Category: Sex

Fr. Gregory Littleton – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Gregory J. Littleton

Diocese of Charlotte


Ordained:1990

Removed from duty and sent to therapy: 1993

Allowed to come back: 1997

Accused: 2002 and 2004

Removed and resigned from ministry: 2004

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Philip and St. James (Phillipsburg, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Victories (Sayreville, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish (Middlesex, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth- St. Brigid Parish (St. Peapack, NJ)
  • St. John the Baptist Church (Tryon, NC)
  • Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)

Summary of Sexual abuse Allegations against Father Gregory J. Littleton:

In 1993, Father Gregory Littleton released information himself to the Diocese of Metuchen that he had been involved in the sexual abuse of two minors due to his involvement with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. There were no witnesses willing to come forward, and no case was formally brought against him. He was simply removed from duty that year and was sent to evaluation and therapy for three years.

He was allowed to return to the ministry and was full time again in 1997 and was considered a priest in good standing. He transferred to Charlotte, North Carolina, where more allegations from the Metuchen Diocese were made in 2002. He was not removed from his post in Charlotte until 2004, where the accusations against him were found credible from the review board. Since the news has broken in 2018 of McCarrick abusing clergy members as well, Littleton has come out as a victim of his sexual misconduct. He has also since confessed and shared information about almost 20 other victims of Archbishop McCarrick and himself. Gregory Littleton’s name has since been on several lists and lawsuits that the Diocese of Metuchen have been slowly giving out. Settlements have been made on behalf of the accused priests that have been accused of sexual misconduct during the 1990’s.

As of 2006, Littleton is now a private citizen living in North Carolina and no criminal charges have been formally made against him.

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

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

 

Fr. Frederick George – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Frederick George 

Diocese of Charlotte/Benedictine

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Michael Catholic Church (Gastonia, NC)
  • Belmont Abbey (Belmont, NC)
  • St. Benedict (Richmond, VA)
  • Belmont Abbey (Belmont, NC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Frederick George:

Father Frederick George, a Benedictine monk, moved to a Richmond priory in 1975 from Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, where he had been briefly assigned to St. Michael Catholic Church in Gastonia. 

According to media reports, in 1987, an allegation of child sexual abuse by Father George was reported. The alleged abuse occurred in the late 1970s at St. Benedict Parish in Richmond, VA. He was removed from ministry and sent for psychological evaluation. In 1991, he was cleared to return to Belmont Abbey, and in 1994 was made college chaplain. He left Belmont Abbey in 1998, and was permanently dismissed by the Vatican in 2004.

In November 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Savannah’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list as well.

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

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Archdiocese of New York

Leo J Courcy Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962 – 1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965 -1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967 – 1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967 – 1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968 – 1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969 – 1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1975: Bayonne, NJ (per his father’s obituary)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Listed in Official Catholic Directory as “On Duty Outside Diocese”

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America.  You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida.  His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey. It is documented that he served in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in the late 1970s in between his New Jersey and New York assignments.

Here is what we do know for certain: Father Leo Courcy Jr. served in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked there after 1967.  According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear.  However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

The Beginning of the End for Fr. Courcy

Father Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the the Diocese of Burlington, while serving in NYC.  It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit.  For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse.  The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time.  It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided a full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Father Courcy and Father Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Father Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexully abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Father Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants had sent Father Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Father Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area.  To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and is not a registered sex offender.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Archdiocese of New York

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Archdiocese of New York

Leo J Courcy Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962 – 1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965 -1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967 – 1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967 – 1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968 – 1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969 – 1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1975: Bayonne, NJ (per his father’s obituary)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Listed in Official Catholic Directory as “On Duty Outside Diocese”

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America.  You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida.  His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey. It is documented that he served in the Archdiocese of New York beginning in the late 70s until the mid 1990s. 

Here is what we do know for certain: Father Leo Courcy Jr. served in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked there after 1967.  According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear.  However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

The Beginning of the End for Fr. Courcy

Father Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the the Diocese of Burlington, while serving in NYC.  It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit.  For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse.  The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time.  It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided a full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Father Courcy and Father Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Father Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexully abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Father Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants had sent Father Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Father Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area.  To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and is not a registered sex offender.

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

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

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Archdiocese of Newark

Leo J Courcy Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962 – 1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965 -1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967 – 1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967 – 1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968 – 1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969 – 1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1975: Bayonne, NJ (per his father’s obituary)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Listed in Official Catholic Directory as “On Duty Outside Diocese”

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America.  You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida.  His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey. It is documented that he served in the Archdiocese of Newark in the mid 70s, possibly while on assignment at Marist High School (although this has not been confirmed.) 

Here is what we do know for certain: Father Leo Courcy Jr. served in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked there after 1967.  According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear.  However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

Father Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the the Diocese of Burlington, while serving in NYC.  It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit.  For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse.  The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time.  It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided a full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Father Courcy and Father Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Father Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexully abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Father Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants had sent Father Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Father Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area.  To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and is not a registered sex offender.

