Category: Clergy Abuse

Fr. Reuben Abaya – Diocese of Trenton

Father Reuben Abaya

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1977

Removed: N/A 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1978      Our Lady Help of Christians (East Orange, NJ) 
  • 1978-1980      Holy Cross (Rumson, NJ) 
  • 1978-1980      Holy Rosary (Rumson, NJ)   
  • 1980                St. Philomena (Carson, CA) 
  • 1980-1983      St. Mary’s (Perth Amboy, NJ)  
  • 1984-2019      Philippines

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Reuben Abaya:

Father Reuben Abaya was a Filipino priest who worked in New Jersey from 1977 to 1982. According to media reports, in 1984, he was one of seven priests accused of sexual abuse of a 16-year old girl. Father Abaya was visiting the other priests at St. Philomena in Carson, CA in April 1980, when the alleged abuse occurred. 

The girl was first seduced by Father Santiago (Henry) Tamayo, then by Father Abaya and five other Filipino priests. The girl became pregnant by one of the other priests (not Father Abaya). The priests secretly sent her to the Philippines where she endured a difficult pregnancy and nearly died giving birth.

In 1984, a lawsuit was filed. With support from the Archdiocese, all the priests fled the country and returned to the Philippines. The suit was dropped soon after. In 1991, Father Tamayo, the priest who first raped the girl, publicly apologized to the victim in a news conference, for his crimes and for involving the other priests in her abuse.  In 2007, the victim’s case was settled for $500,000, part of a $660-million settlement between the church and hundreds of people alleging abuse by priests.

It is believed that Father Abaya is currently the Spiritual Director at St. Mary’s Seminary in Laoag City, Philippines.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Eugene O’Sullivan – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Eugene O’Sullivan

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1960

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      St. John Vianney (Revere, MA)
  • 1962-1963      Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted (Walham, MA)
  • 1963-1965      St. Ann’s (Marshfield, MA)   
  • 1965-1970      Our Lady of the Assumption (Boston, MA)
  • 1970-1984      St. Agnes (Arlington, MA) 
  • 1984-1985      Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1985-1987      St. Joseph’s (North Plainfield, NJ) 
  • 1987-1989      Unknown
  • 1990-1991      Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough Township, NJ) 
  • 1991-1992      St. Bartholomew (East Brunswick, NJ) 
  • 1993-1997      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene O’Sullivan:

According to media reports, Father Eugene O’Sullivan pleaded guilty in 1984 to raping a 13-year-old altar boy for two years at St. Agnes in Arlington. He was convicted and sentenced to five years probation on the condition that he have no contact with young people. Less than a year later, Cardinal Law sent him to the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey instead, where he worked in four more parishes over the next seven years. He was involved in parish religious education and a youth group. Pastors of three of the four parishes, who were directly responsible for his supervision, said that they were never told Father O’Sullivan had a history of sexual abuse or that he was on probation. 

In July 1992, he was recalled to Boston during a review by the Archdiocese of Boston of past sexual abuse cases. He was banned from all priestly activities. In 1993, Father O’Sullivan’s nephew revealed that he sexually abused him for nine years, when he was nine years old, in approximately 1971. He also abused his brother for years before that, when the boy was six years old. 

Father O’Sullivan’s nephew  said, “I want to help people understand how important it is to resolve these issues, and how important it is for parents to listen to their children when these issues come up, and to see how truly life-threatening denial and avoidance can be.”

Father O’Sullivan was sent to Canada for treatment. He retired in 1997 and made a senior priest. In June 2002, internal church records made public, revealed that church authorities knew Father O’Sullivan was molesting altar boys as early as 1964. A memo in his personnel file acknowledges multiple accusations made against him. A letter dated in 1964, revealed a complaint from the parents of 12-year-old altar boy that Father O’Sullivan had molested him and other boys at St. Ann’s in Marshfield. They also wrote that “Father Finn, the pastor at St. Ann’s refused to do anything.” He had told the boy’s parents that he would notify the archdiocese of their concerns, but they found out he had not followed through. Father O’Sullivan was transferred to Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. According to a 1984 letter in his personnel file, within months there were “reports of incidents with a couple of altar boys.” The files suggest he sexually abused even more boys there before being transferred to St. Agnes in Arlington.

