Rev. Steven J. Wolpert,

Summary of Case: Wolpert admitted to sexually abusing an 8 year old boy between 2006-2007, and was sentenced in 2008 to nine to eighteen years in prison. He also admitted to allowing kids to sleep naked with him. He had been an active Redemptorist priest from 1980-1987 and is said to have "retired".

: 1980


Start Stop Assignment Town/Accusations State Position Notes


New York archbishop was Terence James Cooke (1968-1983)

1981 Mount St. Alphonsus Seminary Esopus NY    


Brooklyn bishop was Francis John Mugavero (1968-1990)

1987 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Brooklyn NY   Wolpert "retired" from the priesthood, per news reports. He is not indexed in the Directories after 1987.
1987 2008  


Wolpert pled guilty in March 2008 to "Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse" for having "deviate sexual intercourse" with an 8 year old boy between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 1, 2007 in Hawley Borough, PA. (Wayne Independent
March 19, 2008) Wolpert testified that he allowed kids to sleep naked with him. He was sentenced to nine to eighteen years in prison, ordered to pay $3,000.00 restitution, and was to be put on the national sex offender registry for life. (Wayne Independent
August 14, 2008 )


: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1981-1987 )

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This assignment record was last updated on Nov. 16, 2010