Category: Sex

Fr. Michael Cronin – Diocese of Albany

Father Michael Cronin

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1964

Resigned: 1977

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Cronin:

In November 2018, Father Michael Cronin’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information on the allegation regarding age/gender of the victim was given. He resigned from the ministry in 1977.

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

Fr. Liam Casey – Diocese of Albany

Father Liam Casey

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1962

Removed: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • NACC Board of Directors

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Liam Casey:

In November 2018, Father Liam Casey’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information on the allegation regarding age/gender of the victim was given. He was removed from ministry 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 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.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. George Callaghan – Diocese of Albany

Father George Callaghan

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956 – 1957      Augustinian College (Washington, DC)
  • 1957 – 1959      Augustinian Preparatory Seminary (New York, NY)
  • 1959 – 1964      Holy Rosary (Lawrence, MA)
  • 1964 – 1966      St. Nicholas of Tolentine (New York, NY)
  • 1966 – 1970      Immaculate Conception (Hoosick Falls, NY)
  • 1970 – 1976      St. Augustine’s (Troy, NY)
  • 1970 – 1976      Merrimack College (North Andover, MA)
  • 1976 – 1978      St. Augustine’s (Lawrence, MA)
  • 1978 – 1982      Holy Rosary (Lawrence, MA)
  • 1982 – 1984      Church of the Assumption St. Mary’s (Lawrence, MA)
  • 1984 – 1986      Austin Preparatory School (Reading, MA)
  • 1984 – 1986      Villanova University (Villanova, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George Callaghan:

According to media reports, in the early 1990s, Father George Callaghan was sent from the Archdiocese of Boston to the Augustinian headquarters in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Later, he was reportedly moved to a local nursing home due to advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

In December 2002, Father Callaghan’s personnel file was released. It showed he had been accused of making sexual advances toward a 17-year-old boy at St. Mary’s in 1983. Father Callaghan was said to have been drinking Scotch whisky when he lured the boy to his rectory bedroom and told him that in order to be “closer to God” the boy needed to take off his clothes and lie down next to him. The boy is said to have fled. Several months later another Augustinian priest at the parish, is said to have molested the same boy for twenty-one consecutive nights in the priest’s camper during a cross-country trip. The Augustinians settled with the boy in 1992.

In 1993, the Augustians also settled with a 22-year-old male employee of St. Mary’s, who claimed Father Callaghan sexually harassed him. The man said Father Callaghan made lewd comments and groped him. He received a $17,000 settlement.

Records indicate Father Callahan denied both claims. He died in December 2008.

His name was omitted from the Archdiocese of Boston’s 2011 list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, because he was an Augustian Order priest.

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

Fr. Daniel J. Maher – Diocese of Albany

Father Daniel J. Maher

              Diocese of Albany                

Ordained: 1962

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Cross Church (Albany, NY)
  • St. Francis De Sales Church (Colonie, NY)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Watervliet, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Daniel J. Maher:

According to media reports, in May 2005, an Albany man reported allegations of sexual abuse against Father Daniel J. Maher. The alleged victim claimed that Father Daniel J. Maher raped him twice in 1973, during weekend trips to a Saratoga Lake camp. He was a twelve year old altar boy when the alleged incidents took place at St. Frances de Sales church in West Albany. Father Maher denied the allegations.

Later that year in September, the victim’s attorney said that a second victim had come forward and filed a $2 million lawsuit against the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese. Father Maher was exonerated by the Diocese of Albany’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board which found that there was “no reasonable cause” to believe the allegations brought against Father Maher. He was returned to duty and remains a priest in good standing.

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

Fr. Donald Bolton – Diocese of Albany

Father Donald Bolton

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1952

Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1952 – 1954      Mt. St. Alphonsus (Esopus, NY)
  • 1954 – 1959      Bela Vista (Mato Grosso, Brazil)
  • 1959 – 1962      Campo Grande (Mato Grosso, Brazil)
  • 1962 – 1967      Bela Vista (Mato Grosso, Brazil)
  • 1967 – 1969      Monte Alegre (Parana, Brazil)
  • 1969 – 1970      Rocio (Parana, Brazil)
  • 1970 – 1974       Notre Dame Retreat House (Canandaigua, NY)
  • 1974 – 1984       St. Gregory Thaumaturgus (North East, PA)
  • 1984 – 1987       Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1987 – 1990       Holy Family Retreat House (Hampton, VA)
  • 1990 – 2003       St. Alphonsus Villa (Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers, (New Smyrna Beach, FL)
  • 2003 – 2006       St. John Neumann Residence (Sarasota Springs, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Bolton:

According to media reports, in 1986, the parents of a seven year old girl came forward to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office with a complaint that Father Donald Bolton molested their daughter. They came forward after they learned that Father Bolton was working with children in New York. They had been promised by The Redemptorists, that he would never again be in a position to harm children. He was charged with indecent assault and corruption of minors.

