Category: Clergy Abuse

Richmond Diocese sex abuse

Diocese of Richmond announces voluntary compensation fund

Have you been abused by clergy in the Diocese of Richmond?  We can help.

Yesterday, the Diocese of Richmond (Virginia) quietly announced that it has formed a voluntary settlement and compensation fund for those sexually abused as children in the Diocese of Richmond.  According to the rules of the fund, anyone sexually abused by a priest or deacon in the Diocese of Richmond is eligible for compensation.  This includes anyone abused in a parish or grammar school that later became a part of the Diocese of Arlington when it was erected in 1974, so long as the abuse occurred prior to 1974.

To see if you qualify for participation in the fund, called the Independent Reconciliation Program (IRP), contact us at (888) 283-9922 or at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.  Please note that all claims must be registered with the fund by April 3, 2020, so it is critical that you not delay in contacting us.  

Our team has identified 61 clergy members (including one nun) who have been publicly accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Richmond.  This exceeds the number of priests identified by the Bishop of Richmond, Bishop Barry Knestout, in a recently released list.

These are the priests we have identified through our own investigation.  Stay tuned for more information on each and every one of them.  In many cases, these clergy were moved to new, unsuspecting parishes after allegations of abuse arose.

  • Fr. Richard Ahern (Stigmatine)
  • Fr. Stanley Banaszek (Maryknoll)
  • Msgr. Raymond Barton
  • Fr. Frederick J. Beardsley
  • Fr. John Paul Blankenship
  • Fr. John Raymond Bostwick
  • Fr. Francis Bourbon (Jesuit)
  • Fr. Martin D. Brady (Franciscan)
  • Fr. Robert Brooks
  • Fr. Gordian Burkhardt (Benedictine)
  • Fr. Charles Jeffries Burton (Jesuit)
  • Fr. John R. Butler
  • Fr. Anthony M. Canu (Franciscan)
  • Fr. Patrick J. Cassidy
  • Fr. Terence Doyle (Trinitarian)
  • Fr. Carroll Dozier
  • Fr. Bernadine George Dyer (Dominican Friar)
  • Fr. Richard Earley (Josephite)
  • Fr. James Fedor
  • Fr. Harris M. Findlay
  • Fr. Frederick George (Benedictine)
  • Fr. George George (Maronite)
  • Fr. Richard Bernard Goff
  • Fr. Julian B. Goodman
  • Fr. James J. Gormley (Jesuit)
  • Fr. John B. Hesch
  • Fr. Philip J. Higgins
  • Fr. Adelbert Holmes (Glenmary Home Missioners)
  • Fr. Paul J. Kamerdze
  • Fr. Eugene Kelly
  • Fr. Andrew William Paul Krafcik
  • Fr. John E. Leonard
  • Fr. Roland E. Leveille
  • Fr. Augustine Ludwig (Benedictine)
  • Fr. Joseph Majewski
  • Fr. Aedan Manning (Trinitarian)
  • Fr. Leonardo Mateo
  • Fr. James H. McConnell
  • Fr. Roland (Owen John) Melody (Trinitarian)
  • Fr. John J. Munley
  • Fr. Dennis P. Murphy
  • Fr. Vincen Nguyen
  • Fr. Robert E. Nudd
  • Fr. Joseph Thang Xuan Pham
  • Fr. Francis Philben (Holy Ghost)
  • Fr. John Rea
  • Fr. William T. Reinecke
  • Sr. Eileen Rhoads (Immaculate Heart of Mary) – DO NOT DO PROFILE
  • Fr. James L. Rizer
  • Fr. Oscar Alexander “Paul” Rodriguez
  • Fr. Andrew Roy (a/k/a Fr. Andres Rodriquez)
  • Fr. Steven Rule
  • Fr. Paul D. Ryan
  • Fr. Austin  L. Ryder
  • Fr. Donald Scales (Benedictine)
  • Fr. Dwight E. Shrader
  • Fr. Oliver J. Smalls
  • Fr. Ed Smith (Glenmary Home Missioners)
  • Fr. Thomas Summers
  • Fr. Thomas Sykes (Franciscan)
  • Fr. Eugene J. Teslovic

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond in Virginia.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Virginia, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond 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 Colorado and nationwide. We can help.

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

 

Fr. Benjamin Yander – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Benjamin Yander  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1931

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1932-1935      St. Joseph’s (Long Island City, NY)
  • 1936-1951      Fourteen Holy Martyrs’ (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1952                St. Pancras (Glendale, NY) 
  • 1953-1961      St. Mary Queen of Heaven (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1962-1963      Transfiguration (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1964-1976      American Martyrs (Bayside, NY)
  • 1977-1986      Retired; American Martyrs (Bayside, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Benjamin Yander:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Father Benjamin Yander’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. His access to children from when he retired in 1977 until his death in 1986 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 Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. George Wilders – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father George Wilders

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1970

Died: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971-1975      St. Michael Archangel and St. Edward (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1976-1978      St. Boniface’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1979-1983      St. Michael’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1984-1990      St. Gabriel’s/St. Gabriel the Archangel (Brooklyn, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George Wilders:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Father George Wilders’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. He died in 1990.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Joseph J. Weber – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Joseph J. Weber 

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1978      St. Rose of Lima (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1979-1990      St. Anthony of Padua-St. Alphonsus (Brooklyn, NY)  
  • 1991-2002      Holy Innocents (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph J. Weber:

According to media reports, Father Joseph J. Weber was permanently removed from ministry in June 2002. In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. His whereabouts, and whether he has access to children 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 Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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.

