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Fr. Jose Alonso

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Rector from 1973 of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist when accused in 7/87 of sexually assaulting two teenage brothers. Resigned in 8/87. Sent to New Mexico for treatment. Convicted in 1988 of the sexual abuse of the two boys. Sentenced to five years. Died 9/19/03, shortly after release from prison. Named in at least three civil suits. At least two claims included in settlement with diocese in 2005. (One news article spells his last name Alonzo.)

Fr. Romannilo Apura

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Arrested 8/21/14, charged with molesting a 16-year-old boy in a Trenton home in late spring or early summer. A second incident occurred in June, when Apura attempted to remove the same boy's pants. Suspended by bishop without privileges during investigation. Had been assigned to St. Martha's in Point Pleasant since July 2012. Prior to that was at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton from June 2007 to July 2012. Diocese says this is only complaint it has received re Apura. Pleaded guilty 8/15 to aggravated criminal sexual contact. Sentenced 11/20/15 to 3 years in prison, ordered to register as sex offender, and lifetime parole. Time to be served at specialized adult treatment center for sex offenders. Mental health evaluation found Apura to have "repetitive and compulsive behavior." Released 11/30/17. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Removed from ministry.

Fr. Edward Balestrieri

Order: OSST
Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Removed from ministry 5/1/02 after a woman wrote to the Trinitarians to complain that Balestrieri "inappropriately touched her son," age 11, in 1975 in Trenton, NJ, when he was a member of the Order. He had been incardinated into the Belleville Diocese in 1985. On 1/24/09 the Belleville diocesan website gave his status as "Administrative Leave/Retired." Died 9/10/12. On the Belleville diocese's list 12/19/18.

Fr. John M. Banko

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Removed from ministry in 2000. Convicted in 2002 on charges of molesting an 11-year-old boy in 1993. Sentenced to 15 years. At least 9 other alleged victims, abused as young as age 6. Additional criminal charges filed 9/06 alleging abuse of a boy 1994-95. Pled not guilty in 11/06. Convicted in 2008. Diagnosed as "repetitive and compulsive sexual offender." Sentenced in 9/08 to additional 18 years. Died 2/29/16 at the New Jersey Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Woodbridge NJ.On the diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Michael L. Barber

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Ordained: 1975
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits' Maryland Province on its list 12/17/18. Admitted in 1994 to the recent sexual abuse in Strathmere NJ of a minor. Noted to have "pled guilty to a charge of harassment by offensive touching." Removed from ministry, sent to the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore. Per Jesuits, living in a restricted environment on a safety plan. On Baltimore archdiocese's list in 2/19.

Fr. Charles C. Beausang

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Ordained: 1946
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Monsignor. Retired to Port Charlotte FL in 1992. Died 8/24/2000. Named publicly as accused by attorney Mitchell Garabedian on 1/19/21. Allegedly sexually abused a nine-year-old boy on one occasion in 1950 at Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Atlantic City. The alleged victim filed a lawsuit which settled in 2020 in the four figures.

Fr. Ronald R. Becker

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Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Removed from parish work in 1989. Faculties removed in 2002 after "credible complaints." Two prior settlements. Arrested in 3/07 on charges of molesting a female family member when she was ages 5-11 in the 1980s. Pled not guilty in 6/07. Died in 1/09. Diocese paid woman $325K to settle her claim in 11/09. Accused of abuse of 5 altar boys in Ewing in the 1970s and 1980s. Settlement with the 5 men for $1M in 6/11. On Buffalo diocese's updated list 11/5/18. Noted to have been a seminarian from Trenton. On Trenton diocese's list 2/13/19. Per news in 6/20, two more lawsuits were filed. Suit in 8/20 claims abuse in 1982 of a 12-year-old.

Fr. John P. Bernard

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused of abusing a boy for 5 years, beginning 1972. A 1994 RICO lawsuit settled in 2003. Two other claims settled for $50K 1993. Left parish ministry in 1977 for military chaplaincy. Retired in 1992 and permanently removed from ministry. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Sued 12/19, accused, along with Revs. Jay Shannon and John Kelly, of abuse of a boy, age 12, in 1974.

Fr. John D. Bohrer

Ordained: 1978
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Named publicly as accused by diocese in 1/19 after review of personnel files. Removed from ministry and retired 12/31/18 due to accusation he abused a teenage boy in the mid-1980s, when assigned to St. Piux X in Cherry Hill. The alleged victim first told the diocese in 10/02. Bohrer was suspended at the time, then returned to ministry in 2009 after the diocese and Vatican reviewed the case. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Br. David B. Burton

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. No details provided as to when and where the alleged abuse occurred. Placing Burton in the Archdiocese of Newark, where the Irish Christian Brothers' North American Province is based.


Br. Gerald K. Barry

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Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. No details provided as to when and where the alleged abuse occurred. Placing Barry in the Archdiocese of Newark, where the Irish Christian Brothers' North American Province is based.


Fr. Joseph J. Brennan

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Ordained: 1944
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused in a lawsuit settled in 1/16 of sexually abusing a boy, ages 12-14, at St. Maurice's in Brooklawn, NJ 1957-59. Assigned to parishes in Ocean City, Somers Point, Westmont, Brooklawn, Camden and Swedesboro. Hospital chaplain in Camden for two years in the 1950s. On Sick Leave 1963-66. Died 9/28/76. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Timothy J. Brennan

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1978
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Pled guilty in 1987 to aggravated sexual contact in 1983 with 15-year-old boy at Delbarton School. Received one-year suspended sentence, sent to therapy. Settled. Allowed to continue working in NY churches for over 10 years. In Rochester NY in 2002 when placed on leave. Another complaint filed 2002. Sent to rehab center in MO for life. Accuser from Delbarton filed suit 6/12. Settled 06/05/14. Accused in 7/17 suit of abuse of altar boy, ages 11-14, student at St. Elizabeth of Hungary School, 1968-71. Per suit, Brennan sent the boy on missions to have sex with other students and report back; plied with porn; masturbated in boy's presence. Settlement 6/18 with 5 men alleging abuse at Delbarton School. Settlements also 12/18 and 2/19. Brennan admitted to abuse of about 50 boys. Active suits 2/19 from 3 men and 1 woman, claiming abuse at St. Elizabeth's. Died 12/4/19, age 79. Named in a 7/20 lawsuit filed under the NJ Child Sexual Abuse Act. Four more suits in 10/20. More in 12/20.

Fr. Gerard J. Brown

Ordained: 1961
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Named publicly as accused by the Trenton diocese on its list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Died in 2013. One accuser stated publicly in 6/19 that when he was a 16-year-old seminary student and parishioner at St. Mary of the Lake in Lakewood, Brown abused and attempted to rape him. In a 12/19 lawsuit a man alleged Brown abused him at age 15. He said church officials called him a liar at the time, and that they covered up multiple cases involving the priest. Brown is deceased.

Fr. Francis Bruno

Ordained: 1974
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Removed from a seminary because of improper behavior. Graduated from another. Accused in a 1994 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy, ages 12-14, 1978-81. The abuse allegedly occurred at parishes in Woodbridge and South Amboy and at the Stella Maris Retreat on Long Beach Island. Removed from ministry. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted.

Seminarian Marcin Burek

Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

From Poland. Arrested in 10/11 after driving down streets and trying to lure at least four girls, ages 13-19, into his car by offering them alcohol and offering to pay them $10 for sex. Per the diocese, Burek was studying on a student visa to gain "parish ministry experience and to further discern his vocation." He was attending St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He denied the allegations. Was no longer living in parish setting or attending the seminary.

Fr. Michael J. Burns

Ordained: 1973
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Accused publicly in 3/04 of sexually abusing a girl when she was a sixth grader in 1975. Her complaint was originally made in 2002; diocese investigated, found no proof and allowed Burns to continue in active ministry. She filed suit in 2004. Retired in good standing in 2017.

Fr. Michael G. Campanalonga

Ordained: 1962
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused of abusing three brothers in the late 1960's-early '70s, including on trip to California. Permanently suspended in 1993 after refusing psychiatric evaluation after allegations of sexual abuse were made. Two of the three brothers sued him in 1994. SOL stopped legal action and case dismissed 2002 after several appeals.

Fr. Justin J. Capato

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Named as abuser in a civil suit filed 3/20/12 by two men who allege abuse at Delbarton School between 1977-1979. One man also alleged abuse in 1980 by Rev. Luke Travers.The father of the brothers told the school about the abuse in 2004. It was also reported to St. Mary's Abbey in 2010. Capato was working as parochial vicar at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel Church in Cedar Knolls, NJ when the suit was announced. St. Mary's Abbey reported in 2012 that he is was under restrictions and being monitored. Settlement in 6/18 with five men alleging abuse at Delbarton School. Named in 7/20 lawsuit(s) filed under the NJ Child Sexual Abuse Act.

Fr. John M. Capparelli

Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 7/11 suit of abuse of a youth. Allegedly had boys wrestle in skimpy bathing suits and photographed them. Sold videos on web. Accused of groping plaintiff. Suit names Scouts and Diocese. Left active priesthood in mid-1980s. Privileges removed 1992; sent to treatment. Taught high school in Newark public schools for 20 years. At least 24 other men came forward with same complaints. Given non-teaching job 11/11. Another suit 12/11. Both settled 2012. Surrendered public schools teaching license 6/13. May have been laicized in 3/14. His appearance at annual Family Festival at Our Lady of the Valley parish resulted in suspension without privileges by Paterson bishop of the pastor, Chris Di Lella, a long-time friend. On Newark archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Died 3/6/19 of gunshot wound at his home in NV. Homicide investigation initiated. Reportedly had a history of hiring male prostitutes. New suit(s) 7/20 claim abuse in the 1980s.

Fr. John J. Casey

Ordained: 1984
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Placed on leave 7/05. Accused of abuse of a minor in approximately 1987. No criminal prosecution because statute of limitations expired. Per 5/07 article, canonical trial of Casey was in its "early procedural stages." Died 8/1/08. Obituary referred to him as pastor of St. Joseph's Church. Bishop Bootkoski performed burial mass. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Michael J. Cashman

Ordained: 1975
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Native of Ireland. Placed on leave 2002 after accusation that he abused a former parishioner, her son and daughter in 1978 at parish in Old Bridge. Other accusations also made. Included in 1/03 settlement claiming abuse by 5 priests. He denied all allegations. In 3/09 church trial found him guilty of 1 count of abuse 1980-83; permanently removed from public ministry. On 7/27/14, diocese announced that that Appeals Court had found him guilty of "ongoing sexual abuse" of two minor children in the early 1980s. Dismissed from the priesthood, per 7/21/14 letter from Bishop. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Robert H. Chabak

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Removed from St. Valentine in Bloomfield in 11/04 due to an allegation that he abused a boy for three years, starting when the boy was age 15 and Chabak was assigned to St. Mary of the Assumption in Elizabeth. Named Monsignor in 1998. Retired per 2009-12 Directories. Had been living in a rectory after Hurricane Sandy with permission from Archdiocese until public pressure forced removal in 2/13. On Archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple allegations noted. Permanently removed from ministry. Accused in a 12/19 suit of abusing a boy, age 13 or 14, at Christ the King in Hillside 1983-84.

Br. John B. Chaney

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Listed on 6/11/14 by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers (CFC) as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings. The order states that the merits of most of the claims settled in the bankruptcy were not tested. Chaney was added to a list of accused on the website of Boston attorney Garabedian on 10/31/14 after a settlement had been reached in the year previous. Assignments included Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell NJ, where the abuse alleged in the Garabedian case is said to have been committed. The 2014 Official Catholic Directory shows Chaney living at a Christian Brothers residence in West Park, in the NY archdiocese. Convicted abuser Bro Ronald Justin Lasik CFC and accused Bro John Laurence Heathwood CFC are also listed as residing there. Lawsuits in 3/21 by three former students allege abuse in the 1960s and '70s. Living in 3/21 in a CFC residence in New Rochelle.

