January 20, 2005

Former Catholic school student claims priest sexually abused him

Baltimore Sun

By Janice D’Arcy
Sun Staff

Originally published January 20, 2005, 9:01 PM EST

A Roman Catholic priest who a decade ago publicly denied an allegation of sexual abuse has been accused of another series of incidents, according to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

This time, a former Calvert Hall College high school student said the priest, Jerome F. Toohey Jr., abused him over the course of several years.

Toohey, known as Father Jeff, has not been practicing as a priest since 1993, when he was first accused of abusing a young man. Toohey, 58, did not respond to a message left at his home Thursday. His lawyer, Andrew Graham, said he had no comment.

The new allegation claims that Toohey used his role as a pastoral counselor to abuse the student repeatedly from the late 1980s to the early 1990s in the priest's private residence. At the time, Toohey was chaplain at Calvert Hall, a boys school in Towson.

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2005 09:05 PM