Father Jeffrey L’Arche
Diocese of Albany
Administrative leave: 2021
- Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine (Altamont, NY)
- St. Mary’s Church (Amsterdam, NY)
- St. Stephen’s Church (Hagaman, NY)
Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jeffrey L’Arche:
Fr. Jeffrey L’Arche was ordained for the Missionaries of LaSalette in 1975. In June 2021, L’Arche was placed on administrative leave after the Diocese of Springfield’s Misconduct Commission found a single allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was deemed credible. The alleged abuse occurred sometime between 1976 and 1981.
L’Arche’s status as a priest is currently barred from officiating at sacraments, wearing clerical garb, or presenting himself as a priest.
According to media reports, a subsequent investigation initiated by the LaSalette congregation and conducted by Praesidium Inc. found the allegation to be “highly questionable” and, therefore, not credible. As a result, Father L’Arche, who maintains his innocence, has an asterisk placed next to his name on the Springfield list, indicating the conflicting findings. His name, with an identical asterisk and note, has been added to the Diocese of Albany’s List of Offenders.
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