Fr. George Boxelaar – Archdiocese of New York

| Jul 11, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father George Boxelaar

Archdiocese of New York/Carmelites

Ordained: 1953

Retired: 1985

Died: 1990

Assignment History:

  • 1954-1956: St. Michael’s Priory (Mantzville, PA)
  • 1956-1957: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Middletown, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Missions of Our Lady of Mt. Caramel: Assumption (Bloomingburg, NY)
  • 1956-1957: St. Paul’s (Bullville, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Holy Name (Otisville, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Holy Cross (S. Centreville, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Our Lady of the Scapular (Unionville, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Stations of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (New Hampton, NY)
  • 1956-1957: Middletown State Hospital (Middletown, NY)
  • 1956-1957: State School Annex (New Hampton, NY)
  • 1962-1985: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Middletown, NY)
  • 1962-1971: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Assumption (Bloomingburg, NY)
  • 1971-1974: Otisville Training School (Otisville, NY)
  • 1974-1976: Otisville Drug Rehabilitation Center (Otisville, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father George Boxelaar:

A native of Holland and ordained for the Carmelite Order, Fr. George Boxelaar was involved in several sexual abuse allegations throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

According to media reports, in 1973, a 7-year-old boy told his father that Boxelaar forced his hand down the boy’s pants during confession at Holy Cross Church in Wawayanda. The boy’s father reportedly confronted Boxelaar, who denied misconduct. The boy’s mother contacted a lawyer and other mothers with children at the school, to which said Boxelaar had also molested their boys, but they wanted to keep it quiet. The boy’s family decided not to press charges so that their son would not have to testify.

In 1981, another mother complained to the church about Boxelaar and again in 1985. Boxelaar threatened her with excommunication if she “created a scandal”. Along with other parents of boys allegedly molested by the priest, the mother went to state police. When the parents were told their sons would have to testify, they decided not to press charges.

Boxelaar was quietly sent back to his native Holland to “retire”. In 2002, after news reports of Boxelaar’s abuse of little boys, at least 25 more men came forward to say that they, too, were sexually abused as children by the priest. Carmelite Provincial, Rev. Michael Driscoll, acknowledged that the Order had received one complaint about Boxelaar in the 1970s, and five in the 1980s.

Boxelaar died in 1990.

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