Fr. Peter A. Cheplic

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Known first to have been accused by a man in 2002. Accused in 2005 of abuse in 1980s by three people. Went on "voluntary" leave in 2005. Retired in 2006 after Church decided to try him. First accuser settled 4/06 for $50,000. Two others also settled. Privileges withdrawn. Last known to be living without restrictions at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, NJ. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Velanmarukudiyil Christudasl

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Order: OSB
Status: Acquitted

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Also known as Rev. V.J.Christudas. From India. Visiting priest at Church of the Visitation in Brick from 2001. Arrested 7/14/12 and charged with criminal sexual contact of both an adult woman,her 5-year-old daughter, and her 13-year-old son. The woman complained to police on 7/13/12 after the priest paid a visit to her home. Detectives found probable cause to file charges. Privileges removed by diocese. The woman filed civil suit 7/3/14 on behalf of herself and her two children. Acquitted at criminal trial in 10/14 of child molestation, found guilty of groping the woman. Sentenced to two years probation.

Br. Robert Coakley

Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Scoutmaster and teacher. Accused of abuse of of two brothers, one of whom died by suicide at age 12. Coakley died in 1988. Civil suit filed and appealed to NJ Supreme Court. Dismissed because of NJ Charitable Immunity Act. Coakley's name appeared in the Boy Scout Perversion files released in 2012.

Fr. Raymond L. Cole

Ordained: 1972
Status: Cleared

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Pastor of St. Joseph's in Hillsborough, NJ. Removal from active ministry announced 10/25/13 after allegation of abuse of a minor in late the 1970s, when he was associate pastor at St. Mary's in South Amboy. County prosecutor informed the diocese; no criminal charges due to statute of limitations. Review Board and retired investigator found allegation "not frivolous." Cole denied the allegation. Matter referred to Vatican. In 11/15 Cole was found not guilty by a church tribunal, composed of three priests from outside the diocese. Cole was planning to go to Guatemala to study Spanish, then return to the diocese to do Hispanic ministry.

Deacon Charles J. Comito

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Ordained: 1998
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Deacon. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Removed from ministry in 2007. One alleged victim noted. Former coordinator of the diocesan Family Life Education Counsel. He and his wife held seminars in the 1970s and into the 1980s for parents on teaching sexuality to their children. Died in 8/16/15 in FL.

Fr. Norman T. Connelly

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused of abuse of at least three boys. Suspended in 1993 and later permanently removed from ministry. One suit settled in 1993 for $25K. Named in a 1994 RICO suit; dismissed on SOL in 6/02, but the plaintiffs shared in $880K settlement in 3/03. On the diocese's list 2/13/19. Sued 12/19, accused of abuse of a boy, ages 14-15, in 1978-79. .

Fr. John P. Connor

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Arrested in Camden in 1984 for abuse of boy, age 14. Admission. Placed in special court program under which his arrest was expunged after 1 year if no more problems. Spent 8 months in treatment. Transferred to Pittsburgh in 1985, then to Philadelphia 1988-93. His 1984 victim received a settlement the same year. Returned to Camden in restricted ministry. Removed in 2002. Named in Philadelphia Grand Jury report 2/10/11. Settlement related to alleged abuse of a 12- to 14-year-old boy, 1985-88 in Pittsburgh PA diocese. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Camden diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Absalom Coutinho

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Arrived in US from India in 1970. Assigned to Paterson Diocese in 1984. Went to Florida "on loan" in 1998. Accused of abuse of two females in Paterson, at least one a minor, and removed from ministry 4/20/02. Diocese asked Vatican for permission to hold court trial. At least two variations of last name. On Archdiocese of Newark's list 2/13/19; noted to have worked at St. Nicholas in Jersey City. Permanently removed from ministry. On Paterson diocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple accusations noted.

Fr. William N. Cramer

Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused of abusing two young brothers in 1984. Their mother told the diocese, which then transferred him. Reported to police in 1985; convicted in 1988 and received three years probation. Each child received $38K in civil suit. Worked as hospital chaplain beginning 1991. Placed on leave 2002. Cramer hired a canon lawyer to fight his suspension. Name is included on the "Perversion Files," a national list of Boy Scout Leaders accused of being molesters which was released 10/12. On Paterson diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. William S. Crouse

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Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Worked in Ethiopia, GA, OH, NJ, Vietnam, MD, Puerto Rico and PA. Per the PA Attorney General's 3/1/16 report, Crouse sodomized a 14-year-old boy in the late 1960s while assigned to his order's monastery (Sons of the Sacred Heart, or "Verona Fathers") in Montclair, NJ. Victim told Altoona's Bishop Adamec in 2002. (Crouse was assigned to Altoona-Johnstown diocese at the time.) Alleged a "Fr Ben" also molested him, and both gave him alcohol. Crouse admitted "inappropriate relationship." Medical retirement 2002. Died 07/11/09.

Fr. Michael H. D’Amico

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused in 2005 of abuse of a 13-year-old boy in 1964 at Most Holy Redeemer in Westville Grove. This was D'Amico's first assignment. Placed on leave in 5/05. Permanently removed 10/05. Died in 6/10 at age 71. On the diocese's list 2/13/19.

Br. John H. Dagwell

Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Bro. Aloysius. Joined the Xaverians in 1962. Per Boston personnel files released 1/03, Dagwell pled guilty in 1988 to molesting a student in Newark, NJ; others also complained. Sentenced to probation and ordered to stay away from children. Fired from his position as teacher and coach at a parochial school. Transferred to Boston; may have abused there. Left order in 2002. Worked for 15 years at Keiser U. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. On the Xaverians' list 7/12/19. Sued in 7/20.

Fr. Charles J. Davis

Ordained: 1962
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a boy during his first assignment 1962-64. Transferred three times in three years: to another Camden parish, to a Trenton parish as an extern, and to a missionary assignment in Brazil. Army reserve chaplain 1967-70; on leave for a year; Camden parishes 1971-74; Army chaplain 1974-92; Camden parish for a year. On duty outside the diocese 1992-99 in FL and NH, then retired. Camden asked Vatican to defrock Davis; matter was sent back to Camden for church tribunal.

Fr. Hadmels R. DeFrias

Ordained: 1999
Status: Sentenced

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

From the Dominican Republic. Accused of fondling two brothers under the age of 14 when they worked at the rectory of St. Mary's of the Assumption in Elizabeth in 2001 and 2002. Their mother walked in on an incident and complained to church officials. Removed from the parish and active priesthood. Arrested in 2003; living in MD at the time. Pled guilty. Sentenced to three years probation and barred from contact with minors in NJ. On the archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Permanently removed from ministry. Laicized. Lived in FL 2003-2010. Found in 3/19 to be teaching children at a private school in the Dominican Republic. Presenting himself as "Father Rafael" as part of an interfaith group called "The Order of Eremitic Servants."

Fr. Francis X. Dennehy

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

In 2002 a man told the diocese he was abused as a boy by Dennehy and another priest in the 1950s-1960s.Civil suit filed 7/04. Settled for $50K and counseling in 2005. The man said he knew of at least one other person abused by Dennehy. On diocese's list 2/13/19. In notes multiple accusations and that Dennehy died 8/10/95.

Fr. John Henry Dericks

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Ordained: 1941
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Placed on administrative leave in 2002. A woman said he molested her as a teenager in the late 1950s-early 1960s. He allegedly would sleep with her mother and fondle her at same time. She said she told diocese in 1993, and they said they were not responsible. Dericks paid her a $25K settlement in the early 1990s. In 2003 the diocese found the charges credible. Vatican said he was too old for a church trial. Barred from publicly working as a priest as of 1/04. Died 11/17/10. On the diocese's list 2/13/19. (Name spelled Derricks)

Fr. Leon DIcks

Ordained: 1957
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Accused at some point of sexually abusing a girl, ages 11-14, about thirty times during 1958-61, when the girl was a hospital patient. Dicks was a chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton where the girl received treatment, and the abuse occurred in her hospital room. A claim in the case was settled in 5/20 in the low six figures. Dicks died 10/4/09.

Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio

Ordained: 1970
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Named Auxiliary Bishop of Newark in 1996, Bishop of Camden in 1999, and Bishop of Brooklyn in 2003. In 11/19 the Newark archdiocese was notified of an allegation that DiMarzio sexually abused a St. Nicholas in Jersey City altar boy, age 11, in the mid-1970s. His alleged victim also accused Rev. Albert Mark. The man filed suit in 3/21. DiMarzio "emphatically denied" the allegation. In 1/20 the Vatican ordered Cardinal Dolan to investigate. In 3/20 a second man came forward, alleging DiMarzio repeatedly sexually abused him when he was about age six, forty years prior, at Holy Rosary in Jersey City. DiMarzio denied the allegation. This man filed suit in 2/21. On 9/1/21 the Vatican announced that the allegations were without "the semblance of truth."

Fr. Joseph B. DiPeri

Order: SM
Ordained: 1956
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Named publicly as accused by the Newark archdiocese on its list 2/13/19. Spent most of his career in New Jersey. Accused in 2003 of sexually abusing a student at Chaminade Prep in Canoga Park, CA while assigned there 1977-78. Faculties removed by the Newark diocese. Died in 2007.

Fr. Salvatore DiStefano

Ordained: 2003
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Placed on leave in 1/20 during an investigation of recent, unspecified complaints. Chaplain of Oratory Catholic Prep in Summit, an all-boys school. The archdiocese stated that it "takes very seriously any and all credible complaints of sexual misconduct or sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy.... ."

Fr. Mark J. Dolak

Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Settlement in 1991 with a woman who claimed sex abuse by Dolak 1979-87, beginning when she was age 13 and an Our Lady of Peace school student and parishioner in Fords, NJ, where Dolak was assigned. Accused of abusing a boy at an unspecified date. Claims against him were included in a 1/03 settlement between the diocese and victims of 5 priests. The diocese reportedly said three people had come forward with claims against Dolak. Went on to work as an acute care family support specialist at Monmouth Medical Center. No longer there in 2/19. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Laicization announced in 4/19.

Fr. Lawrence Donovan

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Ordained: 1937
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Named publicly as accused by attorney Mitchell Garabedian on 1/19/21. Allegedly sexually abused an altar boy, age 13, in 1946, while assigned to St. Joseph's in Trenton. The abuse included sodomy. The suit settled in 2020 in the low six figures on behalf of the estate of the alleged victim, who died prior to the resolution of the case.

Fr. William J. Dowd

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Suspended in 2002. Accused by two men of abuse as boys. Case referred to Vatican which sent it back to archdiocese for trial. Church trial held in 1/05. Acquitted; Vatican did not confirm the verdict until 2007. Returned to ministry as of 7/01/07. Returned to job as chaplain for NY Giants, but not to parish ministry. Lawsuit filed in 12/19 by one of the two who came forward in 2002, claiming abuse for five years, beginning in 1967 when he was age 12. Settled. Accused in suit filed in 11/20 of raping a girl, age 10, in 1971, and abusing her until 1975. Per the suit, two nuns held the girl down during the rape. Dowd denied it.

Fr. Denis Patrick Duffy

Ordained: 1969
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused in a 5/21 lawsuit, along with Rev. Bruno Ugliano and Bro. Jonathan Michael Hunt, of sexually abusing a Delbarton School student, ages 13-14, over 150 times 1977-78. Duffy would allegedly follow the boy into the bathroom then molest him, and sodomized him on an overnight class trip to the Jersey Shore. The priest allegedly told the boy "This is how God wants me to show you love." Teacher, among other roles, including assistant headmaster, at Delbarton 1967-87. Left the priesthood and married in 1989. Died 12/30/08.

Fr. Kevin P. Duggan

Ordained: 1987
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

In 11/13, Bishop told parishioners at St. James the Less that Duggan had been accused of sexually abusing a developmentally-challenged adult in the early 1990s at St. James Parish in Woodbridge. Initially removed in 4/13 when Diocese first learned of the allegation. Later sent to Guest House in MN for treatment of alcoholism. Adamantly denied allegations. Review Board found accuser to be credible. Privileges removed. Died 7/6/17. Lawsuit filed on behalf of the victim in 6/19. The diocese offered a settlement in 7/20.

