Sean Leo Rooney: Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Sean Leo Rooney

Accused Priest Sean Rooney



In 2013, Fr. Sean Leo Rooney was named in a lawsuit brought by a survivor of child sexual abuse. The survivor alleged that Fr. Rooney sexually abused him when he was a fourteen-year-old student at Goshen Junior Seminary in Goshen, New York, where Fr. Rooney was a teacher. The case settled in 2014.

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney was ordained in 1959 and worked at the following locations:

  • 1959-1968: St. Dominic Savio High School, Boston, MA
  • 1968-1971: Salesian Day High School for Boys; Salesian Resident Junior Seminary; Camp Salesian for Boys; Salesian Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club, Cedar Lake, IN
  • 1971-1975: Don Bosco Technical High School, Paterson, NJ
  • 1975-1979: Archbishop Shaw High School, Marrero, LA
  • 1979-1981: Salesian Junior Seminary, Goshen, NY
  • 1981-1983: Don Bosco High School for Boys, Ramsey, NJ
  • 1983-2003: St. John Bosco Church, Birmingham, AL
  • 1983-2003: Holy Rosary, Birmingham (Gate City), AL
  • 2003-2008: Salesian Provincial House, New Rochelle, NY

Fr. Rooney was laicized in 2008.