In 2005, Father O’Sullivan was laicized. His current whereabouts are unknown. His last known address was in Arlington, MA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Metuchen, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Reuben Abaya – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Reuben Abaya

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1977

Removed: N/A 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1978      Our Lady Help of Christians (East Orange, NJ) 
  • 1978-1980      Holy Cross (Rumson, NJ) 
  • 1978-1980      Holy Rosary (Rumson, NJ)   
  • 1980                St. Philomena (Carson, CA) 
  • 1980-1983      St. Mary’s (Perth Amboy, NJ)  
  • 1984-2019      (Philippines)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Reuben Abaya:

Father Reuben Abaya was a Filipino priest who worked in New Jersey from 1977 to 1982. According to media reports, in 1984, he was one of seven priests accused of sexual abuse of a 16-year old girl. Father Abaya was visiting the other priests at St. Philomena in Carson, CA in April 1980, when the alleged abuse occurred. 

The girl was first seduced by Father Santiago (Henry) Tamayo, then by Father Abaya and five other Filipino priests. The girl became pregnant by one of the other priests (not Father Abaya). The priests secretly sent her to the Philippines where she endured a difficult pregnancy and nearly died giving birth.

In 1984, a lawsuit was filed. With support from the Archdiocese, all the priests fled the country and returned to the Philippines. The suit was dropped soon after. In 1991, Father Tamayo, the priest who first raped the girl, publicly apologized to the victim in a news conference, for his crimes and for involving the other priests in her abuse.  In 2007, the victim’s case was settled for $500,000, part of a $660-million settlement between the church and hundreds of people alleging abuse by priests.

It is believed that Father Abaya is currently the Spiritual Director at St. Mary’s Seminary in Laoag City, Philippines.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Metuchen, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Huels (Servite) – Diocese of Metuchen

Father John Huels

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1976

Removed: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1979      St. Joseph (Carteret, NJ) 
  • 1980                Unknown 
  • 1981-1982      Divine Word College (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1983-1989      St. Philip Priory (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1990-1992      St. Philip Priory (Chicago, IL); The Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
  • 1993                St. Philip Priory (Chicago, IL); Servite Provincial Office (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1994                Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Chicago, IL); Servite Friars  (Eastern Province (Chicago, IL); Assumption Priori (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1995                The Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (Chicago, IL); Servite Friars (Eastern Province, Chicago, IL); Monastery of Our Lady of Sorrows (Chicago, IL)
  • 1996                Servite Friars (Eastern Province, Chicago, IL); Monastery of Our Lady of Sorrows (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1997                Servite Friars (Eastern Province, Chicago, IL); Zululand (South Africa)
  • 1998-1999      Servite Friars (Eastern Province, Chicago, IL);  (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 2000-2002      Order of Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) United States of America Province, Inc.); (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 2003-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Huels:

Father John Huels was a priest of the Friars Servants of Mary (Servites) religious order. According to media reports, in 1994, he was accused of sexually abusing a 15-year old boy in New Jersey in the 1970s. He was an associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish in Carteret at the time. Father John Huels admitted the abuse. When a second victim came forward, he resigned as Order provincial, and left Chicago to teach in Africa for several years. 

In 1997, he was hired by St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. In August 2002, after child sexual abuse allegations surfaced, he left St. Paul’s as a priest, professor and vice dean of canon law. He took “medical leave for the treatment of severe depression.” 

Then-Ottawa Archbishop Marcel Gervais said in a statement that Father Huels had “announced his intention to leave the Servite order and seek laicization.” He claimed that the archdiocese had no knowledge of any “inappropriate behavior” in Father Huels’ background.

