Lawsuits accuse three Camden diocese priests of clergy sex abuse


August 21, 2020

By Jim Walsh

Camden – A lawsuit accuses a former principal at two Catholic high schools of sexually abusing a child while serving at a Camden County parish.

The Rev. Kenneth L. Johnston was among three priests, all now dead, who were named in four suits filed Thursday against the Diocese of Camden.

The allegations of sexual misconduct were the first to be brought against Johnston, a former principal at Gloucester Catholic and St. James high schools. Johnston, also a pastor at three South Jersey parishes, was described as a “kindly, gentlemanly priest” in a June 2018 obituary.

Two lawsuits made accusations against the Rev. Eldridge Evans, a former teacher at St. James High. A third alleged wrongdoing by the Rev. Gerald P. Clements, who taught at Camden Catholic High School.

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