Father Charles Sheets
Diocese of Erie
Death: October 2009
Assigned as follows:
- St. Jude the Apostle (Erie, PA)
- Holy Rosary (Erie, PA)
- St. Joseph (Sharon, PA)
- St. Anthony of Padua (Walston, PA)
- St. Adrian (Delancey, PA)
- St. Joseph (Anita, PA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Sheets:
According to media reports, in 2018, Father Charles Sheets was included on the Diocese of Erie list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. He is listed under the section of those who are deceased, and if not for their death, would be on the list of people prohibited from employment due to allegations of sexual abuse made against them. The Diocese of Erie has not provided any details about the allegation(s) made against him, including the age/gender of the victim(s) and Sheets’ assignment(s) at the time of his misconduct.
According to the Diocese of Erie, the priests appearing on its list of persons accused of misconduct, were, “credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children. Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors. Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence (as defined in the Child Protection Policy).”
Sheets died in Sumterville, Florida in October 2009 at the age of 65.
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