Former priest accused of sexually abusing young boy in the 1980’s

The Rev. J. Gregory Mulhall, a former Ilion priest and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany are among those named in child sexual abuse complaints dating back to the early 1980’s. 

Mulhall, who served as pastor of Annunciation Church from June 12, 1961, until his retirement in 1985, is accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1983 to 1984.

The filing was included in the 52 child sexual abuse complaints against the diocese filed under the state’s Child Victims Act. 

Mary DeTurris Poust, communications director for the Albany diocese, said the diocese is working toward dealing with clergy sexual abuse.

“The Diocese takes all allegations of sexual abuse seriously,” she said. “Behind every claim is a suffering person who needs our compassion and assistance. The Diocese has not yet been served in any of the 52 cases filed today. Once that occurs, the Diocese will review the documents and allegations and take whatever actions may be necessary to inform and safeguard the public. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger remains committed to providing assistance to survivors while allegations are being investigated and beyond.”

Mulhall, passed away in 2001, is accused of sexually abusing the minor who was only about about 12 or 13 years old at the time.

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