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  Priests Cited in Sexual-abuse Claims

Connecticut Post
December 1, 2009

http://www.connpost.com/ci_13900716

Following is a list of priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport against whom claims of sex abuse are chronicled in previously secret documents:

Lawrence F.X. Brett

1963-64, St. Cecelia's Church, Stamford; 1964, appointed spiritual director of Sacred Heart University.

1964: College student goes to urologist because Brett, while performing oral sex on the teen, bit the young man's penis, causing wound. Brett is sent to New Mexico monastery and diocese releases memo that Brett is being treated for a recurrence of hepatitis.

In 1966, Brett serves as priest in Diocese of Sacramento, Calif., where he is accused of assaulting two boys; 1969-72, teacher at Calvert Hall, a Catholic high school in Baltimore and leaves after being accused of molesting two students.

1990: Bishop Edward Egan writes memo welcoming Brett back to diocese.

Brett, however, eventually had his priestly authority revoked, or laicized, by Egan's successor as bishop, William Lori

Martin Federici

1968: Federici is picked up by Bridgeport police who bring him to then-Bishop Walter Curtis after he allegedly sexually molested a boy in his car.

1967, St. Teresa's Church, Trumbull; 1968-70, Assumption Church, Westport.

1971: Parent of a boy at St. Ambrose Church in Bridgeport complains to pastor that his son was sexually assaulted by Federici. He is transferred to Assumption Church in Fairfield.

1978: Westpot police inform diocese Federici

Advertisementhas been accused of molesting a boy. Federici is sent to a psychologist who reports to diocese that Federici "has poor contact with reality." 1978-81, re-assigned to St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Norwalk.

1983: Federici is at St. Joseph's Church in Shelton when he is accused of sexually assaulting a boy who comes for confession. Boy's father complains to diocesan officials of abuse. Federici confesses to the incident, and is transferred to St. Edward the Confessor Church in New Fairfield.

1989: Federici is assigned to Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport.

1990: An advocate for child-abuse victims complains to diocesan officials that Federici abused a young man at a weekend religious retreat. About the same time, diocese officials receive complaint that Federici has been calling sex hotline numbers from a parish telephone.

1993: Parents complain Federici masturbated in front of a boy at a local parochial school. Monsignor Laurence Bronkiewicz tells parents they have never had a complaint against Federici before.

Raymond Pcolka

Ordained: Feb. 10, 1965. February 1965 to June 1967, associate pastor, St. Benedict's Church, Stamford; September 1966 to June 1967, part-time teacher, St. Mary's School, Greenwich; June 1967 to September 1973, associate pastor, St. John Nepomucene Church, Bridgeport; September 1967 to June 1973, part-time teacher, Notre Dame Girls High School, then in Bridgeport.

September 1973 to June 1974, associate pastor, St. Mary's Church, Greenwich; June 1974 to May 1975, associate pastor, St. James Church, Stratford; May 1975 to June 1986, assistant pastor, Holy Name of Jesus Church, Stratford; June 1986 to March 1989, pastor, St. Mary's Church, Bethel.

1988-90, priest moderator for Danbury district of Council for Catholic Women; April 1989 to March 1993, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Greenwich.

1976: Parents of teen-age girl complain Pcolka was sexually inappropriate with daughter during an overnight trip with other children at his New Hampshire cottage.

1983: 18-year-old girl complains to diocese officials that she and her cousins were all sexually abused by Pcolka in 1970s.

1993: Man and woman filed suit against diocese claiming the were sexually abused by Pcolka in 1970s. Diocesan officials tell Connecticut Post they never previously received a complaint against Pcolka. A day later, the lawyer for a Fairfield family disclosed the family had complained about abuse by Pcolka in 1989 and met with diocese officials about that complaint in 1992. A total of 16 people would later claim they were abused by Pcolka in 1970s.

Jan. 4, 1993, first abuse lawsuit filed against diocese. Pcolka sent to psychiatric treatment facility.

W. Phillip Coleman

From 1960 to 1966, St. Teresa's Church, Trumbull; 1966-68, St. Maurice's Church, Stamford; 1969, St. Joseph's Church, Danbury; 1970-72, St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan; 1973-75, St. Thomas Church, Fairfield; 1976-82: St. Patrick's Church, Bridgeport.

1983-87, St. Joseph's Church, Brookfield; 1988, Immaculate High School, Danbury; 1990, Central Catholic High School, Norwalk; 1988-90, Sacred Heart Church, Georgetown; 1991-93, St. Joseph's Manor, Trumbull; 1993-95, St. Margaret Mary Church, Shelton.

1976: Parents complain Coleman is acting inappropriately with teen-age boys. Coleman is later give a two-month leave to travel cross-country with a teen-age boy.

1985: Coleman purchases a house with a single mother of young boy. He gives her an engagement ring. Subsequently there are complaints Coleman has been sexually assaulting the woman's son.

1990s: Coleman serving as priest in Miami.

Monsignor Gregory Smith

1985: Woman complains to diocese officials she was molested by Smith in 1970s. Smith assigned to Sacred Heart University staff. Suspended in 2002.

