Category: Bankruptcy

Federal Court Sets Buffalo Diocese Bankruptcy Filing Date For Abuse Claims

On Friday, September 11, Judge Carl L. Bucki of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of New York signed an Order granting survivors of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo until August 14, 2021, to file claims for compensation.

The August 14 date coincides with the expiration of the extended window created by the Child Victims Act, legislation that created a window of time for all survivors of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against those responsible – including employers like the Diocese of Buffalo – no matter when the abuse occurred.  Previously, the overwhelming majority of claims had been barred by New York’s archaic statute of limitations.

Judge Bucki reasoned that the extended time period, which is slightly longer than in a traditional corporate bankruptcy, will allow the Diocese and its insurers to evaluate the entire picture of potential liability, and takes into account that it often takes survivors of childhood sexual abuse a long time to come forward.  Many do not come forward until the last minute, if at all, given the life-long effects of the trauma.

The Diocese has already sued eight of its insurance carriers in bankruptcy court to force a decision on whether they will provide coverage of claims.

Based upon our extended experience in these matters, we believe that the scale of sexual abuse and coverup in the Diocese of Buffalo rivals the scandals in much larger dioceses, like the Boston Archdiocese and Los Angeles Archdiocese, which serve exponentially more Catholics.  However, decisions by the Diocese of Buffalo’s leaders led to a much higher percentage of its parishioners being exposed to sexual predators.  Through our own investigation, we have identified at least 143 clergy who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the Buffalo Diocese, an absolutely staggering number given the Catholic population of the area.

The August 14, 2021, date is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Diocese will be immune from suit in any claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after August 14, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Diocese of Buffalo, including laypeople and teachers.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Buffalo in New York.  The Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Buffalo Diocese.  Very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. James C. Hayes – Syracuse Diocese

Father James C. Hayes

Diocese of Syracuse

Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2002 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966 – 1967       St. Mary (Binghamton, NY) 
  • 1968 – 1969       Faculty House (Binghamton, NY)
  • 1970 – 1972       Unknown
  • 1973                  St. Louis (Oswego, NY)
  • 1974                  St. John the Evangelist (Oswego, NY)
  • 1974 – 1976       Oswego Catholic High School (Oswego, NY)
  • 1977                  Oswego City School District (Oswego , NY)
  • 1977 – 1978       Bishop Cunningham Catholic High School (Oswego, NY)
  • 1978 – 1984       St. Anne and St. John (North Bay, NY)
  • 1979 – 1981       Ecclesiastical Attorneys
  • 1984                  Diocesan Pastoral Council – Northern Region
  • 1984                  Priests’ Senate
  • 1985 – 1988       St. John the Baptist (Syracuse, NY)
  • 1989                  Diocesan Cabinet – Northern Region
  • 1989 – 1990       Board of Diocesan Consultors
  • 1989 – 1991       Holy Family (Fulton, NY)
  • 1992 – 2002       Community General Hospital (Syracuse, NY) 
  • 1993 – 2003       St. Michael (Onondaga Hill, NY) 
  • 1997 – 2003       Special assignment
  • 1998 – 2002       Our Lady of Good Counsel (Warners, NY)
  • 2003 – 2018       Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James C. Hayes:

According to media reports, in June 2002, Father James C. Hayes was removed from his parish assignment as Community General Hospital Chaplain after allegations resurfaced about “inappropriate behavior” years previously, and after three victims filed lawsuits. He had been serving as a hospital chaplain since 1991.

One incident was first reported in 1990 and Father Hayes was sent to St. Luke’s for treatment. The Diocese of Syracuse confirmed that Father Hayes remained active after a person came forward about the abuse.

In 2003, the Diocese stated that Father Hayes had been permanently removed from ministry due to credible allegations of child sexual abuse.

Father Hays’ name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Syracuse’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, published in December 2018.  It released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Syracuse in New York.  The Diocese of Syracuse filed for federal bankruptcy protection in June 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Syracuse may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Syracuse will never be able to take any legal action if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Paul Worczak – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Paul Worczak

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

 

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 2003 

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1969-1970 St. Mary’s (Potsdam, NY)
  • 1971-1973 Holy Family (Watertown, NY)
  • 1974 St. Patrick (Chateaugay, NY)
  • 1975-1981 St. Thomas More (Canton, NY)
  • 1982-1989 St. Joseph (Massena, NY)
  • 1990 St. Lawrence the Martyr (Sayville, NY)
  • 1991-2004 St. Andrew’s (Norwood, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Paul Worczak:

In April of 2002, a man came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Father Paul Worczak. The man alleged Fr. Worczak molested him when he was 11-years-old in 1971, at Holy Family in Watertown. The man also claimed that on top of being inappropriately touched by the priest, he also knew of other victims.

Bishop Barbarito kept Father Worczak in active ministry until March of 2003.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg offered to pay for counseling but refused to admit liability, saying that the statute of limitations had passed.

His name appears on the updated version of the Ogdensburg diocese list of priests with credible accusations against them as of November 13th, 2018.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. David Wisniewski – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father David Wisniewski

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

 

Ordained: 1981

Removed: 2002

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Sacred Heart Church (Massena, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Church (Lowville, NY)
  • St. Thomas Church (Greig, NY)
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church (Redford, NY)
  • St. Bernard Church (Lyon Mountain, NY)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Glenfield, NY)
  • St. Hedwig’s Church (Houseville, NY)
  • Notre Dame Church (Malone, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father David Wisniewski:

In July of 2002, Father David Wisniewski and three other priests were removed from their assignments as a result of a zero tolerance policy from Dallas Bishops’ conference. He was working as an associate pastor for about two years at Notre Dame Church in Malone at the time.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a statement saying that all four priests had substantiated sexual abuse allegations against them. Furthermore, all four of the priests had also been through some form of therapy in the past for their “problems.” No other information has been released about the number of alleged victims or the time-frame of the alleged abuse.

