Fr. George J. Michell – Diocese of Rockville Centre

| Jan 21, 2020 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father George Michell  

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Ordained: 1964

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1967      St. Peter the Apostle (North Great River, NY)
  • 1967                St. John the Evangelist (Center Moriches, NY)
  • 1967-1976      Holy Spirit (New Hyde Park, NY)
  • 1976-1979      St. Louis de Montfort (Sound Beach, NY)
  • 1979-1985      St. Patrick (Smithtown, NY)
  • 1985-1995      Christ the King (Commack, NY)
  • 1995-2010      St. Patrick’s (Southold, NY) 
  • 2011-2013      Unknown
  • 2014-2018      Retired

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father George Michell:

According to media reports, in June 2003, Father George Michell was placed on administrative leave following a complaint of “inappropriate conduct” that allegedly occurred in the early 1980s. Father Michell “strongly” denied the accusation. He was removed from ministry and ultimately reinstated in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Father Michell was also accused of sexually abusing a child in the late 1970s while he was a priest at St. Louis de Montfort in Sound Beach, New York. No action was taken and he remained in ministry until he retired from his position as pastor of St. Patrick’s in Southold, New York in June 2010. He died in August 2019. 

Fr. Michell is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Michell worked at St. Patrick in Smithtown, NY, sometime between 1979-1985. The list also says that Michell abused his victim(s) at Blydenburg Park, at his private house in Long Island, in his car, and in a swimming pool.

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