Harlem Pastor Steps down after Sex Abuse Scandal

By Ninad Shah and Lee Kushnir

August 3, 2008

[with video]

Monsignor Wallace Harris Accused Of Sexually Abusing 2 Minors


NEW YORK (CBS) ? Monsignor Wallace Harris, Pastor of Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Harlem was forced to step down from his position as pastor after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor emerged Sunday.

The matter was initially investigated by the Archdiocese of New York, then referred to the Office of the District Attorney for Manhattan, which received a second allegation against the 61-year-old who was the event coordinator for the Pope's Sunday afternoon Mass at Yankee Stadium earlier this year. He also participated in the swearing in of Gov. Paterson.

Monsignor Harris, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1972, has denied the allegations, which concern actions that allegedly occurred twenty years ago.

He will not be permitted to function as a priest until the Archdiocesan Advisory Review Board has studied the matter and made its recommendations to the Archdiocese.


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