Fr. Donald J. Crosby

Diocese:  Diocese of Syracuse

Summary of Assignments:

  • 1963-1969:  St Mary, Cleveland
  • 1963-1969:  St Matthew, East Syracuse
  • 1969-1975:  Utica Catholic Academy

Notes:  Accused in 1970s of abusing teenage girls at a Utica Catholic School. Reported to Msgr. H. Charles Sewall (now known abuser) but Sewall apparently did not report. Nothing found in Crosby’s files. Voluntarily left priesthood in 1975 and laicized in 1980. Working as school guidance counselor in 2003 but resigned shortly after school learned from the DA’s office about old allegations. One woman said her mother reported the abuse to the Diocese in the 1990s but no record found. Died 1/04.

Sources: Syracuse Post Standard 02.19.04Observer-Dispatch (Utica, NY) 02.24.04Watertown Daily Times 03.14.18

Note: Years listed indicate editions of the Official Catholic Directory. Because of the publication schedule of the Directory, a priest listed at a parish in a given year was also likely at that parish for part of the previous year.