Priest With Ties to Schuylkill County Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

EMMAUS -- A priest who once served in Schuylkill County has pleaded guilty to felony child pornography charges.

Monsignor John Mraz was most recently pastor of St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Emmaus, Lehigh County. According to investigators, Mraz asked a parishioner to perform maintenance and update his laptop during July of 2016, when they came across the images of nude underage boys.

That parishioner then proceeded to contact the Diocese of Allentown about what she found.

Monsignor Mraz -- who was ordained in 1975 -- served at multiple parishes and schools across the region such as Reading Central Catholic High School, Allentown Central Catholic High School, and was at one time previously Vice Principal and Director of Spiritual Activities at Marian Catholic High School near Tamaqua. He also previously served as a pastor at the former St. Bertha Parish in Tuscarora.

13 comments

  • TOMTOM

    HELLO OUT THERE…Parents of gay kids…you have to know your son is gay. PLEASE do not allow him to join the priesthood. AND Diosese leaders…you HAVE TO KNOW a kid is gay or not…PLEASE do not accept these kids…lead them in another direction…PLEASE

    • Theresa B

      Being gay has absolutely nothing to do with being a pedophile. How about the Catholic church stops shuffling child molestors from school to school?

  • COACHO

    This is a popular story all to familiar to the skook. Schuylkill County had a bunch of priests kicked out of the priest hood over the years because of molestation. This behavior causes long damage to an already backward area.

  • Mmmetchock

    Turns out that sending gay children into priesthood only caused more problems. I gotta go walk penn st

  • think positive

    As a child, I was always a little creeped out by the ritual. So I’m not completely surprised that there was something going on behind the scenes. But now that we know, why on earth is it still happening!?

  • Brucey

    Praying to a naked guy on a cross, reptitve kneeling, glory hole booth confessions of sin stories, hand to mouth feeding of the body of christ, altar BOYS….it’s been a sick freak show for molestation from the start. You people didnt know this from the start?

  • TBALZ420

    Bill Cosby, The Sandusky Family and Ped State,The Catholic Church and the everyday molestation posts out of NEPA. I am sure a proud Pennsylvanian.

  • dave

    The catholic priesthood is an organization of pedophiles. They wear the rope to cover up there boner.

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