Father Gentile was defrocked following allegations that he sexually abused minors. Multiple individuals have accused Gentile of sexually abusing them while they were minors. For example, three men have maintained that Gentile abused them while serving at Holy Name of Mary Church in Croton-On-Hudson. A 1997 lawsuit also accused Gentile of sexually abusing two boys in one family in the early 1990s. Reports of Gentile’s behavior reportedly date back to 1971, although he was permitted to serve as pastor in multiple parishes.