Statement Regarding Deceased Priest Father Thomas Dennehy

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami
October 5, 2010

On October 19, 2009 the Archdiocese of Miami was contacted via the Archdiocesan Sex Abuse hotline (1-866-802-2873) by an alleged victim claiming abuse by Father Thomas Dennehy. The alleged victim was not represented by an attorney and per our Safe Environment Policy was contacted by the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator.

The alleged victim spoke five times to the Archdiocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator and was offered counseling that would be paid for by the Archdiocese of Miami.

As per policy, the allegation was reported to Dennis Siegel, Broward County State Attorney’s Office, on December 22, 2009.

Father Dennehy passed away on April 10, 1999. No other allegations have been reported against Father Dennehy.

As always, the Catholic Church’s concerns are for the victims and a prevailing sense of justice. In addition, over these past eight years, the Archdiocese has been forthcoming and taken steps to keep our children safe through training and background screenings.

If anyone has been a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy or church personnel please come forward by contacting the Archdiocese of Miami’s Victims Assistance Coordinator 1-866-802-2873 or contact your local law enforcement department.

Mary Ross Agosta

Director of Communications

Archdiocese of Miami


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