In 1987, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years’ probation and agreed to enter a treatment program. Arrest records also noted that several other girls were molested as well, but the statute of limitations had already expired, prohibiting further prosecution.

One of Father Bolton’s victims later filed a lawsuit and received a settlement of $100,000. Her abuse began in 1976 when she was seven years old and continued until 1980 when she was eleven. The abuse started when Father Bolton came to her house to console her family over the death of a grandparent. The victim reported that Father Bolton held her on his lap and rubbed her back, legs, bottom, and rear. In 1977, when she was eight and practicing to make her First Holy Communion at St. Gregory, Father Bolton entered her side of the confession booth, slid his hands up her dress and pulled her panties down. He fondled her and rubbed his penis against her. He told her not to tell anyone because no one would believe a child’s word against his word. She recalled this type of abuse occurred for nine months, at least every other week.

Beginning in 1977 and continuing into 1978, Father Bolton took the victim and her five friends to the Peak ‘N Peak ski resort in New York on several occasions. She explained that while Father Bolton drove, he assaulted her in the front seat. She described how Bolton would rub her genitals and poke her with his finger as though he was trying to put a hole in her pants. She recalled this as a physically painful experience. She recalled that it happened to her at least twice when she was eight or nine years old.

In 1978 and 1979, the victim attended classes at St. Gregory. She reported that every other week, Father Bolton would have the nuns pull her out of class and send her to his bedroom in the rectory to help him with assignments. He would take off her pants and put her on his lap in a position that her back was to him. Father Bolton would rub his penis back and forth on her buttocks and vagina while he moaned and groaned. He told her that he was preparing her for womanhood, and often had his hand and fingers inside her vagina. When he came close to ejaculation he would move her slightly forward with his hand inside her vagina being careful not to ejaculate on her.

In 1980, when the victim was eleven, her parents rented a cottage in a NY resort town and invited Father Bolton along for the family vacation. One day Father Bolton found her alone in her bedroom, closed the door, pulled off her bathing suit and turned her around. He began to masturbate himself while inserting his fingers into her vagina far enough inside her to hurt her. She recalled that the assault only stopped when he thought he was going to be discovered by a passerby. Father Bolton instructed her to be quiet about the abuse because she was a lying child and nobody would believe a lying child over a man of God’s word.

In 1993, the victim began to disclose the abuse and sought counseling. Father Bolton’s Redemptorists Order paid $50,000.00 and the Diocese of Erie’s insurance carrier paid the balance of her counseling fees. She reported that she never witnessed Father Bolton assault any of her friends, but believes they were also abused in the same way she was.

According to Diocesan records, the complainant in Bolton’s 1987 conviction was one of her friends. Other victims of Father Bolton came forward years later and also proved to be childhood friends of the girl. One victim was approximately the same age, between seven and eleven years old, when Father Bolton preyed upon her. She was offered assistance with counseling.  In another file, the mother of five children alleged that Father Bolton may have sexually assaulted four of them. The family was also offered counseling assistance.

In 2001, another victim reported that Father Bolton sexually assaulted him. At the time, he was a fourth grade boy who was abused from 1976-1977.  The victim explained that Father Bolton “Wanted me to do things to him.” He implied that these things that Father Bolton suggested were sexual and that Father Bolton asked this victim to touch him. The victim also said one day when he opened Father Bolton’s door without knocking, he saw Father Bolton with a young girl whose tights were down around her ankles. She was crying and Father Bolton yelled at him, “What the hell are you doing here?”

Ultimately, the Diocese of Erie returned Father Bolton to the Redemptorists. He remained in ministry until his death in October 2006.

