Category: Sex

Fr. William Giblin – Archdiocese of Newark

Father William Giblin

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1959

Retired: 2000

Died: 2011

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Joseph’s Church (E. Orange, NJ)
  • St. Peter the Apostle (River Edge, NJ)
  • Seton Hall Prep School (South Orange, NJ)
  • St. Mary High School (Rutherford, NJ)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Church (S. Arlington, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Giblin:

According to media reports, during July 2002 two priests were arrested in a Canadian police sting involving a child prostitution ring. One of the priests arrested was Father William Giblin. He was a former headmaster of Seton Hall Prep and retired pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in East Orange, NJ.

Father Giblin was placed on leave eventually retired shortly thereafter.   Due to a purported lack of evidence, the charges were dropped against him in 2003. However, the other priest with whom Giblin was arrested was later convicted.

Giblin died May of 2011.

Since then, a former Seton Hall Prep student has filed a suit against the deceased priest, claiming abuse by Giblin and another priest in the 1960’s.  Giblin’s name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Archdiocese of Newark. According to the Archdiocese, Giblin was the subject of one credible allegation of sexual abuse, but it released no details about the allegation, such as the age/gender of the victim or Giblin’s assignment at the time of the abuse.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Manuel Gallo Espinoza – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Manuel Gallo Espinoza

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1998

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Mary’s Church (Plainfield, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Manuel Gallo Espinoza:

According to media reports, Father Manuel Gallo Espinoza was a visiting priest from Ecuador who worked at St. Mary’s in Plainfield for several years.

In 2003, a 15 year old boy from the parish youth group told church officials that Espinoza raped him in the parish bathroom. Two weeks later, Catholic Charities reported the allegation to the prosecutor’s office.

After the accusations had been made, the Archdiocese told Espinoza he could no longer work in the Archdiocese of Newark. Manuel Gallo Espinoza then fled to Ecuador to avoid police investigators.

In 2005, Espinoza returned to the United States and taught middle and high school in Maryland and Virginia. It appears he used a false name to re-enter the country.  Once discovered, he fled the country again in 2014.

As of 2015, the criminal investigation against Manuel Gallo Espinoza has been re-opened, but he is believed to be hiding in Ecuador. A warrant has been out for his arrest in New Jersey since January of 2016.

Gallo Espinoza’s name is also included on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Archdiocese of Newark.  He is listed as having been the subject of one credible allegation, presumably the one that led to the warrant for his arrest.  However, the Archdiocese provided no details about the allegation, so it may be a second one.  

Gallo Espinoza is believed to be residing in Ecuador.  He is 56 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Richard Galdon – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Richard Galdon

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1959

Suspended: 1987

Died: 2000

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1959- 1986 Our Lady of Good Counsel (Newark, NJ)
  • Servants of the Paraclete (treatment center for pedophile priests)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Galdon:

According to media reports, after serving at Our Lady of Good Counsel for almost 27 years, in 1986 Father Richard Galdon was accused of sexually assaulting an altar boy and two other young students at the parish grammar school.

In March 1987, he plead guilty as part of an agreement in which prosecutors dropped charges that he sexually assaulted seven other boys between June 1981 and September 1985. Galdon was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Galdon was also a Boy Scout troop chaplain.

Galdon’s name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Archdiocese of Newark.  He is listed as having “multiple” credible allegations of abuse against him, presumably referring to those for which he pled guilty.  No other details about the allegations were provided and it is unclear if the Archdiocese has received allegations beyond those to which Galdon pled guilty.

Galdon is deceased. According to his obituary, Galdon spent the last months of his life at the Servants of the Paraclete, a notorious treatment facility for pedophile priests in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.  He died in 2000. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Lawrence Gadek – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Lawrence Gadek

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1955

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Catherine of Siena Church (Hillside, NJ)
  • Assumption and All Saints Church (Jersey City, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Lawrence Gadek:

On February 13th, 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. One of the names listed was that of Father Lawrence Gadek. The only specifics provided by the Archdiocese were the parishes and schools to which Gadek was assigned and the number of victims known to the Archdiocese of Newark.

Donohue was listed as having “multiple” credible accusation of sexual abuse against him. No details were provided as to the age/gender of the victims, nor Gadek’s assignments at the time of the abuse.