Gavin O'Connor

Diocese agrees to pay more than $200,000 to a former Shelton altar boy who claimed he was sexually abused in 1977.

1986: Two men complain to diocese they were abused by O'Connor in early 1980s at St. Joseph's Church in Shelton, St. Edward the Confessor Church in New Fairfield and St. Peter's Church in Danbury.

Charles T. Carr

Ordained: May 10, 1980. 1981-84, associate pastor, Our Lady of Fatima, Wilton; 1984-86, parochial vicar, St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Norwalk.

1982: Parent complains her son was molested by Carr.

1984: Parents of two boys complain their son was abused by Carr.

1987-88, associate pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Church, Trumbull; 1986-89, teacher at Notre Dame High School, Fairfield; 1989-90, spiritual director at Central Catholic High School, Norwalk.

1990-91, associate pastor, St. Philip Church, Norwalk; July 1991 to April 1995, associate pastor, St. Andrew's Church.

1990: Diocese sends Carr to Institute of Living and orders him to stay away from children.

Joseph Gorecki

From 1960-64, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, Bridgeport; 1965-66, on duty outside the diocese; 1967-70, St. Joseph's Church, Shelton; 1971, St. Theresa's Church, Trumbull; 1974, Assumption Church, Westport; 1975, St. Vincent's Medical Center; 1976-78, St. Mary's Parish, Norwalk; 1978, joined Orthodox Roman Catholic movement.

Died at age 61 in 1988.

John Castaldo

1991: Accused of molesting 13-year-old boy at St. Theresa's Church in Trumbull.

2001: Chaplain of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford. Arrested for soliciting sex from a 14-year-old boy over the Internet.

Joseph J. Malloy

Brother of former Stamford mayor, former chaplain of Bridgeport Fire Department from 1971-74; St. James Church, Stratford; 1975-87, St. Catherine of Siena Church, Trumbull; 1988, St. Ann Church, Bridgeport. Accused of molesting 10-year-old altar boy at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Trumbull.

Diocesan officials say he is innocent of the charges and he remains an active priest.

Alfred Bietighofer

Ordained in Bridgeport in 1965. Accused of abusing altar boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s at Blessed Sacrament Church and St. Anthony of Padua Parish, both in Bridgeport.

Hung himself after being confronted with abuse allegations.

Richard Grady

Previously pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Bridgeport and St. Leo Parish in Stamford. He was accused of molesting a boy in the early 1980s. He died in 1993.

Joseph DeShan

1988: Initiated a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl while he was assigned to St. Augustine's Cathedral.

1989: Girl becomes pregnant and DeShan leaves priesthood.

1990: Hired as elementary school teacher in Cinnaminson, N.J.

Stanley Bonaszek

Accused of sexually assaulting a former altar boy at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Bridgeport in 1985.

Charles Stubbs

Accused in lawsuits of sexually abusing boys from 1967 through 1971 at St. Ann's Church in Bridgeport, the former Notre Dame Boys High School in Bridgeport and at his residence at the former Holy Ghost Fathers residence in Norwalk.

Stanley Koziol

Admitted sexual misconduct with a boy in the early 1960s.

Vincent Veich

Admitted sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old girl in the late 1970s.

Joseph P. Moore

Accused of molesting a boy at St. Mary Parish in Bethel in the early 1980s.

Martin Ryan

Accused of molesting a teen-age girl in the early 1970s at St. Theresa's Church in Trumbull. Pastor of St. Edward the Confessor in New Fairfield.

Robert Morrissey

Ordained as a priest in 1976. In 1977, assigned to St. Lawrence Church in Shelton; served from 1978-82 at St. Mary's Church in Greenwich; 1983-84 at St. Clement's Church in Stamford; from 1985-86 at St. Joseph's Church in Danbury; 1988-89, on duty outside the diocese; 1990-92, Morrissey returned to St. Joseph's Church; and then in 1992 back to St. Mary's.

Sherman Gray

Ordained in 1970. From 1971-73, assigned to St. Mary's Church in Greenwich; 1974-75, at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome; 1976-1981, at St. Maurice's Church in Stamford; in 1982, Theological College in Washington, D.C.; 1983-85, at Mount St. Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md.; 1986, St. Bernard Church in Riverdale, Md.

Albert McGoldrick

Ordained in 1978. From 1979-80, assigned to St. Mary's Church, Stamford; 1980-84, he was an official with the diocesan tribunal; 1985-86, Divine Word College, Washington, D.C.; 1987, Our Lady of Peace Church in Stratford; 1988, Assumption Church in Westport; 1989-94, there is no listing for his service in the diocesan directory of clergy; in 1995, appointed a judge in the diocesan tribunal; 1998, Notre Dame Church of Easton; 1999, St. James Church in Stratford; 1999, pastor of St. Paul Church in Greenwich.

*** Morrissey, Gray and McGoldrick were accused of sexually assaulting a man from 1979 to 1983, beginning when the man was 15.łę

 
 

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