Priest from Dominican Order Accused of Abuse in New York

A priest of the Dominican Order has been accused of abusing an eight-year-old boy in a just named lawsuit. We applaud the survivor in this case for coming forward and hope that his example inspires others who may been suffering in silence to come forward and make a report of their abuse.

According to a lawsuit filed today, a high-profile priest from the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Fr. Carleton Jones abused a then eight-year-old boy who was preparing for his first communion with the priest. The lawsuit alleges that the Dominican Friars were also negligent in their handling of the case and charges the order “should have been aware” of the dangers presented by Fr. Jones and argues that the order was negligent in to warn the family Fr. Jones.

Our hearts ache for the abuse that this young child suffered. The window opened by the Child Victims Act in New York offers a unique opportunity for victims of abuse to get critical information about abusers into the hands of parents and the public. We hope that other survivors who have been suffering in silence will be inspired by this news and will come forward today and make a report to local police, prosecutors, and AG Letitia James.

CONTACT: Brian Toale, SNAP Manhattan (brt@me.com, 646-657-9278), 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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