List of Jesuits with credible claims of abuse contains seven who served at McQuaid

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    NEW YORK (AP/WHAM) -- The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

    All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released Tuesday by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus are dead, and all of the alleged abuse all took place before 1997.

    Two former priests are incarcerated, one for possession of child pornography and one for abuse charges.

    The province covers New England, New York and northern New Jersey.

    The Jesuit provinces in the other four regions of the United States have previously released their lists of priests who have credibly been accused of abusing minors.

    Seven Jesuits on the list released Tuesday had served at McQuaid Jesuit in Brighton.

    “Today is a very difficult day for the victims of sexual abuse and their families,” McQuaid Jesuit president, Father Robert Reiser, S.J., said in a statement released Tuesday. “We pray that some healing will come from sharing the names.”

    The priests served at McQuaid during various years between the 1950s and 1970s.

    The seven priests with ties to McQuaid Jesuit are:

    • Father Cornelius Carr was employed at McQuaid from 1960-1964. Claims of abuse deemed credible took place in the 1970s and from 1989-1990. The accusations were reported in 2005. Carr died in 2013.
    • Father Thomas Denny worked at McQuaid between 1978 and 1979. Credible claims of abuse happened in the 1960s and 70s. The claims were reported, and Denny was removed from the ministry, in 2002.
    • Father Roy Drake was at McQuaid between 1957 and 1960. Credible claims of abuse happened in 1968 and 1973. He was removed from ministry in 2003, when claims against him were reported. He died in 2008.
    • Father John Farrand was at McQuaid between 1954 and 1957. An incident of abuse, which Farrand admitted occurred, took place in 1961. He died in 2003.
    • Jesuit seminarian Leonard Riforgiato served at McQuaid between 1964 and 1966. The reported incident of abuse happened in that time frame. He confessed to the claim in 1969, when it was reported. He left the Jesuits in 1972 and died in 1999.
    • Father William Scanlon worked at McQuaid between 1964 and 1967. Reported incidents of abuse happened between 1985 and 1994. The claims were reported in 1994, and Scanlon admitted they took place. He was removed from ministry the same year.
    • Former Jesuit priest Robert Voelkle served at McQuaid during three separate periods: 1962-1963, 1964-965 and 1968-1969. The incidents of abuse happened between 1960 and 1980 and were reported in 1980. He left the Jesuits in 1985 and died in 2016.

    “McQuaid has a zero-tolerance policy regarding incidents of inappropriate conduct with minors or vulnerable adults,” Reiser’s statement read. “If any abuse claim should ever be made by a student or non-student, we immediately report the incident to law enforcement and the Jesuits’ Northeast Province. Additionally, all McQuaid employees are mandated reporters, and are legally required to report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the relevant authorities.”

    The full list from the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus can be read here.

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