Fr. Andrew Perretta – Diocese of Paterson

Father Andrew Perretta

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained: 1974

Removed: 2004

Reinstated: 2007

Retired (voluntarily): 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary’s  (Paterson, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart (Clifton, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Andrew Perretta:

According to media reports, in October 2004, Bishop Serratelli placed Father Andrew Perretta, on administrative leave for allegedly fondling a minor 20 years earlier.

The accusation was initially made in 1996, when a man in his 20s told the Diocese of Paterson that Perretta had touched him in a sexually inappropriate way between the ages of 9 and 16, from 1979 to 1986. He said that he waited 10 years to speak up because Perretta was a close family friend and he feared no one would believe him. At the time, the Diocese of Paterson decided that the allegation was not credible.  The allegation was not reported to police. 

In 2002, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said it received word of the allegation, years after the alleged victim spoke with the Diocese of Paterson. The Prosecutor’s Office determined that the case past the statute of limitations for bringing a criminal suit and closed the investigation.   

In July 2004, Bishop Serratelli and the Diocese of Paterson’s internal review board reviewed the allegation and found it credible. Father Perretta denied all charges of abuse. Peretta was removed from ministry upon the recommendation of the review board. In August 2007, Father Perretta was found innocent after a church trial and returned to active duty in accordance with church law.

He retired voluntarily in June 2017 and remains a priest in good standing.  He is now residing at Sacred Heart in Clifton.  

Despite the findings of the review board and Bishop Serratelli, Perretta’s name does not appear on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.

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