Father Peter Walsh
Archdiocese of Newark/Franciscan Friars
Assigned as follows:
- St. Anthony’s Shrine Church (Troy, NJ)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Peter Walsh:
According to media reports, in August 1993, Father Peter Walsh was arrested for exposing himself and masturbating in front of five young boys, ages 7-13, on two different occasions in Lyndhurst, NJ. After his arrest, Father Walsh was reassigned to the Franciscan order’s Manhattan office and lived in a monastery there.
In March 1994, Father Walsh pleaded guilty and was convicted on five counts of child endangerment. He was sentenced to five years probation, and ordered to receive psychological counseling with a professional trained in the treatment of sex offenders. Additionally, he was ordered to have an adult chaperone whenever he was in a car.
Citing psychiatric reports, Judge George Parsons said Father Walsh’s compulsive sexual disorder was caused by “extreme tension with no available outlet.” Parsons ordered that Walsh be permitted to perform “limited” priestly duties.
In June 2004, an adult man reported to the Diocese of Manchester New Hampshire that Father Walsh fondled then masturbated him for 3-4 months between 1987-1988. Father Walsh was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry at the time. Walsh denied the allegations.
In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of credibly accused priests in the Archdiocese of Newark. Walsh’s name does not appear on that list.
Walsh’s current location is unknown. He is not a registered sex offender. He is believed to be approximately 70 years old.
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