Skip to comments.Crash kills priest accused of seeking sex
Posted on 12/15/2006 9:19:12 AM PST by Alex Murphy
The troubled life of Stephen Forish, an Allentown Catholic Diocese priest twice accused of soliciting sex on the street, ended Wednesday morning in a one-car crash on a rain-slicked road in Carbon County.
Forish, 61, who had left active ministry and was living in his hometown of McAdoo, Schuylkill County, was northbound on Route 93 about 9:30 a.m. when his car veered across the other lane and hit several trees, Nesquehoning police officer Jeff Ohl said.
''Whether it was driver error or medical, we don't know,'' Ohl said. ''He did have a history of being diabetic. He could have gone into shock or had a heart attack.''
Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik pronounced Forish dead at the scene of multiple injuries. The results of toxicology tests are pending.
Forish was acquitted of solicitation charges in a highly publicized Northampton County trial eight years ago.
He remained a priest but was inactive by choice when he was arrested Aug. 6 after approaching a 26-year-old man in Greensburg and asking for ''sexual favors,'' according to state police in the Westmoreland County city. The man was one of four men Forish approached that night, police said.
Forish, who had been working as a psychologist at a private practice at the time of his arrest, had been awaiting action in Westmoreland County Court after waiving his right to a Nov. 2 preliminary hearing on charges of harassment and disorderly conduct.
In 1996, a 22-year-old man accused Forish of approaching him and offering money for sex in Bethlehem. The man said that when he refused, Forish asked him if he knew any 15-year-olds who would be interested.
Forish was tried on charges that included attempting to promote prostitution of children and was acquitted of all charges in 1998.
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Sad that he died in a car wreck. He would have made an excellent Episcopal Bishop. One of the latest being an openly adulterer, alcoholic, homosexual, who abandoned his wife (not homosexual at one time) and children (proof of being not homosexual at one time). I'm sure the votes would be there for this guy to be Bishop as well.
The mills of the gods grind slowly but they grind.
God is not mocked.