Database of Publicly Accused Priests in the United States
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Last First Ord T Status D/O Notes Diocese Source/Assignments
Gillespie Edward 1980 P Accused Diocean Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Deceased. Camden, NJ Source:
Diocese of Camden List 02.13.19
Gillespie Francis T. 1959 P Accused Diocesan First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Per the report, In 1988 a boy told the diocese in a letter that Gillespie had sexually abused him at St. Joseph's in Girardville, where he was an altar boy, about age 14. He reportedly did not get a response. The same person contacted the diocese again in 2003. His younger brother told the diocese in 2002 that when he was about age 10 at St. Joseph's Gillespie began sexually abusing him. The priest's modus operandi included having altar boys weighed and measured unclothed. One accuser said Gillespie dressed him in costumes, take his picture, then undress him. He said Gillespie had him drink alcohol and cough medicine, and that the abuse included oral sex. Removed 2002. Died 2017. Allentown, PA Source:
PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18; Diocese of Allentown list 08.19.18; Diocese of Allentown list 08.19.18; National Review 09.21.18
PA Grand Jury Report Profile 08.14.18
Jerome F. 1982 P Arrested Diocesan Accused of asking oral sex on 1/25/05 from woman and 12-yr-old daughter. Pleaded not guilty to enticing child, soliciting sex, annoying/accosting, and assault. Most charges dismissed 4/4/05. Pleaded sufficient facts to annoying/accosting charge. Case continued pending alcohol and sexual offender evaluations with treatment if indicated, and no contact with minors without disclosing case. Case dismissed 2007. Returned to work without announcement. Lynnfield supply priest 4/08. Awaiting assignment 6/10. Still unassigned 2015, in residence at a Charlestown parish. Boston, MA Source:
Boston Globe 01.28.05; Boston Globe 01.30.05; Boston Globe 02.18.05; Daily Item 04.05.05; Boston Globe 04.06.05; Associated Press 04.26.08; Boston Globe 04.26.08; SNAP Statement 04.26.08; Fox News 04.28.08
Detailed Assignment Record
John E. 1953 P Sued Diocesan Accused of abuse of 5 youths over a period spanning from 1958 to 1997. Archdiocese knew of his behavior as early as 1994. Placed on leave in 2002. Further restrictions added in 2004. Ministry was permanently restricted. Living a supervised life when he died 2008. Named in new Grand Jury Report 2/10/11. Civil suit filed 3/11 alleged abuse of one boy, aged 14-17, from 1994-1997 at Our Lady of Calvary parish in Philadelphia. 2nd suit filed 3/21/11. On secret 1994 list. Philadelphia, PA Source:
Philadelphia Grand Jury Report; Philadelphia Grand Jury Report; Philadelphia Inquirer 09.25.05; Local Catholic 09.29.05; Philadelphia Grand Jury Final Presentment 02.10.11; CNN 03.07.11; NPR 03.07.11; Philadelphia Inquirer 03.07.11; The Newsworks 03.07.11; The Republic 03.07.11; Philadelphia Inquirer 03.08.11; Newsworks 03.21.11; Newsworks 03.21.11; Phoenix New Times 03.21.11; Philadelphia Inquirer 07.24.11; Finnegan v Lynn Decision 10.06.15; PennLive 10.06.15
1994 Memo from Fr. William Lynn to Asst. Vicar for Admin. re Names in Philadelphia Secret Archives, released 2.27.12 (add'l article); Philadelphia Archdiocesan Priest Data Profile; Archdiocese of Philadelphia Assignment Record (rev.)
Thomas 1964 P Accused Benedictine Suit filed against two other priests (Moorse and Tarlton) included allegation that Gillespie abused a boy at St. John's Abbey in 1977-1978. He lives under restrictions at the Abbey. Per 7/13/08 posting, four former students have accused him of abuse between 1977-1987. Name not on 12/05/13 St. Paul list but was one of 17 priests listed on 8/02 memo to ABp Flynn regarding priests with known abuse histories. Also was on list released by Abbey 12/9/13, by St Cloud 1/3/14 & St Paul's rev. list 02/17/14. St. Paul personnel file released 05/19/14. St. Cloud, MN Source:
Star Tribune 06.07.02; MN Public Radio transcript 07.11.02; St Cloud Times 10.02.02; St Cloud Times 07.06.03; Behind the Pine Curtain: 50 years a Monk 07.13.08; Star Tribune 03.30.11; St Cloud Times 04.01.11; Star Tribune 12.08.13; Pioneer Press 12.09.13; St Cloud Times 12.09.13; Minnesota Public Radio 12.20.13; Diocese of St Cloud--Bishop Kettler Press Release, 01.03.14; Legal Examiner 01.03.14; St Cloud Times 01.03.14; Star Tribune 01.03.14; WJON 01.03.14; Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis List of Priests Accused of Abuse, revised 02.17.14; Minnesota Public Radio 02.17.14; Star Tribune 02.17.14; Minnesota Public Radio Database 02.19.14; KAAL TV ABC 6 05.18.14; KSTP 05.18.14; Media Release by Jeff Anderson & Assoc 05.18.14; Gillespie Personnel File from St Paul Archdiocese Released by Jeff Anderson 05.19.14; Gillespie Timeline Released by Jeff Anderson 05.19.14; KSTP Channel 5 05.19.14; My Fox 9 05.19.14; Pioneer Press 05.19.14; St Cloud Times 05.19.14; Star Tribune 05.19.14; WCCO 05.19.14; MN Transparency Initiative 01.19.16; St Cloud Times 05.29.16; WJON 05.29.16
Assignment Record from Archdiocese of St Paul
Gillespie Thomas M. 1968 P Accused Diocesan Gillespie was pastor of St. Theresa of Lisieux in North Reading MA when placed on Administrative Leave 2/15, after the archdiocese received an allegation he sexually abused a minor in the late 1970s. Archdiocese notified law enforcement and launched its own investigation. Status in 5/16 is "Administrative Leave, Case in Process." Boston, MA Source:
Archdiocese of Boston 02.08.15; Boston Globe 02.08.15; Fox Boston 02.08.15; WCVB 02.08.16
Boston Archdiocese Assignment History

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