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.

CONTACT: Becky Ianni, SNAP Board Member and Volunteer Virginia / Washington D.C. Leader (snapvirginia@cox.net, 703-801-6044), Zach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

 (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)


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  • S Perry
    commented 2019-08-24 12:31:25 -0500
    Dear Friends in Christ,
    On October 13, 2018, I informed you that an allegation had been made against Fr. Carleton Jones,
    O.P., who had served at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish from 2002 until 2010 and at St. Catherine of Siena
    Parish from 1988-1990. The allegation was that he sexually abused a minor while serving as a
    Dominican priest in New York City in 1989. Fr. Jones unequivocally denied the allegation.
    In accord with our policies, Fr. Jones was immediately placed on administrative leave. The
    Province reported the allegation to the appropriate law enforcement agencies in New York City,
    who decided not to open an investigation. Therefore, the Province conducted an investigation in
    accord with canon law retaining the services of an independent private investigator, a retired
    agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
    All the information provided by the complainant and uncovered by the investigator was presented
    to the lay Provincial Review Board, which concluded that there was not a semblance of truth in the
    allegation and recommended that Fr. Jones be publicly restored to ministry. I am in agreement
    with their recommendation. Therefore, I have closed the investigation, ended the administrative
    leave placed on Fr. Jones, and will be seeking faculties from a bishop for Fr. Jones to return to
    ministry. I am currently in discussion with Fr. Jones about his next assignment and the best place
    for him to continue to serve the People of God.
    The Dominican Province of St. Joseph takes very seriously our responsibility to protect all persons
    to whom we minister, especially children and young people. No friar found to have a credible
    allegation of child sexual abuse lodged against him is ever allowed to serve in ministry under any
    circumstances. I encourage anyone aware of such criminal activity to report it to law enforcement,
    and anyone who is in need of assistance may contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator (Ms.
    Theresa Rodrigues, LCSW-R; 518-573-8254; vac@opeast.org).
    Please be assured of my prayers and the prayers of all the Dominican Friars for your parish. I urge
    you to pray for Fr. Jones as he prepares to return to active ministry.
    Sincerely in Christ,
    Very Rev. Kenneth R. Letoile, O.P.
    Prior Provincial
    June 29, 2019
    You can find this letter attached to the bulletin of St. Vincent Ferrer’s NYC, Jun 30, 2019
    http://www.svsc.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/6.30.19-SVSC.pdf
  • Terry Steubenville
    commented 2019-08-23 17:32:19 -0500
    Thank you!!!!!

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