Brian Gergely


Age: 46

outspoken child advocate who spoke out against clergy abuse after publicly identifying himself as a victim of a predator priest when he went public in 2003 while suing Msgr. Francis McCaa and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania saying he was abused as a 10-year-old altar boy, but who along with other plaintiffs settled their lawsuit against McCaa, other priests, and the diocese in 2005 after McCaa (who died in 2007) was described as a "monster" in a state grand jury report released in March 2016 that criticized the diocese's handling of clergy abuse claims (he fondled altar boys whom he had told to go without pants under their cassocks, molesting them in a church sacristy, a rectory, and even while taking their confessions, the grand jury found), and who gave numerous interviews in hopes of encouraging other abuse victims to come forward.

Cause of Death: Suicide by hanging

Born: January 26, 1970

Died: July 1, 2016

Ebensburg, Pennsylvania