Fr. Robert Hermley (Franciscan) – Diocese of Trenton

Father Robert Hermley

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1955

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955                De Sales Hall (Washington, DC)
  • 1956                St. Francis de Sales (Toledo, OH) 
  • 1958-1965       Father Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1966                Mission House of the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales (Toledo, OH)  
  • 1967-1978      Father Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)  
  • 1979-1980      Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Seaside Heights, NJ)  
  • 1981-1982      Padua Academy Residence (Wilmington, DE)  
  • 1983-1988      Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Vienna, VA)  
  • 1989                Unknown
  • 1990-1991      Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Vienna, VA) 
  • 1992                St. Mary (Fredericksburg, VA) 
  • 1993-2000      Seton Home Study
  • 2001                Little Sisters of the Poor (Newark, NJ)  
  • 2003-2006      Oblates of St. Francis De Sales Retirement and Retreat Center  (Childs, MD)  
  • 2007-2008      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Hermley:

Father Robert Hermley was a priest of Oblates of St. Francis De Sales religious order. According to media reports, in June 1982, he was convicted in Pennsylvania of indecent assault of two minor boys age 13 and 14 while on assignment at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware.  He was arrested for watching pornographic film with the boys in a parked car at a drive-in theater. Nineteen pornographic magazines were confiscated from his car. 

He was sentenced to three years probation. Johns Hopkins University physicians examined Father Hermley and determined he did not need help. In December of the same year he was reinstated to ministry in Vienna, Virginia. 

In May 1987, a woman reported to the Oblates that Father Hermley sexually abused her son when he was 10 or 11-years old in the early 1980s while serving at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Seaside Heights, in New Jersey. Local authorities were not contacted. The allegation was handled by the Oblates. 

In September 2003, Father Hermley was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while on assignment at Father Judge High School for Boys, in Philadelphia between 1976 and 1980. This time, the DA’s Office and law enforcement were contacted. 

Father Hermley retired in 2003. He was named in the Philadelphia Grand Jury report released in 2005. He died in August 2009. 

In August 2011, his name was released as part of the Oblates’ settlement of $24.8 million reached with 40 plaintiffs.

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