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Bronxville Priest Charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child PDF Print Email

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Dec. 19, 2018: Editor's note: Christopher Satriale, chief of the Bronxville Police, sent MyhometownBronxville the following press release from the Office of the District Attorney of Westchester County.


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 Bronxville Police 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 investigation was conducted by the Bronxville Police Department in collaboration with the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.

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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Thomas Kreiser

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 


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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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