Priest accused of sexual abuse, served campus ministries at Cornell and Ithaca College

March 3, 2019

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester notified Cornell and Ithaca College of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Reverend Carsten Martensen.

Father Martensen has served in campus ministry at Cornell University and Ithaca College since 2007. Father Martensen is not an employee of Cornell University.

"To our knowledge the allegation dates from the 1970s and does not correlate with Cornell, past or present. Father Martensen is not an employee of Cornell University, so the investigation is being led by the Jesuits USA Northeast Province," said John Carberry, Senior Director of Media Relations and News at Cornell. 

Cornell has temporarily revoked all privileges for Father Martensen that are provided for chaplains affiliated with Cornell United Religious Work.

The USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits has temporarily suspended Father Martensen from all current assignments and public ministry pending completion of an investigation.


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