Fr. Kenneth Farabaugh

Ordained: 1963
Status: Settled

Died: 12/12/2000
Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

The archdiocese learned of allegations from a Catholic Charities counselor in 1993 that Farabaugh sexually abused a girl, age 15, in 1985. The girl was a John Carroll High School student and Farabaugh was a teacher. The alleged victim denied making the allegations and Farabaugh denied abuse, so the matter was dropped. In 2000 the alleged victim met with the archdiocese and provided detailed allegations of sexual abuse. Farabaugh was under investigation by police and the archdiocese when he drove his car into a tree and died 12/12/2000, 10 minutes prior to a scheduled polygraph test. His name appeared on Baltimore’s 9/26/2002 list of abusers. Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report, which shows further allegations: In 2002 two more women came forward with allegations of abuse as children by Farabaugh, one in 1964 when she was in grades 6 to 8, and the other when she was 16 in about 1970. Both said they told other priests, who did nothing. In 2010 a man reported sexual abuse as a second grader in 1963, every weekend for about a year. He received a settlement of $5K in 2011. Another man reported in 2019 that Farabaugh sexually abused him when he was a John Carroll student.

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