In September 2018, he was still a full professor of canon law at Saint Paul’s. He was removed from that position only after publicity the same month. 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 Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Metuchen, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Randal (James) Gillette – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Randal (James) Gillette

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1971

Removed: N/A 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971-1974      St. Michael’s Monastery (Union City, NJ)
  • 1974-1978      St. Gabriel (Boston, MA) 
  • 1978-1987      St. Patrick (Mexico City, MX) 
  • 1987-1993      Foreign Mission (Honduras)
  • 1993-1994      St. Paul of the Cross Monastery (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1994-1998      Unknown
  • 1998-2004      St. Vincent’s Residence (Pelham Manor, NY)
  • 2001-2004      New York Passionist Communications, Inc. (Pelham, NY)
  • 2004-2008      Unknown
  • 2008-2011      Passionist Residence (Bronx, NY) 
  • 2012-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Randal (James) Gillette:

Father Randal (James) Gillette was a priest of the Passionist order. He worked in the Dioceses/Archdioceses of Newark, Boston, Mexico City, Pittsburgh, New York, as well as Honduras. According to media reports, the release of his personnel file in January 2003 revealed in a September 2002 letter that Father Gillette was accused of sexually assaulting a minor boy at St. Gabriel’s in Brighton in 1972. No other information was found. 

His name was not included in the 2011 Archdiocese of Boston’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors because he was a religious order priest. In June 2015, at least one civil claim against Father Gillette, the Archdiocese of Boston, the Archdiocese of Newark, and the Passionists was settled. 

In August 2015, a man alleged that he was sexually molested, abused, and assaulted by Father Gillette while he served at St. Michael’s Monastery in Union City from 1971 to 1974. He was transferred to St. Gabriel’s Parish in Boston, MA. 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 Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Metuchen, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Rebovich – Diocese of Metuchen

Father John Rebovich

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1967

Administrative leave: 1990

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1972      Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary (Pittston, PA)
  • 1972-1973      St. John the Evangelist (Pittston, PA)
  • 1973-1974      St. Joseph (York, PA) 
  • 1973-1974      Trinity High School (Shiremanstown, PA)
  • 1974-1978      St. Nicholas (Dunellen, NJ)
  • 1978-1979      Byzantine Catholic Seminary (Pittsburgh, PA)   
  • 1979-1985      St. Eugene (Bedford, OH)
  • 1985-1990      St. Michael (Akron, OH)
  • 1990-2010      Absent on Leave 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Rebovich:

Father John Rebovich was an Oblates of St. Joseph priest in the Dioceses of Scranton and Harrisburg, PA before becoming a Byzantine Catholic priest. According to media reports, in 1975, a 15-year-old altar boy reported that Father Rebovich solicited oral sex from him at St. Nicholas in Dunellen, New Jersey. This was the first allegation of child sexual abuse by the priest. In 1978, the boy told officials of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Passaic, but no action was taken. A few months later Father Rebovich was transferred to the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Parma. 

In 1990, Father Rebovich went on administrative leave. In July 1990, a civil suit was filed alleging that he raped an altar boy twice in the rectory of St. Eugene in 1980, in the Diocese of Parma. According to the alleged victim, the first incident occurred on Good Friday, after Father Rebovich took him to dinner and persuaded him to spend the night at the rectory. He said he woke up in the night to find the priest performing oral sex on him. The second incident took place in August 1980, after Father Rebovich got him drunk and took him back to the rectory. That time, he woke up to find himself naked in the priest’s bed. 

The suit also stated that the alleged victim met with diocesan officials in June 1984 and agreed not to press charges if Father Rebovich was removed from ministry, forced into treatment and banned him from contact with boys. He was removed from St. Eugene, but less than a month later, he was reinstated and assigned to St. Michael that same year. 

