Priest Is Accused of Misconduct
January 31, 2014
According to Suzanne Hammons, the spokesperson for the Diocese of Gallup, Father Timothy Conlon, a priest of the Diocese, has been credibly accused of two incidents of sexual abuse toward a minor.
Conlon, a member of the Crosier Brothers, based in Phoenix, Ariz., was in the process of becoming incardinated within the Gallup Diocese when the accusations came to light.
The accusations refer to an incident that took place approximately 40 years ago, before Fr. Conlon came to Arizona and before he was ordained a priest.
Upon learning of the accusation, Bishop James Wall immediately notified law enforcement in Arizona, and, working with the Crosier Prior Provincial Thomas Enneking, O.S.C., immediately removed Conlon from ministry in the Diocese of Gallup, where he had been assigned as Parish Administrator for St. John the Baptist Parish, in St. John's, Ariz., and San Raphael Parish, in Concho, Ariz.
At this time, the Diocese has not received any allegations of sexual abuse concerning Conlon during his time in the Diocese of Gallup.
Bishop Wall expressed his sorrow for the victims who have come forward to report the abuse and reaffirms his commitment and the commitment of the Diocese to protect children and others and assist those who have been harmed.
Anyone aware of any sexual misconduct by an employee or religious member of the Diocese of Gallup is asked to contact Diane DiPaolo at 1-505-906-7357.
Further questions and concerns regarding this matter may be submitted to Hammons, media liaison for the Diocese of Gallup, at 1-505-863-4406, Ext. 15, according to officials.