Cops Seek Priest in Stabbing

By Dan Morrison
June 30, 1996

A priest recently accused of taking photos of a nude teenaged boy was being sought in a stabbing Friday night in the priest's Rego Park residence, law enforcement sources told Newsday yesterday.

Investigators said the Rev. Thomas Morrow stabbed the unidentified man early Friday morning inside the residence on 65th Avenue.

The victim was in critical but stable condition at Elmhurst Hospital Center yesterday, the sources said. Police have not been able to interview the man yet, and his family has not been notified of his injury, the sources said.

Morrow, a licensed psychologist, was charged June 12 with taking pictures of a 15-year-old while the boy showered. Morrow, who previously had been counseling the boy, allegedly paid him to do work around the house and then snapped a picture of the boy as he showered.

He was charged with third-degree obscenity, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, and was released without bail.

While searching the priest's home, police found more than 150 pornographic photos, including those of children engaged in real and simulated sex acts, and sado-masochism.

Police also found a bag of cocaine and several crack pipes, sources said.

Morrow has been on a leave of absence from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens since 1987. The diocese said he had no record of complaints.

In 1993, Morrow sent a letter to the Family Court in which he made an expert recommendation in a sexabuse case. "I am qualified in the assessment and treatment of alleged and actual male sex offenders," he told the court. He went on to say that, in his "professional opinion," the defendant was not a sex offender.


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