NJ’s new Clergy Abuse Task Force nabs it first alleged miscreant

NJ’s new Clergy Abuse Task Force nabs it first alleged miscreant January 18, 2019

FATHER Thomas P Ganley, 63, a priest at Saint Philip & Saint James Church in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, was arrested and charged this week with sexual assault of a teen.

Ganley via Twitter

Ganley’s arrest was made by a new Clergy Abuse Task Force, established last year after a Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed that 300 “predator priests” sexually abused more than 1,000 children in a time span of 70 years. The report said:

Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades. Monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals have mostly been protected; many, including some named in this report, have been promoted.

Ganley, of Phillipsburg ,was scheduled to appear in court today (Friday} for a detention hearing. He was arrested Wednesday following allegations he sexually abused a teen who was between ages 14 and 17. The alleged assault occurred from 1990 to 1994, according to a statement from the state Attorney General’s Office.

He was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree, and two counts of sexual assault in the second degree..

At the time of the alleged incidents, he worked at Saint Cecelia Church in Woodbridge,

The task force was formed in September by Attorney General Gurbir S Grewal to investigate allegations of clergy abuse. Grewal said other investigations are ongoing, and tweeted a detective’s phone number for anyone who was allegedly abused by Ganley or witnessed abuse to reach out.

This report quotes Grewal as saying:

Our Clergy Abuse Task Force is diligently pursuing its mission to expose the truth about past wrongs and seek justice for survivors, because no person is above the law and no institution is immune from accountability. This case illustrates that we are prepared to move swiftly to investigate allegations, and where there are viable criminal charges, to pursue those charges.

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  • Cali Ron

    Sadly, I’m not surprised by this. How pathetic is it that the state of NJ started a task force just for clergy who are sexual predators. Apparently, the shepherd has some sheep dogs who are really wolves in dog clothing and he’s okay with that.

  • Cozmo the Magician

    one down… and 1,000s and 1000s more to go.

  • Jim Jones

    > The alleged assault occurred from 1990 to 1994.

    He probably didn’t know it was a crime, so long ago.


  • Broga

    I wonder what the UK paedophile report, vastly expensive, will report on the clergy? They are interviewing some but will they dare tackle our still influential priest ridden government – despite the empty churches.

  • TheBookOfDavid

    The camel’s nose is in the tent, and it smells something rotten.