Dominican Order Priest Accused of Abuse in New York Also Worked in Washington D.C. and Baltimore
A priest of the Dominican Order who has been accused of abusing an eight-year-old boy in New York also spent time in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, according to church documents. For the safety of children, healing of survivors, we call on church officials in both D.C. and Maryland to publicize this information, reach out to parishioners and the public, and encourage survivors who may have been suffering in silence to come forward.
Fr. Carleton Jones, a high-profile priest from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, was accused this week of abusing a then eight-year-old boy who was preparing for his first communion with the priest. According to online church documents, Fr. Jones also spent time at SS. Philip & James in Baltimore, MD and at St. Dominic’s Priory at the Rosary Shrine of St. Jude in Washington, D.C.
Because we know that abusers often have more than one victim, we believe it is the duty of church officials to publicize the information against Fr. Jones and encourage survivors to come forward. We call on Archbishop Wilton Gregory from the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. and Archbishop William Lori from the Archdiocese of Baltimore to use pulpit announcements, parish bulletins, and diocesan websites to reach out to other potential victims and encourage them to come forward, make a report, and start healing.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)