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Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Parish Treasurer David Williams

An assistant Episcopal Church treasurer and CPA in Wilkes-Barre has been sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to make restitution following his conviction for embezzlement. David Williams, 64, of Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, was convicted of stealing $20,000 from the church. A forensic audit revealed his theft totaled $76,659.11 from 2011 to 2018, but the majority was outside… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Joell B. Szachara

In 2020, Episcopal Priest Joell B. Szachara was defrocked in a Title IV disciplinary case. This was the result of an agreement between Szachara and Bishop De-De Duncan Probe, followed an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct by Szachara. Previously rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in New Hartford, Szachara was found to have misappropriated at least $150,000… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Matthew Dutton-Gillet

Episcopal priest Matthew Dutton-Gillet was fired in September 2020 after a forensic audit found he had embezzled more than $200,000 from Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, CA. A previous financial review by church leaders found that Dutton-Gillet had stolen at least $125,000. The Episcopal Diocese of California retained Evidentia Consulting of Redwood City to conduct the investigation. The firm… Read More »

Former Episcopal Priest Tommy Allen Threatens Journalists

Recently Anglican Watch received a take-down request from Tommy Allen, a former Episcopal priest who faced criminal charges after allegedly physically assaulting two family members. We have declined this attempt at censorship for two reasons: 1) When someone mentions legal counsel, it is our policy to deal only with legal counsel. 2) The allegations referenced in the story are matters… Read More »

Spotlight on Abuse: Episcopal Priest Michael Ruk

In 2008 Episcopal priest Michael Ruk stepped down as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Levittown, Pennsylvania and All Saints Episcopal Church, Fallsington, both in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania(Philadelphia) after revelations that he had posted Craigslist personals ads offering “sacred and sensual body work” for men for $100.00 with “something extra afterwards.” A New Jersey man… Read More »