Butler County's great daily newspaper

Questions Remain

Report details allegations of abuse by clergy

The movements of Rev. William O'Malley

August 18, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

Rev. William O'Malley, who acted as a reverend at local churches and was named in the grand jury report, was ordained in 1970.

The first complaint arrived on April 21, 1991: The priest at the church on Buttercup Road had young people over at the rectory a bit too often.

That priest, the complaintant alleged, was also buying lots of things for at least one young boy. Toys, games and even a trip to the Bahamas.

It's easy to see why the children went to visit. The Rev. William O'Malley converted his home to a play house.

He filled it with pinball machines, pool tables, exercise equipment, a hot tub, free snacks and beverages, according to last week's grand jury report on sexual abuse by priests, old neighbors of O'Malley's and a man who said he visited O'Malley's house as a boy.

Out of the hundreds of accused priests named in the grand jury report, O'Malley is one of a group whose stories are raising questions of honor for Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

As a bishop, Wuerl moved O'Malley elsewhere when abuse accusations arose and allowed him to continue working as a priest long enough to abuse more children, the report details.

The diocese issued information Friday stating that accusations against O'Malley were reported to law enforcement authorities in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2011 and 2017.

Read the full story in Sunday's Butler Eagle.