Fr. Jerome E. Murray

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Died: 04/21/2016
Diocese: Diocese of Lincoln NE

Retired in 1999. Faculties revoked, public ministry restricted 2002-05. Two men filed separate suits in 2003 alleging abuse by Murray in the 1970s. Murray denied all the charges and asked that one of the suits be dismissed on SOL. In 3/04 the diocese settled with one plaintiff, and the other in 10/04. Murray died in 2016. His name was included on the diocese’s 4/2/19 list of those with substantiated allegations against them. Per the NE Attorney General’s report released in 11/21, Murray “abused numerous students in the 1960s and 1970s in York, NE.” Murray had access to his victims as a parish priest and boy scout leader. Murray had also been superintendent of schools, and a monsignor. There are at least nine known victims, ages 10-13. The abuse occurred in the church sacristy, parish rectory and on camping trips. The diocese knew of Murray’s behavior in the early 1970s and allegedly resisted the school board’s attempts to have him removed.

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