Father Kenneth Wicks – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Kenneth Wicks  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1963

Died: 1993

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1968 St. Michael Archangel and St. Edward (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1969-1970 Our Lady of Mercy (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1971-1972 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1973-1983 St. Gabriel’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1984-1991 St. Catherine of Genoa (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1992-1993 Transfiguration (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Kenneth Wicks:

According to media reports, Father Kenneth Wicks was accused of sexually abusing minor boys in the 1980s while at St. Gabriel’s in Brooklyn, New York.  In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in 1993.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Edward Walsh – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Edward Walsh

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1932

Died: 1984

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown         St. Brigid (Westbury, NY)
  • Unknown         Our Lady of the Cenacle (Richmond Hill, NY)
  • Unknown         St. Catherine of Sienna, (St. Albans, NY)
  • 1933                Unknown
  • 1934-1936      St. Mary’s (Warren, RI)  
  • 1937-1943      St. Joseph’s (Pawtucket, RI) 
  • 1944-1949      Sacred Heart (Woonsocket, RI) 
  • 1950-1960      On Sick Leave 
  • 1961                Chaplain, U.S. Navy
  • 1961-1963      St. Mary’s (Long Island City, NY) 
  • 1962-1969      On Duty Outside Diocese 
  • 1964-1969      Holy Ghost, Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1964-1970      St. Mary’s (Long Island City, NY)
  • 1970-1972      St. Vincent Ferrer (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1973-1979      St. Matthias (Queens, NY)
  • 1980-1982      Retired

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Walsh:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Father Edward Walsh’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. His access to children from when he retired in 1982 until his death in 1984 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 Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. George Voiland – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father George Voiland

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1950

Removed: 2004

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951-1953      St. Edmund’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1954-1961      Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1954-1955      Nativity of Our Blessed Lord (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1956-1959      Sacred Heart (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1962-1965      Our Lady of Solace (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1966-1969      Corpus Christi (Woodside, NY) 
  • 1970                St. Stanislaus Martyr (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1971-1983      St. Mary (Star of the Sea, Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1981-1990      Diocesan Council for Administration of Church Property 
  • 1984-1995      Most Precious Blood (Long Island City, NY)
  • 1996-2006      Retired; Most Precious Blood (Long Island City, NY) 
  • 2007               Retired; Bishop Mugavero Residence (Douglaston, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George Voiland:

According to media reports, Father George Voiland was permanently removed from ministry in 2004. In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. His access to children from 2008 until his death in 2012 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 Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Rocco Verrengio – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Rocco Verrengio

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1970

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971                St. Rita’s (Long Island City, NY) 
  • 1972                St. Margaret’s (Middle Village, NY) 
  • 1973                St. Mary Star of the Sea (Far Rockaway, NY)
  • 1974-1975      St. Rita’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1976-1977      St. John Evangelist (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1978                St. Mary Star of the Sea (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1979-1981      On Duty Outside the Diocese; St. Angela Merici Rectory (Brea, CA)
  • 1982                Released From Diocesan Assignment; St. Angela Merici Rectory  (Brea, CA)
  • 1983                St. Barbara’s (Santa Ana, CA); Absent On Leave 
  • 1984                Released From Diocesan Assignment
  • 1985                St. Frances de Chantal (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1986                St. Stanislaus Kostka (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1987                St. Joan of Arc (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1988                St. Jerome’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1989-1990      Holy Name (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1990-1992      Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1993                Absent On Sick Leave 
  • 1994-1996      Holy Rosary (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1997-2007      Unknown
  • 2008-2012      Retired (Staten Island, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Rocco Verrengio:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Father Rocco Verrengio’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 1997 until his death in 2012 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 Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. Paul Vazhappily – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Paul Vazhappily  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1961

Removed: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1979      Unknown 
  • 1980-1983      St. Rosalia (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1984-1998      Holy Family (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1993-2003      Holy Family (Brooklyn, NY); NY Catholic Migration & Refugee Office, Catholic Migration Services, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1999-2006      Ss. Simon and Jude (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 2004-2005      Indian Apostolate 
  • 2007-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Paul Vazhappily:

According to media reports, Father Paul Vazhappily was permanently removed from ministry in April 2006. In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. His current status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he has access to children 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 Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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. James C. Tugwood – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father James C. Tugwood 

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1960 

Died: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1967      St. Cecelia’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1968-1970      Christ the King High School (Middle Village, NY) 
  • 1971                Diocesan Task Force on Education and Prevention of Narcotic Addiction
  • 1972                Catholic Charities Regional Managers (Astoria, NY) 
  • 1972-1973      Xaverian Brothers Community (Flushing, NY) 
  • 1974-1977      Catholic Charities Diocese of Brooklyn, including: Catholic Youth Organization; Human Services; Catholic Big Brothers; Immigration; Homemaker Services; Child Care; Builders for the Family and Youth, Inc.; Neighborhood Youth Corp 
  • 1978-1983      St. Paul Residence Center (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1983-1988      Ministerial Development Program
  • 1983-1986      St. Kevin’s (Queens, NY) 
  • 1987                Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1988-1999      Our Lady of the Snows (Queens, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James C. Tugwood:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Father James C. Tugwood’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. According to the Diocese, the allegation was never found to be credible, but the claimant was allowed to participate in the Diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (‘IRCP’) and the IRCP found the allegation to be unsubstantiated. The details of the allegation, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. Father Tugwood died in 1999.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn 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.