Diocese Issues Statement After Priest Convicted

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SCRANTON — The Diocese of Scranton put out a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the verdict against this priest accused of child sex abuse serves as a “painful reminder of the wounds” victims still carry.

According to a New York State TV station, Fr. Thomas Shoback of Wilkes-Barre, who once served at a church in Jermyn and other parishes in the diocese, was convicted Tuesday of sexual abuse at a parish in Tioga County.

The diocese suspended Fr. Shoback in 2011 when accusations against him were made.

To read the statement from the diocese, click here.