Fr. Harold Hermley (Franciscan) – Diocese of Trenton

Father Harold Hermley

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1957

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1964      Father Judge High School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1964-1967      Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria, VA) 
  • 1967-1972      Salesianum High School (Wilmington, DE) 
  • 1973-1976      Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)  
  • 1977-1981      St. Teresa (Tuckerton, NJ) 
  • 1982                Father Judge Community (Philadelphia, PA)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Harold Hermley:

Father Harold Hermley was a priest of the Oblate of St. Francis de Sales religious order. According to media reports, in 1967 he was removed from his position as a teacher from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA after possible child sexual abuse allegations surfaced. He was transferred to Wilmington, DE.

In April 2009, a man filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Father Hermley sexually abused him more than 100 times starting at age 15, between 1971 and 1973. The alleged abuse occurred while he was a student at Salesianum School and during overnight visits to NJ and Philadelphia.

In August 2011, the Oblates reached a $24.8 million settlement after seven years of legal proceedings with 40 victims who filed suits under the Delaware Child Victim’s act. One of the terms of the settlement was the release of names of 12 Oblate priests who have either admitted to sexual abuse or had allegations of sexual abuse substantiated against them. Father Hermley was on that list. He died in 1983.

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