Statement by the Bishop of Albany in response to the arrest of the Rev. Adam Egan. Fr. Egan (pictured) has been released on bail and his hearing has been scheduled for 20 Jan 2016.
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.
The Rt Rev. William Love