In 2002, Fr. Charles Kavanagh was accused of sexually abusing a high school student in the late 1970s at Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Manhattan, New York. The Vatican held two church panels on the matter and Fr. Kavanagh was laicized in 2010. Fr. Kavanagh sued the survivor and the Archdiocese of New York for libel in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Fr. Charles Kavanagh worked at the following locations:
1965-1966: Sacred Heart, Bronx, NY
1967: Holy Innocents, New York City, NY
1968-1971: Woodstock Jesuit Community
1972-1984: Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, New York City, NY
1972-1984: Bishop Ford Residence, New York City, NY
1985-1988: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington DC
1989-2002: St. Raymond’s, Bronx, NY
1996-2003: Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, New York City, NY
1999-2002: Partnership for Quality Education, Inc.
1995-2002: Archdiocesan Office of Development
1998: Episcopal Vicar of the Archdiocese, Bronx-East, NY
1999-2000: Regional Vicar of the Archdiocese, Bronx-East, NY
2001: Regional Coordinator of the Archdiocese, Bronx-East (2001)