In 2015, Fr. Peter Kihm of the Archdiocese of New York was suspended after a survivor alleged that Fr. Kihm sexually abused him as a child. The allegation was deemed credible by both the Archdiocese of New York and law enforcement. At least one other person subsequently came forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Kihm. Fr. Kihm could not be prosecuted because New York’s statute of limitations had expired.
Fr. Peter Kihm was ordained in 1981 for the Archdiocese of New York. Fr. Kihm worked in parishes in Brooklyn, Fishkill, Ossining, Nyak, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, and Rhinecliff, New York. He was also a faculty member at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, New York. Fr. Kihm was suspended in 2015 and laicized in 2016. Following his laicization, Fr. Kihm reportedly moved out of New York state.
The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program of the Archdiocese of New York has made financial settlement available to at least one survivor of Fr. Kihm’s abuse.
Fr. Peter Kihm worked at the following locations:
1981-1984: St. Mary Star of the Sea, New York, NY
1984-1987: St. Mary’s, Fishkill, NY
1987-1992: Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Poughkeepsie, NY
1993-1996: St. Ann’s, Ossining, NY
1996-1999: St. Ann’s, Nyak, NY
1999-2007: St. John the Baptist, Poughkeepsie, NY
2013-1/2015: The Good Shepherd, Rhinebeck, NY
2013-1/2015: St. Joseph’s, Rhinecliff, NY
1999-1/2015: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Poughkeepsie, NY