January 2019

Bronxville Priest Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child

Defendant: Thomas Kreiser (DOB 07/05/65)


Dec. 18, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, announced Thomas Kreiser, most recently of Riverdale, the Bronx, was arraigned on a charge of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, for touching the intimate parts of a 10-year-old child.


Kreiser surrendered to authorities this afternoon and was arraigned in Bronxville Village Court. Bail was set at $10,000 cash/$20,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court Jan. 16, 2019.


Background: The charges allege, on Sept. 20, 2018, Thomas Kreiser engaged in touching a child on an intimate part of her body while in a school building in Bronxville during the school day. The 10-year-old victim was fully clothed.


At the time, Kreiser was employed as a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of New York and was stationed at St. Joseph’s Parish, which includes a church and elementary school. As part of his duties, Kreiser was visiting the school at the time of the alleged abuse. The Archdiocese since removed Kreiser from the parish.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Mary Clark DiRusso, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, and Janelle Armentano, both of the Special Prosecutions Division.



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