Priest in Greene County on Leave, Accused of Abuse
April 14, 2012
According to the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese, a Greene County priest, Rev. Jeremiah Nunan, is on administrative leave from ministry as the Diocese investigates allegations he sexually abused a minor. A spokesman for the diocese says the Greene County District Attorney’s Office has been notified.
Nunan is 74 years old and pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Cairo and Our Lady of Knock Mission in East Durham. He is temporarily barred from officiating at any sacraments, wearing clerical garb, or presenting himself as a priest.
The suspension follows a civil lawsuit that claims Nunan abused someone between 1996 and 2003 when that person was a minor and between 2007 and 2011 when the plaintiff was an adult. According to the spokesman for the Diocese, Nunan has denied the allegations.
The Diocese says this is the second time Rev. Nunan has been placed on administrative leave by the Diocese during an investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor. He returned to his duties after an allegation received in 2006 and involving alleged abuse in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Hudson was, according to the Diocese, deemed by the Independent Mediation Assistance Program to be unsubstantiated.