When the alleged victim learned of the priest’s reinstatement he filed the suit. He said, “The sole reason why I decided to file a lawsuit was to accomplish what I thought I had accomplished in 1984 and that was to prevent Father. John from molesting other young men.”

No criminal charges were filed because the statute of limitations had run out. The case was settled in 1991. 

In June 2002, another suit was filed by three men who claimed the Diocese of Cleveland and the Diocese of Parma allowed Father Rebovich to abuse them for three years while they were all minors. 

According to the alleged victims’ lawyer, Father Rebovich often gathered teen-age boys at the rectory, got them drunk and raped several of them. One victim said Father Rebovich paid him and other teen-age boys hundreds of dollars to defecate in a chalice while he watched or offered to perform sexual acts on them.

In August  2018, Father Rebovich’s name appeared on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations of child sexual abuse from other dioceses. In December 2018, his name was included on Diocese of Scranton’s list, as well. Father Rebovich is deceased. The date of his death is unknown.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Metuchen, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Eugene D. Corbesero – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Eugene D. Corbesero

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1962

Left order: 1979 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1963      Our Lady of Sorrows (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • 1963-1971      Consolata Society for Foreign Missions (Somerset, NJ)
  • 1972-1973      1 Glenn St. (Milford, CT) 
  • 1973-1976      Our Lady of Consolation (Charlotte, NC); St. Dorothy (Lincolnton, NC) 
  • 1976-1978      St. Lawrence (Centredale, RI) 
  • 1979-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene D. Corbesero:

Father Eugene D. Corbesero served as a priest of the Consolata Society for Foreign Missions in Michigan, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. In 1979, he left the order to marry. He was later widowed. According to media reports, 

in August 2006, while at a sleepover at the priest’s New Jersey home, a 12 year-old boy called 911 and reported to police that Father Corbesero molested him. Father Corbesero admitted the abuse and was convicted of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

In 2006, a “confidential informant” told prosecutors that Father Corbesero may have been accused of child sexual abuse in the past. The judge denied the prosecutors’ motion to review his personnel file from his time as a priest. In October 2007, he was sentenced to five years in prison. 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 Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Metuchen, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Br. Lewis Morrow – Diocese of Metuchen

Brother Lewis Morrow

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1963

Laicized: 2003

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • Lutheran Medical (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Milton Hospital (Milton, MA)
  • Sacred Heart Parish (Burlington, NH)
  • St. Ann’s Church (Raritan, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Brighton, MA)
  • Victory Memorial Hospital (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Lewis Morrow:

Brother Lewis Morrow was ordained a brother of the Congregation of Holy Cross order. He had assignments in hospitals throughout the Northeast, including New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey. According to media reports, his name appeared on the Order’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors released in June 2019. It noted multiple allegations of abuse in the 1970s that were received in 1977. He was permanently removed from ministry after a 2003 “review of files.” He died in 2004.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Metuchen, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Eugene O’Sullivan – Diocese of Camden

Father Eugene O’Sullivan

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1960

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      St. John Vianney (Revere, MA)
  • 1962-1963      Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted (Walham, MA)
  • 1963-1965      St. Ann’s (Marshfield, MA)   
  • 1965-1970      Our Lady of the Assumption (Boston, MA)
  • 1970-1984      St. Agnes (Arlington, MA) 
  • 1984-1985      Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1985-1987      St. Joseph’s (North Plainfield, NJ) 
  • 1987-1989      Unknown
  • 1990-1991      Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough Township, NJ) 
  • 1991-1992      St. Bartholomew (East Brunswick, NJ) 
  • 1993-1997      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene O’Sullivan:

According to media reports, Father Eugene O’Sullivan pleaded guilty in 1984 to raping a 13-year-old altar boy for two years at St. Agnes in Arlington. He was convicted and sentenced to five years probation on the condition that he have no contact with young people. Less than a year later, Cardinal Law sent him to the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey instead, where he worked in four more parishes over the next seven years. He was involved in parish religious education and a youth group. Pastors of three of the four parishes, who were directly responsible for his supervision, said that they were never told Father O’Sullivan had a history of sexual abuse or that he was on probation. 