According to the Archdiocese of Newark, Gadek was permanently removed from ministry and later laicized (removed from the priesthood).  He is believed to be residing in the Bayville, New Jersey, area.  He is 89 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Augustine “Gus” Giella – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Augustine “Gus” Giella

Archdiocese of Newark

 

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Ordained: 1950

Assigned in Diocese of Harrisburg: 1980-1989

Retired: 1989

Arrested: 1992

Named in civil lawsuits: 1992, 2001

Died: 1993

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Catherine, Glen Rock, NJ
  • Epiphany, Cliffside Park, NJ
  • Our Lady Of Sorrows, Jersey City, NJ
  • Holy Trinity, Hackensack, NJ
  • St. Joseph’s Church, Hanover, PA
  • St. John the Evangelist, Enhaut, PA

Giella was also assigned to a leadership role at Bishop McDevitt High School.

SUMMARY OF SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FATHER AUGUSTINE “GUS” GIELLA

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of priests that it determined were credibly accused of sexually abusing children.  It included Fr. Augustine “Gus” Giella, who it said was the subject of “multiple” allegations of abuse.  The Archdiocese of Newark provided no details about the allegations, such as the age/gender of the victims or Giella’s assignments at the time of the abuse.

However, the matter of Gus Giella was investigated in depth in the 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report.  According to the report, after 29 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Newark, Giella suddenly sought permission to minister in the Diocese of Harrisburg. In December 1979, the Archbishop of Newark attested to Giella’s good standing in Newark in support of Giella’s request to minister in Harrisburg.  Purportedly, during his interview he told Harriburg’s Auxiliary Bishop that he was not likely to be named pastor of any parishes in Newark because of the competition, so Harrisburg offered a better opportunity for the nearly 60-year-old priest.

While assigned St. John the Evangelist, Giella became close with a large family from the parish.  There were eight girls in the family. He began sexually abusing five of the eight girls almost immediately, and eventually abused other members of the family.  According to the 2018 grand jury report, Giella’s “conduct included a wide array of crimes cognizable as misdemeanors or felonies under Pennsylvania law.”

Several of the sisters testified before the Pennsylvania grand jury in 2016. They testified to Giella’s deviant sexual behavior, as well as his predilection for their urine, pubic hair, and menstrual blood, which he regularly collected from them.  The sisters testified that he even ingested some of the “samples” he collected from them.

The Diocese of Harrisburg covered up and otherwise ignored multiple reports regarding Giella’s misconduct with teenage girls in the 1980s and 1990s.  
  • The 1987 Reports

Notably, the Diocese of Harrisburg received a report in 1987 that Giella insisted on watching a female student at Bishop McDevitt High School while she used the bathroom.  She told her teacher that Giella also did “wrong things with children.” The information was reported to another priest, who immediately informed the Chancery in Harrisburg.  The former teacher testified before the grand jury in 2017. Her testimony was consistent with a 1987 memo authored by Chancery officials and stored in the Diocese of Harrisburg’s secret archives under lock and key until it was produced by the Diocese under grand jury subpoena.  According to the memorandum, Giella was known to engage in similar behavior with other girls, including one of the sisters he was abusing. According to the 1987 memo, a teacher at Bishop Neumann School reported that her student – the sister in question – told her that Giella watched her every time she had to use the restroom in his presence.  A third female student had made a report that Giella “acted improperly towards her.” Chancery officials opted to do nothing, apparently upon advice of diocesan attorneys.

Giella remained in ministry until he voluntarily retired, a priest in good standing, in 1988.  As noted by the grand jury, “in the the approximately five years that followed the Overbaugh memorandum [1988-1993], Giella continued to sexually abuse the girls identified in the Overbaugh memorandum, which included a reference to the family of girls.”

  • The 1992 reports and Giella’s arrest.  

In 1992, under the leadership of new Bishop Nicholas Dattilo, the Diocese of Harrisburg received a report that Giella was still abusing girls in the Diocese of Harrisburg.  In July 1992, a parish priest wrote to the Chancery outlining the allegations made by the family of a 12 year old girl, whose nude photographs had been found in Giella’s home.  Giella admitted to having taken the photos of the girl, and added that he had sexually abused after first watching her bathe. “As time went on they became more comfortable with each other and the embraces became more intense and involved some fondling on his part,” according to the priest’s memo to Harrisburg leaders.

