Fr. Donald Crosby – Diocese of Syracuse

| Jul 23, 2019 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Donald Crosby

Diocese of Syracuse

Ordained: 1963

Laicized: 1980

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963 – 1969        St Mary (Cleveland, NY)
  • 1963 – 1969        St Matthew (East Syracuse, NY)
  • 1969 – 1975        Utica Catholic Academy (Utica, NY)
  • 1970                     St. Thomas (New Hartford, NY)
  • 1971-1974           Faculty House (Utica, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Donald Crosby:

According to media reports, Father Donald Crosby was accused of sexually abusing a 15-yr-old female student in 1974 while he served as a priest at Utica Catholic Academy. The alleged victim said she reported the abuse to the principal and to Monsignor H. Charles Sewall , but Msgr. Sewall took no action on her report. At the end of the school year, Crosby was reassigned and named the Diocese of Syracuse’s Director of Religious Instruction for grammar schools.

The alleged victim said her mother informed the Diocese of Syracuse of the allegations during the 1990s, as well, and said Msgr. Sewall knew about the incidents. Diocesan officials said they had no record of either complaint.

In May 2002, after seeing media accounts in which Msgr. Sewall admitted he sexually abused a male student in the 1970s, she contacted the Diocese of Syracuse and the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office to report her allegations against Crosby and her conversation with Msgr. Sewall.

In 1975, Crosby voluntarily left the priesthood and became a guidance counselor at Soule Road Middle School in Liverpool. He was not laicized (removed from the priesthood by the Vatican) until 1980. 

After about 25 years of being a counselor, Crosby retired in June 2003, shortly after the school learned of the allegations from the DA’s office and threatened to fire him. 

Crosby died in January 2004.

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