Fr. Robert Dunphy

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused of the sexual abuse of an altar boy, age 12, in 1971 while assigned to Queen of Heaven in Cherry Hill NJ. The abuse included sodomy, and occurred at the home of a teacher of the parish school in Brigantine, NJ. Dunphy died 11/27/16. A claim was settled in 12/19 in the low six figures.

Fr. Edward J. Eilert

Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 2002 of abuse of a teenage girl in the early 1980s. The allegations were deemed credible by the archdiocese. His accuser said she was also abused by two other priests. No prosecution, due to the statute of limitations. Living without restrictions at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, NJ for several years as of 11/13. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Jean-Level Eliscard

Ordained: 1990
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Ordained in Haiti. Working in New Jersey. Arrested in 11/94 for the recent sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. He was at the airport awaiting a flight to Haiti when arrested. Convicted in 1995; received a three-year probated sentence. Returned to Haiti. In 2003 he was working in a Canadian diocese. Prior to offense, he had worked in the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Fr. David A. Ernst

Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Multiple accusers over the years. Sex education teacher for boys at Our Lady Help of Christians parochial school in East Orange, where he was assigned 1954-69. Died 3/26/88. At least one claim against Ernst included in 10/04 $1M settlement between archdiocese and individuals who claimed abuse by 9 priests. Also worked in parishes in Ridgefield Park, Rutherford, Union City and Wyckoff. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Two new suits filed in 1/20 naming Ernst.

Fr. Eugene Fanelli

Ordained: 1940
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jersey City until 1953, then Madonna Della Libera (Our Lady of Libera) in West New York until his retirement in 1993. Elevated to monsignor in 1989. Active in retirement at parishes in Mount Carmel, Jersey City, Fort Lee, Newark, West Long Branch. Directed musical theater at parishes. Died 5/9/00. Accused in several lawsuits filed in 2020 of abuse while assigned to Holy Redeemer/Our Lady of Libera, 1975-77.

Fr. George A. Farrell

Ordained: 1996
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Prior to 1996 ordination, Farrell was a Brother of Charity for 12 years. Placed on leave in 5/03 and sent to a "supervised living facility" after he was accused of an "isolated incident" of "inappropriate communication" over the Internet with a minor in 1997. Police and Division of Youth and Family Services investigated. No criminal charges filed. Returned to ministry in 10/04. Still active as of 3/13 at St. Joseph in North Plainfield, NJ.

Fr. Manuel R.M. Fernandez

Ordained: 1959
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

From Spain. Monsignor. Placed on leave in 2002 after he was accused of inappropriate conduct with a young girl in 1982. DA's office said matter was beyond statute of limitations. Diocese committee recommended he be removed. Returned to Spain where he was an active priest in the Diocese of Ourense. Died at age 71 in 8/06. On Trenton diocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted.

Fr. John L. Flanagan

Ordained: 1941
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 2/13/19. One alleged victim noted. Died 6/25/75. Suit filed in 12/19 claiming abuse of a boy while assigned to Holy Trinity. The abuse allegedly began when the boy was age 7 and occurred in the 1950s and '60s. The suit claims that Flanagan also abused other children.

Br. Malachy Flavin

Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused of abuse of a teenage boy in 1981. Alleged victim told the Benedictines in 1992 and said the Order knew of another victim. Per Order, Flavin left active status in 1987 after he was found drinking with another boy. When Flavin would not voluntarily leave the Order, in 2003 it asked the Vatican for laicization. Named in lawsuit(s) filed in 7/20 under the NJ Child Sexual Abuse Victims Act.

Fr. Francis J. Flemming

Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused of abusing a boy, age 12, beginning in 1960. His accuser said two other priests also abused him. He also said that, when he was age 16, Flemming put a gun to his head and threatened to kill him if he told. Flemming denied the allegations when confronted by the church in the 1960s. In a 1994 RICO civil suit a second man claimed Flemming abused him at age 14. One suit was dismissed in 1/03 because of accuser's credibility. Both accusers were among 23 plaintiffs included in a 3/03 $880K settlement. Flemming died in 1986. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Br. Thomas Cuthbert Ford

Order: CFC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Irish and U.S. citizen. Accused of beating and sexually abusing five boys at Mount Cashel orphanage in Newfoundland 1956-59. Worked as Dean at Damien Memorial School in HI 1972-75. Taught at Bergen Catholic in Newark archdiocese 1986-96. Indicted in Canada in 1996. In 2000 he agreed to return to Canada. Charges reduced. He pled guilty to brutally beating one of the boys in a shower and was sentenced to five months in jail in 8/00. Died 12/24/08. Named in a civil suit 4/4/14 as having abused one boy at Damien Memorial in about 1970. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings.

Fr. Donal Fox

Ordained: 1966
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Named in five 2015 lawsuits vs Delbarton School (prep school for boys grades 7-12), St. Mary's Abbey and The Order of St. Benedict among 5 priests who allegedly sexually abused Delbarton students 1972-84. Per St. Mary's Abbey the complaints "are not new." In 2012 the plaintiffs' attorney filed one lawsuit putting all claimants in multi-plaintiff complaint. It was dismissed. Named in 7/20 lawsuit(s) filed under the NJ Child Sexual Abuse Act. Reportedly in 7/20 "believed to be dead." New suit in 12/20.

Fr. Michael C. Fugee

Ordained: 1994
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 2001 of fonding a boy in 1999, beginning when the boy was age 13. Admitted behavior. Placed on leave. Found guilty 4/03 of aggravated sexual contact. Given lifetime parole, ordered to register as sex offender. Conviction overturned on appeal 2006. Signed agreement never to work unsupervised with children and to go to sex offender therapy. Back in ministry by 2009 as hospital chaplain and in parishes. Given chancery work. In 4/13 was found to be helping with overnight teen retreats in a parish. Parents upset. Resigned from active ministry 5/2/13. As part of criminal case against him for contempt of court based on recent behavior, agreed 11/1/13 to voluntarily seek laicization. Laicization announced 3/17/14. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Lawrence Gadek

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Permanently removed from ministry. Laicized. In 1/20 there was a settlement in the mid-six figures. In that case, Gadek was accused of sexually abusing a girl, ages 11-13, in 1960-62, while assigned to St. Catherine's in Hillside.

Fr. Richard Galdon

Ordained: 1959
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Took leave in 1986. Suspended in 1987. Abused boys in the 1960s-70s as priest and Boy Scout troop chaplain. Convicted in 1987 of sexual abuse of three, ages 9-13. Sentenced to 25 years. Charges of abuse of seven others dropped. Died in 2000. Per obituary he had been "serving at the Service of the Paraclete, a home for retired priests in Jemez Springs, New Mexico." It was actually a treatment facility for pedophile priests. On Newark archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Three claims settled in 2020 in the six figures.

Fr. Manuel Gallo Espinoza

Ordained: 1998
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

St. Mary's, Plainfield NJ visiting priest from Ecuador. In 4/03 a 15-year-old male St. Mary's youth group member told his priest-cousin and a youth group leader Gallo Espinoza raped him in a parish rectory bedroom. Reported less than two weeks later by Catholic Charities to prosecutor's office. Gallo Espinoza old by Archdiocese he could no longer minister; fled to Ecuador. Investigation closed. In 2010 the boy, then a young adult, filed police report. The AD Review Board deemed the allegation credible and recommended laicization. In 2005 Gallo Espinoza returned to the US and taught in a middle school and a high school in MD and VA. Abruptly fled in 2/14. In 7/15 his whereabouts were unknown. Criminal investigation re-opened. Found in 8/15 to be in Ecuador. Admitted to a "sexual encounter" with the boy. Victim filed criminal complaint and arrest warrant issued 1/16. Indicted in 5/16. Still at large at the time. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Thomas P. Ganley

Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Charged in 1/19 with sexual assault of a girl, ages 14-17, in 1990-94 while assigned to St. Cecilia's in Woodbridge. The girl was involved in the parish CCD program. In a secret recording and to investigators, Ganley admitted to the "sexual conduct." The abuse occurred in NJ, FL and Washington DC. Pled guilty to rape and sexual assault of a minor under age 16 in exchange for a sentence of four years in state prison. Required to register as a sex offender. On the diocese's list 2/13/19. Accused in a 12/19 lawsuit of abusing a teenage boy, along with Rev. Robert Witkowski, at a parish in Iselin in the early 1990s. The plaintiff claimed the priests also abused other boys.

Maria Michael Garner

Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Sister of Charity of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township, NJ. Accused in a lawsuit filed 11/24/20 of sexually abusing a girl in her office at Immaculate Conception School several times a week, beginning in 1969 when the girl was age 8. Garner was a teacher and administrator at the school. Also accused, along with Sr. Alice Bernadette, C.S., of taking the girl in 1971 to Rev. William Dowd, and restraining the girl while the priest raped her. Dowd denied the allegations. Garner died 12/17/14.

Fr. Michael M. Garry

Ordained: 1939
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

From Ireland. Ordained in Rome before World War II. May have started as a Benedictine. Worked his first two years of priesthood in Manchester, England prior to arrival in the U.S., due to complications of WWII. Worked in the Sacramento diocese and Newark archdiocese before Trenton. Accused by a woman of repeatedly molesting and stalking her for three years late 1950s-early '60s, beginning when she was age 11 and Garry was assigned to St. Mark's in Sea Girt, NJ. Confession was allegedly used in the abuse, and included digital penetration. Stalking and abuse allegedly continued after reassignment. Retired in 1981. Died 12/11/88. Settlement in 12/19 in the low six figures in case of abuse of two girls, ages 12 and 9, beginning1960 and 1961.

Fr. A. Richard Gerbino

Ordained: 1952
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/19. Accused in a 3/19 lawsuit of the sex abuse of a 16-year-old boy in 1962 at a Vineland parish. The boy said he immediately told another priest in the rectory, who drove him - in the middle of the night - to Bishop Damiano's residence in Camden.The bishop reportedly told the boy in response to his disclosure, "Never speak of this again." Gerbino was the subject of a 2017 settlement with the daughter of a young man who was allegedly abused in the 1960s by Gerbino. The man killed himself in front of his daughter, then age 7, in 1970. Per reports, removed from ministry in 1985 for "mental health reasons." Deceased.

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety

Ordained: 1939
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Hartford CT priest, Portland ME auxiliary bishop 1966-69, then bishop 1969-74. Newark archbishop 1974-86. Died 9/20/16, age 104. Accused in a 3/21 lawsuit of sexually abusing a girl, age 5, several times in 1976. His accuser said she and her mother lived nearby and that Gerety offered to babysit, then molested her in his Cathedral bedroom. She said Gerety told her not to tell because it would hurt her mother.

Fr. William Giblin

Ordained: 1959
Status: Charges Dropped

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Parish priest in early career in North Arlington and Rutherford NJ. At Seton Hall Prep 1961-88 as teacher, athletic director; headmaster 1969-80. Briefly assigned to parish in River Edge, then pastor of St. Joseph in East Orange 1989-00. Retired 7/00, lived and assisted at Holy Rosary in Edgewater until 2010. Arrested in Canada 7/02 with another priest in male prostitution sting allegedly involving minors. Placed on leave/retired by archdiocese. Charges against Giblin dropped 4/03 for lack of evidence; the other priest was convicted. Died 5/13/11. Former Seton Hall student filed suit, claiming abuse by Giblin and Rev. Robert Gibney in the 1960s. Suit ongoing in 10/17. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Robert G. Gibney

Ordained: 1954
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Died in 2012. Accused in a civil suit filed 8/7/14 of abusing a boy at Sacred Heart School and Parish in Vailsburg 1961-63. Settled in 11/14. A second man alleged abuse at St. Catherine's in Cedar Grove. Gibney's name included on archdiocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Augustine Giella

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Transferred from Newark NJ in 1982. Retired 1989. Returned to NJ. Allegation in 1992 to the Harrisburg diocese that Giella had abused a child beginning in 1983. Arrested in NJ 7/92, indicted for child molestation and child porn. Pled not guilty to sex assault of an 11-year-old girl. Family filed lawsuit. He died in 5/93, before he could be tried; suit settled with the diocese for $900K. Other women called news outlets saying they had been abused as minors in NJ in the 1960s by Giella. A PA woman filed suit in 2001; that and two other claims settled later in 2001. In 7/18 two sisters alleging abuse through the 1980s by Giella asked a court to lift a gag order that was part of prior settlements with their other sisters. Accused of abuse of 5 girls in their family, one beginning at age 18 months. On Harrisburg diocese's list released 8/1/18. On Newark's list 2/13/19. The five sisters filed suit in 12/19.

