Judge won’t let public see files of priests accused of sexual abuse


September 15, 2017

By Justin Zaremba, jzaremba@njadvancemedia.com

NEWARK — The Archdiocese of Newark received a protective order on Friday shielding the personnel files of three priests accused of sexual abuse from being disclosed to the public.

Five men and one woman have alleged the Rev. Michael Walters sexually abused them between 1982 and 1995, and a former member of Sacred Heart Parish who attended Seton Hall Preparatory School claims he was abused by two priests at those institutions, the Revs. Robert Gibney and William Giblin, respectively, in the 1960s.

Gibney and Giblin died earlier this decade, but Walters is still alive.

Avram Eule, the attorney for the Archdiocese, said these cases involved “alleged abuse” requiring extensive discovery on their part, and, as in other cases, they’ve sought a protective order “to protect the … alleged priest as well as the reputation of the Archdiocese (of Newark).”

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