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Two Named in Diocese Abuse Report Worked in E-Town; Both Are Dead

Two of the 71 priests and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg who are accused of sexual abuse of children and related behavior worked in Elizabethtown, the diocese confirmed; another worked in Mount Joy. All of them are now deceased.

A spokesman for the diocese confirmed on Friday, Aug. 3, that Monsignor Thomas J. Kujovsky had been parish administrator at St. Peter Parish in Elizabethtown. He died in 2015.

The diocese said it received an allegation that pornography was found in Monsignor Kujovsky’s room that contained an image of a nude altar boy. In another incident, a book of animated pornography was found in Monsignor Kujovsky’s room that appeared to depict child sex abuse. The animated book was turned over to the district attorney, who concluded it was not criminal.

Another accused clergyman is the Rev. Salvatore Zangari, a priest who served at St. Peter’s in Elizabethtown from 1979 to 1986. He was also chaplain of the Catholic Campus Ministry at Elizabethtown College over that time.

The diocese said Zangari was the subject of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children, including at least some while he was still alive. Zangari died in 2004.

James Vecera was a deacon at St. Peter’s Church of Columbia from 1978 to 1981 and at Mary, Mother of the Church in Mount Joy from 1981 to 1987. After his death he was accused of indecent behavior.

Also, Robert J. Maher served at St. Peter’s in Columbia from 1939 to 1941 and 1946 to 51. The diocese said that after his death, Maher was the subject of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children. Stephen Rolko, served as pastor at Holy Trinity in Columbia from 1975 until his death in 1993. The diocese said that after his death, Rolko was accused of sexual abuse of a child by the survivor.

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