Fr. Kenneth L. Martin

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused of abuse of two teen brothers at St. Andrew in Bayonne, starting in 1978. One told a priest in 1981 and auxiliary bishop Pichelli in 1983, but no action. Martin later held prominent position in diocese, then returned to parish ministry. The same victim went to Archbishop McCarrick with allegations in 1996 or ’97. Victim and family got small settlement. Martin was removed, later assigned as a hospital chaplain. Removed in 2002. Still a priest in 2013, without privileges, working as a train conductor for NJ Transit. He successfully sued to keep personnel file from being released in bankruptcy. On archdiocese’s list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Permanently removed from ministry. New suit in 7/20 claims abuse of a boy 1981-84 at St. Andrew’s.

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