Cleric who Taught in New Jersey and Ireland is Sued for Abuse in New York
A cleric who helped run a New Jersey Catholic school is being sued for the first time for alleged child sexual abuse.
Br. Thomas Delaney is identified in a lawsuit filed under the New York Child Victims Act accusing him of sexually abusing a child in the Archdiocese of New York, according to the website of clergy abuse victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson.
From 1983-1985, he was assistant principal at Marist High School in Bayonne.
According to his obituary, Brother Delaney worked at many other schools including Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, NY, Saint Helena High School in Bronx, NY, John A. Coleman High School in Kingston, NY, Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville, TX and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
After retiring, Brother Thomas lived in church facilities in Queens, Bronx and Esopus (all in New York), and Miami and Palmetto Bay (both in Florida).
He also taught for 16 summers at a Catholic school in Ireland. He belonged to a religious order known as the Marists.
We in SNAP hope Catholic officials in New York, New Jersey, Texas and Florida will, for the healing of victims, spread the word about this abuse report against Br. Delaney and turn his personnel file over to law enforcement in case other clerics who may have concealed his crimes might be prosecuted.
We hope every single person who may have information or suspicions about Br. Delaney will find the courage to call independent sources of help – like police, prosecutors, therapists.
(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)