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MASSAGE ENVY IN ROYAL PALM BEACH TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

MASSAGE ENVY IN ROYAL PALM BEACH TARGETED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT 

In recent years, Massage Envy has been the subject of multiple allegations of sexual assault of its female clientele. According to media reports, hundreds of clients — almost predominantly women — throughout the country have come forward reporting that they were sexually assaulted by massage therapists. Most recently, Horowitz Law has filed a lawsuit in Palm Beach County on behalf of an adult female client alleging that she was sexually assaulted in April 2018 by her massage therapist Juan Parra at the Massage Envy franchise in Royal Palm Beach, Florida.

The lawsuit alleges that during a massage appointment on April 2018, massage therapist Juan Pablo Parra made unsolicited sexual contact with his female client.  The Plaintiff claims that in the final minutes of the massage, the massage therapist placed both of his hands directly on her breasts and began massaging and grabbing them. He then began moaning and moving his hands down toward her vagina according to the Complaint.The lawsuit further alleges he put his hands directly on her genital area. State records show Jaun Parra’s license as a massage therapist expired in August 2019. The incident is alleged to have occurred at the Massage Envy located at 11021 Southern Boulevard, Suite 100, Royal Palm Beach, Florida 3341.  Notably, Parra has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by a total of three Massage Envy clients.

Horowitz Law has filed dozens of sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at Massage Envy and other spas and resorts.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  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.

 

Fr. Eugene O’Sullivan – Diocese of Camden

Father Eugene O’Sullivan

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1960

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      St. John Vianney (Revere, MA)
  • 1962-1963      Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted (Walham, MA)
  • 1963-1965      St. Ann’s (Marshfield, MA)   
  • 1965-1970      Our Lady of the Assumption (Boston, MA)
  • 1970-1984      St. Agnes (Arlington, MA) 
  • 1984-1985      Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1985-1987      St. Joseph’s (North Plainfield, NJ) 
  • 1987-1989      Unknown
  • 1990-1991      Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough Township, NJ) 
  • 1991-1992      St. Bartholomew (East Brunswick, NJ) 
  • 1993-1997      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene O’Sullivan:

According to media reports, Father Eugene O’Sullivan pleaded guilty in 1984 to raping a 13-year-old altar boy for two years at St. Agnes in Arlington. He was convicted and sentenced to five years probation on the condition that he have no contact with young people. Less than a year later, Cardinal Law sent him to the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey instead, where he worked in four more parishes over the next seven years. He was involved in parish religious education and a youth group. Pastors of three of the four parishes, who were directly responsible for his supervision, said that they were never told Father O’Sullivan had a history of sexual abuse or that he was on probation. 

In July 1992, he was recalled to Boston during a review by the Archdiocese of Boston of past sexual abuse cases. He was banned from all priestly activities. In 1993, Father O’Sullivan’s nephew revealed that he sexually abused him for nine years, when he was nine years old, in approximately 1971. He also abused his brother for years before that, when the boy was six years old. 

Father O’Sullivan’s nephew  said, “I want to help people understand how important it is to resolve these issues, and how important it is for parents to listen to their children when these issues come up, and to see how truly life-threatening denial and avoidance can be.”

Father O’Sullivan was sent to Canada for treatment. He retired in 1997 and made a senior priest. In June 2002, internal church records made public, revealed that church authorities knew Father O’Sullivan was molesting altar boys as early as 1964. A memo in his personnel file acknowledges multiple accusations made against him. A letter dated in 1964, revealed a complaint from the parents of 12-year-old altar boy that Father O’Sullivan had molested him and other boys at St. Ann’s in Marshfield. They also wrote that “Father Finn, the pastor at St. Ann’s refused to do anything.” He had told the boy’s parents that he would notify the archdiocese of their concerns, but they found out he had not followed through. Father O’Sullivan was transferred to Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. According to a 1984 letter in his personnel file, within months there were “reports of incidents with a couple of altar boys.” The files suggest he sexually abused even more boys there before being transferred to St. Agnes in Arlington.

