Category: Clergy Abuse

Fr. Arthur B. Chappell (Augustinian) – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Arthur B. Chappell

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • Province of St. Thomas of Villanova (Villanova, PA)
  • Mount Augustine Apostolic Center (Staten Island, NY)
  • Biscayne College (Miami, FL)
  • Merrimack College (North Andover, MA)
  • Villanova University (Villanova, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Arthur B. Chappell:

Father Arthur B. Chappell was an Augustinian priest. For eight years he served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. He served for two years as Director of Mount Augustine Apostolic Center on Staten Island. Father Chappell taught theology at Biscayne College in Miami, FL where he was also Director of Student Activities. He also taught theology at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA and Villanova University where he served as Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies for ten years.

According to media reports, in May 2003, Father Chappell resigned from Villanova University amid allegations that he repeatedly sexually abused a teenage seminary student during his freshman year, when he lived in an on-campus house of seminarians from 1975 through 1976. The boy, who was studying to become a priest, reported abuse in 1977 to a Villanova psychologist who told the Order. Father Chappel was the boy’s spiritual advisor. 

“He used his priesthood and the sacraments of the church to manipulate me,” the man said. “It’s all about power, and his illness.”

A lawyer for the Augustinian order said Father Chappell acknowledged engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior with the boy but “disagrees significantly with the number and places and nature of events.” 

The order counseled Father Chappell at the time, but no written record of complaint was made and no further action was taken. Father Chappell has been serving as executive director of Augustinian Press since 2005.

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Fr. James Behan (Oblates) – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father James Behan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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Ordained: 1973

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Wilmington, NC) 
  • Holy Infant (Durham, NC)
  • St. Paul (New Bern, NC)
  • University of North Carolina’s Newman Center

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Behan:

Father James Behan was a priest with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales order. According to media reports, in 1981, a year after he arrived in the diocese, he was arrested and charged with soliciting crimes against nature. He was found not guilty, but he did receive eight years of therapy after that arrest.

In April 2002, Father Behan was placed on leave after a man alleged he repeatedly sexually abused him when he was a 15-year-old student in 1978, while the priest was teaching religious studies at Northeast Catholic High, an all-boys school, in Philadelphia. The alleged abuse occurred in the rectory of Germantown parish and on trips to North Carolina and Quebec, and continued for two years.

In February 2005, Father Behan pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years of probation. because he had left the state, prosecutors successfully argued that Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations was suspended and did not apply to him. He was also indicted by a Philadelphia grand jury investigating into clergy sex abuse. 

In October 2018, Behan’s name appeared on the Diocese of Raleigh’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. According to the National Sex Offender Registry, Father Behan currently lives in Elkton, Maryland. 

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

Father H. Cornell Bradley

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1965      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) 
  • 1965-1966      De Nobili School (Dhanbad, India)
  • 1970-1971      Georgetown University (Washington, DC)  
  • 1971-1972      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) 
  • 1972-1976      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)   Residence: Holy Trinity Church (Washington, DC) 
  • 1976-1979      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC) 
  • 1979-1981      Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau (Baltimore, MD)   Residence: Jesuit Community of Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1981-1988      Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau (Baltimore, MD) Residence: Wheeler House Jesuit Community (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1988-1989      Jesuit Community of St. Therese (Mooresville, NC) 
  • 1989-1993      St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Church (Boone, NC) 
  • 1993-1994      Provincial Residence (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1994-1999      St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1998                Jesuit Community of St. Therese (Mooresville, NC) 
  • 1999-2006      Jesuit Community at St. Joseph’s University (Merion Station, PA)
  •  2006-2007      Jesuit Community of St. Isaac Jogues (Wernersville, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father H. Cornell Bradley:

Father H. Cornell Bradley was a Jesuit priest. According to media reports, in 1993, he was first removed from the ministry after accusations surfaced that he had engaged in “sexual misconduct” with three people, including two 15 year-old boys and a woman. 

In 1995, he was sent for treatment. He then returned to the ministry and was assigned to St. Joseph University.

In 2006, Father Bradley was again accused of sexual misconduct with an adult male during the early 1980s. As a result of this and four other credible allegations involving minors and adults over the course of three decades, Father Bradley was again removed from the ministry. 