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

Fr. William Cahill – Diocese of Albany

 

Father William Cahill

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1946

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946 – 1947       Weston College (Weston, MA)
  • 1947 – 1949       Fairfield College Prep. High School (Fairfield, CT)
  • 1950 – 1960       Cheverus High School (Portland, ME)
  • 1960 – 1962       St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, CT)
  • 1960 – 1962       St. Bernard’s (Fitchburg, MA)
  • 1962 – 1964       St. Mary’s (Boston, MA)
  • 1964 – 1966       Boston College High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1967 – 1972       Immaculate Conception (Boston, MA)
  • 1967 – 1972       Boston City Hospital (Boston, MA)
  • 1971 – 1972       Weston College (Mt. Clemens, MA)
  • 1972 – 1977       St. Joseph’s Hospital (Mt. Clemens, MI)
  • 1977 – 1978       Veterans’ Administration Hospital (West Roxbury, MA)
  • 1977 – 1979       Campion Center (Weston, MA)
  • 1978 – 1985       Immaculate Conception (Cambridge, MA)
  • 1981 – 1985       Immaculate Conception (Boston, MA)
  • 1981 – 1985       Boston City Hospital (Boston, MA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Cahill:

In March 2002, several men came forward with accusations that Father William Cahill sexually abused at least three male students at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine in the 1950s and 1960s.

Father Cahill was accused of having sexually abused a freshman student in the early 1950s. One accuser said that on two occasions, the priest pinned him against the blackboard, then fondled him.

One man said in an email to the Governor’s Office, that Father Cahill tried to molest him, but he successfully rebuffed the attempt.

Another accuser stated in an email to the Governor’s office that a staff member found a young boy, with his pants down, tied to a chair in Father Cahill’s room, and that Father Cahill subsequently “disappeared” from Cheverus.

Father Cahill was never charged and died in February 1986.

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

Fr. Anthony Boucher – Diocese of Albany

Father Anthony Boucher

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1955

Died: 1972

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Anthony Boucher:

According to media reports, in November 2018, Father Anthony Boucher’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information on the allegation regarding age/gender of the victim was given.

He died in November 1972.

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

Fr. John Patrick Bertolucci – Diocese of Albany

Father John Patrick Bertolucci

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2002

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1965 – 1967      Sacred Heart (Castle-on-Hudson, NY)
  • 1967 – 1971      St. Peter’s Hospital (Albany, NY)
  • 1967 – 1971      St. John’s School (Rensselaer, NY)
  • 1967 – 1971      Maria College Convent of Mercy (Albany, NY)
  • 1967 – 1971      LaSalle School (Albany, NY)
  • 1971 – 1976      Diocesan Vice-Chancellor (Albany, NY)
  • 1976 – 1980      St. Joseph’s (Little Falls, NY)
  • 1976 – 1980      St. Joseph’s (Little Falls, NY)
  • 1979 – 1988      Holy Spirit Monastery (Steubenville, OH)
  • 1979 – 1988      University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)
  • 1979 – 1988      St. Helen’s (Schenectady, NY)
  • 1990 – 1994      St. Mary’s (Hudson, NY)
  • 1990 – 1992      Columbia-Green County Community College (Hudson, NY)
  • 1994 – 1997      Albany Medical Center Hospital (Albany, NY)
  • 1994 – 1997      St. Ambrose (Latham, NY)
  • 1994 – 1997      St. Ambrose (Latham, NY)
  • 2001 – 2002      St. Anthony of Padua Friary (Catskill, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Patrick Bertolucci:

According to media reports, in 2002, an adult man filed a lawsuit alleging that the chancellor of the Diocese of Albany, the Rev. Kenneth Doyle and Father John Patrick Bertolucci, conspired to intimidate him from lodging a formal complaint. The suit was filed under the U.S. Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law, also known as RICO. According to the man, a State Police trooper, Father Bertolucci sexually abused him when he was twelve years old, starting in 1976, and continued until 1979. He first made the allegations against Father Bertolucci in 1992. He and his family received counseling arranged by the Diocese of Albany during that time. He blamed his parents for bringing Father Bertolucci into their lives with invitations to family dinners and nudges to attend youth group events led by the well known priest.

Father Bertolucci was a former vice chancellor of the Diocese of Albany and a prominent member of the group called Charismatic Catholics. In the 1980s, he produced a nationally syndicated television program and was praised as a “Catholic Pat Robertson.”  

Father Bertolucci admitted sexually abusing teenagers in the 1970s. “My lawyer tells me I could not call your son directly, so I am calling both of you,” Bertolucci said, according to the lawsuit.

“I did not have sexual intercourse with your son, I only fondled him,” Bertolucci allegedly said. “I was very proud of your son the way he repeatedly fought off my sexual advances most of the time. I want you to know that I still love your son after all these years.”

“John Bertolucci didn’t just hurt our son. He ripped apart our family,” said the victim’s mother.

Father Bertolucci was active in ministry until spring of 2002, when he asked for early retirement.

The lawsuit was dismissed in 2003. It did not seek damages for the sexual abuse itself, which was out of reach from civil penalties under the state’s three-year statute of limitations.

