Fr. M. Francis McGrath

Ordained: 1978
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Baltimore MD

Attended seminary in Baltimore MD 1972-1974 and again 1976-1977. Ordained in 1978 for the Diocese of Trenton NJ. In 1995 a man told the Baltimore archdiocese McGrath sexually abused him as a minor in the 1970s, while McGrath was in seminary. Baltimore informed Trenton; McGrath acknowledged he sexual abused “three or four victims” during his time in Trenton. Was at St. Luke Institute for treatment when the allegation was reported. His status from then was ‘leave of absence’ as of 6/2002, when a man alleged abuse in 1975 as a Calvert Hall freshman. Allegation in 8/2002 of abuse in the 1970s of a 13-year-old boy; he told his mother who reported it to the Baltimore Archdiocese and Trenton Diocese immediately. In 9/2002 a man reported abuse 1976-1977 as a St. Anthony Middle School student. Name included on the Baltimore archdiocese’s list of accused in 9/2002. Report in 2013 of abuse in 1974 of a boy, age 15; settled for $50K. Included on the Trenton diocese’s list 2/13/2019, noted to have been removed from ministry. Per news in 6/2020, McGrath was named in two lawsuits, one alleging abuse in 1983 of a boy, age 17, at St. Anthony’s in Hamilton NJ, the other claiming abuse of a boy, age 11, in 1978. A 7/29/2020 suit alleged abuse in the early 1980s of a Red Bank Catholic High student. Included in the 4/5/2023 MD Attorney General’s Report.

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