Father Peter Kiarie
Archdiocese of New York/Holy Ghost Fathers
- 1990’s: Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians (Woodside, New York)
- 2003: Returned to Kenya
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Peter Kiarie:
Fr. Peter Kiarie was a visiting priest from Kenya who worked in the Diocese of Brooklyn as a missionary priest of the Holy Ghost Fathers’ religious order. In June 2002, Kiarie was arrested and criminally charged with the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy.
Kiarie met the victim at Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians in Woodside, New York. According to media reports, he allegedly took the survivor on a day trip to Rockaway Beach, New York, where he sexually abused the survivor. He alleged that Kiarie had sexually abused him during the sojourn by groping him, sexually touching him, and kissing him.
Kiarie rejected a plea bargain that would have given him ninety days in jail and demanded a jury trial. In April 2003, a jury found Kiarie not guilty of child sexual abuse. Immediately after he was acquitted, Kiarie returned to Kenya.
His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown.
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