Fr. Francis Nelson

Diocese:  Diocese of Brooklyn

Summary of Assignments:

  • Unknown — St. Mary Star of the Sea
  • Unknown — St. Charles Borromeo (New York, NY)

Notes:  Charged in 2002 after DA obtained Brooklyn church files. Nelson pled not guilty. He was accused of visiting a 12-year-old girl in 1999, taking her on his lap, touching her breasts under her bra, and pushing his penis into her buttocks through her clothing, while her terminally ill grandmother sat nearby. Parents reported the abuse, Nelson was removed, then accepted in the NY archdiocese after Bishop Tharmaraj of Kottar, India, wrote letter of recommendation. Convicted and sentenced 2003 to 4 months jail.

Sources:  Daily News 2.4.03; Daily News 2.6.03; NY Times 2.6.03; Newsday 05.24.02; NY Times 05.24.02; USA Today 11.11.02; Daily News 01.24.03; Daily News 01.29.03; AP 03.25.03; NY Times 03.26.03; Mercury News 04.14.10; SNAP Statement 09.16.10