Fr. Thomas J. Kerestus

Ordained: 1969
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Allentown PA

First named publicly as accused in the 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. Regional director for three CYO groups, chaplain for Appalachian Trail Scouting Council. In 1985-86 parishioners wrote to Bishop Welsh with concerns about Kerestus’ close and inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old boy. In 10/92 an 18-year-old male told the diocese that Kerestus sexually abused him for five years. Assessed by St. John Vianney Center in 2005 to be in the “moderate-high range” for “sexual re-offense.” A third man reported in 4/16 that Kerestus abused him 1975-80 when the man was a 15-year-old Holy Name High School student in West Reading. Removed 2002, given retirement status. Died in 2014. A 7/20 lawsuit claims abuse of a boy, ages 11-18, in the 1970s-early ’80s. At least one settlement.


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