Both the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese and Reverend Charles Bodziak deny accusations made in civil lawsuits filed against them. The diocese and Bodziak filed answers on Oct. 7 to lawsuits brought against them in June by sisters 49 year old Renee Rice and 47 year old Cheryl Haun.

Bodziak  denies any sexual interest in children and denies he ever utilized his position to ‘groom’ or seek sexual gratification from any child, at any time.

The complaint filed for Rice alleges abuse between 1975 and 1981 when she was between 8 and 14 years old. Haun’s complaint alleges she was abused between 1976 and 1977, when she was between 7 and 8 years old.

The defendants named in Rice and Haun’s lawsuits are Bodziak, the diocese, retired Bishop Joseph Adamec and Monsignor Michael Servinsky, executor of the estate of decease Bishop James Hogan, who was running the diocese back when the women were children.

The diocese’s answer to the complaints argues that the plaintiffs, Haun, 47, and Rice, 49, are barred by the statute of limitations from bringing a civil suit.