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Rutgers Preparatory School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at Rutgers Preparatory School

Franklin Township, New Jersey

Founded: 1766

Location: Somerset, New Jersey

Grades: Pre-K through 12

Established in 1766, Rutgers Preparatory School is a co-educational college prep school that is considered the oldest independent school in the state of New Jersey and 16th oldest in the country. In recent years, the school has been home to an average of 600 students and around 80 teachers annually.

In the early 1980s, teacher and swim coach Stanley Kops worked at Rutgers Preparatory School after allegations of abuse arose at his former job in New York. He was previously teaching at The Horace Mann School in The Bronx, New York. Rutgers Preparatory officials denied ever knowing about Kop’s history of abuse allegations at Horace Mann.  Kops worked at Rutgers Prep for a year before his contract was allowed to run out without renewal following allegations at Rutgers Prep.

Several students at Rutgers complained about inappropriate touching and sexual advances from Kops. Finally, according to media reports, one father who was active in the school community, demanded the school take action after Kops groped his 12- year old son. Kops resigned from his teaching position shortly thereafter.

Kops died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1985.  According to his obituary in the Princeton alumni magazine, Kops was enrolled in the New Brunswick Theological Seminary at the time of his death.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

The Morristown-Beard School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Morristown-Beard School

Morris County, New Jersey

Founded:1891

Location: Morristown, New Jersey

Grades: 6 through 12

Originally founded from two seperate schools, Morristown Beard School was established in 1891 as a coeducational private school. The two single-sex schools were named Beard School for Girls and Morristown School for Boys. The campus now has two academic units: Upper School (9-12) and a Middle School (6-8). It is home to a student population of approximately 600 students each year.

In January 2016, the parents of a teenage student alleged that a former teacher from the Morristown Beard School had an inappropriate relationship with their daughter while he was teaching at the school. The ex-teacher, Edward Sherman, was accused of starting the sexual relationship while the victim was in her senior year at the prep school and still a minor. Despite reports of the inappropriate encounters between the two, the school allegedly failed to report the incidents to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency as required by law. Sherman was even allowed to chaperone the girls’ senior trip to Greece together, according to media reports.

The victim’s parents sued the school for negligence for failing to take action against Sherman or to protect its student despite multiple reports. However, the case was dismissed purportedly because the victim failed to cooperate with the case. Despite being a minor at the time the abuse started, she has since turned 18 which means here parents can no longer maintain a lawsuit of her behalf.  

According to Sherman’s lawyer, Sherman and the girl have fled to Israel since the allegations became public.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

The Lawrenceville School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Lawrenceville School

Mercer County, New Jersey

Founded: 1810

Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Grades: 9 through 12

Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School was originally known as Mainhead Academy and had several variations of the name thereafter. It is now a coeducational preparatory boarding school for students from 9th to 12th grade. The school averages at about 800 students each year and around 100 classroom teachers.

After multiple allegations of sexual abuse in recent years, in 2018 the Lawrenceville School hired an outside investigative firm to look into the school’s history of alleged abuse. Bruce Presley, who was not only a teacher but also a housemaster at the school, has been the subject of dozens of sexual abuse and harassment complaints during his employment at The Lawrenceville School from 1960 to 1984. One of the most consistent stories of abuse was Presley making students do a series of exercises naked while Presley leered at them. The former students recall this happening as a form of punishment for rules infractions, such as being out past curfew.

Others complained of inappropriate physical touching as well.  

Presley, now 79, is believed to be residing in South Florida.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

 

Dwight-Englewood School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Dwight-Englewood School

Bergen County, New Jersey

Founded: 1973

Location: Englewood, New Jersey

Grades: Pre-K through 12

In 1889, the Dwight School for Girls was founded as a college preparatory school for females.  Later, The Englewood School for Boys was established in 1928 for male students. In 1973, the two schools formed a nonprofit corporation known as Dwight-Englewood School. The schools consolidated again in 1993, and now includes students from Pre-K to sixth grade as well. It is home to a population of about 900 students and 100 classroom teachers annually.

