Priest in Somerset County removed — accusations in 2002 (not the 1970s)

Altoona priest accused of abuse; SNAP responds

For immediate release: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those abused by Priests (314 566 9790,

Another Altoona priest has allegedly committed child sex crimes. He’s the 28th Altoona-Johnstown diocesan cleric to be publicly accused of molesting children.

We hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Martin Cingle will find the courage to step forward, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing. We especially appeal to current and former church employees to share what they may know or suspect about this priest with law enforcement.

Bishop Mark Bartchak should get out from behind his desk, ignore his lawyers, and personally visit each site where Fr. Cingle worked, begging victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police and prosecutors.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is

Contact – David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell,,, Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell,