Category: Clergy Abuse

Msgr. Edward Foster – Diocese of Burlington

Monsignor Edward Foster 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2000

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951-1955      Cathedral (Burlington, VT)
  • 1955-1958      St. Joseph Orphanage (Burlington, VT)
  • 1958-1963      Cathedral (Burlington, VT)
  • 1963-1967      St. Francis Cabrini (West Pawlet, VT); St. Anne (Middletown Springs, VT)
  • 1967-1986      Assistant National Secretary Catholic Near East Welfare Association (NYC, NY)
  • 1986-1990      Deputy Director of External Affairs for Catholic Relief Services 
  • 1990-1991      Director of Development for the Diocese (Burlington, VT); Executive Director for The Center for Applied Research in the Apostola (Washington, D.C)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Edward Foster:

Monsignor Edward Foster worked at St. Joseph Orphanage as a seminarian in the late 1940s. He served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 17 years. In May 1994, his priestly faculties were revoked. He retired one month later in June 1994, and died in April 2000.

In the early 2000s, a judge ordered the Diocese of Burlington to release personnel files for dozens of priests who had been accused of sexual misconduct. According to media reports, those files revealed that Monsignor Foster had recently been sent to the St. Luke Institute in Maryland, where many priests accused of sexual abuse were treated. 

A St. Luke Institute report said Monsignor Foster had “severe sexual issues” and decades of behavior “unbecoming to a priest.” It advised that he should have no unsupervised contact with minors. Bishop Angell, who had previously testified that it was “unthinkable” that a priest would assault a child, oversaw Monsignor Foster’s case.

In August 2019, Monsignor Foster’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. One of his alleged victims said he kept the secret that he was repeatedly abused by Monsignor Foster starting in eighth grade for more than 50 years.

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

Father Dennis J. LaRoche  

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1974

Left ministry: 1993 

Assigned as follows:

  • November 1987-June 1989      St. Joseph Cathedral (Burlington, VT)
  • June 1989 – August 1992         St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Dennis J. LaRoche:

Father Dennis J. LaRoche was ordained in the Maryknoll order. He served for some time as a missionary in the Philippines and in East Africa. The dates of his service are unknown. He also served in Texas at Our Lady of Fatima, in Galena Park and at St. Cyril of Alexandria in Houston. In November 1987, he left Texas to serve in Vermont until August 1992, when his assignment was “terminated” and he returned to his order. He left the ministry in February 1993.

According to media reports, in January 2019, Father LaRoche’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In August 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

He currently lives in Swanton, Vermont. 

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

Father Daniel Roberts 

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1945

Died: 1981

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946-1949      St. Anthony (White River Junction, VT)
  • 1949                Mount St. Mary Academy (Burlington, VT)
  • 1949-1951      St. Mary (St. Albans, VT)
  • 1951-1956      St. Michael (Brattleboro, VT)
  • 1956                St. Monica, and Brandon State School (Forestdale, VT)
  • 1956-1960      St. Bernadette (Bridport, VT); St. Genevieve (Shoreham, VT)
  • 1960-1965      St. Thomas (Underhill Center, VT)
  • 1965-1969      St. Ann (Milton, VT) 
  • 1969-1975      St. Francis of Assisi (Windsor, VT)
  • 1975-1980      St. Jude (Hinesburg, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Daniel Roberts:

Father Daniel Roberts retired in October 1980, and died in December 1981. According to media reports, in August 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted the allegation was first received in 2002.

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

Father Forrest Rouelle

Diocese of Burlington

Ordained: 1956

Died: 1998

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956                Our Lady of the Snows Home for Girls (Randolph, VT)
  • 1956-1957      Don Bosco Home for Boys (Burlington, VT)
  • 1957-1962      St. Paul (Barton, VT)
  • 1962-1965      St. Francis of Assisi, and Vermont State Prison (Windsor, VT) 
  • 1965-1968      St. Xavier (Winooski, VT)
  • 1968-1970      St. Rose of Lima (South Hero, VT)
  • 1970-1975      St. Anthony (Bethel, VT)
  • 1975-1988      St. Francis of Assisi (Windsor, VT)
  • 1988-1998      St. Mary Star of the Sea (Newport, VT)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Forrest Rouelle:

Father Forrest Rouelle served as a priest in Vermont for approximately 42 years. According to media reports, his name was mentioned in the August 2008 trial against the Diocese of Burlington and Father Edward Paquette. Former Vicar General Searles was questioned about Father Rouelle and other priests in connection with the diocese’s concern about sexual misconduct allegations. Father Rouelle retired in January 1998, and died three months later in March 1998. 