Fr. John C. Giordano

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Giordano retired from St. Luke's Church in North Plainfield early in 5/07. He attributed his retirement to the pressures of running a parish and allegations of sexual misconduct. The diocese apparently investigated at the time and no action was taken. He denied all allegations and stated that the "allegations were handled properly according to both civil and canon law." On the diocese's list 2/13/19. It notes that he was removed.

Fr. Charles P. Granstrand

Ordained: 1966
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

In 9/10 Granstrand announced during services at Our Lady of Mercy that the Bergen County prosecutor's office had investigated allegations against him of sexual abuse of young children, but that there would be no criminal charges. The father of one man in his 20s told reporters that Granstrand molested his son and another boy in 1996, and that his son spiraled into drugs and trouble. Granstrand denied the allegations. Per the Our Lady of Mercy website in 5/20, Granstrand was on staff as pastor emeritus.

Fr. Kevin A. Gugliotta

Ordained: 1996
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Suspended in 2003. Accused of abusing a boy, age 16, in 1980s, before ordination. Later sued. Not charged due to SOL. Reinstated in 12/04 without restrictions, including as youth group chaplain in Scotch Plains. Arrested in NJ 10/20/16 on child porn charges in PA, where he stayed in apt a few times per week. Uploaded from his computer 20 child porn files to internet chat rooms. Removed from Holy Spirit in Union NJ earlier in month due to investigation; "fugitive from justice." At parish just a few weeks, after 8 years at St. Bartholomew in Scotch Plains. Nationally ranked poker player. Pled guilty in 3/17. Sentenced in 8/17 to 11 and 1/2 to 23 and 1/2 months in prison; to register as sex offender; 5 years probation. Said he uploaded the porn to get back at God as he wasn't winning poker tournaments. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Permanently removed from ministry. Accused in 3/09 suit of abuse of 11-year-old Scotch Plains boy in 2004. Suit in 4/1 claims abuse of boy, age 9, in 2006.

Deacon Carlos Guzman

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Ordained: 1981
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Deacon. Suspended 10/20/81 after an abuse allegation involving touching and kissing an 8-year-old boy. Convicted; in 1993 served 8 months of a 9 month sentence. Accused in a 2004 civil suit of abuse in the 1970s-early 1980s of at least two boys. One said he told a priest in 1996 that Guzman raped him in 1978, and the priest responded, "Don't worry....they moved him somewhere else." On the diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. James T. Hanley

Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Admitted in 10/4/03 deposition to abusing about 12 boys 1968-82; abuse included oral sex. Also said he had admitted the abuse to Bishop Rodimer in 9/85. Removed from ministry by Rodimer in 1986. Hanley admitted abusing Mark Serrano 1974-81 starting at age 9. Serrano went public 3/18/02. Serrano case was settled by diocese in 1987 for $350K with a confidentiality agreement. Request for laicization granted 2/7/03. One victim died by suicide in 2003. Diocese settled with 21 accusers in 2005. Served one year in jail on weapons charge. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Lawsuits filed in 12/19 by at least two new accusers. Died in 4/20.

Fr. Michael H. Hansen

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Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in a lawsuit settled in 2020 in the high five figures of sexually abusing a boy, ages 14-15, in 1980-81 while assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes in West Orange. The suit was settled on behalf of the estate of the claimant, who died before the claim was resolved. Hanson died 8/14/12.

Fr. Roy T. Hardin

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Ordained: 1964
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

A man alleged to the diocese in 1994 that Hardin abused him as a teenager in 1976 after going to the priest for counseling. Diocese found allegations credible and permanently suspended Hardin. The statute of limitations stopped legal action. Hardin still receiving church-paid therapy as of 2005. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Bruce Harger

Ordained: 2001
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Resigned in 6/20 as pastor of Church of the Epiphany in Cliffside Park after an allegation that he abused a minor prior to ordination. Ordained in 2001 at age 47 after a career in music, including in Carmel CA, Washington DC and Switzerland. Studied theology in San Jose CA, New Orleans and News Jersey. Studied for the priesthood at Seton Hall University in NJ. Harger denied wrongdoing.

Fr. Thomas M. Harkins

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Named in a 1994 RICO civil suit filed in Camden. Allegation of abuse of girl in 1979-80. Sent for therapy. Second allegation. Both settled for $195K. Church did not report allegation to police per state law. Sent for treatment on other occasions. Active until 2002 when permanently removed. A woman filed suit 5/16/12 alleging abuse on multiple occasions in 1980 and 1981 at St. Anthony of Padua in Hammonton. In 2012 held security post at Philadelphia International Airport. Suit settled 6/27/14 under undisclosed terms. Added to Diocese of Gallup's list 4/19; worked in a parish there 10/81-1/82. On Camden diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Charles W. Hartling

Ordained: 1979
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Became a Marist Brother in 1959. Taught at Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle NJ until 1976, then entered seminary in Darlington NJ. Assistant Program Director for Union County CYO Office; Coordinator of Crossroads Program. Ordained to priesthood 5/26/79. Assistant at Holy Parish in Union 1979-93; St. Elizabeth's in Wyckoff 1993-99; St. Mary's in Rutherford starting 1999, St. Mary's High faculty member. Retired 12/11. Died 6/25/12. Named publicly as accused by the archdiocese on its list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted.

Fr. Douglas U. Hermansen

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. One alleged victim noted. Removed from ministry. Per news in 6/20, Hermansen was accused in a lawsuit of the sexual abuse of an altar boy, age 15, in 1975, prior to ordination. The suit claims Hermansen anally penetrated the boy over 100 times. Accused in a suit in 8/20 of abusing a child, ages 12-13, in 1985-86. Settlement in 2020 in the low six figures of a claim that Hermansen sexually abused an altar boy during 1979-83, when the boy was ages 13-17.

Br. Jerome Heustis

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused of molesting a boy 1963-67 at Essex Catholic High School, Newark, NJ. The boy died by suicide in 1978. The boy's cousin later filed a civil suit against the NY Archdiocese, Newark and and the order alleging abuse by several in the order. Heustis was later principal at Palma High for 6 years in the 1980s. Deceased. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings.

Br. Andrew Thomas Hewitt

Order: CFC
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused of abusing a male high school freshman with emotional problems. Civil suit filed in 8/88. Police investigated. Sentenced to five years probation in 4/89 and inpatient therapy in New Mexico. Order and archdiocese filed against insurance company. NJ Superior Court ruled 8/5/97 reversing lower court's order dismissing plaintiffs' claims and remanding. Died 5/22/02. Listed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in 2014 as accused by at least two persons in claims settled in bankruptcy proceedings.  Named in a suit filed in 7/20.


Fr. Eugene P. Heyndricks

Ordained: 1981
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Arrested 7/02 in male prostitution sting allegedly involving minors. Placed on leave by archdiocese. Pled guilty 2003. Sentenced to two years probation with no unsupervised contact with minors. Remained on leave as of 5/03. Apparently lived without restrictions at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, NJ for several years until his death 12/24/07. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple victims noted. Suit filed in 1/20 by a man claiming Heyndricks abused him at age 14 in 1990, when he was an Our Lady of the Lake student and altar boy.

Br. Walter Hicks

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Member of the Brothers of Charity America District - Region of Our Lady of Charity. Accused in a 12/19 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy, ages 7-9, during 1978-80. The boy was a student at St. Peter's in Pleasantville. Hick's alleged victim came forward in at least 2003, when the diocese reportedly turned the claim over to prosecutors. Hicks is deceased.

Fr. James Francis Hopkins

Ordained: 1968
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Transferred to the Camden diocese from Pittsburgh in 1973. Parents complained in 1988 of inappropriate behavior toward their son. Sent for therapy. Removed from ministry in 1995 after an accusation of abuse of a boy. In 1999 this accuser's younger brother also alleged abuse. Lawsuit in 1999 by younger brother settled for $625K in 2001. Arrested in 2003. Laicized in 2004. Convicted in 2005 of abuse of boy and sentenced to 8 years in prison as of 3/5/05. On NJ sex offender registry 6/12/11. In 2012 a man told the Pittsburgh diocese that Hopkins performed a "medical exam" on him when the man was a freshman at St. Fidelis Seminary High School. decades earlier. Named in 8/14/18 PA Grand Jury Report. On Camden diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. John Huels

Order: OSM
Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Accused in 1994 of abuse in 1970s of a 15-year-old boy in New Jersey. Admitted the abuse. A second victim came forward. Forced to step down as head of the Chicago-based Servites. Went to Africa for a few years. Hired 1997 by St. Paul University in Ottawa, ON, Canada. By 2002 he was still a priest and professor and vice dean of canon law at St. Paul's. St. Paul's said he took "medical leave for the treatment of severe depression" in 8/02 after allegation surfaced. Ottawa archbishop said Huels was leaving Servites and would seek laicization. In 9/18 he was still professor of canon law at Saint Paul's. He was removed from that position after publicity the same month.

Fr. Frank J. Iazetta

Ordained: 1968
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Died 3/14/07. Per news in 6/20, four lawsuits had been filed claiming sexual abuse of children in the 1970s; one suit alleged he touched and massaged a 7-year-old girl's vagina in 1975. A suit filed 7/10/20 claims Iazetta groomed and abused a boy for 16 years, including while the boy was a student St. Joseph High School in Metuchen. Iazetta left the school after 1974. He reportedly transferred in 1986 to Tennessee.

Fr. Edward A. Igle

Ordained: 1974
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused in a 1994 lawsuit of sexual assault and rape over three-year period in 1970s of a 14- to 17 year-old boy. Remained in ministry until permanently removed 2000. His accuser received a $7,000 settlement. Igle said he left priesthood in May 2000 on voluntary leave of absence; diocese said it was due to abuse. A second man accused Igle of sexually abusing him in the 1970s; received a settlement in the early 2000s. Diocese deemed all allegations credible. Igle denied them. In July 2015 he remained a licensed marriage and family therapist in NJ. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Vincent J. Inghilterra

Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Attorney Garabedian announced settlement 9/13 on behalf of one individual who alleged abuse by Inghilterra during 1970s when he was chaplain at Trenton State Teachers College in NJ. This was first public naming of Inghilterra although Trenton officials found allegations credible 5/13 and suspended him then. Military Chaplain, per 1989 Official Catholic Directory. In 2012 he was leading pilgrimages to France, Fatima, Italy and Medjugorje. In 9/16 diocese agreed to 6-figure settlement with man claiming abuse by Inghilterra at age 16 in 1979. The man said that after an incident, another teen told him he was "now one of Fr. Vince's boys." On diocese's list 2/13/19. Removed from ministry.

Fr. John P. Kelly

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Ordained: 1962
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused in a 1994 RICO lawsuit of abuse of six youths in the 1970s and 1980s. One claimant settled for $25K and 3 others were part of a 3/03 settlement. Removed from ministry in 1992 and died same year. Another civil suit filed in 3/05 alleged molestation by Kelly and two other priests. Spent time in Brazil at some point. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Sued 12/19, accused along with Revs. Jay Shannon an John Bernard of abuse in 1974 of a boy, age 12.

