Father John Liggio (Augustinian)
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Assigned as follows:
- Malvern Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Liggio:
Father John Liggio was ordained an Augustinian priest in 1975 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He served as a teacher of religion and campus ministry director at Malvern Prep School. The Augustinian order, which has regional headquarters in Villanova had founded Malvern. According to media reports, in late 2002, he was placed on leave amid allegations that he repeatedly sexually abused a 15-year-old male student from 1997 through 1998 when the boy was a student at the 170-year-old private Catholic boys’ school for grades 6 through 12 in Chester County.
The lawsuit states that in December 2002, the priest’s accuser told the Malvern Prep headmaster that Father Liggio had sexually abused him, but the headmaster said he did not believe the plaintiff and would not confront Father Liggio with the allegations “because he did not want to ruin his holiday.” Father Liggio denied the allegations.
In January 2003, the District Attorney’s office launched an investigation, and in September of that year, declined to file charges citing insufficient evidence. A civil suit was filed in July 2012. It is believed Father Liggio currently lives in Hudson, FL.
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