Thursday, July 15, 2010

Additional allegations emerge against Mercer bishop

Additional allegations emerge against Mercer bishop
MERCER COUNTY, Pennsylvania- Allegations of sexual abuse against a deceased Episcopal bishop in Northwestern Pennsylvania continue to emerge.

Five more women have come forward claiming to have been abused by Bishop Donald Davis while he served in the diocese between 1974 and 1991.

The diocese issued a letter to its 34 parishes last Sunday, announcing allegations against Davis from a woman who claimed he had abused her when she was 10-years-old.

A total of nine women have made similar allegations against Davis, who died in 2007.

"As part of the resolution of those cases, Davis resigned from the Episcopal Church's House of Bishops in 1994 at the request of then-presiding Bishop Edmund Browning. Davis, then living in retirement in Sarasota Florida, agreed to refrain from priestly or episcopal duties. He also helped pay for counseling for two of the victims," the letter, from Bishop Sean Rowe, stated.

Rowe said he encourages any other alleged victims to come forward.

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