Gallup Diocese adds ex-New Jersey priest to list of accused

New Mexico

The Diocese of Gallup in New Mexico has added the name of another priest to its list of credibly accused sex abusers.

The Gallup Independent reports the diocese said this week it was adding Thomas M. Harkins, who served three months at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Page, Arizona from October 1981 to January 1982.

The Diocese of Camden removed Harkins from the priesthood in 2002 following allegations of child sexual abuse.

Church officials in Gallup say they are not aware of any complaints or allegations regarding Harkins during his brief time in Arizona.

Harkins made the national news in 2012 following media reports he had been hired by the Transportation Security Administration and was working at the Philadelphia International Airport.

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Information from: Gallup Independent, http://www.gallupindependent.com

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