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Victims Name Ex-Westchester Priests Who Sexually Abused Them

Gennaro "Jerry" Gentile
Gennaro "Jerry" Gentile Photo Credit: bishopaccountability.org

A group of men who were sexually abused as children by Archdiocese of New York priests who worked in the Hudson Valley named their abusers as financial terms of settlements they received through the archdiocese’s new sexual abuse survivor compensation fund were released, according to the New York Times.

The lawyer for the seven victims said they had each received settlements of $150,000 to $350,000 each from the archdiocese, The Times reported.

The cases involved the following priests from the area:

  • Rev. Gennaro “Jerry” Gentile, who was removed from the ministry in 2002, after working at Holy Name of Mary in Croton-on-Hudson, St. Mary's in Wappingers Falls, St. Joseph's Seminary and St. Eugene's in Yonkers, St. Mary's in Poughkeepsie, St. Denis in Hopewell Junction and Immaculate Conception in Tuckahoe.
  • Rev. Richard Gorman, who worked at St. Barnabas Church in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx about a block away from Yonkers, was removed in January 2016 after being accused of abusing Westchester minors.
  • Rev. Peter Kihm, who was removed from Good Shepherd in Rhinebeck in 2016 following abuse allegations after earlier working in Westchester and Rockland.
  • Rev. Ralph LaBelle, who was laicized after being removed from Sacred Heart Church in Patterson in 2002.
  • Rev. John O’Keefe, the president of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, from 1992 until 2004 and then the monsignor at St. Margaret of Antioch Church in Pearl River for 10 years before being removed from the priesthood in December 2015.
  • Rev. Francis Stinner taught at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers, was a priest at St. Joseph Church in Bronxville and was also gave mass at St. Mary in Chappaqua. He was laicized in 2005, years after a parent first reported abuse allegations in 1988.

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