Joseph G. Gilgallon

Diocese: Diocese of Scranton

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

On January 31, 2006, the Diocese of Scranton was notified that a 40-year-old adult male who was undergoing counseling had alleged that he was sexually abused by Monsignor Joseph G. Gilgallon on December 31, 1986. Although the Diocese could not locate any paperwork that the incident had been reported by the victim, the Diocese spoke with other priests in service during that time period and confirmed that the abuse took place in the rectory.  Counseling was continued for the victim.

On May 6, 2016, the Diocese sent a certified letter to each of the District Attorney’s Offices within the Diocese.  The letter included a list that contained the names of all priests against whom complaints of sexual abuse of minors had been made.  Gilgallon was included in that list.

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.