Priest Is Charged in Teen's Sex Abuse

By Robert Gearty
Daily News
June 13, 1996

A priest turned psychologist was accused yesterday of fondling a patient a 15-year-old boy in therapy because of problems at school, police said.

Thomas Morrow, 51, was charged with sexually abusing the boy in Morrow's home on 65th Ave. in Forest Hills, Queens, on June 6, and possession of crack, cops said.

The alleged victim told cops he was taking a shower when Morrow came in with a camera and started taking pictures. He said Morrow then pushed him up against the wall and fondled him.

The boy notified cops the next day. Morrow was arrested on Tuesday. He was also charged with misdemeanor charges of obscenity, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of crack.

Morrow is an ordained Catholic priest. He had been assigned to several parishes until he was granted an indefinite leave of absence at his request in 1987, said Frank DeRosa, a spokesman for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Since then, Morrow has been a full-time psychologist with a private practice.

Bishop Thomas Daily, head of the diocese, said he was "saddened" to hear of Morrow's arrest.

The alleged victim said he had gone to Morrow's home after Morrow asked him if he wanted to make some extra money doing some chores, said a law enforcement source. When he got there, he didn't see anything that needed to be done but noticed some pornographic material in the house, the source said.

He told Morrow he was going to go home and take a shower and see his girlfriend. Morrow then invited him to take a shower in his house, he said.


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