Friday, September 30, 2005


Convicted DE Priest Was Reinstated

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Sept. 30, 2005 - Officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, have acknowledged that a priest convicted of indecent assault on two teenage boys in 1982 was reinstated to ministry the same year.

As recently as 2002, the Reverend Robert Hermley was serving at the Little Sisters of the Poor retirement complex in Ogletown.

Diocese officials say their policy since 1985 has been that no priest with credible allegations should be allowed to work in active ministry.

Officials said yesterday that they needed time to look into the facts surrounding Hermley's ministry.

Hermley was arrested in 1982 in Pennsylvania, while watching X-rated movies at a drive-in theater with two Philadelphia boys, ages 13 and 14. Nineteen pornographic magazines were found in the car.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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