Monsignor Alan J. Placa – Diocese of Rockville Centre

| Jan 22, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Monsignor Alan Placa

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2002

Reinstated: 2009

Assignment History

  • 1970-1974:      St. Patrick (Glen Cove, NY)
  • 1974-1978:      St. Pius X Prep Seminary (Uniondale, NY)
  • 1979-1990:     Cure of Ars (Merrick, NY) (In residence)
  • 1991-1998:     SS. Cyril and Methodius (Deer Park, NY) (In residence)
  • 1999-2017:     St. Aloysius (Great Neck, NY)
  • 2001-2002:     Catholic Health Services of Long Island (Melville, NY)
  • 2008-2010:      Unassigned
  • 2011-2017:      Retired

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Monsignor Alan Placa

Monsignor Alan J. Placa, an attorney, was the lawyer for the Whitinsville, Massachusetts, House of Affirmation, where priests accused of sexual abuse were sent for psychotherapy. (It has been described as the center of a pedophile sex ring.) Monsignor Placa has remained close with his childhood friend New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and worked for his consulting firm, Giuliani Partners.

Placa was the Dean of Students at St. Pius X Prep Seminary in Uniondale and the vice-chancellor and legal counsel of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. He was also the lead in handling child sexual abuse allegations against priests on Long Island. From 1992 to 2002, he worked as part of a three-member “intervention team” to address reports of clergy sexual abuse.

According to media reports, in 2002, he resigned after police investigated allegations of sexually abusing four boys in the 1970s while at St. Patrick and at St. Pius X Prep. He denied all allegations.

In the 2003 Suffolk County Grand Jury report, Monsignor Placa was identified as Priest F.  The grand jury heard testimony from three alleged victims, two students and an altar boy, who said that a “Priest F” had molested them in the 1970s.

“In Priest F’s case, his conduct was, at first, so equivocal, his victims weren’t really sure it was happening to them – that is until it happened again and again and again.” The Report continues, “After his first assignment, Priest F was transferred within the Diocese to an assignment outside of parish ministry. It was, however, an assignment that provided a large and continuous source of boys – a school.” Furthermore, it is later stated that “Ironically, Priest F would later become instrumental in the development of Diocesan policy in response to allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests.”

In December 2009, he was fully restored to the status of a retired priest in good standing after a Vatican review found him to be not guilty of the allegations. His current whereabouts are unknown.  In 2021, two lawsuits filed under the Child Victims Act allege that Placa abused boys on campus in the 1980s at the now-closed St. Pius X preparatory seminary in Uniondale.  A third lawsuit alleged that Placa sexually abuse a 12-year-old boy at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Glen Cove during his first parish assignment after being ordained.

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