Fr. Leo A. Kelty

Ordained: 1960
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Monsignor. Placed on leave in 2002 after a review of diocesan records showed that Kelty was accused of inappropriately touching a young girl on at least two occasions more than 20 years prior. Case beyond statute of limitations, per DA's office. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Died 5/15/18.

Br. Albert Koch

Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused in a lawsuit filed 1/6/21 of sexually abusing a girl, age 14, in summer 1974 at the Marianist Famiy Retreat Center in Cape May Point. The girl was a volunteer camp counselor. Koch reportedly remained active at the center into 2020. Removed. Koch's accuser also alleged abuse at the camp by Mariainist Fr. John Sheehan.

Fr. John E. Komar

Ordained: 1964
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Arrested in 2003 for viewing child porn on his work computer. He had been hospital chaplain at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for 10 years. Hospital's computer technician noticed the websites in the computer history and notified police. Video showed Komar accessing the sites. Placed on leave. Living without restrictions at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, NJ for several years as of 11/13. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Deceased.

Fr. Kevin Kortina

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Named publicly by the Newark archdiocese on its list 2/13/19. One alleged victim noted. Among assignments were Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, Our Lady of Lourdes in West Orange, Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains. Also worked in CA at DeLasalle HS in Concord, and St. Francis DeSales parish in San Bernardino. Deceased.

Fr. Patrick J. Kuffner

Ordained: 2002
Status: Charged

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Suspended from ministry in 2/18. Accused by three people of sexually abusing them as minors when Kuffner was a teacher at Sacred Heart School on Staten Island around 1983, prior to ordination. Taught for 30 years in Staten Island Catholic school system. Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Virgin in Middlesex Borough when suspended. Law enforcement investigating in 2/18. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Charged in 11/19 with sexual assault of a minor between ages 13-16. The abuse allegedly took place in Springfield, MA. Pled not guilty 12/12/19.

Fr. James F. Kuntz

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Pled guilty in 9/08 to possession of child pornography on computer. Sentenced 2/18/09 to 40 months prison and 5 years supervised release. Former administrator at St. Peter's College in Jersey City. Principal 1984-88 of St. Peter's Prep. Was vice president for mission and ministry at St. Peter's College since 8/04. Included on the Northeast Province Jesuits list of credibly accused 1/15/19.

Fr. Eugene Kwapisz

Ordained: 1964
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Named publicly as accused by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian in 5/21. Subject of a claim settled in 2021 in the low six figures. Allegedly sexually abused an altar boy, ages 13-16, 1983-85, while assigned to St. Casimir in Riverside NJ. The abuse is said to have occurred in the parish rectory and in hotel rooms during trips. Kwapisz died 1/27/88.. Per his obituary, Kwapisz worked at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore MD for 10 years, then at parishes in PA, NJ and GA.

Fr. John J. Laferrera

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

In 2009 a man told the archdiocese that he had been abused by Laferrera and Fr. T. Smith. Accusation dismissed as not credible. At least 11 other accusers came forward. Civil suit filed 3/11 by four; four others later joined. Pastor of Saint Philomena's in Livingston when suit filed. Removed 7/11 when he took voluntary leave. Denied charges. Allowed to retire with benefits as of 6/6/12. Six plaintiffs settled 6/12 for $300K; privileges removed. Claims of two more plaintiffs were to be mediated. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19, noting multiple alleged victims. Permanently removed from ministry. Accused in a 7/20 lawsuit of participating with Cardinal McCarrick and other priests in a sex ring involving children.

Fr. Rene Cavalcanti de Lima

Ordained: 1973
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Former member of the Society of Divine Vocations (Vocationists), became diocesan priest in native Brazil. In 8/18 a man told the archdiocese that Lima sexually abused him when he was a 13-year-old altar boy in the late 1980s at Immaculate Conception, and Lima was a fill-in for the pastor. Lima was assigned at the time to St. Michael's. The man said the abuse occurred over a year in the church, Lima's bedroom and and a trip to FL. Lima's accuser said he was informed by Newark archdiocese spokesman, James Goodness, that it was the Vocationists who were responsible to investigate, not the archdiocese. He said Lima left the order 20 years prior and was a priest in the Diocese of Guarulhos, Brazil. Investigate in 2009 for "relationship" with a youth at a Cocaia church. Still in active ministry in Brazil in 5/19.

Fr. Gregory J. Littleton

Ordained: 1990
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Per Metuchen bishop, Littleton gave info to diocese in 1993 that implicated him in sexual abuse of 2 minors. Removed and sent for evaluation and 3 years' therapy. Allowed to return on limited basis; returned in 1997 to full time ministry. Transferred in 1997 to Charlotte diocese, which was told of his past. In 10/02 allegations were reported to Metuchen and passed to Charlotte. Not removed by Charlotte until 2/04 when allegations deemed credible. Per news in 8/18, Littleton claimed he was a victim of sexual misconduct by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Littleton was included on the Metuchen diocese's list 2/13/19. On the Charlotte diocese's list 12/29/19.

Fr. Jose Lopez Durango

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Ordained: 2011
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Allegations 6/13 that Lopez, a native of Colombia working in the U.S. on a religious worker's visa, had molested a 14- year-old girl in 1/13 at St. Mary's rectory in Passaic. Denied allegations. Removed without privileges. Arrested 7/13, charged with Luring a Child, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Criminal Sexual Contact. Released on bail. Found guilty 6/16 of luring, child endangerment and criminal sexual contact. Sentencing scheduled for 11/16. Lopez' attorney requested new trial. On Paterson diocese's list 2/13/19.

Br. Richard Edward Lott

Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused in a 2005 civil suit of sexually abusing a student at Delbarton School in 1977, and of plying the boy with alcohol and marijuana. Settled in 2006. The Order said it learned of accusations against Lott in 2004 and reported it to police. A 3/17 lawsuit claimed sexual abuse by Lott 1/1/76 of another Delbarton student. This accuser said he told Abbot Brian Clark of his abuse over a year after it occurred, and that Clark told the boy to keep it quiet and that Lott would be "reined in." The man learned years later that a second student was abused by Lott not long after he spoke with the Abbot.

Fr. Patrick Francis Magee

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Ordained: 1970
Status: Arrested

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Attended seminary in Ireland. Worked in the Trenton diocese. Returned to Ireland on vacation in 2003 where he was accused of abusing a boy between 1965 and 1969, when Magee was a seminarian. Arrested in Ireland. Allegations of abuse of two adults also raised in Trenton. Charges in Ireland dropped in 2004 after alleged victim's suicide. Magee returned to Trenton and asked to be reinstated. He is shown as retired in 2007-2010 Catholic Directories. On Trenton diocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Removed from ministry.

Fr. Anthony J. Manuppella

Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused of making unwelcome advances and discussing homosexual lifestyle with seminary student and taking him to gay bars. Suit filed 1999. Current status of lawsuits unknown. Pastor of St. Peter in Merchantville per 2011 New Jersey Provincial Directory. In 2018 pastor of St Gianna Beretta Molla, Northfield.

Fr. Kenneth L. Martin

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused of abuse of two teen brothers at St. Andrew in Bayonne, starting in 1978. One told a priest in 1981 and auxiliary bishop Pichelli in 1983, but no action. Martin later held prominent position in diocese, then returned to parish ministry. The same victim went to Archbishop McCarrick with allegations in 1996 or '97. Victim and family got small settlement. Martin was removed, later assigned as a hospital chaplain. Removed in 2002. Still a priest in 2013, without privileges, working as a train conductor for NJ Transit. He successfully sued to keep personnel file from being released in bankruptcy. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Permanently removed from ministry. New suit in 7/20 claims abuse of a boy 1981-84 at St. Andrew's.

Fr. Philip A. Mathews

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Included on Attorney Garabedian's list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Allegedly abused a boy, about age 10, in 1966 at an Atlantic CIty hotel, while assigned to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Berlin NJ. Claim settled 2/15. Mathews also worked in Laurel Springs and Margate parishes. Went on leave 1973. Appears not to have returned to ministry. Included on the diocese's llist 2/13/19. Deceased.

Fr. Terence O. McAlinden

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Removed without privileges 9/07 after Diocese informed by prosecutor's office of claims that he had sexually abused a juvenile for years, beginning in 1985. Civil suit filed; dismissed. No criminal charges due to SOL. Diocesan review board deemed allegations credible. Matter forwarded to the Vatican. Same man filed in 2009 in DE. In 2011 a man said he reported abuse in 1989 and settled with Diocese in 1992. Another man alleged abuse in late 1960s. Suit still before the court 6/14. Diocese claimed no responsibility for McAlinden's behavior because he was "off duty" at the time of abuse. Diocese settled 10/14 with a man claiming abuse by McAlinden in the 1980s. Died 2/6/15. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. William McCarthy

Ordained: 1963
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused in 2002 of abuse of girls, ages 6 and 8, between 1981-1983. He denied all allegations. Placed on leave in 2003 and retired. Diocese given permission by Vatican to hold church trial. McCarthy was exonerated by the church trial and cleared by Vatican to return to active status with full privileges per 5/01/08 article.

Fr. John J. McElroy, Jr.

Ordained: 1985
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Arrested in 5/88. Convicted in 1989 of abuse of a 12-year-old boy. Received a 5-year sentence. Lawsuit settled in 1990 for $700K. Laicized in 1993 so he could marry. Sued diocese because it would not pay his criminal defense fees. Case dismissed by Superior Court. Also named in 1994 RICO pleading. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Joseph F. McGarvey

Ordained: 1950
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Lawsuit filed in 1993 by three people, one a priest, alleging abuse by McGarvey and William C. O'Connell in the 1960s when, plaintiffs were in their teens. Plaintiffs say they were abused 1/65 - 12/72 when McGarvey was pastor of St. Mary Magdalen in Millville. Suit settled in 10/93 for $384K. McGarvey was placed on leave in 1993; later permanently removed. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Died 1/28/10. Accused in a claim settled in 2020 in the high five figures of sexually abusing a boy, ages 5-6, in 1977-78, while assigned to St. Mary Magdalen in Millville. The boy was a student at the parish school.

Fr. Joseph F. McHugh

Ordained: 1973
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

The diocese was warned in the early 1990s by another priest about McHugh's behavior with children. McHugh was accused of molesting a boy 1995-96, beginning when the boy was age 9. Placed on leave, sent to Vianney Center in PA for treatment. Pled guilty in 2005. Sentenced in 4/06 to 5 years probation on a lesser charge so his victim would not have to testify. Civil suit filed and settled. No privileges after 1996. On diocese's list 2/13/19. It notes multiple victims. Deceased. Lawsuit filed 12/19 claims abuse of a boy, ages 11-16, in 1979-84. An 8/20 suit alleges abuse of a child, ages 10-12, in 1980-82. Accused of abuse of a girl, ages 6-7, in 1974-75; settlement in low five figures in 2/20.

Fr. James P. McIntyre

Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Diocesan Director of Priest Personnel. Sued in a 1994 RICO lawsuit which alleged that he, Dennis Rigney and Francis Flemming abused minors on several occasions at St. Pius X Parish. Two brothers went to the diocese in 1994 to complain of abuse 1963-68 but, Bishop McHugh rebuffed them. McIntyre was a seminary student at time of the alleged abuse. Another suit was dismissed in 1/03 based on credibility of the plaintiff. McIntyre died in 8/04. All RICO claims settled in 3/03.

Fr. William J. McKeone

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Named publicly by the diocese as accused on its list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Removed from ministry. (The list shows McKeone's ordination year as 1969; per the Official Catholic Directory, it was 1972.) Accused of abuse of an altar boy, ages 13-14, in 1975-76, while assigned to St. Denis in Manasquan. Settlement in that case in 12/19, in the low six figures.

