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

The Gallup Independent reported 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.

Harkins already appeared on the Camden Diocese’s list of 57 credibly accused clergy released in January.

He once served at St. Anthony of Padua in Hammonton, according to the list. He was at the parish from 1979 to 1981.

A North Carolina woman, Lisa Shanahan, sued Harkins in 2012 for allegedly assaulting her 10 to 15 times between 1980 and 1981. She was in fifth grade at the time and attended St. Anthony of Padua.

The list stated Harkins had been removed from the ministry but did not identify what year.

Church officials in Gallup say they are unaware 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 Philadelphia International Airport.

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