By March 2007 five more people came forward, several with reports that Father Bradley had engaged in sexual misconduct with minors in the 1960s and ’70s at Gonzaga College High School, in Washington, DC, where he spent much of his career pre and post-ordination. Others complained that he had made inappropriate sexual comments involving a student and staff member at St. Joseph’s University.

In 2007, Father Bradley left the order and was said to be living under supervision in a Jesuit community on the East Coast. 

In December 2018, Father H. Cornell Bradley was named publicly as accused on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. 

In March 2019, a police report was filed in Charlotte, NC by a man alleging Father Bradley and another priest each abused him as a teen in NC in the 1990s. The alleged victim said, “At 13 I attempted suicide after the assault with Bradley by jumping off the side of the church, and since that point forward, it’s been a revolving door in and out of psychiatric institutions trying to get treatment and discussing the assaults that took place.”

In February 2019, Father Bourbon’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of credibly accused priests. In December 2019, his name was added to the Diocese of Charlotte’s list.

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

Fr. Albert Oldfield – Diocese of Scranton

Father Albert Oldfield

Diocese of ScrantonAlbert Oldfield Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1959

Died: 2019

Assignment History:

  • 1959-1960: Saint Philomena (Hawley, PA)
  • 1961-1966: Saint Pius X Chapel (Royal, PA)
  • 1966-1968: Nativity of Our Lord (Scranton, PA)
  • 1972: Saint Nicholas (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1972-1975: Bishop Hoban High School (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1976-1977: Saint Denis (Glen Lyon, PA)
  • 1984-1996: Saint Boniface (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1996: Saint Mary of Czestochowa (Scranton, PA)
  • 2009: Holy Family Residence (Scranton, PA)
  • 2009-2018: Saint Mary of Czestochowa, Scranton, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Albert Oldfield:

Fr. Albert Oldfield served at several churches in northeastern Pennsylvania since 1959, most recently as pastor of Saint Mary of Czestochowa in Moosic. In 2010, the Diocese of Scranton publicly named Oldfield as credibly accused of child sexual abuse. No information is listed about the victim’s age or gender.

Fr. Oldfield died in 2019 at the age of 85.

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

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Fr. Gabriel M. Patil – Diocese of Allentown

Father Gabriel M. Patil

Diocese of Allentown/Barnabites

Ordained: 1972

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1983: Bethlehem Catholic High School (Bethlehem, PA)
  • 1984-2006: James Church (Ontario, Canada)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gabriel M. Patil:

Fr. Gabriel Patil, a priest of the Barnabite Fathers religious order, was accused of sexually abusing five minors while serving Bethlehem Catholic High School during the late 1970s and early 1980s when the victims were seven to nine years old.

Correspondence between the Diocese and the Barnabites shows that, in 2003, a victim reported to the Diocese that Fr. Patil abused him and four of his friends on school property. The victim stated that Patil would invite the boys into his residence to play hide and seek, where Patil would then engage in sexual acts.

Lawsuits were filed but ultimately dismissed since the statutory limits had expired. At the time the abuse was reported, and lawsuits filed, Patil was a Provincial Superior at St. James in Ontario, Canada.

Patil served as a priest in the Dioceses of Buffalo, New York, Youngstown, Ohio, and then with a delegation in India’s country. In 2010, Patil requested that he be allowed to return to the Diocese of Allentown and exercise his public ministry, which was denied.

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

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Fr. Timothy Johnson – Diocese of Allentown

Father Timothy Johnson

Diocese of Allentown/CarmeliteTimothy Johnson Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Retired: 2007

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1976: Nativity High School (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1976-1979: St. John College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1979-1981: Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1988-1991: Transfiguration Church (Tarrytown, NY)
  • 1992-2006: St. Jude Catholic Church (Boca Raton, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Timothy Johnson:

Fr. Timothy Johnson was accused physically abusing a minor student in 1976 after the student was sexually assaulted by another priest, Fr. David Connell. The victim reported that the abuse occurred while he was attending Nativity High School in Pottsville, PA.

The victim claims in the Grand Jury Report released in 2018 that when he told Fr. Johnson he was going to report the abuse to the police, Johnson severely beat the victim with a large leather belt and said to him that if he did go through with the report, he would beat him even worse. The abuse was initially reported to the Provincial of the Carmelites in October 2007, but nothing was ever done. Fr. Johnson left the Diocese of Allentown in 1976 and eventually settled in Florida. He died at the age of 80.