Fr. Horacio Daniel Medina

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Ordained: 1998
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Native of Honduras, ordained for the Newark archdiocese. Quietly placed on leave in 2002. Arrested in 2004, charged with abuse of 14-year-old boy in 1999. Pled guilty in 2008. Sentenced to three years probation. Privileges withdrawn. Name became public 9/08 after "confidential" memo from archdiocese to all bishops warning them he had no privileges. Laicization announced 9/3/13. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple victims noted.

Fr. Maurice F. Meyers

Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Midwest Province on its list 12/17/18. Multiple allegations of abuse, occurring while assigned to a scout camp in Alpine NJ 1956-77 and teaching in Russia, while assigned to a Narrowsburg NY scout camp and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago in 1959, and while again at St. Ignatius in 1964. Died 1/24/80.

Fr. Richard J. Mieliwocki

Ordained: 1972
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Allegation in 1994 of abuse of two youths in 1988. Placed on leave and ordered to undergo counseling. Disappeared. State counseling license suspended 1999 for improper behavior with minor. Arrested 2004 and accused of abuse of four teenage boys, ages 16-18, at in-patient substance abuse rehabilitation facility. Forced to surrender his license. Pled guilty in plea bargain to two counts 8/21/07. Sentenced 9/07 to 5 years probation and community service. Laicization announced 9/3/13. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Richard R. Milewski

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Ordained: 1983
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Accused in a 5/09 lawsuit of abusing a 13-year-old boy and other boys 1984-85, while assigned to St. Veronica's Church in Howell. On one occasion, Milewski allegedly abused the boys on an overnight trip to a spa in the Poconos. On leave during diocesan investigation. A second plaintiff added to the lawsuit 6/30/09 alleged abuse on a different trip during same time span. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Noted to have been removed from ministry.

Fr. Daniel F. M. Millard

Ordained: 1952
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Named in a RICO pleading filed in New Jersey in 1994. A woman alleged that Millard, her uncle, sexually abused her beginning when she was age five in 1957 and continuing for 8 years. She said her sister, who died in 6/20, was also abused by Millard. The sister's son acknowledged to a reporter that his mother told him Millard had sexually abused her. Other relatives were angry about the allegations by the woman against "Fr. Dan" and cut off contact with her. Millard died 5/27/73 at age 50. The woman filed suit 2/4/20 against the Camden diocese. Per the diocese, the accusations could not be deemed credible because there were no other complaints in Millard's personnel file and because of "statements from [his accuser's] relatives." The same woman alleges abuse by Sr. Eileen Shaw from the age of 15.

Fr. John J. Morel

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Sued in 1994 in massive RICO petition. A man claimed in a 1993 written statement that Morel abused him 1973-81. In 1995 pled guilty to harassment by touching; sentenced to six months probation and counseling. Placed on administrative leave at the time of the accusations. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple victims noted. Died in 2016. Named in 12/19 suit by two male cousins claiming abuse by Morel while he was assigned to Holy Family in Union City. One alleged abuse in 1969 at age 9 or 10, the other ages 5-12 during 1963-70.

Fr. Robert J. Morel

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Placed on leave in 1993. Charged with criminal sexual contact for fondling a youth. Put his hands down the pants of the youth at a party in the rectory, celebrating Morel's elevation to Monsignor. Convicted in 1994. Sentenced to six months probation. A second accuser came forward with similar allegations. Also accused in a 1994 lawsuit of abusing a boy for eight years, beginning when the boy was age 9 in 1973 and ending in about 1981. Lived without restrictions at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, NJ for several years. Died 9/20/99. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple victims noted.

Br. Kurt Munn

Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Franciscan brother. Transferred to NJ from MI in 1972. Returned to DeWitt, MI around 1979. Accused publicly in 4/19 of sexually abusing a boy 1972-79 while assigned to Holy Assumption School in Roebling, NJ. Allegedly began raping plaintiff when he was a 7-year-old altar boy. He filed a report with the NJ State Police in 1996; Munn admitted to abusing the boy as well as over a dozen others, but the SOL wouldn't allow prosecution. The diocese confirmed in 2019 that in 1998 and 2007 it received multiple allegations against Munn from his time at Holy Assumption. Munn left the Franciscans at some point. In 4/19 he was still living in DeWitt, MI. Reportedly known in DeWitt as having been a firefighter and active with the Knights of Columbus. Civil lawsuit filed in 12/19 under a new NJ law by the man victimized as a boy 1972-79. A second man filed suit in early 2020 alleging abuse in NJ beginning at age 10.

Br. Dermod Nash

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. No details provided as to when and where the alleged abuse occurred. Placing Nash in the Archdiocese of Newark, where the Irish Christian Brothers' North American Province is based. Nash is deceased.


Fr. John P. Nickas

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Died 10/09/08. A $75K settlement involving claims against Nickas announced 5/15/13. Accused of sex abuse of a boy on several occasions 1970-72, at St. Rocco's in Newark. Also accused of giving the boy alcohol. A second man alleged that he was molested as a child while staying at a Newark homeless shelter founded by Nickas. The diocesan review board deemed both allegations not credible. After the first settlement, attorney asked that this man's claims be re-investigated. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted.

Fr. Francis E. Nugent

Order: SDB
Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Died: 01/20/2011
Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

A woman told the Salesians in 1994 that Nugent abused her and two of her brothers. Nugent was sent for therapy, then reassigned. The woman complained again to the order in 1998 after she discovered that Nugent was working at a youth camp. The order settled with her in 1998 for $250K. Per the woman, she was part of a group of up to 8 children Nugent regularly abused in the 1970s. Another suit was settled in 2008, claiming abuse of a male Don Bosco Prep student 1977-76. Named in a suit filed by four former junior seminary students. Died at 89 on 1/20/11 in Italy, where he had lived for many years. Included in 3/20 on the Salesians list of credibly accused.

Fr. Marcin Nurek

Ordained: 2017
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

From Poland. Arrived in the U.S. in 3/15. Deacon at Holy Rosary/Sacred Heart in Dover. Arrested 8/3/17, one month after ordination, before he was to start first assignment. Charged with criminal contact and endangering the welfare of a child after accused of groping a 13-year-old girl in Boonton. Allegedly followed group of girls as they walked down the street, then put his hand under the girl's skirt, touched her buttocks and said, "You're sexy." Placed on leave, faculties revoked. Released from custody to Bethlehem Hermitage for priests in Bethlehem Township after surrendering passport. Indicted 3/18. As of 5/18 was to spend 18 months supervised in Pretrial Intervention program. If successful, charges to be dismissed and record expunged. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Laserian I. Nwoga

Ordained: 1995
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused of fondling a girl, age 17, in a rectory in 2001. Civil suit filed. Diocese investigated and said it was inappropriate but not abuse. Still active priest with Camden diocese in 1/05. Served in Kuwait for several months as a military chaplain. As of 4/07, he was stationed at Kadena Air Force Base, Japan. Chaplain at US Air Force Academy. In Biloxi MS (Air Force) in 8/18.

Fr. John P. O’Brien

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Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Accused in a lawsuit(s) filed in 2020 of child sexual abuse while assigned to St. Stephen's in Pennsauken and Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill NJ 1964-66. May be the John P. O'Brien who arrived in the diocese from Ireland in 1946, Per the Official Catholic Directory, O'Brien was named Monsignor in 1967. He was on sick leave 1970-73, then on duty outside the diocese. He appears to have resurfaced in 1973 in Athens, AL in the Diocese of Birmingham AL. He died 11/28/76.

Fr. Charles O’Donoghue

Order: CSSp
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

A 7/09 civil suit claimed abuse of a 7-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother by a John O'Donoghue at St. Catharine's in Spring Lake during 1972-74. Per the diocese, Rev. Charles O'Donoghue was assigned there 1969-74; there were no records of "John." The diocese had been informed of abuse by Charles O'Donoghue in 2002. Another letter received 7/10/09 named John. A member of an Irish religious order, Charles O'Donoghue returned to Ireland in 1975 and is believed to have died in 1986.

Fr. John J. O’Sullivan

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Ordained: 1950
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Ordained for the diocese of Brooklyn. Named in a 1994 RICO pleading as a known abuser. No specific allegations. He was shown as absent on sick leave per 1988, 1990 and 1995 Catholic Directories.

Br. Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan

Order: CFC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Included on Attorney Garabedian's list 3/28/16 of accused clerics named in civil claims resulting in settlements or arbitration awards. Allegedly abused a minor 1972-73 at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell NJ. Another man claimed publicly in 10/16 that O'Sullivan abused him at the school when he was age 14 in the early 1970s. Settlement of $1.9M in 8/16 of suit with 21 men alleging Bergen High staff of sexual abuse when they were young. Seven more former students subsequently came forward as of 7/17, several vs O'Sullivan.

Fr. Contardo Angelo Omarini

Order: OSPPE
Ordained: 1936
Status: Sued

Died: 11/4/1995
Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Per 4/18/13 news, a man stated in 2012 NJ SOL testimony that as a teenage boy he was repeatedly raped by Omarini, a Pauline Father, in the early- to mid-1960s. The boy was a parishioner at St. Bernard's church in Plainfield NJ, where Omarini said Mass in Italian on Sundays at least until 1977. The priest would travel from the Society of St. Paul's abbey and seminary on Staten Island in the NY archdiocese. He was assigned to the order's facility on Staten Island for his entire career, except for a two-year stint at St. Paul's Monastery in Canfield OH 1950-52. In Omarini's early years as a priest, the Society of St. Paul had a connection with nearby St. Rita's church on Staten Island. The complainant states that there were other victims and that Omarini abused in Plainville and also on Staten Island at the Society's abbey there. Omarini died 11/4/95. A lawsuit filed 7/13/20 claims abuse of three siblings at St. Bernard's in the late-1950s and early-1960s.

Fr. Peter J. Osinski

Ordained: 1969
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Arrested in 1997. Pled guilty in 1998 to the sexual assault of a boy for seven years in the 1980s, beginning when boy was age six. Sentenced to 10 years. The victim filed suit against Osinski, Bishop Rodimer and the diocese. Osinski and Rodimer shared a vacation home for over 20 years, where the boy was abused. Settled in 1999. Osinski may have been living in the Shenandoah, PA area as of 2009. On sex offender registry. Laicized in 2003. On the diocese's list 2/13/19. Deceased.

Br. Ruben Mark Padilla

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. No details provided as to when and where the alleged abuse occurred. Placing Padilla in the Archdiocese of Newark, where the Irish Christian Brothers' North American Province is based.

Fr. Robert J. Parenti

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Ordained: 1972
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Placed on leave in 1998 after allegations that he had been involved 25 years prior in sexual misconduct with a minor. He was living at St. Veronica's parish in Howell Township and working at the Diocesan Tribunal in Lawrence at that time. No criminal charges filed. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple allegations noted. Removed from ministry.

Fr. Keith F. Pecklers

Order: SJ
Ordained: 1991
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

In 12/10 testimony before NJ Senate Judiciary Committee a man said he was abused by Pecklers and then-deacon Thomas Stanford while a teenager in 1976 at St. Paul's in Jersey City. Pecklers was 17 or 18 himself at the beginning and was music director. Abuse went on for almost a year. Pecklers went on to be a Jesuit scholar on staff at Pontifical Gregorian University Rome. Plaintiff settled with diocese in 2008. When asked about allegation, Pecklers said there was no abuse because he was a minor himself at the time. Remained active priest as of 7/14. Included on the Northeast Jesuits list of credibly accused 1/15/19. It note report received in 2008 of abuse of a minor 1976-77, prior to entering the Jesuits. Ministry restricted in 2009.

Fr. Victor Phelan

Order: M Afr
Ordained: 1971
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Attorney Garabedian announced a settlement on behalf of one person in 9/13. Although Phelan spent most of his career in the African countries of Burkina Faso and Ghana as a member of the "White Missionaries," he was assigned for at least one year (1977) in Plainfield in the Newark Archdiocese. Not indexed in Official Catholic Directory after 1992.

