Fr. Keith F. Pecklers

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1991
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

In 12/10 testimony before NJ Senate Judiciary Committee a man said he was abused by Pecklers and then-deacon Thomas Stanford while a teenager in 1976 at St. Paul’s in Jersey City. Pecklers was 17 or 18 himself at the beginning and was music director. Abuse went on for almost a year. Pecklers went on to be a Jesuit scholar on staff at Pontifical Gregorian University Rome. Plaintiff settled with diocese in 2008. When asked about allegation, Pecklers said there was no abuse because he was a minor himself at the time. Remained active priest as of 7/14. Included on the Northeast Jesuits list of credibly accused 1/15/19. It note report received in 2008 of abuse of a minor 1976-77, prior to entering the Jesuits. Ministry restricted in 2009.

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