Fr. Charles R. Celeste

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Ordained: 1980
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Albany NY

A man alleged in 2003 that he was sexually abused by Celeste as a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the 1980s. At the time Celeste was chaplain to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where the man was an 18-year-old member. Diocese said complaint involved two consenting adults.
Celeste was granted a leave of absence 11/03. He admitted that his conduct was inappropriate and wrong but the plaintiff was legally an adult. He also admitted a relationship with another student at the school in the 1980s.

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