Click here to read, “Predator priest sentenced to 20 years in prison,” by Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 18, 2016.
Once again the current Pennsylvania statute of limitations fails society.
Two former parishioners came forward after Haynes’ 2014 arrest on child-pornography charges to accuse him of sexual abuse dating back more than three decades.
Their claims fell beyond the statute of limitations. But under federal sentencing guidelines the allegations could be considered by U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick in fashioning a punishment for the priest despite Haynes’ insistence that he never sexually abused anyone.
In all, prosecutors alleged that Haynes had some form of sexual contact – ranging from online conversations to molestation – with at least 30 children between 1985 and 2014. As part of Haynes’ plea deal to child-pornography charges involving two teens, the government agreed to halt any further investigation.