was stationed at one of the two Dignity Mass sites, namely St Pamphilus,
in Beechview. The group, Dignity, claims that it isn't a sin to engage in
the sin of Sodom. LeDoux was stationed at the Dignity Mass parish be-
tween 1993 and 1995.
He was then stationed at Serra Catholic High School, between 1995 and
the Year 2000. Thus, he was in Pittsburgh during the Wuerl years. This
is further evidence that it was a lie for the media to have stated that the
Diocese of Pittsburgh, under Wuerl, went relatively unscathed during
the Sex Abuse Crisis. The truth is that, under Wuerl, the Pittsburgh di-
ocese became one of the very first diocese 'scathed,' in the form of the
triple indictment of Frs. Wolk, Zula, & Pucci, as well as the indictment
of Fr. Edward Huff, not to mention the cases involving Frs. Wellinger
and Torquato, individually.
Below are two introductory emails that an alleged victim of Fr Michael
LeDoux sent to an ally/investigator on March 12, 2013. The name and
email address of the accuser has been redacted.
The receiver of the emails asked why the Pittsburgh Diocese failed to let
people know that another alleged victim of Father Michael LeDoux has
stepped forward -- "that another scandal involving Serra Catholic High
School in McKeesport, PA, is brewing." He also asked where's notifica-
tion from District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. that others may have been
in harm’s way. He additionally asked if Rita Flaherty notified law enforce-
ment authorities about the relatively new accuser.
Concerning the recipient of the emails, you need to know that he was raised
in the midst of mobster corruption, where he often "played pinball in the
gambling joints where the bets were made and where the wise guys
would make their weekly deliveries of cartons of cigarettes missing
the required Pennsylvania tax stamp." He was atuned to corruption
and followed its trail like a blood hound.
From: Name redacted Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 1:32 AM
Subject: Fr. Mike Ledeux
I've read your articles and maybe we can help each other. I was a stu-
dent at Serra from 96-2000. I just recently heard about the allegations
from the 80's involving Fr. Mike. I was kind of revealed from years and
years of personal torment because I know I wasn't the only one he'd done
this to and this guy had the balls to come forward and say something. I
still don't know what to do. I mean the last thing I want is people, fami-
ly and friends especially to know about this. What should I do, or who
should I tell? Would it even be worth it? You seem to know how these
things are handled. I look forward to your response and this letter re-
mains confidential, thank you.
Sent from my iPhone
A few email messages later, the alleged victim writes that he has contact-
ed Rita Flaherty of the Pittsburgh Diocese.
> From:Name and email address redacted]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 12:03 PM
> To: Mike Ference
> Subject: Re: Fr. Mike Ledeux
> What's up mike. I've been busy and just taking my time before I come
> forward with this. I have been in contact by email with Rita Flaherty
> from the Pittsburgh Diocese. I just wanted to keep in touch.
> Sent from my iPhone
Here’s the response from Rita Flaherty. As you can see, the alleged victim
received a reply from Rita Flaherty on March 18, 2013
Sent from my iPhone
On Mar 18, 2013, at 4:45 PM, "Flaherty, Rita E"
I wanted to check back with you following your email of last week regard-
ing abuse by Father Michael LeDoux. I did not hear from you after I re-
sponded to your email last week. I want to make sure you did in fact re-
ceive my email. If there is anything I can do to assist you with regard to
this allegation, please do not hesitate to be in touch with me. You can
reach me by email or by phone. My office number is 412-456-3060.
You can also call in on the Diocesan Abuse Hotline which I check
throughout the day. The number for the hotline is 1-888-808-1235.
I want to hear what you have to share, Name redacted so please be
Have a good evening!
Mrs. Rita E. Flaherty, M.S.W., L.S.W.
Diocesan Assistance Coordinator