Rev. Joseph J. Seminatore

Summary of Case: Placed on leave in 2002 from Parmadale Family Services home after man came forward to allege sexual abuse when he lived at the home as a child. The Home offered treatment to children with emotional problems. Seminatore denied charges even though two additional accusers came forward. All three men filed suit in July 2002. In Aug. 2002 Seminatore filed a countersuit alleging conspiracy. Plaintiffs' case was dismissed due to statute of limitations; dismissal upheld by Appeals Court in 2006. Seminatore's claim was also dismissed on appeal.

: 1969


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Cleveland bishop was Clarence George Issenmann (1966-1974)

1970 St. Gregory the Great Cleveland OH



Parish had a school with 883 students.


James Aloysius Hickey followed Issenmann as bishop (1974-1980)

1973 Holy Family Stow OH 3/3 Parish had a school with 894-732 students.
1973 1976 St. Francis de Sales Akron OH 3/3 Parish had a school with 388-342 students.
1976 1979         Seminatore is not indexed in the 1977-1979 Directories.


Anthony Michael Pilla replaced Hickey (1980-2006)

2002 Children's Village of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Anthony's Home for Boys/Parmadale Family Services


• Three men accused Seminatore in a 2002 lawsuit of having sexually abused them as children in the mid 1980s, when they were residents of this treatment center. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
July 12, 2002)



The name of this center for abused, neglected, and emotionally disturbed children was changed in 1989 to Parmadale Family Services.


Pilla was replaced as bishop by Richard Gerard Lennon (2006- )

2009 Administrative Leave       Seminatore was suspended from ministry in April 2002, due to allegations of sexual abuse of boys at Parmadale. Seminatore filed a lawsuit against his accusers in Aug. 2002. (Plain Dealer [Cleveland, Ohio]
August 20, 2002) Both the accusers and Seminatore's claims were dismissed.

: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1970-2009)

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This assignment record was last updated on Oct. 29, 2009

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