The family also reported the abuse to New Jersey and Pennsylvania law enforcement.  Police executed a search warrant on Giella’s residence, where they found “young girl’s panties, plastic containers containing pubic hairs identified by initials, twelve vials of urine, soiled panties, sex books, feminine sanitary products (used), numerous photographs of girls in sexually explicit positions, and some photos depicting children in the act of urination.”

  • Giella’s arrest and the first civil lawsuit

Giella was arrested in August 1992.  There is no evidence that any Harrisburg Chancery official (or any other priest in the Harrisburg Diocese) reported any allegations about Giella to police at any time.

Giella admitted to all of the allegations against him and was charged with child pornography and sexual abuse of minors.  After his arrest, numerous women called police in Hackensack, New Jersey, to report that they had been fondled and otherwise sexually abused by Giella as minors, including some of the sisters from the family of eight.  Their mother, who was told of the misconduct around this time, confronted the Vicar General and asked why the Diocese never took any action against Giella. Instead, Msgr. Hugh Overbaugh, the author of the 1987 memorandum, reportedly told the mother, “I always wondered why you were letting them go to the rectory.”

The family sued the Diocese of Harrisburg in 1992; the matter eventually settled after Giella’s death but included an onerous confidentiality provision that required total secrecy on the part of the victims and their family.  The 1987 Overbaugh memorandum was never produced in the litigation, which could be considered a clear, sanctionable violation of court rules if it was responsive to any document requests by the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Giella died in 1993 while awaiting trial.

In December 2019, two of the sisters abused by Giella filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Newark under a new New Jersey law that allowed the filing of previously-expired claims for a limited “window period.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Michael Fugee – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Michael C. Fugee

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1994

Resigned from ministry: 2013

Laicization: 2014

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Antoninus Catholic Church (Newark, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Rochelle Park, NJ)
  • Chaplain at St. Michael Medical Center (Newark, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth Church (Wyckoff, NJ)
  • St. Rose of Lima (Short Hills, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael C. Fugee:

In March of 2001, Father Fugee was accused of sexually abusing a 13 year old boy. The victim said the abuse started in 1999 and lasted several years.  Some incidents occurred in his own home. Father Fugee befriended the victim’s mother and he was left alone with the boy several times.  

In 2001, Fugee was arrested and charged with one count of criminal sexual contact. Fugee admitted to the charges when interviewed by police and, according to media reports, “then made some unusual comments about his sexuality, being a compulsive masturbator. He also stated he was bisexual, and that he was a virgin. He also said that he was infatuated with crotches or penis size.”

After being placed on administrative leave from the Archdiocese of Newark, he was found guilty of the charges and was sentenced to lifetime of probation supervision. He was also ordered to be registered as a sex offender.

Fugee’s conviction was overturned and he was granted a new trial in 2006. In a new plea deal, Fugee signed an agreement that he would never work with children again and he would undergo two years of sex offender therapy.  

However, the Archdiocese of Newark’s internal review board determined that the allegations against Fugee were not credible, despite his admissions to police, and recommended to Archbishop John Myers that Fugee be returned to ministry.  In a deposition taken by Horowitz Law attorneys in another matter, Archbishop Myers testified that Fugee’s confession to police was “unfortunate” because he admitted to molesting the boy without first consulting with an attorney.  Apparently, this also ruled it inconsequential to the Archdiocese of Newark.

After completing his court-ordered therapy, Michael Fugee was assigned by the Archdiocese of Newark as the Chaplain at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. A week after hospital officials learned about his past, the Archdiocese of Newark moved him to a new assignment.

Several years later in 2013, which only speaks to the total lack of supervision of Fugee, it was discovered that he was helping out with overnight retreats for teenagers.   In response to the public outcry, Fugee resigned from active ministry and petitioned the Vatican for removal from the priesthood.

The Vatican announced Fugee’s laicization in March of 2014. 

Fugee is believed to be residing in the Rahway area.  Under the terms of his second, post-appellate plea agreement, he is not required to register as a sex offender.  Fugee is  57 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. John Flanagan – Archdiocese of Newark

Father John Flanagan

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1941

Died: 1975

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Bernard’s Church (Plainfield, NJ)
  • Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Holy Rosary Church (Edgewater, NJ)
  • Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church (Westfield, NJ)
  • Our Lady of All Souls (East Orange, NJ)
  • St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Flanagan:

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released the names of priests that it said had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse after internal investigations of the allegations.  The list included Fr. John Flanagan.