In 2014, allegations of a former music teacher at Horace Mann School in The Bronx, New York were brought to light in a lawsuit filed by a former Horace Mann student. The lawsuit accused teacher Johannes Somary of “grooming” and subsequently abusing multiple students in what later became a massive scandal at Horace Mann.  The first victim claimed the sexual abuse occurred over many years, and that some of the incidents took place while the Glee Club was traveling to and performing at the Dwight-Englewood School on multiple occasions.  The lawsuit claims that the schools knew that Somary was a predator for many years and did nothing about it. The case was settled in April of 2015.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

Seton Hall Preparatory School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at Seton Hall Preparatory School

Essex County, New Jersey

Founded:1856

Location: West Orange, New Jersey

Grades: 9 through 12

Founded in 1865, Seton Preparatory School is the oldest Catholic college prep school in New Jersey. It is an all-boys school that is under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Newark, with its origins on the campus of Seton Hall University. The Prep School now has an average enrollment of about 900 students and almost 80 classroom teachers.

In May 2017, a former member of Sacred Heart Parish who attended Seton Hall Preparatory School sued both institutions and the Archdiocese of Newark. The lawsuit claimed that the school failed to protect him from repeated sexual abuse by two priests in the 1970’s. The lawsuit named Fr. William Giblin as an alleged abuser; at the time he was the headmaster of the school. Giblin has also been charged in Canada in 2002 for soliciting sex from a minor.

Rev. Robert Gibney was the other priest who was named in the lawsuit against Seton Hall Prep.  Gibney also worked at Oratory Prep in Summit.  

Records show William Giblin died in 2011.  Gibney died in 2012. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

Oratory Preparatory School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at Oratory Preparatory School

Union County, New Jersey

Founded: 1907

Location: Summit, New Jersey

Grades: 7 through 12

Oratory Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic college prep school for boys in 7th through 12th grades. It has an average annual enrollment of 350 students and 38 classroom teachers. The school was founded in 1907 as Carlton Academy, a boarding school educating grades 4 through 12. In 1964 , the school limited its focus on the older children and became a day school. 

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse at some point in their career. Four priests on the list had ties to Summit, New Jersey. They were listed as working in schools, churches and hospitals. John Capparelli and Joseph DiPeri were two of the priests assigned to Oratory Prep and Arturo Crespo and Robert Gibney were at other assignments near the school campus. 

Not long after the Archdiocese’s list was released, Capparelli was found shot to death in his Las Vegas home.

Gibney and DiPeri are also deceased.  Crespo is believed to be residing in the Tampa, Florida area.  He is 57 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

The Delbarton School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Delbarton School

Morris Township, New Jersey

Founded: 1939

Location: Main campus in Morristown, New Jersey

Grades: 7 through 12

Delbarton is an all-male Roman Catholic preparatory school operated by the Benedictine Monks of St. Mary’s Abbey. The school was established in 1939 and in the beginning, it was only home to those in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. In 1942, the school expanded and began educating boys from seventh to twelfth grade. In recent years, its enrollment has averaged at almost 600 students per year.  

According to documents filed in Superior Court in Morristown, a former headmaster and several monks (both current and retired) were accused of sexually abusing several boys from 1968 to 1984.   In early June 2018, the Benedictine order settled multiple lawsuits brought by five men who were former students at Delbarton. As of July 2018, almost 30 victims have stepped forward with claims of abuse.

One priest, Timothy Brennan, was accused in three of the settled cases and five more pending complaints. Since then, he has admitted to abusing over 50 boys over the years and that he has been living in a notorious pedophile treatment center in Missouri.

The school’s former headmaster, Luke Travers, had complaints made against him by two brothers who alleged the abuse occurred when Travers was still a teacher at Delbarton. One of the brothers also named Rev. Justin Capato as another abuser at the Delbarton School. The two cases were both settled in March of 2018. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

 

The Pingry School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Pingry School

Bernards Township, New Jersey

Founded: 1861

Location: Campuses in Short Hills and Basking Ridge

Grades: K through 12

Originally founded in 1861 as a boys’ school, The Pingry School has been co-educational since the early 1970s.  It is home to a student population that typically numbers about 1100 annually.

