Fr. George Loskarn – Archdiocese of Baltimore

by | Aug 3, 2023 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father George Loskarn

Archdiocese of Baltimore

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Ordained: 1965

Leave: 2002

Died: 2014

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1972: St. Bernard Parish (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1972-1975: St. Michael-Overlea (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1975-1985: St. Thomas More (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1985-2002: St. Dominic (Baltimore, MD)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father George Loskarn:

Fr. George Loskarn was ordained a Catholic priest and worked in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  In 2002, Fr. Loskarn was listed on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors list. In April 2023, Maryland’s Attorney General released a report alleging 156 Catholic clergy members sexually abused at least 600 children over six decades. The report lists the names of the abusers, including Father George Loskarn.

According to the Attorney General’s report, in 2002, a man reported being sexually abused by Fr. Loskarn between 1965 and 1969, beginning when the victim was 12 years old. The victim stated that he had been groomed by Loskarn at St. Bernard, where the victim became an altar boy. He claimed that Loskarn took him on out-of-state trips to Harper’s Ferry, Ocean City, and Lake Champlain in New York. On the overnight trips, Loskarn shared a bed with the victim and fondled the victim’s genitals. The victim believed that Loskarn masturbated in bed next to him. At some point at the rectory, Loskarn said he was in love with the victim, and they should consummate the relationship. The abuse lasted until the victim was approximately 16 years old, when he grabbed Loskarn and told him never to touch him again. The victim stated that even though the abuse stopped when he was 16, Loskarn remained a figure in the victim’s life for over 30 years, causing great emotional pain. The man stated that he even confronted Loskarn about the abuse, and Loskarn offered him money to keep it quiet for a few years until retirement.

After the report was made, Loskarn was confronted by the archdiocese, and he admitted to having an “inappropriate relationship” with the victim, whom he remembered to be around 12 years old at the time and an altar boy, as well as a member of the parish youth group. Loskarn admitted to going on trips to New York and Ocean City and sleeping in the same bed while fondling the victim. Fr. Loskarn also admitted to fondling another victim around 1985, that was 18 years old and a member of St. Thomas More. Loskarn said he saw a therapist before 1985 and again after the abuse in West Virginia.

Fr. Loskarn’s faculties to perform ministry was immediately revoked after the interview but allowed him to live at the rector of Immaculate Conception “until a treatment facility could be located.” That same year, Loskarn’s application for retirement was approved by Archbishop William Keeler.

In 2013, an attorney for a second victim wrote a letter to the archdiocese reporting that Fr. Loskarn sexually abused his client when he was an altar boy at St. Bernard’s in the early 1970s. The victim said he started going to St. Bernard’s in first grade. He remembered Loskarn as always being “very touchy” and would hug him with an erect penis and caress his bottom. During ceremonies, claimed Loskarn would stand behind the altar boys and fondle himself under his robe. He reported that Loskarn often played “truth or dare” with the altar boys and dared the boys to expose their penises and touch them. The abuse went on until 3rd grade. The victim also stated that Fr. LaPorta knew about the abuse with Loskarn, and when LaPorta took over at St. Bernard, he continued the abuse. He also claimed that in 5th or 6th grade, he told a nun that “LaPorta and Loskarn used to hurt him,” but the nun slapped him and told him to never talk about priests that way.

Father Loskarn died in 2014.

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