Fr. Dozia Wilson – Diocese of Albany

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2020 | Catholic Church, Sex

Father Dozia Wilson

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1972

Placed on Leave: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1976: Urban Ministry (Albany, NY)
  • 1972-1976: Sacred Heart (Albany, NY)
  • 1975-1976: La Salle School for Boys (Albany, NY)
  • 1976-1979: St. Joseph (Roxbury, MA)
  • 1979-1980: Special Assignment (NY)
  • 1980-1981: St. Ann (Fort Ann, NY)
  • 1981-1983: St. Mary (Hudson, NY)
  • 1981-1989: Columbia County Jail  (NY)
  • 1984-1989: Columbia Memorial Hospital School of Nursing (Hudson, NY)
  • 1981-1990: Columbia Green Community College ( Hudson, NY)
  • 1980-1990: St. Mary (Hudson, NY)
  • 1993-2003: St. Christopher’s Residential Treatment Center (Dobbs Ferry, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Dozia J. Wilson:

In 1976, allegations arose against Fr. Dozia Wilson when two parents went to the District Attorney’s office with complaints that Wilson had sexually abused their two boys at an Albany motel. The District Attorney made a deal that if Wilson agreed to permanently leave town, he would not be prosecuted.

Wilson was then transferred to the Archdiocese of Boston, and only a few years later had to return to Albany due to other complaints of sexual abuse. A lawsuit was filed and settled in 2003 when the brothers said Wilson began supplying them with marijuana and alcohol in 1973. The sexual abuse began occurring three years later and continued until the boys graduated high school. The suit was settled for $500k.

Another lawsuit was filed in 2004, which alleged Wilson sexually abused a teenage boy from 1980 to 1985, starting when the boy was only 14-years-old.

Wilson is only listed as being accused in the Archdiocese records. Most recently his name appeared on the list of “Clergy Credibly Accused While Serving in the Diocese of Albany,” which was released in November of 2018. He was omitted from the 2011 Boston database.

Wilson worked for ten years after his priesthood as a spiritual advisor at a home for troubled youth in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He was fired in 2003 after being beaten up by an 18-year-old male he had picked up in Manhattan.

In June of 2020, Wilson was named in two civil lawsuits filed against the Diocese of Albany under New York’s Child Victims Act, which suspended the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases for a limited period of time.

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