The Archdiocese of Newark offered little details about the allegations against Flangan except to say that he was the subject of one credible allegation of abuse.  It did not provide the details of the allegation, such as the age/gender of the victim or Flanagan’s assignment at the time of the abuse.

In December 2019, a man filed a lawsuit under New Jersey’s new Victim’s Rights Bill alleging that Fr. Flanagan sexually abused a 7-year-old boy for over a period of 10 years in the 1950s and 1960s. It claims he was among many victims abused by Fr. Flanagan.

According to the lawsuit, the abuse occurred at the church rectory and on the school grounds of Holy Trinity, “including during school when he would be sent to Father Flanagan.” It claims Fr. Flanagan pulled down the alleged victim’s pants, fondled his genitals and had him touch his own genitals. The abuse also included “anal penetration.” It continued when Fr. Flanagan served as the boy’s probation officer.

Flanagan died in 1975, according to the Archdiocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Joseph Fagan – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Joseph P. Fagan

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1937

Assigned as Follows:

  • Church of the Little Flower (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
  • St. Charles Borromeo Church (Newark, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Grace/ St Joseph (Hoboken, NJ)
  • Christ the King (Jersey City, NJ)

Summary of Sexual abuse Allegations against Father Joseph P. Fagan:

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of priests it deemed credibly accused of child sexual abuse.  Fr. Joseph Fagan was included on that list.

The Archdiocese of Newark provided few details about the allegations against Fagan except to say that he was the subject of one credible allegation.  It provided no details about the misconduct, such as the age/gender of the victim or Fagan’s assignment at the time of the abuse.

Fagan is deceased, according to the Archdiocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. David Ernst – Archdiocese of Newark

Father David Ernst

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained:1954

Died:1988

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1954-1969 Holy Spirit/ Our Lady Help of Christians (East Orange, NJ)
  • 1969-1976 St. Francis Parish (Ridgefield Park, NJ)
  • 1976-1980 St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church (Rutherford, NJ)
  • 1980-1982 SS Joseph and Michael Church (Union City, NJ)
  • 1982-1988 St. Elizabeth Church (Wyckoff, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father David Ernst:

In 2004, the Newark Archdiocese paid a $1 million dollar settlement to 10 victims of sexual abuse involving nine priests, including Father David Ernst. 

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark included Ernst on its list of credibly accused priests.  According to the list, Ernst was the subject of “multiple” credible allegations of abuse, but the Archdiocese did not release any details about Ernst’s sexual misconduct, such as the age/gender of his victims, or his assignments at the time of the abuse.

In January 2020, Ernst was named in two civil lawsuits filed against the Archdiocese of Newark.  The first lawsuit alleged that Ernst abused a boy between 1966 and 1968, while he was assigned to Our Lady Help of Christians.  The second suit was filed by a man who says he was abused by Ernst in 1976 at St. Mary in Rutherford.

Ernst died in 1988.  He was a priest in good standing at the time of his death.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Edward Eilert – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Edward J. Eilert

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1964

Removed: 2002

Retired:2013

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Philomena Church (Livingston, NJ)
  • St. Vincent de Paul (Bayonne, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church (Mountainside, NJ)
  • St. John the Apostle (Linden, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Edward J. Eilert:

According to media reports, in 2002 the Archdiocese of Newark received an allegation that Fr. Edward Eilert sexually abused a teenage girl in the early 1980s, while Eilert was assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes in Mountainside, NJ.  She alleged abuse by two other priests during the same time period as well. Eilert was suspended pending an internal investigation.  

In 2003, the Union County prosecutor announced that it was aware of seven priests who committed sexual abuse of minors – with proof beyond a reasonable doubt – but charges would not be filed against any of them, including Eilert, due to the expiration of the statute of limitations (or, in other cases, uncooperative witnesses).    

Eilert is identified on the Archdiocese of Newark’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests. All the Archdiocese has disclosed is that Eilert is the subject of “multiple” credible allegations.  The ages/genders of his victims have not been disclosed, nor have his assignments at the time of the abuse.

Eilert is currently living at St. John Vianney Residence for Retired Priests in Rutherford, New Jersey.  Though he has no faculties to minister, he remains a Roman Catholic priest. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.