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

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

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Diocese of Trenton

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Diocese of Trenton

Leo J Courcy Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962 – 1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965 -1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967 – 1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967 – 1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968 – 1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969 – 1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1975: Bayonne, NJ (per his father’s obituary)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Listed in Official Catholic Directory as “On Duty Outside Diocese”

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America.  You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida.  His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey, including in the Diocese of Trenton in the late 70s. 

Here is what we do know for certain: Father Leo Courcy Jr. served in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked there after 1967.  According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear.  However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

Father Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the the Diocese of Burlington, while serving in NYC.  It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit.  For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse.  The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time.  It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided a full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Father Courcy and Father Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Father Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexully abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Father Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants had sent Father Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Father Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area.  To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and is not a registered sex offender.

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

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

Florida Pediatrician Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Possession To Be Held Without Bond

Dr. Michael Mizrachy Detained on Federal Child Pornography Possession Charge

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In a hearing held on Monday, March 1, 2021, Dr. Michael Mizrachy, a pediatrician in Broward County, was ordered pre-trial detention and is to remain in custody without bond pending his federal trial on federal child pornography charges. If convicted on the federal charge, Mizrachy faces up to 20 years in prison. Mizrachy also faces a pending state criminal case in connection with the alleged conduct. 

In June 2020, investigators with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) were sent a tip alleging that Dr. Mizrachy, then employed at West Broward Pediatrics, may be in possession of and possibly distributing child pornography. Mizrachy has been a licensed pediatrician in Florida since 2000. He last worked for West Broward Pediatrics. At a preliminary hearing, Mizrachy was ordered not to have contact with minors.

In October 2020, detectives obtained a search warrant for Mizrachy’s home in Parkland. They discovered that Dr. Mizrachy used an app, KIK, to chat with a child who was 15 years old and that the chats included sexually explicit photographs. Further investigation revealed that the other photos of the children located within Mizrachy’s accounts were of his daughters’ friends at his home. These photos included the children’s clothed private parts. Most of the children appeared to be between the ages of 13 and 15, and one of them was ten years old.

Attorney Adam Horowitz continues to advocate for the Florida Department of Heath to restrict the professional licenses of health care professionals when they are accused of sexual crimes.  Allowing such practitioners access to patients needlessly endangers the public.

If you or someone you know was subject to sexual abuse or other sexual misconduct by a pediatrician or other health care professional, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

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Titusville Massage Therapist Thomas Grasso Facing Multiple Sex Crime Charges

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Titusville Police arrested longtime massage therapist Thomas Gregory Grasso, age 57, of Port St. John, Florida after multiple alleged victims reported incidents of sexual abuse to police.  According to Titusville police, one of the alleged victims came forward in early October. During the initial battery investigation, detectives found evidence Grasso committed crimes against 19 more female clients over a period of years after they had been referred to him to get massages for medical reasons.

As of January 8, 2021, Titusville Police Chief said a total 21 female patients have filed police reports involving sexual misconduct by Grasso. Thomas Grasso is currently facing misdemeanor and felony charges involving four of the women. Investigators have sent an additional 57 recommended charges to the State Attorney’s Office. Grasso has been licensed as a massage therapist in the State of Florida since 1993. Titusville Police say for at least the past 10 years, he sexually assaulted, molested, and exposed himself to patients.

In November 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of Grasso’s license for flagrantly disregarding the laws and regulations governing massage therapists. The Emergency Order prohibits Grasso from practicing massage therapy on female clients in the State of Florida, and ensures he can no longer pose an immediate, serious danger to the public’s health, welfare and safety.

Grasso has been charged with two counts of Sexual Battery, two counts of Battery, two Counts of Lewd or Lascivious Molestation of an Elderly Person and one count of Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Woman. He was arrested during a traffic stop and booked into the Brevard County Jail with a bond set at $96,000. Additional charges, 43 counts of battery and 14 counts of exposure of sex organs, are being sent to the State Attorney’s Office for review.

According to police reports that have been released, the Titusville Police Department received a Battery report on October 22, 2020, by Grasso. The female victim stated that she scheduled a prenatal massage with Grasso in May or June of 2019 when the victim was approximately seven months pregnant. Grasso positioned the victim on her side, with her genitals uncovered. The victim reported that Grasso got extremely close to her vagina and asked her if he could massage the unborn baby.

On October 23, 2020, another police report stated that the victim, who was herself a massage therapist, received three massages by Grasso in 2019. During her last massage, the victim stated that Grasso rubbed her breasts and nipples. She no longer sought out his services.

On October 8, 2020, the Titusville Police Department received a report of Battery and Indecent Exposure. The victim received a massage once before with Grasso that she felt was inappropriate but had no proof. So she booked another massage with him and set up a recording device so she can catch him in action. The video shows Grasso exposing his penis several times and masturbating. It also revealed a substance in his hand that he then massaged the victim with. When the police questioned Grasso about the incident, he denied it until he was shown the video. He then admitted that it was in fact, him and that he only did it because he felt the victim was flirting.