It is known that Father Wisniewski was assigned to Notre Dame during the mid 1980’s. 

His name appears on the updated list of credibly accused priests by the Ogdensburg diocese as of November 13th, 2018.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Wiley – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father John Wiley

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

 

Ordained: 1956

Died: 1984

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Wiley:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly for sexual abuse of a minor by the list was Father John Wiley.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred.

The only information given about Father Wiley was that he died in February of 1984. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Clark White – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Clark White

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 2002

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1975-1976 St. Alexander (Morrisonville, NY)
  • 1977-1978 Holy Family (Watertown, NY)
  • 1979 Unknown
  • 1980-1983 St. Alphonsus (Tupper Lake, NY)
  • 1984-1985 St. Lawrence (Louisville, NY)
  • 1986-1991 On duty outside the Diocese (St. Martin de Porre, Peru)
  • 1992 Special Assignment
  • 1993 – 1995 St. Patrick Church (Brasher Falls, NY)
  • St. Patrick Church (Hogansburg, NY)
  • 1996 – 2002 St. Patrick Church (Brasher Falls, NY)
  • St. Lawrence Church (North Lawrence, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Clark White:

In July of 2002, Father Clark White and three other priests were removed from their assignments as a result of a zero tolerance policy from Dallas Bishops’ conference. Father White was working at St. Patrick’s Church in Brasher Falls at the time. 

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a statement saying that all four priests had substantiated sexual abuse allegations against them. Furthermore, all four of the priests had also been through some form of therapy in the past for their “problems.”

No other information has been released about the number of alleged victims or the time-frame of the alleged abuse. Clark White appears on the updated list of credibly accused priests by the Ogdensburg diocese as of November 13th, 2018.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Michael Toth – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Michael Toth

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

 

Ordained: 1974

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Bernard’s Church (Saranac Lake, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Toth:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly as accused of sexual abuse by the list was Father Michael Toth.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information released about Father Toth was that he has been removed from public ministry, and is still living.

Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. George Tobin – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father George Tobin

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

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Ordained: 1950

Retired: 2000

Died: 2010

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Tupper Lake, NY
  • St. Anthony’s (Watertown, NY)
  • St. John’s (Plattsburgh, NY)
  • St. Bernard’s (Lyon Mountain, NY)
  • St. Joseph’s (Massena, NY)
  • Holy Family High School (Massena, NY)
  • AuSable Forks, NY
  • St. Joseph’s (Malone, NY)
  • St. Mary’s of the Lake (Cumberland Head, NY)
  • St. James (Cadyville, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father George Tobin:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly as acused of sexual abuse by the list was Father George Tobin. The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred.

The only information released about Father George Tobin was that he died on August 25th, 2010. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Carl Stone – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Fr. Carl Stone

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

 

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Ordained: 1942

Removed: 1981

Died: 2006

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1955-1956 Queen of All Hearts (Bayshore, NY)
  • 1957-1961 St. John Bosco (Malone, NY)
  • 1961-1971 Montfort Fathers Provincial and Mission House (Ozone Park, NY)
  • 1973-1976 Oneonta Area Office (Oneonta, NY)
  • 1976-1977 St. Mary (Amsterdam, NY)
  • 1977-1978 St. Mary (Gloversville, NY)
  • 1978-1980 Holy Cross Church (Morris, NY)
  • 1981 Unassigned (ALB)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Carl Stone: 

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany removed Father Carl Stone from ministry in 1981, due to him pleading guilty to sodomy charges stemming from an incident that alleged sex with two teenage brothers in Colonie. He was placed on probation for five years.

According to reports, he worked for the Albany Diocese of nearly 11 years, and before that, had worked for the Ogdensburg Diocese where he was also accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

Carl Stone then applied for a Canadian citizenship and was on probation when he went to the Cornwall area in Canada. In 1985, he was fired after his new job had learned of new accusations against the priest involving inviting young men into his room at St. Joseph’s Villa.

Accusations were also out that Eugene LaRocque, a former Catholic Bishop in Canada, knew about Stone’s past when he hired him after the arrest.

After being removed, Carl Stone died in 2006.

Most recently, his name appeared on the list of “Clergy Credibly Accused While Serving in the Diocese of Albany” this November of 2018.  

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Thomas Squires – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Thomas Squires

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Ordained: 1975

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. John’s (Plattsburgh, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Squires:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly of abuse by the list was Father Thomas Squires. The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information given about Father Squires was that he has been removed from ministry, but is still living. 

In 2019, Thomas Squires was accused in a lawsuit filed under the New York Child Victims Act of abusing a 14-year-old boy for over two years. The victim claimed that Fr. Squires began grooming him at age 11 when his mother was seriously ill with Multiple Sclerosis. The family attended St. John’s in Plattsburgh, where Squires was assigned at the time.

The victim was offered compensation through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, but refused.

Thomas Squires has been removed from public ministry, but his current whereabouts are unknown.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.