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Albany priest accused, case adjourned till January

Albany priest accused, case adjourned till January

The Rev. Adam Egan appeared in court yesterday charged with unlawful surveillance and tampering with evidence, after he was accused of taking video of a woman in a thrift store changing room.

Colonie Police said 35-year-old Adam Egan entered a dressing room at the Salvation Army in Latham on Wednesday. He held his phone over the divider and recorded a woman in the other room changing.

Police arrested him shortly after and charged him with Unlawful Surveillance and Tampering with Evidence because he deleted the video.

Bishop Love of Albany released a statement to the diocese shortly after Egan’s arrest.

It is with great sadness that I must report to you that Fr. Adam Egan, Rector of St. Stephen’s, Delmar was arrested the afternoon of December 23rd by the Colonie police. He has been charged with Unlawful Surveillance and Tampering with Physical Evidence arising from an incident in which he allegedly videoed a woman changing clothes in a Salvation Army Thrift Store.

I have met and prayed with Fr. Egan. Due to the serious nature of the offense with which he has been charged, as the Bishop Diocesan, I have placed Fr. Egan on indefinite Administrative Leave, during which time he is not to function in any capacity as a Member of the Clergy of this Church, nor is he to wear clerical dress.

Fr. Egan recognizes the seriousness of the charges against him and is cooperating fully with the legal authorities. Obviously this is a tragic incident for all involved: the person who brought the charges, Fr. Egan and his family, St. Stephen’s Church, the Diocese, and the entire body of Christ. I would ask you to please keep all involved in your prayers. May the Love of Christ prevail, bringing healing to all who have been hurt and wounded by this event. It is for this very purpose that Christ came into the world.

Egan’s name no longer appears on the parish Clergy page.

Local news reports that Egan posted bail on Christmas Eve, and that his court appearance yesterday was adjourned until January 20th. Speaking shortly after the arrest, his parish is quoted as saying,

“We’re holding Adam and his family in our prayers and the woman’s family. We’re a church, that’s what we do.”

Photo: Fr. Adam Egan (detail) via St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Delmar, NY, on Facebook

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Jerald Liko

I remember singing an old gospel song in a high school chorus. The chorus included the line, "Fare ye well, poor sinner!"

Seems appropriate for Fr. Egan here. Fare ye well, poor sinner, for all of us are most deeply and despicably sinners. But to your position of trust and authority in a church that values women as creatures of God, made in the image of God, entitled to the worth and dignity of God, say farewell.

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Michael Hartney

Father Egan is in front of American Legion Post 1040 (named in honor of Nathaniel Adam Blanchard) in Delmar, New York. He is carrying a copy of Shorter Book of Blessings, published by Catholic Book Publishing.

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David Allen

Thanks for clearing that up!

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Jay Croft

About publishing the "large photo"--

Thousands of church websites have pictures of their clergy. There's also Google images.

Every entry on Episcopal Café has an image of some sort--usually a photo, painting or drawing.

When Heather Cook was arrested, her photo appeared.

I do find it ironic that Egan's photo appears with, apparently, law enforcement officers in the background, and he in church vestments.

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David Allen

They are perhaps fire fighters and this was a funeral?

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Jay Croft

Yes, looking closely at the photo, that's what it looks like--perhaps outside a fire station.

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Geoff McLarney

I am left wondering is what kind of due diligence was done on the reverend gentleman's background before he was received in orders from the Polish National Catholic Church.

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Bill Bonwitt

FYI, the charges are in fact Class D and Class E felonies in New York which means they are minor felonies. The impact on the woman is of course serious and deserves our prayers and a meaningful response from the Diocese. I did not mean to suggest that the statement by the Bishop or his actions are disproportionate. I simply expressed a concern about the need to broadcast it to the "world."

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David Allen

Do you suggest that the outcome of a conviction on such charges would not include becoming a registered sex offender?

This particular priest is not just any priest in Bishop Love's cadre, he is one of the poster boys in Dio Albany for "traditional family values." He is very much "news" to many in TEC who reap the rewards of his homophobia and other related values in New York.

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Kurt Hill

Oh please, Michael.

poster boy, poster girl
n
a person who appears on a poster
a person who typifies or represents a particular characteristic, cause, opinion, etc: a poster girl for late motherhood.

Kurt Hill
Brooklyn, NY

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David Allen

I don't share your opinion Michael. The Revd Mr Egan was one of +Love's anti-GLBT & anti-marriage equality poster boys long before he was arrested and charged with this current behavior.

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Michael Hartney

Calling someone a "poster boy" is inappropriate, regardless of what this Priest did, or didn't do. Is it not possible to have a conversation online without reverting to name-calling?

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