In 2005, Father O’Sullivan was laicized. His current whereabouts are unknown. His last known address was in Arlington, MA.

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

Father John H. Duggan

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1957

Removed: 2002

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958                Unknown 
  • 1959                Our Lady of Martyrs (Aurlesville, NY) 
  • 1960-1970      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1971-1972      Loyola Blakefield High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1973-1979      St. Agnes Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980                Old St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1981                Unknown
  • 1982-1983      (Nigeria) 
  • 1984                Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Camden, NJ) 
  • 1985-1988      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA)
  • 1989-1993      (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1994                Unknown
  • 1995                (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1996-2002      University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
  • 2003                (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 2004                University of Scranton (Scranton, PA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John H. Duggan:

Father John M. Duggan was ordained a Jesuit priest of the Maryland Province. He worked in high schools and parishes in the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nigeria, and the Diocese of Camden, before returning to Scranton where he first started his career. According to media reports, in 1993, he was sent for a psychological evaluation and admitted to sexually abusing young children in his early priesthood. He denied any of the abuse occurred within the Diocese. Upon release, he was reinstated to supervised ministry and required to meet regularly with his aftercare counseling team. 

In December 1996, a man reported that he was sexually abused by Father Duggan in the 1970s, when he was a teenager getting spiritual counseling at the Jesuit house in Scranton. In 1999, the same man reported Father Duggan was participating in unsupervised ministry. The Diocesan Review Board recommended that the only ministries open to him were the celebration of mass and the administration of sacraments in correctional facilities, nursing homes and convents. 

In May 2002, the man contacted the Diocese again and requested assurances that Father Duggan was no danger to children. He was removed from ministry. The victim reported his sexual abuse to the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office but no charges were brought because the statute of limitations had expired. Paperwork of the report indicated the Jesuit Community provided free tuition to the victim’s children and transferred Father Duggan from the Jesuit Community in Scranton. 

In 2002, a man reported to the Archdiocese of Baltimore that his son was sexually abused by Father Duggan in the late 1960s to early 1970s. He worked at Loyola Blakefield High School during those years. At the time of the report, Father Duggan was working at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

In September 2002, Father Duggan’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In August 2018, his name appeared on the Diocese of Scranton’s list. That same month his name was included in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report as John M. Duggan. He died in January 2004. 

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

Father Michael L. Barber

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1971      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1975-1976      St. Ignatius Church (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1976-1978      MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC)
  • 1978-1979      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1979-1983      St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • 1984-1987      Unknown
  • 1988-2001      St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2002 – 2009    (Wernersville, PA)
  • 2010                 (Baltimore, MD)
  • 2011-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael L. Barber:

Father Michael L. Barber was ordained as a Jesuit priest. According to a December 2018 disclosure by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, in 1994, he admitted to sexually abusing a minor in Strathmere, NJ by “pleading guilty to a charge of “harassment by offensive touching.” He was removed from ministry, and relocated to the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore.

In December 2018, Father Barber’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. In February 2019, his name also appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

According to the Jesuits, he is living in a restricted environment on a safety plan where his travel and use of technology is monitored.

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

Father William C. O’Connell

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1950

Removed: 1985

Died: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • 1950                St. Andrew Church (Block Island, RI)
  • 1950-1952      St. Francis (Wakefield, RI) 
  • 1953                St. Brendan (Riverside, RI) 
  • 1954-1958      U.S Navy Chaplain 
  • 1959-1961      SS Peter and Paul (West Warwick, RI)
  • 1962-1966      St. Mary (Providence, RI)
  • 1967                St. Joseph (Central Falls, RI) 
  • 1968-1972      Holy Ghost (North Tiverton, RI) 
  • 1973-1985      St. Mary (Bristol, RI) 
  • 1986                Absent on Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William O’Connell:

Father William O’Connell was assigned to multiple parishes. According to media reports, November 1983, two priests spoke at least four times to Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth A. Angell, about their suspicions that Father O’Connell was sexually abusing teenage boys. In February 1985, Father O’Connell resigned from ministry in the wake of allegations that he sexually abused three boys, aged 13 to 15. He was arrested and police found a “guest book used to record the sexual conquests of minors,” along with whips, chains and photos of naked children. He was removed from ministry.

