Former St. Frances Academy priest accused of child sexual abuse
- April 13, 2018
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The legal status of a Baltimore-area Jesuit priest after allegations of child sexual abuseis unknown, but the Maryland province of the Society of Jesus has de-frocked the former vice principal of St. Frances Academy.
Jesuit leaders have announced that allegations against the priest claiming he had inappropriately touched a child during the 1980s have been deemed credible. The priest has been removed from the ministry and, according to the Jesuit province, is living in a “monitored Jesuit residence.”
During most of the 1980s, the accused and now ex-Jesuit priest served in the capacity of vice principal at Baltimore’s St. Frances Academy. He was a national speaker who had addressed thousands of Catholics at important church events.
The priest has worked in both pastoral and educational settings since his 1979 ordination. He began as an associate pastor at a North Carolina church, where he also served as a Duke University campus minister.
He was a teacher and administrator at St. Frances Academy through most of the 1980s, later moving to the Diocese of Cleveland until 2007. He then returned to the Washington area to serve at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church.
The name and gender of the person who accused the priest of sexual abuse has not been revealed nor have any details about the location or exact time of the alleged abuse.
The priest in this case spent most of his life serving various communities in different ways. While many of the details surrounding the case are unclear, one thing is certain – everyone is innocent until proven guilty. U.S. laws are set up to protect people from being wrongly convicted, and everyone has the right to a fair trial. If you have been accused of sex abuse or another sex-related crime, seeking professional legal advice may be helpful in understanding your rights. Criminal charges in Lake Worth can be severe. Contact an attorney today.