In May 2018, The Pingry School announced that it had settled 21 sexual abuse allegations against its former employee, Thad “Ted” Alton.  Alton, who worked as a teacher and a Boy Scout leader, was the subject of 27 allegations of abuse over a six year period in the 1970s. After leaving The Pingry School, Alton moved to upstate New York, where he was arrested for sexually abusing fifty more students in 1989.  He is now a registered sex offender as a result of that conviction.

According to an independent investigation conducted by a third party in 2017, at least two more former teachers had been accused of sexual abuse.  Bruce Bohner was accused of molesting four students, all aged 10 or 11 years old, during the late 1970s. Antoine du Bourg, who taught at the school for 46 years, was accused of molestation and other inappropriate sexual conduct in “multiple instances,” according to the final report.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in the private schools of New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by someone working at a private school in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused in New Jersey may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so please do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

 

 

Msgr. Charles Kaza – Diocese of Erie

Msgr. Charles Kaza

Diocese of Erie

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Msgr. Charles Kaza:

In May 2019, the Diocese of Erie announced that it placed Msgr. Charles Kaza on administrative leave pending an unspecified investigation into an allegation that he sexually abused a minor child.

According to the Diocese of Erie, the allegation was first made to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.  All the Diocese has said about the allegation is that the alleged misconduct occurred in the 1980s while Kaza was assigned to St. John the Baptist in Erie.

It is not clear from the details offered by the Diocese if the pending investigation refers to a law enforcement investigation, which will likely conclude that the statute of limitations has expired on any crimes actually committed, or an internal diocesan investigation which will be conducted by diocesan employees.

At the time of his removal, Kaza was the pastor at St. Tobias in Brockway and the President of the Dubois Central Catholic School Board.

The Diocese of Erie says that Kaza is residing with family members in a private home.  He is without faculties to minister for so long as the investigation remains open.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Erie. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Erie may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so please do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Carmen Sita (Gerald Howard) – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Carmen Sita

(a/k/a Gerald Howard)

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1976

Removed: 1984

Laicized: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Aloysius (Jersey City, NJ)  
  • SS. Peter and Paul (Boonville, MO)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Carmen Sita (a/k/a Gerald Howard):

According to media reports, in September 1982, Father Carmen Sita was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a teen boy multiple times and giving him liquor.  In 1983, he pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years probation in exchange for an agreement that the Archdiocese of Newark would send for treatment at a notorious pedophile treatment facility in New Mexico.

Less than a year later, with the permission of the Archdiocese of Newark, Sita legally changed his name to Gerald Howard and moved to Missouri. He was then incardinated into Diocese of Jefferson City and assigned to a parish with a school.

In 2007, Father Sita was accused of abusing another boy from 1983 through 1988, and giving him drugs to facilitate the abuse.

In 2009, the claim was settled by the three defendants, including the Archdiocese of Newark, for $600,000 and an agreement that Sita would seek laicization. 

In April 2010, Sita was charged and arrested on charges of forcible sodomy, attempted sodomy, and the kidnapping of three MO boys in the 1980s. In June 2014, Sita pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy against the three teenage boys. The other counts were dropped. He was sentenced to serve three concurrent twelve-year sentences and to register as a sex offender when released.

In October and November 2012, Sita was investigated for the sexual abuse of children at a Missouri hospital where he worked as a counselor in the 1980s.

In 2013, five more abuse claims were settled by the Archdiocese of Newark for $650,000.00. 

In September, 2012, Father Sita was laicized (removed from the priesthood), but it was not announced until 2014.

In November 2018, Sita’s name appeared on the Diocese of Jefferson City’s list of credibly accused priests.

In February 2019, Sita’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, which indicated only that he had been the subject of “multiple” credible allegations.  No additional details were provided. 

Sita is still living and now resides in the Farmington, Missouri, area as “Gerald Howard.”  He is 74 years old.  He is also a registered sex offender.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.