In June 2002, the Diocese of Albany permanently removed his facilities. He opted to live “a life of prayer and penance” over laicization.

“The most powerful form of penance I can do is to pray for the healing and reconciliation of any person I have sinned against and any person I have misled by my misconduct,” Bertolucci said.

In 2011, Father Bertolucci was named as one of five priests who sexually abused a boy between 1986-1991 in the Diocese of Albany. The abuse is said to have taken place at Our Lady of Mercy parish, where the accuser’s mother was a long time employee. An internal investigation into the allegations was conducted.

Father Bertolucci died in May 2015.

In November 2018, Father Bertolucci’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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

Fr. David G. Bentley – Diocese of Albany

Father David G. Bentley

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Brigid’s Church (Copake Falls, NY)
  • Cardinal McCloskey High School (Albany, NY)
  • Vincentian Institute High School (Albany, NY)
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Albany, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Hospital (Albany, NY)
  • Holy Family Catholic Church (Deming, NM)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father David G. Bentley:

According to media reports, in 1986, Father David G. Bentley admitted to the Archdiocese of Albany that he sexually abused a child after someone outside the church contacted him with a complaint of sexual abuse.He was sent to a Catholic-run treatment center. After several months he was deemed him “fit” to return to the priesthood and he was reassigned to a hospital ministry in the Capital Region “under supervised conditions.”  With permission from the Diocese of Albany, he later worked for the Franciscan fathers in Ohio and Africa.

In 1994, the Diocese of Albany paid a confidential $150,000 settlement to a man who accused Father Bentley of sexually abusing him and his siblings in the 1970s when they lived at the Albany Home for Children, now Parsons Child and Family Center. The victim said Father Bentley molested him “hundreds of times.” The abuse started when he was ten years old, and occurred when they were on outings and weekends away from the home. He claimed that Father Bentley not only molested him but also used him as a “share toy” and permitted other priests to sexually abuse him. The abuse continued for eight years.

In 1997, the Diocese of Albany paid a $70,000 settlement to his brother. The third brother received an unspecified amount. In 1998, Father Bentley was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico. In 2000, he was assigned to a small parish in Deming, New Mexico, under the Diocese of Las Cruces.

Father Bentley’s victim who received a settlement in 1994, contacted the church again in April 2002. He said he was intent on learning his other abusers’ identities and whether they were still priests. Father Bentley was removed from ministry that month.

At the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese headquarters, the victim confronted Father Bentley. “Many days I just want to be dead, just dead, even around my family. For all these things I feel so angry. You harmed me so bad, it hurts, to my core,” the victim said.

The Diocese of Albany paid Father Bentley’s victim $75,000 in May. In July, Bishop Hubbard sent him a letter, apologizing for the “great harm” he “sustained as the result of sexual misconduct by representatives of the Church.” He was paid another $150,000 in August, followed by a promise of $25,000 a year for the next five years, church officials confirmed.

In May 2005, another alleged victim came forward, claiming he was one of four brothers victimized by Father Bentley. The incidents occurred from 1982 through 1986 in Albany, Schenectady and on Father Bentley’s boat in Boston Harbor and on Saratoga Lake, the alleged victim said. Due to the statute of limitations in New York already expired, the victim pursued the case in Massachusetts.

“Starting at age 11, Father Bentley abused me and raped me in the worst possible way,” he said. “I’m a lost soul, as I put it, a lost soul trying to find answers without dealing with a priest because I’m petrified of them,” he said.

In July 2018, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of Las Cruces by a man who claimed he was sexually abused as a child by Father Bentley and another priest in Deming, New Mexico. The man served as an altar boy at Holy Family Catholic Church throughout his childhood, and alleges that he was sexually abused by the two priests on hundreds of occasions between 1994 and 2001, beginning when he was nine years old.

In November  2018, Father Bentley’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

It is believed Father Bentley lives with relatives near Syracuse, New York.

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

Fr. Francis Bell – Diocese of Albany

Father Francis Bell

           Diocese of Albany           

Ordained: 1948

Died: 1967

Assigned as follows:

  • 1965 – 1967 Sacred Heart (Glencross, South Dakota)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Bell:

Father Francis Bell was a priest of the Diocese of Albany who worked in Glencross, South Dakota. In March 2019, Father Bell’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Rapid City’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information on the allegation regarding age/gender of the victim was given. It notes that in April 1993, the Diocese of Rapid City received an allegation of abuse dating back to 1965-1967.

Father Bell died in September 1967.

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