Fr. William S. Crouse

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Worked in Ethiopia, GA, OH, NJ, Vietnam, MD, Puerto Rico and PA. Per the PA Attorney General’s 3/1/16 report, Crouse sodomized a 14-year-old boy in the late 1960s while assigned to his order’s monastery (Sons of the Sacred Heart, or “Verona Fathers”) in Montclair, NJ. Victim told Altoona’s Bishop Adamec in 2002. (Crouse was assigned to Altoona-Johnstown diocese at the time.) Alleged a “Fr Ben” also molested him, and both gave him alcohol. Crouse admitted “inappropriate relationship.” Medical retirement 2002. Died 07/11/09.


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