Father H. Charles Sewall
Diocese of Syracuse
Elevated to Monsignor: Unknown
Assigned as follows:
- 1961 – 1963 Our Lady of the Rosary (New Hartford, NY)
- 1965 – 1971 Utica Catholic Academy (Utica, NY)
- 1972 – 1976 Utica Faculty House (Utica, NY)
- 1977 – 1979 Notre Dame High School (Utica, NY)
- 1980 – 1982 Special assignment (Episcopal Vicar for Eastern Region)
- 1983 – 1990 Our Lady of Lourdes (Utica, NY)
Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father H. Charles Sewall:
According to media reports, in May 2002, Father H. Charles Sewall was accused of sexually abusing a boy in 1975. He admitted that he “engaged in sexual misconduct” with one man while he was a high school principal. The abuse occurred inside a trailer next to Notre Dame High School in Utica
Two other victims came forward. One had an audio tape from 1988 of a conversation between himself and Father Sewall in which Father Sewall acknowledged the abuse.
The second victim claims Father Sewall had repeated sexual intercourse with him when he was 13 to 19 years old. The attorney for this man had notified the Diocese of Syracuse by letter in 1988 and the complaint was settled with the victim, with the condition that Father Sewall “never be placed in a position where he would be working with minor children,” according to the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit of the third victim, the abuse occurred between 1978 and 1980, in Father Sewall’s office, in the school locker room, in the school restrooms, in the chapel and in a trailer on school grounds.
All three men say Father Sewall gave them money in exchange for sex. The lawsuits claim the Diocese of Syracuse knew about the alleged abuse by him and failed to stop it.
In June 2003, Father Sewall was permanently removed from ministry.
He died in July 2015.
Father Sewall’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Syracuse’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, published in December 2018
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