In June 1986, he pleaded no-contest to 26 sex-related counts for assaults on the three boys at the St. Mary’s rectory and at his summer cottage. He was ordered to serve one year in prison. The judge said upon his release, he would have to serve four years’ probation and also undergo two years of counseling at St. Luke’s Institute, in Maryland. He retired later that year.

In 1990, Father O’Connell was the subject of the first lawsuit ever filed against the church for priest abuse. The church settled the case brought by a Rhode Island man and his mother. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Father O’Connell moved to Camden, New Jersey in 1991.

In the early 1990s, Father O’Connell was accused of assaulting two teenage boys while he was working as a volunteer at Our Lady Star of the Sea parish in Cape May.  In 1993, a lawsuit filed by three men was settled for $384,000. The suit alleged that in the late 1960s, Father O’Connell and another priest, Father Joseph McGarvey, took them on trips and abused them while they were boys aged 12 to 15.  

In 1994, Father O’Connell was working as a freelance photographer in Lower Township, N.J. He was arrested for obscenity and for assaulting two boys. Police seized hundreds of photographs and videotapes of young men and boys from his home. In December of that year, he pleaded guilty to sexual assault and making child pornography. In February 1995, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Father O’Connell was the target of four lawsuits in state and federal courts in Rhode Island. They were settled as part of the September 2002 and March 2003 settlements.

Father O’Connell died in May in a New Jersey treatment center for sex offenders. In July 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Rhode Island’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 Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden 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. C. Jeffries Burton (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Camden

Father C. Jeffries Burton 

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2007

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968                College of the Sacred Heart (Woodstock, MD) 
  • 1969-1970      Colegio San Mateo (Osorno, Chile)
  • 1971-1978      Chapel of the Holy Redeemer (Hot Springs, NC) 
  • 1979-1982      Youth Ministries (Flat Rock, NC) 
  • 1980                Self-Help, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1983-1988      Holy Name (Camden, NJ) 
  • 1989-1991      Jesuit Ferdinand Wheeler House (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1990-1994      Holy Spirit (Atlantic City, NJ); Camden Diocesan Center (Mays Landing, NJ) Stockton State College (Pomona, NJ) 
  • 1993-1998      St. Peter (Pleasantville, NJ) 
  • 1999-2002      St. James (Ventor, NJ) 
  • 2003-2006      Assumption Parish (Pomona, NJ) 
  • 2007                Sacred Heart (South Richmond, VA)
  • 2008               Jesuit Fathers and Brother Maryland Provincial Curia (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 2009-2010      Colombiere Jesuit Community (Baltimore, MD) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father C. Jeffries Burtonr:

Father C. Jeffries Burton was ordained a Jesuit priest. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career including Maryland, Chile, North Carolina and New Jersey. He taught, served in hispanic ministry, established and co-directed a youth ministry program, and worked as a campus minister. According to media reports, in 1994, the Jesuits received a report that in 1982 Father Burton had engaged in “inappropriate touching” with a minor in North Carolina. He was sent for therapy, but remained in ministry and was reassigned. 

In June 2007, the Jesuits said they discovered the earlier allegation from 1982 after reviewing Father Burton’s personnel file. He was co-director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina at the time. He acknowledged the sexual misconduct and was removed from active ministry. He died in August 2011.

In December 2018, Father Burton’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. In February 2019, his name also appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It was added to 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 Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. James Gould (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Newark

Father James Gould

Diocese of Newark

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1983      St. Ann’s (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1993-2007      Prefect of the Marshall Islands 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Gould:

Father James Gould was ordained a Jesuit priest. According to media reports, the order was made aware of allegations reported, in at least 2011, of sexual abuse of a minor boy in the late 1970s. The information was included in a secret “black binder” of allegations given to Bishop Richard J. Malone when he was named bishop. Father Gould admitted to abusing the minor and has been removed from ministry.

