BRONX, N.Y. (WABC) — School officials informed parents Monday that a priest at Cardinal Hayes High School has admitted to abuse and has been fired.
Father Robert Harrison, a Franciscan priest who has been at the school since 1989, was investigated for mishandling money, according to school officials. He admitted to borrowing, and in some cases skimming, money from different places and people then using it to pay off a minor he sexually abused decades ago.
Harrison went on to admit, according to the Archdiocese, that he abused 10 minors in the 1970s and 80s in Manhattan, the Bronx and Milwaukee. There is no word on how much money was allegedly misused.
The case is now under investigation by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. There is no indication that students at Hayes were abused by him.
A letter was sent Monday to students and parents alerting them to Harrison’s admission of sexual abuse. It said that Harrison was fired when the details came to light Dec. 22, and was removed from public ministry.
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