Diocese: Diocese of Erie
From the Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania:
On September 23, 1976, Father Patrick Vallimont was admitted to St. Vincent Health Center, suffering from severe depression. In a letter to the Vatican dated July 7, 1977, Vallimont requested laicization. He disclosed in that document that he had serious doubts about living a life of celibacy. His file noted that he had short sexual relationship with a 13-year-old female parishioner. The Grand Jury found little to no documentation of this relationship in the subpoenaed files received from the Diocese.
Vallimont ended the relationship with the 13-year-old victim when he was released from St. Vincent Health Center.
There were no documents found in the file that indicate that the case was ever turned over to law enforcement.
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.