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Man Sentenced To Decades In Prison For Sexual Abuse Dies In Prison

August 27, 2018

A former principal at St. Michael’s School for Boys sentenced in 1996 to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing three boys died in prison Friday. Mark Maroni, 55, formerly of Scranton, died of natural causes at the State Correctional Institution Laurel Highlands in Somerset, according to Maria Finn, a spokesperson for the state Department of Corrections. Maroni was convicted in October 1996 in Wyoming County Court of multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children for sexually abusing three boys at the Falls Twp. school between December 1992 and February 1994. Maroni’s case led to two civil lawsuits against the diocese of Scranton, which operated the school for delinquent boys. Court docket sheets show the first suit, filed in 1996, was discontinued in August 2004. The second case, filed in 1997, was discontinued in September 2004. The court docket does not indicate why the cases were discontinued. The diocese recently released a list of 70 clergy members and lay persons who were accused of sexual abuse. The release followed the Aug. 14 release of a statewide grand jury report that identified 59 abusers, six of whose names were redacted. Maroni is among three people identified by The Times-Tribune who were not included in the diocese’s list or in the grand jury report. William Genello, spokesman for the diocese, said it is continuing to investigate why Maroni and the other abusers, David R. Yarros of Scranton and Robert G. Smith of Hazleton, were not included on the diocese’s list. Contact the writer: tbesecker@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9137; @tmbeseckerTT on Twitter

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