Fr. Thomas Long, Jr. – Diocese of Richmond

| Jul 6, 2020 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Thomas Long, Jr.

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1981

Leave of Absence: 1988

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1985: St. Joseph (Petersburg, VA)
  • 1986-1988: Christ the King Catholic School (Norfolk, VA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas Long, Jr.:

In June 2020, Fr. Thomas L. Long, Jr. was accused of child sexual abuse while serving at Christ the King Catholic School in Norfolk, VA, in 1986. There has been no information released regarding the alleged victim’s age or gender.

In January 2021, the Diocese of Richmond announced that it was unable to corroborate the allegation and therefore determined that the allegation was “not credible” after an internal investigation.

Ordained a priest of the Richmond Diocese in 1981, Fr. Long was assigned to St. Joseph in Petersburg and Christ the King in Norfolk. He took a leave of absence in 1988 and has not served in priestly ministry within the Diocese of Richmond since then.

Prior to the 2020 allegation, Fr. Long’s priestly faculties were already suspended, though it is not clear the reason why.  His faculties remain suspended as of today.  Due to the findings of the internal investigation, Long’s name will not be added to the Diocese’s list of accused priests.

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