Father Richard Milewski
Diocese of Trenton
Removed from ministry: 2009
Assigned as follows:
- Corpus Christi (Willingboro, New Jersey)
- St. Veronica (Howell, New Jersey)
- St. Anthony of Padua (Hightstown, New Jersey)
- St. Mary (Barnegat, New Jersey)
- Holy Eucharist (Tabernacle, New Jersey)
- St. Rose of Lima (Freehold, New Jersey)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Richard Milewski:
In 2009, an unnamed victim filed a lawsuit against Father Richard Milewski for sexually abusing him while he served as an altar boy at St. Veronica between 1984 and 1985 when the victim was only 13-years-old. The Diocese removed Milewski from ministry after the allegation became public.
According to the lawsuit, the unnamed victim claimed Milewski abused multiple students and young parishioners of St. Veronica, including several on a trip to an overnight spa in Poconos. The lawsuit described the trip as, “… chaperoned solely by Father Milewski… During this incident, Father Milewski had all the boys on the trip disrobe completely to play naked in the whirlpool tub.”
A second victim later confirmed that he too was abused on that trip to the spa. According to the 2nd victim, Milewski pulled down the boy’s swimming trunks while “roughhousing” in the pool and proceeded to grab the victim’s genitals until the boy was motionless from the pain.
Milewski’s name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Diocese of Trenton. While the Diocese confirmed that Milewski is the subject of “multiple” credible allegations, it did not release any additional details, such as the age/gender of the victims or Milewski’s assignment(s) at the time of the abuse.
According to the Diocese of Trenton, Milewski remains suspended from ministry. He is now 73 years old and believed to be residing in the Lawrence Township area.
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