Fr. Stephen Placa: Diocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Misconduct With a Minor

Fr. Stephen Placa

Ordained: 1995

  • Unknown: St. Francis de Sales, Belle Harbor, NY (BRK)
  • 1996-1998: St. Francis Xavier, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 1999-2002: St. Gregory the Great, Bellerose, NY (BRK)
  • 2003: Absent on Leave, Brooklyn, NY (BRK)
  • 2004-2007: Absent on Leave/Unassigned
  • 2008-2019: Unknown

Fr. Stephen Placa was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Fr. Placa purportedly left active ministry in 2002 and went on to obtain his pilot’s license. Fr. Placa reportedly founded a flight school, the Heritage Flight Academy, in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, New York. In 2009, Fr. Placa was convicted of sexually abusing of two minor boys. Fr. Placa was reportedly laicized in November 2011. Fr. Placa was named on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s 2019 “List of Diocesan Clergy for Whom the Diocese Received Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor,” in the subsection “Clergy Members of the Diocese of Brooklyn with Credible Allegations: Credibility Deemed by Diocesan Review Board Determination and/or Admission on Behalf of the Cleric.” Fr. Placa’s whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.