DuBois, PA – More than a year after a woman filed a sexual harassment lawsuit involving a DuBois priest, a resolution has finally been reached.
Although no one in the lawsuit can comment because of a confidentiality clause, the priest at the center of the suit, Rev. Daniel Kresinski, will “refrain from public ministry until further notice for the good order of the church,” according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie.
Kresinski had been serving St. Michael the Archangel and St. Joseph Church in DuBois. He was placed on administrative leave after the federal lawsuit was filed in May of 2016. The plaintiff, Kathleen Clement, claimed she was sexually harassed by the priest. The parishes argued that she made the allegations in retaliation against a salary dispute.
Clement says he repeatedly touched himself inappropriately in front of her. Clement claims that it consistently happened from March 2013 until she resigned as facilitator of religious programs in October of 2013. She says that the priest’s behavior didn’t stop, even after she complained to his superiors.