Fr. Carmen (Gerald) Sita (Howard)

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark

Summary of Assignments

  • 1976-1982: St. Aloysius; Jersey City, NJ
  • 9/15/1982: Arrested and charged with sexual contact with a male juvenile; Hudson County, NJ
  • 1983: Pleaded guilty, sentenced to 5 years probation
  • 1983: Foundation House; Albuquerque, NM
    • While in New Mexico, Sita’s name was changed to Rev. Gerald Howard
  • 1983-1984: SS. Peter and Paul; Boonville, MO
  • 1984: Charter Hospital – Counselor; Columbia, MO

Arrested 1982; pled guilty 1983 to abuse of a minor and providing him with drugs. Got five years probation and treatment at Paracletes in NM. Legally changed name to Gerald Howard. Incardinated into Jefferson City MO diocese; assigned to parish with school. Reportedly had no clerical assignments since removal from active ministry in 1984. Accused 2007 of abusing another boy. Claim settled 2009 for $600K and agreement to laicize. Other victims in NJ and MO. Arrested 4/10 in NJ and later in MO. Jailed until MO criminal trial. Settlement of five claims in 2013 for $650K. Pled guilty 6/17/14 to two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy against three teen boys. Other counts dropped. To serve three concurrent twelve-year sentences and register as sex offender when released. Laicized 9/24/12, announced 6/18/14. On Jefferson City diocese’s list 11/8/18. On Newark list 2/13/19.


Laicization Decree 09.24.12Cover letter to Archbishop Myers 09.25.12Links to Articles Prior to 10.31.12The Missourian 10.31.12The Missourian 10.31.12Columbia Daily Tribune 11.01.12ABC 17 11.15.12Fulton Sun 11.15.12Connect MidMissouri 11.26.12SNAP Statement 12.03.12SNAP Statement 02.04.13Fulton Sun 02.05.13SNAP Statement 05.09.13Worthy Adversary 05.09.13Digital Journal 05.10.13Jersey Journal 05.10.13Star Ledger 05.10.13; Columbia Daily Tribune 05.11.13; Connect Mid-Missouri 11.25.13SNAP Statement 11.25.13Jersey Journal 11.26.13SNAP Statement 11.26.13Jersey Journal 12.02.13NorthJersey 12.06.13; MO SNAP Statement 06.13.14; ABC 17 06.17.14; Columbia Daily Tribune 06.17.14; ConnectMidMissouri 06.17.14; Missourian 06.17.14SNAP Statement 06.17.14Boonville Daily News 06.18.14MO-SNAP Statement 06.18.14; Star Ledger 06.18.14; SNAP Media Statement 06.19.14; SNAP Statement 06.20.14; MissouriNet 06.23.14Diocese of Jefferson City List 11.08.18Archdiocese of Newark List 02.13.19Archdiocese of Newark Tobin Letter 02.13.19; Assignment Record;