Fr. John G. Pisarcik

Ordained: 1970
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Arrested and charged in 1991 with abusing two boys under age 13 in 1989-91. Admitted the abuse. Convicted 1992. Sentenced 1/93 to five years at Avenel Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center. Released in 12/95 after three years. Sent to NM for treatment. Two civil suits filed in 1994 on behalf of the victims. On Paterson diocese's list 2/13/19. Lawsuit filed in 12/19 claims Pisarcik abused a boy, age 15, beginning in 1978 and until 1990.

Fr. Timothy E. Pisik

Ordained: 1974
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Convicted in 1991 for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old. Sentenced to seven years; served five. Named in a 3/05 suit, along with two other priests, as abuser of one individual 1986-91. Also named as abuser in 1994 RICO civil suit. Lived in Syracuse, NY as of 6/06. Diocese asked that he be laicized; Vatican sent case back and ordered church trial. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Died 8/2/08.

Fr. Walter Pruschowitz

Ordained: 1961
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

From Czechoslovakia. Salesian seminarian after WWII, taught in northern Italy. Arrived in the U.S. in the 1950s. As a Salesian brother, taught at Bosco Prep in Ramsey. Ordained for the Paterson diocese in 1961 (obit says 1960). Retired in 1977. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Multiple accusations noted. Died 2/21/04.

Fr. Joseph R. Punderson

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Monsignor. Working at the Vatican since 1995 as Defender of the Bond at the Apostolic Signature. Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. One alleged victim noted. Had been credibly accused in 2003 of sexually abusing a minor 23 years prior. The Holy See was informed, Punderson offered to resign, but he was allowed to continue in his role. In Fall 2018 the Trenton bishop instructed him to resign; this time his resignation was accepted. Removed from all public ministry.

Fr. Thomas G. Rainforth

Ordained: 1973
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused in 7/02 by a man of molestation in 1975. Placed on leave. Returned to ministry in 8/02 after diocese said Rainforth was drunk and act was inappropriate but did not meet definition of abuse. Sued 2004 by another man. Claim included in 2/05 $5M settlement with 27 plaintiffs, most of whom were abused by Rev. James Hanley. Rainforth's accuser later died of a drug overdose. In a 12/19 suit Rainforth was accused of sexual abuse by another man, who also alleged abuse as a boy by Hanley. Rainforth is "recently" deceased, per diocese in 12/19.

Fr. Joseph P. Rice

Ordained: 1977
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Removed in 2002. Accused, along with two other priests, of abuse of teenage girl. No criminal charges filed, due to statute of limitations. Church found allegations credible. Allegations against Rice included in 10/04 settlement with Archdiocese. Living without restrictions at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, NJ for several years as of 11/13. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Died in 2014. New suit in 7/20 alleges abuse 1978-81 at St. John the Apostle in Linden. Accused in a claim settled in 2020 in the low six figures of sexually abusing an altar boy, ages 12-18, during 1978-85, while assigned to St. John the Apostle. The abuse included forced oral sex and forced sodomy.

Fr. Matthew Riedlinger

Ordained: 2010
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Complaints to Bishop O'Connell in 2011 that Riedlinger engaged in explicit sexting, emails and verbal conversations with students in seminary. Bishop sent him to counseling and lectured him. Two men set up Internet sting in 2012 and the priest exchanged over 1200 explicit text messages and emails with what he thought was 16-year-old old boy. The men (supported by three others) gave transcripts of the exchanges to the bishop in 2012. Removed; sent to in-patient treatment. No publicity until 2013. Privileges permanently removed 10/13.

Fr. Dennis J. Rigney

Ordained: 1942
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

In a 1994 RICO lawsuit Rigney and two other priests were accused of abuse of two brothers 1963-1978. Suit dismissed; both settled 3/03. Diocese said allegations not credible. Died in 1992. Brother of accused priest Philip Rigney. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Philip T. Rigney

Ordained: 1949
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Monsignor. Director of Vocations, accused of insuring a continuous inflow of child molesters into the Camden Diocese. Named as abuser in three lawsuits, including Rubino's 1994 RICO suit. Abuse of two boys reported to Bishop in 1984. Part of 2003 settlement. Retired in 1986 and worked part time in Palm Beach, FL. Permission removed in 1994 but he kept working. Permanently suspended 2002. Brother of accused priest Dennis Rigney. Died 10/11/05. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Gerald P. Ruane

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 2002 of abuse of a boy in the 1970s-80s. Deemed credible by archdiocese. Allowed to retire in 2004 without privileges. Name released in 2005 after he celebrated public mass. Died 8/15/15. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Accused in a 7/20 lawsuit of participating with Cardinal McCarrick and other priests in a sex ring involving children.

Fr. Michael P. Santillo

Ordained: 1975
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

Left active priesthood in 1992 to care for his parents. Charged in 5/97 with molesting a 13-year-old boy in 1987. Working at time of arrest in non-priest role at church in the Albany, NY diocese. Convicted in 1999. Three additional known victims. Sentenced to ten years. Died of cancer in prison in 2000. Three claims included in 1/03 diocesan settlement involving abuse by five priests. Accused in a lawsuit in 12/20 of grooming then sexually abusing a boy during elementary and high school. Santillo allegedly began to ply the boy with alcohol then molest him when he was a teen in 1983, in the the rectory of St. Mary's in Perth Amboy and during a trip to Disney World.

Br. Robert Satterthwaite

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. No details provided as to when and where the alleged abuse occurred. Placing Satterthwaite in the Archdiocese of Newark, where the Irish Christian Brothers' North American Province is based. Satterthwaite is deceased.


Fr. Augustine J. Seidenburg

Ordained: 1948
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Five women filed suit in 1994 alleging abuse as minors (Rubino's RICO suit).Seidenberg allegedly would force them to sit on his lap while he masturbated and fondled them during confessions. Permanently suspended from ministry in 1994. The women shared in a 3/03 settlement. He died 1/13/01. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Donald J. Sella

Ordained: 1983
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Capuchin brother prior to ordination for the Paterson diocese. Accused in a 1/04 civil suit. At least one claim of sexual abuse of a child was settled in 2/05 as part of a $5M settlement of claims by 27 individuals against several priests. Sella was still assigned to a parish in 2005 because "the diocese found no evidence of wrongdoing during an internal review." Died 11/4/18 in Puerto Rico, where he had been living in retirement. Per his obituary, Sella "resigned for health reasons and retired in 2008."

Fr. Joseph E. Shannon

Ordained: 1961
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

"Jay." Named in 1991 civil suit as having abused an altar boy ages 12-27. Placed on sick leave 1990. Diocese settled in 10/93 for $50K. Accused in a 1994 RICO pleading of abuse of another boy. Accused of involvement in sex ring with other priests. Denied allegations. Claims dismissed on SOL; settled 3/03 when all RICO claims settled. New suit filed 1/12 claiming abuse at St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden in the 1970s. Settlement reached 11/13. Died 9/19/13 at Vianney Retreat. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Sued 12/19, accused of abuse in 1974 of boy, age 12. Plaintiff claimed abuse also by Revs. John Kelly and John Bernard. Two victims were brothers; accused in a suit pending in 12/20 of raping their sister, age 13.

Sr. Eileen Shaw

Order: SC
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 1994 of sexually abusing a girl, beginning in 1968 when the girl was age 15 and continuing until 1992. Shaw's alleged victim said that the nun plied her with drugs and alcohol. Order provided therapy and settled with the woman for $70K. Shaw was removed as principal of elementary school. In 2004 she was working as administrator of the Caritas Community in Jersey City, a retirement home for nuns. In 1/19 she reportedly was still with the Sisters of Charity and restricted from outside ministry. Shaw's accuser also alleges sexual abuse by her uncle, Fr. Daniel Millard, for 8 years beginning when she was age 5.

Sister Andre

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Order: OP
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in 1967 of sexually abusing a girl. beginning in 1965, when the girl was 12. Her parents met with the Order's mother superior, who at first didn't believe the accusation. Letters from Sr. Andre to the girl and the nun's journals confirmed the accusations. Sr. Andre had worked in two other dioceses before Newark and was transferred to CT in 1967. The church paid for the girl's counseling; she died by suicide in 1989.

Sister Regina

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Order: CSAC
Status: Sued

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Two men filed civil suit in 2005 alleging abuse by nuns at Sacred Heart Orphanage in NJ in early 1940s. One man said he was abused by Sister Regina. She and most of other nuns who served at the orphanage are deceased. In 1990 both plaintiffs were in their 80s. In 2009, Court denied a motion by Order on limitations, ruing that the lawsuit could proceed.

Fr. Carmen Sita

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Ordained: 1976
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Arrested 1982; pled guilty 1983 to abuse of a minor and providing him with drugs. Got five years probation and treatment at Paracletes in NM. Legally changed name to Gerald Howard. Incardinated into Jefferson City MO diocese; assigned to parish with school. Reportedly had no clerical assignments since removal from active ministry in 1984. Accused 2007 of abusing another boy. Claim settled 2009 for $600K and agreement to laicize. Other victims in NJ and MO. Arrested 4/10 in NJ and later in MO. Jaied until MO criminal trial. Settlement of five claims in 2013 for $650K. Pled guilty 6/17/14 to two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy against three teen boys. Other counts dropped. To serve three concurrent twelve-year sentences and register as sex offender when released. Laicized 9/24/12, announced 6/18/14. On Jefferson City diocese's list 11/8/18. On Newark list 2/13/19,

Fr. James A.D Smith

Ordained: 1956
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Placed on leave in 2002 after allegations he abused a boy 1962-65. Diocese deemed allegations credible. Civil suit filed in 2003 and settled in early 2005. Matter referred to Vatican. Vatican sent case back to diocese for church trial which was held in 2/05. Tribunal found him guilty of abuse of at least one and decided he should be permanently removed from ministry but not laicized. Smith said he would appeal. On diocese's list 2/13/19. It noted multiple allegations and that Smith died 1/27/15.

Fr. Ralph H. Sodano

Ordained: 1967
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Placed on administrative leave in 2002 due to accusations he abused two in the 1970s. Diocese deemed accusations credible in 2003 and case sent to Vatican. Diocese requested a church trial. Total of four accusations received against Sodano as of 4/08; two settled. The two accusations in 2002 did not result in settlements because those plaintiffs did not seek damages. Died 10/22/08. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Leonard P. Spanburgh

Ordained: 1959
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused in a claim filed with the NJ Independent Victim Compensation Program of sexually abusing an altar boy, about ages 9-13, in 1970-73. Spanburgh was assigned to St. Catherine of Sienna in Cedar Grove during the time of the alleged abuse. Settled in the high five figures in 2/20. Spanburgh had been a Boy Scouts chaplain. Died in 1983.

Fr. Thomas A. Stanford

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Ordained: 1979
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

In 12/10 testimony before the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee, a man said he was abused by Stanford (also spelled Stamford), while a teenager in 1977 at St. Paul's in Jersey City. Stanford was a deacon at the time, prior to ordination to the priesthood. The man said he told Stanford about previous abuse by another teenager (later a Jesuit priest) and that Stanford used drugs and alcohol to abuse him for another three years. Plaintiff settled with the archdiocese in 2008. Stanford left the priesthood in the mid-1980s. He worked as lay employee for the Paterson Diocese until fired after the settlement. On Newark archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Multiple alleged victims noted. Permanently removed from ministry.

Fr. Allen F. Stepien

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Placed on leave 2002 after allegations of sexual contact with minors in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Allegations deemed credible in 2003; diocese asked Vatican to order a church trial. Shown as retired per 2009 Catholic Directory. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Br. Michael E. Stoyles

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Order: CFC
Status: Sued

Died: 02/4/1991
Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Included on the order's list of former and deceased brothers with at least two claims of sexual abuse against them, as required by its bankruptcy settlement in 2014. No details provided as to when and where the alleged abuse occurred. Placing Stoyles in the Archdiocese of Newark, where the Irish Christian Brothers' North American Province is based. Stoyles was born 12/30/1903 and died 2/4/1991.