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

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Jim Gross – Diocese of Allentown

Jim Gross

Diocese of Allentown/Lay Teacher

Assignment History:

  • 1972-1973: St. Patrick’s (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1973-1984: Saint Francis Parochial School (Minersville, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jim Gross:

Part of the Carmelite trio, Jim Gross, a lay teacher, and basketball coach, was accused of sexual abuse occurring in 1976 at St. Patrick’s in Pottsville, PA. The abuse was initially reported to the Provincial of the Carmelites in 2007, stating that both Gross and Fr. Connell sexually assaulted the victim, and released in a Grand Jury Report in 2018. He also said that Fr. Timothy Johnson would beat him when he wanted to tell the authorities 40 years prior.

Gross was involved with two other sexual abuse claims, one in 2007 while working at Saint Francis in PA, and another in 1990 while at Schuylkill County Employment and Training Program in Pottsville. Gross was arrested for deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, corruption of a minor and harassment, but was released on $30,000 bail.  In the summer of 1984, Gross resigned from teaching at St. Francis School in Minersville. There is no information listed about Gross’s work history or whereabouts since.

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

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

 

Fr. David Connell – Diocese of Allentown

Father David Connell

Diocese of Allentown/CarmeliteDavid Connell Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Died: 1995

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1976: Nativity High School (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1976-1987: Antonian College Preparatory High School (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1988-1995: St. Thomas More Church (San Antonio, TX)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David Connell:

In 2018, Fr. David Connell was accused in the Pennsylvania grand jury report stating he drugged and abused a minor at Nativity High School in Pottsville, PA, while he was serving as chairman of the Science Department in 1976. The victim states that both he and his brother were sexually abused when they were living at the Order’s priory after their house burned down and that it occurred multiple times, even on a camping trip. This allegation was first made in 2007 to a Carmelite provincial, but the victim claims he was beaten by other church leaders, Fr. Jim Gross and Fr. Timothy Johnson, when he insisted on reporting the abuse to the police 40 years prior.

Fr. Connell became a Diocesan priest in San Antonio, TX in 1976, and worked at Antonian College Prep and St. Thomas More parish until he died in 1995. According to the grand jury report, Fr. Connell provided the Archdiocese of San Antonio documentation from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Allentown of an allegation from his time at Nativity High School, stating that he “made a pass” at a male student while on a camping trip. At the time he denied this incident happened.

After reviewing the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in 2018, the Archdiocese of San Antonio publicly named Connell on its list of credibly accused priests and two San Antonio accusers have since come forward with claims against Fr. Connell.

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

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

Fr. Peter Popadick – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Peter Popadick

Diocese of BuffaloPeter Popadick

Ordained: 1970

Assignment History:

  • 1970-1995: Bishop Fallon High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1997-2020: St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Cheektowaga, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Peter Popadick:

Fr. Peter Popadick is alleged to have sexually molested an 11-year-old boy while he was serving at Bishop Fallon High School in the 1970s. The survivor, now in his 60’s, reported in 2019 that Fr. Popadick performed “unpermitted, forcible, and harmful sexual contact” with him when he was a student at the school that Popadick was the secretary at for over 20 years.

Fr. Peter J. Popadick was put on administrative leave when the reports surfaced in 2019. He was reinstated in early 2020 as pastor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church in Cheektowaga, NY, after the Diocese of Buffalo’s Independent Review Board’s investigation found the victim not to be credible. The victim is still moving forward with his lawsuit.

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 will soon be 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.

Sr. Barbara Wood – Diocese of Albany

Sister Barbara Wood

Diocese of Albany/Sisters of MercyBarbara Wood Horowitz Law

Assignment History:

  • 1974-1978: St. Patrick (Watervliet, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Sister Barbara Wood:

Sister Barbara Wood of the Sisters of Mercy Order was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Albany in June 2020. Sr. Wood was accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1974 to 1978 while serving at St. Patrick in Watervliet, NY. No further information on the allegation regarding the victim’s age/gender was given or to Sr. Wood’s current status.

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