Fr. William Cramer – Diocese of Paterson

Father William Cramer

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1977

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of the Lake (Sparta, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Boonton, NJ)
  • Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital (Paterson, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Cramer:

According to media reports, in 1984, Father William Cramer was first accused of abusing two young brothers. Their mother told the Diocese of Paterson, which then transferred him to a new parish with no repercussions. In 1985, Father Cramer was reported to the police.

He was eventually criminally charged with sexually abusing two brothers.  He pleaded guilty to criminal child endangerment charges, was convicted and received three years probation. The Diocese of Paterson was also sued by the boys’ family.  

Despite the guilty plea and eventual settlement of the civil lawsuit, Bishop Rodimer returned Cramer to active ministry in 1991.

In 2002, Father Cramer was placed on leave, at which time he hired a canon lawyer to fight his suspension. 

Cramer’s name is included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.  The Diocese of Paterson released no information about the multiple allegations against him (and whether they are the same allegations to which he pled guilty), including Cramer’s assignments at the time of the abuse.

Cramer’s name is also included on the “Perversion Files,” a national list of Boy Scout Leaders accused of being molesters.

Cramer is still living and believed to be residing in New Jersey.  He is 68 years old.

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