Fr. Kenneth C. Hasselbach – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Kenneth C. Hasselbach

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 1994

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966-1969      St. Jude (Mastic-Shirley, NY)
  • 1969-1972      St. Raphael (East Meadow, NY) 
  • 1972-1975      Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (Centerport, NY)
  • 1976-1979      Queen of the Most Holy Rosary (Roosevelt, NY)
  • 1980                Unknown
  • 1981-1983      San Pedro Apostol, El Cercado (Dominican Republic)  
  • 1984                St. Francis de Sales (Patchogue, NY)
  • 1985-1991      St. Joseph (Babylon, NY)
  • 1992-1993      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Patchogue, NY) 
  • 1994                Retired

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Kenneth C. Hasselbach:

According to media reports, in 1994, Father Kenneth C. Hasselbach was permanently removed from ministry when another priest found pornography in his room. He was sent for therapy. While in treatment  allegations surfaced that he sexually abused a 12-year-old altar boy over a five year period in the late 1960s and early 1970s. At the time of the alleged abuse, which occurred at St. Raphael’s and St. Jude’s rectories and on trips, he was serving  at St. Raphael in East Meadow, New York. In a 2002 interview, he reportedly admitted to sexually abusing the boy, saying that he thought the boy was older than 12. He was never prosecuted because the five-year statute of limitations had expired.

In January 2009, Father Hasselbach was arrested and charged for possession of internet child pornography in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in January 2010 to two years in federal prison. Court records show that authorities recommended the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons keep Father Hasselbach in a facility that treats sex offenders. He died in December 2014.

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