In November 2018, Father Gould’s name was included in the Diocese of Buffalo’s updated list of priests with substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor. The original list was published in March 2018 and includes priests only if they have more than one allegation. No details about where the abuse occurred or what it entailed were released. His name also appeared on the Jesuit Northeast Province’s list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors published in January 2019. In August 2019, a lawsuit was filed under the NY Child Victims Act alleging that Father Gould molested a 13-year-old boy in the mid-1970s at St. Ann’s Church in Buffalo.

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

Father John F. X. Bellwoar

Diocese of Newark

Ordained: 1933

Died: 1993

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1927-1928      Georgetown Preparatory School (N. Bethesda, MD)
  • 1928-1930      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1935-1936      St. Peter’s Preparatory School (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1936 -1938     Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, NY)
  • 1938-1940      St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1940-1941      Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1941-1970      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1970-1976      St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (Washington, DC) Attached to Jesuit Community of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Washington, DC)
  • 1976-1991      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John F. X. Bellwoar:

Father John F. X. Bellwoar was ordained a Jesuit priest. He died in November 1993. According to media reports, in December 2018, his name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations of abuse, occurring from the 1950s to the 1960s in Prince George’s County, MD and Washington, DC. In February 2019, his name was included in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual 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 Newark.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Joseph Maffei (Salesians) – Diocese of Newark

Father Joseph Maffei

Diocese of Newark

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1967      St. Dominic Savio Juniorate, St. Dominic Savio Retreat House, Camp Salesian for Boys (Cedar Lake, IN) 
  • 1968-1970      Sacred Heart Juniorate (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1970-1972      Eglise St. Domenico Savio (Montreal, Quebec/Canada
  • 1972-1978      Salesian High School (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 1978-1981      Sacred Heart Retreat House (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1981-1984      Our Lady of the Rosary (Port Chester, NY)
  • 1984-1989      St. Anthony (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • 1989-1994      Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine (West Haverstraw, NY
  • 1994-2000      Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Maffei:

Father Joseph Maffei was a native of Italy and came to the US in 1952. He was a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Province of St. Philip the Apostle. He worked in minor seminaries, retreat houses for youth, and parishes in various locations throughout his career. He died in 2009. 

According to media reports, Father Maffei was accused in a lawsuit filed in 2013 of having sexually abused a 12-year-old boy at the Marian Shrine in New Rochelle, New York, in 1978. The alleged abuse included explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct. He was assigned to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich, Massachusetts at the time. His accuser also said two other Salesian priests, Father Sean Rooney and Brother Alan Scheneman, abused him as well. The case was settled. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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

Br. Robert “Edmund” Coakley – Diocese of Newark

Brother Robert “Edmund” Coakley

Diocese of Newark

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1988

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Robert “Edmund” Coakley:

Brother Robert “Edmund” Coakley was a member of the Franciscan Friars. He also worked as a teacher and a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America within the Archdiocese of Newark. According to media reports, in 1978, two brothers, aged 14 and 11, accused Brother Coakley of sexually abusing them while he was their Scoutmaster. He denied the charges at first. Then he claimed “he had been seduced” by the younger boy. He was removed and sent to the Ohio-based headquarters of the Franciscan Brothers of the Poor. 

For the younger brother, the abuse continued through the summer camp session and into the school year. After suffering from a deep depression the boy later killed himself at age 12. The family filed a lawsuit in 1980. According to the suit, Brother Coakley made the boy sleep in his trailer, and allegedly forced him to simulate rape scenes, some of which were recorded. The abuse continued at the Assumption School and the friary. He threatened to kill the boys with a rifle if they told anyone.

The case was later dismissed because of the NJ Charitable Immunity Act. No criminal charges were filed because the family had not told law enforcement officials until after the boy died. Brother Coakley’s name appeared in the Perversion Files released by the Boy Scouts of America in 2012. He died in 1988.

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