Delbarton sex abuse victim wants to speak freely about settlement

Daily Record

Written by
Peggy Wright

A man who admittedly was sexually abused by a Delbarton School monk when he was a student in 1984 joined victim’s advocates Friday in calling upon leaders of the prestigious school to be “transparent and open” about misconduct by its monks and allow him to speak freely about a confidential lawsuit settlement he reached with St. Mary’s Abbey in 1988.

Attorney Gregory G. Gianforcaro, who already represents four men who have accused Delbarton monks in a lawsuit of sexually exploiting them while they were students in the 1980s, held a press conference on the lawn of the Superior Courthouse in Morristown to announce another lawsuit — this one without any money damages being sought — against the school and St. Mary’s Abbey.

On behalf of a man who was at the conference but referred to as John Doe, Gianforcaro said he has filed a complaint in Superior Court to get a confidentiality clause section of a 1988 settlement agreement between the victim, Delbarton and St. Mary’s lifted. The victim, who was abused as a freshman when he sought counseling from the Rev. Timothy Brennan, then a guidance counselor and theology instructor, wants the freedom to speak about his experience and to support other victims.

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