Fr. Kevin Gallagher – Archdiocese of New York

| Jul 23, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Kevin Gallagher

Archdiocese of New York

Ordained: 1998

Suspended: 2015

Laicized: 2017

Assignment History:

  • 1999-2003: Immaculate Conception Church (Stony Point, NY)
  • 2005: St. Margaret (Pearl River, NY)
  • 2006: St. Mary, Mother of the Church (Fishkill, NY)
  • 2008-2015: The Infant Savior (Pine Bush, NY)
  • 2015-2019: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Kevin Gallagher:

In 2014, Fr. Kevin Gallagher was accused of sexually abusing a 21-year-old male whom he met in 2009, at the victim’s brother’s funeral while serving at Pine Bush’s Church of the Infant Saviour in Pine Bush, New York. They kept in touch over the years, and in 2012, Gallagher gave him money to buy heroin – a drug habit he developed after his twin’s death – and sexually abused him.

According to media reports, Gallagher gave the victim money on multiple occasions for rent, car parts, and other family needs, totaling approximately $800. He claims he never knew it was being used to support his heroin addiction.

Gallagher claims the encounters turned sexual, starting with shoulder massages and leading to oral sex in which he said was consensual. The victim stated, “nothing about the sex was consensual. I was scared. I never thought in my life that I’d ever do something like that. It wasn’t consensual. I needed money.”

Gallagher claims the two ended up having five sexual encounters, but he never knew he had a drug habit. In 2014, the Archdiocese of New York was notified of the alleged sexual abuse, and Gallagher was sent to Saint Luke Institute, a hospital in Maryland used by the church to address mental health and sexual abuse issues. He was then suspended from ministry in 2015. In 2017, Gallagher was officially laicized.

Gallagher is named on the Archdiocese of New York’s 2019 List of Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor or the Subject of Eligible IRCP Compensation Claims.

Gallagher’s current whereabouts are unknown.

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