Former Bucks County Priest Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges

By | September 7, 2019


PENNSYLVANIA, I’M JOE HOLDEN FOR CBS-3 “EYEWITNESS NEWS”. JOE, THANK YOU. A FORMER BUCKS COUNTY CATHOLIC PRIEST IS FACING CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES THIS CASE COMES MORE THAN TWO DECADE AFTER HE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CHURCH. “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER MATT PETRILLO REPORTS ON WHY IT TOOK SO LONG FOR CHARGES TO BE FILED. REPORTER: SEVENTY-FOUR YEAR-OLD FRANCES TRAUGER IN THE BLUE SHIRT AND JACKET SAID NOTHING TODAY AFTER TURNING HIMSELF INTO POLICE FOR SEVERAL CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES BUT ONE OF HIS ALLEGED VICTIMS HAD PLENTY TO SAY. I’M VERY ELATED THAT THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE ARE MOVING FORWARD. REPORTER: MICHAEL MCDONALD TELLS US HE WAS AN ALTER BOY WHEN TRAUGER WAS A PRIEST AT SAINT TITUS CHURCH IN NORRISTOWN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN 1981. THAT I IS WHEN TRAUG ERA ALLEGEDLY MOLESTED MCDONALD INSIDE THE CHURCH. YOU, YOU ROBBED A LOT OF LIFE, I WAS A GOOD KID. I WAS A GOOD KID. REPORTER: STATUTE OF THE LIMITATIONS EXPIRED WHEN MCDONALD CAME FORWARD WITH HIS ALLEGATIONS BUT THERE IS STILL TIME TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES INVOLVING TWO OTHER VICTIMS WHO WERE ALSO ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ABUSED BY TRAUGER LATER DURING HIS CAREER. TRAUGER WILL PAY FOR WHAT HE DID TO THEM. REPORTER: TODAY BUCKS COUNTY D.A. SAYS TRAUGER WAS REASSIGNED TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARC ANGEL CHURCH WHERE HE PRAYED ON TWO ALTER BOYS AGE 11 AND 12. HE ALLEGEDLY MOLESTED THEM INSIDE THE AREA LOCATED BEHIND THE ALTER. INVESTIGATORS SAY AT BOOST DIDN’T STOP UNTIL THE CHURCH STRIPPED TRAUGER OF HIS DUTIES IN 2003. WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THERE MAY BE ADDITIONAL VICTIMS. REPORTER: TRAUGER WAS RELEASED ON JAIL ON UNSECURED BAIL AND HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR NEXT MONTH.

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