Fr. Gerard J. Sudol

Ordained: 1980
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Hospital Chaplain 1995-2002. Removed in 2002 after allegation of sexual misconduct. At least one claim included in $1.9M settlement involving 9 priests and archdiocese in 10/04. Acquitted after a canonical trial and assigned to work at a hospice. In residence 12/17 at a Jersey City parish. "Stepped down" pending investigation in 8/18 after an accusation he sexually abused an altar boy while assigned to a Ridgefield Park parish in the 1980s and '90s. One accuser said in 8/18 that some of Sudol's victims later died by suicide. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19 (as "Gerald"). Multiple alleged victims noted. Permanently removed from ministry. Suits filed in early 2020 claim abuse of boys at two churches in Wallington and Nutley, starting prior to ordination. Suit filed in 7/20 claims abuse of a Ridgefield Park boy 1988-94. Settlement in the low five figures in 2020 of a claim of abuse in 1985 of a girl, age 13.

Fr. Brendan V. Sullivan

Ordained: 1960
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Retired in 2004. Permanently removed from active ministry by the diocese 2/23/10 after substantiated allegations that he had abused a 14-year-old boy in 1981, while assigned to Assumption parish in Atco. Diocese had denied knowing of any other claims against Sullivan. Died in 4/11. Accused by a 29-year-old man in a 5/19 lawsuit of sexually abusing him almost daily as a boy 1996-2001 at St. James in Ventnor, beginning when he was age 7. The suit claims other boys were victimized as well. On diocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. John Sutton

Ordained: 1970
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Ordained for the Diocese of Paterson. Began work the Diocese of Palm Beach in 1994; incardinated there in 1/00. Died in 8/00. Named publicly as accused by the Paterson diocese on its list 2/13/19. One accusation noted. It was reportedly received by the diocese in 2005, and abuse was alleged to have occurred in 1979.

Fr. Luke Travers

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1986
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Headmaster at Delbarton School in NJ 1999-2007; taught there before and after that time. In 2011, two former students accused him of sexual misconduct in the 1980s. One said Travers grabbed his crotch and butt. The other said Travers "crossed boundaries" both while he was a student and later. Removed from current position at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey in VA. Three other accusers came forward. Suit filed 3/20/12. Living under restrictions at Abbey until he severed ties with it 4/12. Settlement 6/18 with 5 men alleging abuse at Delbarton School. New suits in 12/20.

Fr. Ronald J. Tully

Ordained: 1966
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Ordained for Augistinians. Taught in DC 1960s. Left Order 1970. Became Paterson diocesan priest. Charged 1979 in NY after two boys, ages 14 and 15 alleged sex abuse by Tully. Charges dismissed 1980. Both came forward 2004 after learning he had been assigned to parish since 1983. They said church official threatened families in 1979 to keep them quiet. Permanent leave 2004. A 3rd claim settled 1/07. Two more claims settled as of 4/08. Another 12/08. Settlement 3/12 for $265K. In 9/15 Paterson diocese settled for "six figures" with woman claiming Tully fondled her over 20 times in 1977 when he was Pope Piux XII High vice-principal and she was student age 16. Total of $2.1M in settlements with at least 9 alleged Tully victims, abused at ages 8-16. Laicized 2004. Abuse reported 2011 to Archdiocese of Washington DC. Laicized 1/22/16. On WDC list 10/15/18. Died 11/29/18. On Paterson list 2/13/19.

Fr. Florencio Peneda Tumang

Ordained: 1948
Status: Indicted

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

In a 1993 civil suit, four families alleged their daughters were abused by Tumang between 1987 and 1992. Parents of one of them allegedly told diocesan officials in 1990, but no action was taken, allowing Tumang to assault the fourth girl, who was age 14. Tumang was indicted twice in 1992 but fled, possibly to the Philippines. Warrants were out for his arrest. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Per the list, Tumang was ordained in 1980, but the Official Catholic Directories show his ordination as 1948. Deceased.

Fr. Bruno Ugliano

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1967
Status: Sued

Died: 11/17/2014
Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Reportedly in 7/02 a woman told the diocese in 10/01 that Ugliano sexually abused her at age 14 in the early 1980s, while assigned to a Linden parish. She also accused Revs. Edward Eiiert and Joseph Rice. Ugliano was temporarily suspended. Law enforcement deemed the allegations not credible. (She received a settlement in a suit regarding the two other priests.) Accused in a 5/21 lawsuit, along with Rev. Manus Duffy and Bro. Jonathan Michael Hunt, of sexually abusing a Delbarton School student, ages 13-14, 1977-78. Ugliano was assistant Delbarton headmaster 1975-78 and headmaster 1985-90. Died 11/17/14.

Fr. Julian B. Varettoni

Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Accused by Bob Deacon in 2004 of abusing him as a boy in the 1960s. Diocesan investigation found insufficient information to determine guilt, though the board found Deacon's testimony credible, per his canon lawyer, Rev. Kenneth Lasch. Deacon appealed to the Vatican. In 2/05 the Paterson diocese settled with Deacon and other victims for $5M. Bishop Serratelli informed Lasch that "the Vatican upheld [Serratelli's] decision to exonerate Varettoni," who continued as pastor of Sacred Heart in Clifton. Retired in 2007.

Fr. Gregory D. Vaughan

Ordained: 1972
Status: Sued

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Monsignor. Parish priest, former vicar for Catholic education, chancellor, vicar general, moderator of the curia, director of vocations. In 3/19, diocese announced it had received a credible allegation against Vaughan of child sex abuse, occurring in the late 1970s-early 1980s, while he was assigned to St. Ann's in Keansburg. Removed from ministry. In 4/19 the diocese quietly updated its list, noting that there were multiple victims. Case reported to law enforcement, and to be sent to the Vatican. Per news in 6/20, Vaughan was accused in a lawsuit of anally penetrating an altar boy, age 8, in on multiple occasions 1987 and forced the boy into oral sex.

Fr. Peter M. Walsh

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Order: OFM
Ordained: 1982
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Arrested 1993 in NJ. Convicted 1994 on five counts of child endangerment - for exposing himself to children - in Lyndhurst NJ. Sentenced to five years probation; ordered to have a chaperone whenever he was in a car. In 6/04 a man reported to the Manchester NH diocese that Walsh fondled then masturbated him for 3-4 months between 1987-1988. Walsh was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry at the time. Walsh denied these allegations.

Fr. Michael Walters

Ordained: 1965
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Allegations to archdiocese in 8/15 that Walters abused a boy and a girl in the early 1980s while assigned to St. Cassian in Montclair. Not suspended until 10/15. One accuser said Walters fondled and kissed him repeatedly as a 12-year-old altar boy in 1982; the other claimed Walters molested her at ages 13-14. Walters denied the accusations. Another woman publicly accused Walters of molesting her twice when she was age 13. Criminal investigation underway 7/16 of allegations he sexually abused a boy in the 1990s at St. John Nepomuce in Guttenberg. This accuser filed suit 8/17/16. His attorney said he was representing six Walters victims allegedly abused 1982-94, ages 8-14. Two more suits filed 10/16. Judge in 10/17 found probable cause to file charges. Five cases settled in 1/19. On archdiocese's list 2/13/19. Permanently removed from ministry. Accused in a 7/20 lawsuit of participating with Cardinal McCarrick and other priests in a sex ring involving children.

Fr. Patrick J. Weaver

Ordained: 1963
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Camden NJ

Weaver was a spiritual adviser to Bishop Guilfoyle. First accusation received in 1966. No action. Promoted and transferred. Arrested in 1985 and 1986, charged with sex crimes. Convicted; placed on probation. Abused at least six boys. Named in 1994 RICO lawsuit. Permanently suspended. All RICO claims settled 3/03. Died 5/21/11. On diocese's list 2/13/19. Sued 12/19, accused of abuse of a boy, ages 8-13, in 1974-78.

Fr. Henry Brendan Williams

Ordained: 1965
Status: Accused

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/13/19. Multiple allegations noted. Removed from ministry. Arrested in 9/19, charged with sexually assaulting a girl under age 13 on three occasions 1997-99. The alleged victim said that she was 12 when Williams touched her on her inner thigh and vaginal area. After news of his arrest, two more women came forward, one alleging that when she was age 12 in 1983, Williams kissed her repeatedly and patted her bottom; the other said that when she was 13 in 1983, he took her to an office to show her something, seemed to attempt to kiss her but she got up and left before he could. Both said the incidents occurred at St. Veronica's in Howell, and they were students at the parish school. Acquitted by a judge in 7/21. Williams reportedly said he planned to move to his native Ireland.

Fr. William L. Winston

Ordained: 1986
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Paterson NJ

Removed from ministry 11/4/04. Accused of abuse of a boy 1999-2002. Was a married Episcopal priest who became a Catholic priest. Also accused of physically abusing his wife. Placed on leave by diocese in 2005 and asked to be laicized. Sentenced to jail for 180 days 5/06. Laicized in 8/07.

Fr. Edward F. Wojtycha

Ordained: 1938
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Accused publicly in 10/20 by a 45-year-old man of sexually abusing him as a child for years, beginning at age 7. The alleged victim said that he was also abused by Rev. Kenneth L. Martin, who had promised to protect him from Wojtycha. Instead, both priests allegedly abuse him at St. Andrew's parish in Bayonne, at hotels, and at a Jersey Shore house. The abuse is said to have included beatings, psychological torture and sodomy. Parish priest at St. Vincent de Paul in Bayonne 1938-63, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Jersey City 1963-70, and St. Andrew's in Bayonne 1970-85. Elevated to Monsignor in 1983. Auxiliary Naval chaplain. Held chancery positions and received numerous honors. Lead a drum and bugle corp 1940s-60s. Retired in 1985 to the Palm Beach FL diocese. Died 6/8/09.

Fr. Benedict Worry

Order: OSB
Ordained: 1987
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Initially was"Bro. Michael" with Brothers of the Holy Rosary (F.S.R.). Worked in Reno diocese; taught at Manogue High School 1974-78, directed CYO program. Ordained a Benedictine priest in 1987. Taught at Delbarton School in NJ for 18 years. In 6/12 a man joined in an existing suit against Delbarton School to allege abuse in 1980s by Worry. A 2015 lawsuit settled. Worry had been removed from assignment in 1/12 and sent to St. Mary's Abbey after allegation of misconduct in the 1990s. Said to be under strict supervision. Accused in a lawsuit against the Delbarton School filed in 7/20 under the NJ Child Sexual Abuse Act of abusing a 15-year-old boy 1978-79. Reportedly still living on campus in 7/20.

Fr. Robert E. Zasacki

Ordained: 1967
Status: Accused

Diocese: Archdiocese of Newark NJ

Ordained for Newark. Sent to MN in 1980 for alcoholism treatment. Ministered in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis; incardinated there in 1987. Permanently removed from ministry in 2002 due to accusation of abuse of a youth in the early 1970s in Newark. Died 3/08 at age 67. On Newark archdiocese's list 2/13/19.

Fr. Gabriel Zeis

Order: TOR
Ordained: 1980
Status: None

Diocese: Diocese of Trenton NJ

Director and chaplain of Princeton University's Catholic campus ministry and Diocesan Vicar for Catholic Education in 9/19 when accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1975, prior to ordination. Denied the allegation. Resigned. On 6/16/20 the TOR Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus announced that investigations by the A.G. and Order could not substantiate the allegation and deemed it not credible. Zeis was to be reinstated.

Fr. Tomasz Adam Zielinski

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Status: Convicted

Diocese: Diocese of Metuchen NJ

From Poland. Had been working at Christ King Church in Manville since 4/08. In 7/08 a teenage girl complained to flight attendants that he was groping her and attempting to unzip her pants during a flight from Poland to the US. Zielinski was criminally charged about one week later. Placed on leave by the diocese. Pleaded guilty 10/1/08. Sentenced to one year in federal prison in 1/09. Released in 1/10.