Fr. Ronald J. Tully

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson


Augustinian priest, taught in DC 1960s. Left Order 1970. Became Paterson diocesan priest. Charged 1979 in NY after two boys (14 & 15) alleged sex abuse by Tully. Charges dismissed 1980. Both came forward 2004 after learning he had been assigned to parish since 1983. They said church official threatened families in 1979 to keep them quiet. Permanent leave 2004. A 3rd claim settled 1/07. Voluntary laicization requested. Two more claims settled as of 4/08. Another 12/08. Settlement 3/12 for $265K. In 9/15 Paterson diocese settled for “six figures” with woman claiming Tully fondled her over 20 times in 1977 when he was Pope Piux XII High vice-principal and she was a 16-year-old student. Total of $2.1M in settlements with at least 9 alleged Tully victims, ages 8-16 at time of incidents. Laicized 2004. Abuse reported 2011 to Archdiocese of Washington DC. On WDC archdiocese 10/15/18 list.


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