Wallace Harris: Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Wallace Harris

Accused Priest Wallace Harris


In June 2008, Fr. Wallace Harris of the Archdiocese of New York was accused of sexually abusing a thirteen-year-old student at Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in New York. The District Attorney investigated and discovered another former Cathedral Prep student with allegations against Fr. Harris. Fr. Harris was suspended in July 2008. By September 2008, eight additional men had come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Harris. Fr. Harris was not criminally charged due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

Fr. Wallace Harris was ordained for the Archdiocese of New York in 1972. He worked in parishes in New York City throughout his career and rose to prominence in the archdiocese. He was elevated to Monsignor in 2009. In 2010, Fr. Harris resigned and was permanently removed from active ministry. In 2012, he was sentenced by the Vatican to a life of prayer and penance.

Fr. Wallace Harris worked at the following locations:

1972-1983: St. Joseph of the Holy Family, New York, NY

1977-1989: Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, New York, NY

1989-2008: Society of St. Vincent De Paul, District Council of Manhattan, New York, NY

1990-2008: St. Charles Borromeo, New York (Harlem), NY

1995-2008: Archdiocesan Priests Council, New York, NY

2002-2004: St. Peter’s, New York, NY

2003-2008: Church of the Resurrection, New York (Harlem), NY

2006-2010: Archdiocesan Consultors, New York, NY

(Sources: http://www.bishopaccountability.org/Harris_Wallace_A.html and http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/harlem-pastor-suspended-da-probes-charges-sexually-abused-2-kids-article-1.312569)