Fr. Michael J. Cashman

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen

Notes:

Native of Ireland. Placed on leave 2002 after accusation that he abused a former parishioner, her son and daughter in 1978 at parish in Old Bridge. Other accusations also made. Included in 1/03 settlement re abuse by 5 priests. He denied all allegations. In 3/09 church trial found him guilty of 1 count of abuse between 1980-1983 and permanently removed him from public ministry. On July 27, 2014, Diocese announced that that Appeals Court had found him guilty of “ongoing sexual abuse” of two minor children in the early 1980s. He was also dismissed from the priesthood per 7/21/14 letter from Bishop.

Sources:

Star Ledger 04.23.02NY Times 01.31.03Star Ledger 02.02.03Press of Atlantic City 03.15.03Home News Tribune 05.20.03Diocese of Metuchen 02.27.04Home News Tribune 07.02.07Home News Tribune 07.08.07Home News Tribune 03.20.09Tribune 02.07.10PDF of Bishop Statement 07.21.14Statement by Diocese of Metuchen 07.29.14SNAP Statement 09.15.14; http://bishop-accountability.org/