Fr. Romano J. Ferraro

Ordained: 1960
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Brooklyn NY

Arrested 4/1/02; convicted and sentenced 5/20/04 to life in prison for repeatedly raping a boy 1973-80 in Billerica, MA starting when the boy was age 7. Admitted at trial he was pedophile who abused perhaps dozens of boys. Earliest abuse alleged in civil suits was 1964-68. Navy chaplain in FL 1968-71; dishonorably discharged; sued 1/06 for FL abuse. Reassigned. Allegedly abused in Brooklyn, Rockville Centre, St. Louis, and Metuchen dioceses. Suspended 1988. Diocese apparently knew much earlier. Name quietly added among 7 others to diocesan website 11/17 of priests laicized by the Vatican office “authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric.” Per Brooklyn diocese’s list in 2/19 laicized 12/16/11. On St. Louis list 7/26/19. Lawsuit 12/19 claims abuse of boy, age 11 or 12 in 1984 or ’85. Plaintiff was an altar boy at a Middlesex, NJ parish.

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