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

Msgr. Cletus H. Wagman – Diocese of Harrisburg

Monsignor Cletus H. Wagman

Diocese of Harrisburg

 

Ordained: 1942

Died: 2001

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Vincent’s (Hanover, PA)
  • Good Shepherd Church (Camp Hill, PA)
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (New Oxford, PA)
  • Assumption Parish (Lebanon, PA)
  • St. Joseph’s Parish (Mechanicsburg, PA)
  • Annunciation Parish (McSherrystown, PA)
  • Sacred Heart Basilica (Conewago, PA)
  • St. Joseph Parish (Shamokin, PA)
  • St. Francis Parish (Harrisburg, PA)
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Lancaster, PA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Cletus H. Wagman:

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. Ahead of the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg released the names of 71 priests, seminarians and laypersons accused of sexually abusing children since 1941. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone.

One name that was made public for the first time from the proceedings was Monsignor Cletus Hugh Wagman. The list that the Diocese of Harrisburg provided does not include any information about the number of victims who have come forward, the nature of the misconduct, or the timeframe that the alleged abuse occurred.

His case falls under the category of clergy for whom criminal or canonical proceedings were not undertaken or completed. This category contained the names of deceased clergy who served in the diocese and have been officially accused, but no proceedings have been undertaken (usually due to their death). In most of these cases, the cleric died before the conclusion of the proceedings, or before the allegations were received. According to his obituary, Monsignor Wagman died in 2001, long before the bankruptcy was announced. There has been no formal determination of guilt or innocence. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Msgr. Vincent J. Smith – Diocese of Harrisburg

Monsignor Vincent J. Smith

Diocese of Harrisburg 

 

Ordained: 1955

Died: 2020

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Parochial Vicar of Saint Patrick (York, PA)
  • St. Patrick Cathedral (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Saint Theresa (New Cumberland, PA) 
  • Saint Paul the Apostle (Annville, PA)
  • Church of the Good Shepherd (Camp Hill, PA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Vincent J. Smith:

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. Ahead of the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg released the names of 71 priests, seminarians and laypersons accused of sexually abusing children since 1941. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone.

One name that was made public for the first time from the proceedings was Monsignor Vincent J. Smith. The list that the Diocese of Harrisburg provided does not include any information about the number of victims who have come forward, the nature of the misconduct, or the timeframe that the alleged abuse occurred.

His case falls under the category of clergy for whom criminal or canonical proceedings were not undertaken or completed. This category contained the names of deceased clergy who served in the diocese and have been officially accused, but no proceedings have been undertaken (usually due to their death). In most of these cases, the cleric died before the conclusion of the proceedings, or before the allegations were received. According to his obituary, Monsignor Smith died in 2020, before the bankruptcy was announced. There has been no formal determination of guilt or innocence. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Fr. Walter A. Sempko – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Walter A. Sempko

Diocese of Harrisburg 

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Ordained: 1950

Retired: 1998

Died: 2017

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1951 St. Joseph Parish (Hanover, PA)
  • 1951-1952 Corpus Christi Parish (Chambersburg, PA)
  • 1953-1954 St. Anthony’s (Ranshaw, PA)
  • 1954-1960 St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Harrisburg, PA)
  • 1960 Our Lady of Mercy Parish (Roaring Creek, PA)
  • 1962-1967 St. Joseph Parish (Milton, PA)
  • 1967-1975 St. John the Evangelist Parish (Enhaut, PA)
  • 1975-1983 St. Joseph Parish (Danville, PA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Walter A. Sempko:

In July of 2019, a lawsuit that was filed by a Missouri man claimed that he was sexually assaulted and repeatedly sodomized by two priests in the Harrisburg diocese. The priests who were named in the suit were Father Raymond Daugherty and Father Walter Sempko. He claimed that the alleged abuse occurred while he was an altar boy at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in the early 1960’s. He also claimed that bishops concealed reports of sexual abuse and protected the priests who committed such acts. Both priests have been long deceased since before these allegations were reported. 

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. Ahead of the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg released the names of 71 priests, seminarians and laypersons accused of sexually abusing children since 1941. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone.

One name that was included in the proceedings was Father Walter A. Sempko. The list that the Diocese of Harrisburg provided does not include any information about the number of victims who have come forward, the nature of the misconduct, or the timeframe that the alleged abuse occurred. The diocese has also not listed whether or not the previous claim against Sempko is the only reason he was named in the bankruptcy proceeding.

