Fr. Peter Kiarie

Order: CSSp
Ordained: 1993
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Archdiocese of New York NY

Visiting priest from Kenya. Kiarie (also spelled Kiare in some news reports) was arrested in 6/02 on charges of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy during an outing at a park. Kiarie was in New York on a speaking tour to raise money for Kenya churches. The boy told his mom Kiarie molested him; she told church officials, who told DA. In 8/02 Kiarie rejected a plea bargain that would have given him 90 days in jail, and demanded a trial. Jury found him not guilty in 4/03. Kiarie said he would return to Kenya immediately.

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