On October 16, 2020, the Titusville Police Department received a report of Battery and Sexual Battery. The victim stated that she had been an ongoing client of Grasso at Dr. Daly’s Chiropractic Clinic in Titusville for about a year.  During the course of the year, she noticed that Grasso would get increasing closer and closer to her genitals. The victim stated that Grasso told her that he had to massage around her labia, vaginal opening, buttocks, anus, and breasts as part of her treatment. On at least two occasions, Grasso inserted his fingers into the victim’s vagina. She also claimed that she would feel an unknown hard object rub on her feel hands and legs, which she believed to be his exposed penis.

When clients book a massage, it is to decompress from the stresses of life. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa will act professionally and expect they are carefully vetted and safe to engage with the public. It is unacceptable, immoral and unlawful for any employee to touch a client in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at medical offices, spas and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation. 

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Sex Abuse Claims Filing Deadline Set in Rockville Centre Diocese Bankruptcy

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court set the deadline for filing all sexual abuse claims against Rockville Center’s Diocese for August 14, 2021. The Diocese filed for Chapter 11 protection earlier this year to resolve all pending sex abuse claims against the Diocese with the bankruptcy court’s assistance. This bankruptcy impacts the rights of Sexual Abuse Survivors against the Diocese in the case, In re: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York.

Contrary to what you might think, a bankruptcy filing does not mean the Diocese is broke: it implies the Diocese is asking for the Bankruptcy Court for help resolving the rest of the sexual abuse claims against it. Its assets will be allocated among all of its creditors, including an unknown number of sexual abuse claimants, known and unknown. It is also a means by which a Catholic Diocese can continue to protect itself and its secrets. For that reason, it is often criticized by survivor advocates and attorneys. The Diocese of Rockville Centre will not likely have to publicize any priest personnel files as part of this process, for example.

The August 14 filing deadline is also referred to as a “bar date” in bankruptcy law. It is a strict, non-negotiable deadline by which all existing claims must be filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre, or claimants will be forever barred from seeking relief in the future. Regardless of how old the sexual abuse survivor is today or when the abuse occurred, they need to file their claim to receive it by 5 pm on that day. If the victims do not file a timely Sexual Abuse Claim, they may lose rights against the Diocese and Diocese related entities, including any right to compensation. Anyone who was sexually abused on or before October 1, 2020, and believes the Diocese may be responsible for the sexual abuse must file a claim.

For survivors of sexual abuse by anyone employed by the Diocese of Rockville Centre such as a priest, teacher, sacristan, or lay volunteer, this likely means that even if New York lawmakers extend the statute of limitations and otherwise allow you to file a lawsuit, your claim will barred by the bankruptcy bar date. That makes it critically important for anyone who a Rockville Centre Diocese employee victimized to contact competent counsel as soon as possible to discuss your options: the fact is that you probably won’t have any options after August 14, 2021.

The August 14 deadline is a strict filing deadline set by the Court and will not likely be extended by the Court for any reason. Therefore, you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential consultation about your legal options as a survivor of abuse in the Rockville Centre Diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rockville Centre and throughout New York.  The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for federal bankruptcy protection in October 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Rockville Centre will never be able to take against against the Diocese of Rockville Centre 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.

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Miami Beach Teacher Alexandra Handwerger Fired for Sexual Misconduct

Alexandra Handwerger, a 48-year old English teacher at Miami Beach’s Hebrew Academy, was fired on January 30, 2021, for allegedly sending nude videos and photos to current and former male students, including some who are now studying abroad in Israel.  A criminal investigation is ongoing.

According to an incident report, administrators at Miami Beach Hebrew Academy received an anonymous email informing them that a teacher was sending lewd and inappropriate pictures. The email also had a phone number, which led them to an administrator of a school in Israel that told Miami administrators that a female teacher from Hebrew Academy had been sending her male students (who were 18 years old or over) inappropriate nude photos and videos.

The school reported the teacher to the Miami Beach police on February 19, and although they are currently conducting an investigation, Handwerger has not been criminally charged at this time.  When questioned about the photos, Handwerger initially claimed she could not recall any of it, but then later admitted to taking the pictures/videos but doesn’t know how the students got them.

Handwerger was not only a teacher at the Academy but the head of the English department.  The academy addressed the matter in a letter to parents that read, in part, “We received information that there is a video and possible photos of a former teacher that are inappropriate. It is our understanding that some graduates and current students may have received copies of the videos and/or photos. We are unaware of how our students received the videos/photos at this time, but have been and continue to conduct a thorough investigation regarding the entirety of this serious matter.”

Handwerger is the estranged wife of former WSVN reporter Rosh Lowe. Lowe claims he is deeply distraught by this matter and that he is taking the allegations very seriously.  Handwerger is also known publicly as Alex Lowe.

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they be safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential teacher and protect their students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a principal, teacher or other other school employee, contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.