Fr. William N. Cramer

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1977-1985: Our Lady of the Lake; Sparta, NJ
  • Unknown: Our Lady of the Valley; Wayne, NJ
  • Unknown-1985: Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Boonton, NJ
  • 1985-1991: Absent on Leave
  • 1991-2002: St. Joseph Hospital – Chaplain; Paterson, NJ
  • 2002-2005: Unassigned
  • 2005-2007: Absent on Leave


Accused of abusing two young brothers in 1984. Their mother told the diocese, which then transferred him. Reported to police in 1985; convicted in 1988 and received three years probation. Each child received $38K in civil suit. Worked as hospital chaplain beginning 1991. Placed on leave 2002. Cramer hired canon lawyer to fight his suspension. Name is included on the “Perversion Files,” a national list of Boy Scout Leaders accused of being molesters which was released 10/12.

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