His case falls under the category of clergy for whom criminal or canonical proceedings were not undertaken or completed. This category contained the names of deceased clergy who served in the diocese and have been officially accused, but no proceedings have been undertaken (usually due to their death). In most of these cases, the cleric died before the conclusion of the proceedings, or before the allegations were received. According to his obituary, Father Sempko died in 2017. There has been no formal determination of guilt or innocence. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Deacon John Rocco – Diocese of Harrisburg

Deacon John Rocco

Diocese of Harrisburg 

 

Ordained: 1978

Died: 2002

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Joseph’s Parish (Mechanicsburg, PA)
  • St. Pius X. Parish (Selinsgrove, PA)
  • St. Jude’s Parish (Mifflintown, PA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Deacon John Rocco:

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. Ahead of the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg released the names of 71 priests, seminarians and laypersons accused of sexually abusing children since 1941. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone.

One name that was made public for the first time from the proceedings was Deacon John Rocco. The list that the Diocese of Harrisburg provided does not include any information about the number of victims who have come forward, the nature of the misconduct, or the timeframe that the alleged abuse occurred. 

His case falls under the category of clergy for whom criminal or canonical proceedings were not undertaken or completed. This category contained the names of deceased clergy who served in the diocese and have been officially accused, but no proceedings have been undertaken (usually due to their death). In most of these cases, the cleric died before the conclusion of the proceedings, or before the allegations were received. According to his obituary, Deacon John Rocco died in 2002. There has been no formal determination of guilt or innocence. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Msgr. Lawrence Overbaugh – Diocese of Harrisburg

Monsignor Lawrence Overbaugh

Diocese of Harrisburg

 

Ordained: 1955

Died: 2008

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Anthony of Padua Parish (Lancaster, PA)
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish (Mt. Carmel, PA)
  • Lebanon Catholic High School (Lebanon, PA)
  • Mt. Carmel Catholic High School (Mt. Carmel, PA)
  • St. Edward’s Parish (Shamokin, PA)
  • St. Joseph Parish (Locust Dale, PA)
  • SS. Cyril and Methodius (Lebanon, PA)
  • St. Patrick Parish (Harrisburg, PA)
  • St. Lawrence Parish (Harrisburg, PA)
  • Immaculate Conception Parish (New Oxford, PA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Lawrence Overbaugh:

In August of 2018, a grand jury report named 19 accused priests that were working in the Harrisburg diocese, but also had ties to Valley parishes. The late Monsignor Lawrence Overbaugh was included on an early digital copy of the report obtained by CNHI Pennsylvania newspapers. His name was then redacted in the report that was officially released the next day. 

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. Ahead of the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg released the names of 71 priests, seminarians and laypersons accused of sexually abusing children since 1941. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone.

One name that was made public from the list was once again was Monsignor Lawrence Overbaugh. The list that the Diocese of Harrisburg provided does not include any information about the number of victims who have come forward, the nature of the misconduct, or the timeframe that the alleged abuse occurred.

His case falls under the category of clergy for whom criminal or canonical proceedings were not undertaken or completed. This category contained the names of deceased clergy who served in the diocese and have been officially accused, but no proceedings have been undertaken (usually due to their death). In most of these cases, the cleric died before the conclusion of the proceedings, or before the allegations were received. Lawrence Overbaugh died in 2008. There has been no formal determination of guilt or innocence. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Fr. Francis T. Menei – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. Francis T. Menei

Diocese of Harrisburg

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Ordained: 1967

Retired: 2014

Died: 2019

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1967-1969 Parish priest (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1969-1979 Cardinal Dougherty High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1979 Chaplain of the Philadelphia Prison System
  • Graterford Penitentiary
  • Chief Chaplain for the Commonwealth of PA State Penitentiaries
  • 2002-2014 St. Richard Parish (Manheim, PA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis T. Menei:

In February 2020, the Diocese of Harrisburg filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Diocese of Harrisburg will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. Ahead of the grand jury report, the Diocese of Harrisburg released the names of 71 priests, seminarians and laypersons accused of sexually abusing children since 1941. After the report was released, the total was over 301 identified and accused priests in Pennsylvania alone.

One name that was made public for the first time from the proceedings was Father Francis Menei. He was assigned to one church in the Harrisburg Diocese, but worked in many prisons and correctional facilities throughout Pennsylvania. The list that the Diocese of Harrisburg provided does not include any information about the number of victims who have come forward, the nature of the misconduct, or the timeframe that the alleged abuse occurred.

His case falls under the category of clergy for whom criminal or canonical proceedings were not undertaken or completed. This category contained the names of deceased clergy who served in the diocese and have been officially accused, but no proceedings have been undertaken (usually due to their death). In most of these cases, the cleric died before the conclusion of the proceedings, or before the allegations were received. According to his obituary, Father Menei retired in 2014, and died in 2019. There has been no formal determination of guilt or innocence. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg 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 Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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