Fr. Robert Harrison – Archdiocese of New York

| Jul 26, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Robert Harrison

Archdiocese of New York/Capuchin Franciscan

Ordained: 1964

Removed: 2014

Assignment History:

  • 1964-1965: St. Francis of Assisi Friary (Milwaukee, WI); Messmer High School (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1965-1967 St. Benedict the Moor (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1967-1971: St. Francis of Assisi Friary (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1971-1977 Carmelite Home for Boys (Wauwatosa, WI)
  • 1978: Friary (Detroit, MI)
  • 1979-1983: Priests Living Outside Capuchin Communities or Diocesan Institutions (Detroit, MI) (New York, NY)
  • 1984-1990: St. Charles Borromeo (Manhattan, NY)
  • 1991-2024: Cardinal Hayes High School (New York, NY)
  • 2015-2019: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Harrison:

In December 2014, Fr. Robert Harrison was removed from Cardinal Hayes High School in New York and suspended from public ministry after he admitted to having sexually abused ten minors during the 1970s and 1980s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Manhattan, and the Bronx, New York.

According to media reports, Harrison had been borrowing money from Cardinal Hayes High School staff members and, when questioned about it, said he needed the money to pay a victim. In 2015, Harrison was at a professional facility where he had no access to children, according to the Office of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph’s in Detroit, Michigan.

Harrison’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.

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