Monroe County pastor facing attempted statutory sexual assault charges

CRESCO, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Monroe County pastor was arrested Friday and is now facing charges of statutory sexual assault, attempt corruption of minors and other related charges.

According to a press release from the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, Father Gregory F. Loughney was arrested on the evening of Friday, October 22nd. Loughney was the pastor of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Cresco, Monroe County.

According to the release from police, four criminal charges, all connected to alleged inappropriate contact with a minor, were filed against Loughney Saturday morning.

The Diocese of Scranton has removed him from active ministry pending the outcome of the investigation.

They released a statement on their website. It reads in part:

“Under its longstanding zero-tolerance policy, the Diocese of Scranton immediately removed Father Loughney from active ministry pending the outcome of the investigation. The Diocese of Scranton will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in their investigation.”

Diocese of Scranton

Bishop Bambera also commented on the charges.

“Learning the details of the behavior with which Father Loughney has been charged is extremely upsetting,” Bishop Bambera said. “In no way is this alleged behavior to be tolerated in the life and ministry of a priest.”

Anyone who might have relevant information is urged to call the Pocono Mountain Regional
Police Department at 570-895-2400.