In July 1992, he was recalled to Boston during a review by the Archdiocese of Boston of past sexual abuse cases. He was banned from all priestly activities. In 1993, Father O’Sullivan’s nephew revealed that he sexually abused him for nine years, when he was nine years old, in approximately 1971. He also abused his brother for years before that, when the boy was six years old. 

Father O’Sullivan’s nephew  said, “I want to help people understand how important it is to resolve these issues, and how important it is for parents to listen to their children when these issues come up, and to see how truly life-threatening denial and avoidance can be.”

Father O’Sullivan was sent to Canada for treatment. He retired in 1997 and made a senior priest. In June 2002, internal church records made public, revealed that church authorities knew Father O’Sullivan was molesting altar boys as early as 1964. A memo in his personnel file acknowledges multiple accusations made against him. A letter dated in 1964, revealed a complaint from the parents of 12-year-old altar boy that Father O’Sullivan had molested him and other boys at St. Ann’s in Marshfield. They also wrote that “Father Finn, the pastor at St. Ann’s refused to do anything.” He had told the boy’s parents that he would notify the archdiocese of their concerns, but they found out he had not followed through. Father O’Sullivan was transferred to Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. According to a 1984 letter in his personnel file, within months there were “reports of incidents with a couple of altar boys.” The files suggest he sexually abused even more boys there before being transferred to St. Agnes in Arlington.

In 2005, Father O’Sullivan was laicized. His current whereabouts are unknown. His last known address was in Arlington, MA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John H. Duggan – Diocese of Camden

Father John H. Duggan

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1957

Removed: 2002

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958                Unknown 
  • 1959                Our Lady of Martyrs (Aurlesville, NY) 
  • 1960-1970      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1971-1972      Loyola Blakefield High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1973-1979      St. Agnes Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980                Old St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1981                Unknown
  • 1982-1983      (Nigeria) 
  • 1984                Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Camden, NJ) 
  • 1985-1988      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA)
  • 1989-1993      (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1994                Unknown
  • 1995                (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1996-2002      University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
  • 2003                (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 2004                University of Scranton (Scranton, PA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John H. Duggan:

Father John M. Duggan was ordained a Jesuit priest of the Maryland Province. He worked in high schools and parishes in the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nigeria, and the Diocese of Camden, before returning to Scranton where he first started his career. According to media reports, in 1993, he was sent for a psychological evaluation and admitted to sexually abusing young children in his early priesthood. He denied any of the abuse occurred within the Diocese. Upon release, he was reinstated to supervised ministry and required to meet regularly with his aftercare counseling team. 

In December 1996, a man reported that he was sexually abused by Father Duggan in the 1970s, when he was a teenager getting spiritual counseling at the Jesuit house in Scranton. In 1999, the same man reported Father Duggan was participating in unsupervised ministry. The Diocesan Review Board recommended that the only ministries open to him were the celebration of mass and the administration of sacraments in correctional facilities, nursing homes and convents. 

In May 2002, the man contacted the Diocese again and requested assurances that Father Duggan was no danger to children. He was removed from ministry. The victim reported his sexual abuse to the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office but no charges were brought because the statute of limitations had expired. Paperwork of the report indicated the Jesuit Community provided free tuition to the victim’s children and transferred Father Duggan from the Jesuit Community in Scranton. 

In 2002, a man reported to the Archdiocese of Baltimore that his son was sexually abused by Father Duggan in the late 1960s to early 1970s. He worked at Loyola Blakefield High School during those years. At the time of the report, Father Duggan was working at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

In September 2002, Father Duggan’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In August 2018, his name appeared on the Diocese of Scranton’s list. That same month his name was included in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report as John M. Duggan. He died in January 2004. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.