August 26, 2019
By Bradley Eli
Father Thomas Ganley was ordained by McCarrick in 1985 and sentenced Monday
New Brunswick – A New Jersey priest ordained by now-disgraced Theodore McCarrick is the first cleric to be sentenced for sex abuse since New Jersey launched its clergy abuse task force in September.
Father Thomas P. Ganley, ordained by McCarrick for the diocese of Metuchen in 1985, faces a four-year sentence for sexually abusing a teenage girl in the 1990s while assigned to Metuchen’s St. Cecelia Church in Iselin, New Jersey. He is being sentenced Monday.
Ganley was arrested in January just 48 hours after the victim contacted the task force’s hotline set up by the state’s attorney general, Gurbir Grewal.
“This case illustrates that we are prepared to move swiftly to investigate allegations, and where there are viable criminal charges, to pursue those charges,” said Grewal following Ganley’s arrest.
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