Father William Rice
Diocese of Erie
Placed on leave: July 2018
Assigned as follows:
- Elk County Catholic High School
- St. Michael’s Church (Fryburg, PA)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Rice:
According to media reports, in July 2018, Father William Rice’s name was added to the Diocese of Erie list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Rice, a former teacher at Elk County Catholic High School, was accused of sexual harassment of children and adults. Following diocesan policy, law enforcement was informed, an independent investigation was launched, and Bishop Persico placed him on administrative leave. Father Rice has been informed he is to refrain from all public ministry while the investigation continues. He is to have no contact with children.
Father Rice died on August 28, 2023 at age 90. He was last known to be living in Fryburg, PA.
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