Brother John Walderman – Diocese of Rochester

Brother John Walderman
Diocese of Rochester

Fr. John Walderman Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown
Removed from ministry: 1986, 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1986: Bishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, RI
  • 1987-1991: Cardinal Hayes High, School, Bronx, NY
  • 1991-2001: Rice High School, Harlem, NY
  • 2001-2005: Edmund Rice Institute, Sydney, Australia
  • 2005-2007: Rice High School, Harlem, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother John Walderman:

In 1986, Brother John M. Walderman was arrested for soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy. At the time, Walderman was the principle of an all-boys school, Bishop Hendricken High School, in Warwick, Rhode Island.

He was released on $10,500 personal recognizance and a year later, the case was dismissed for reasons unknown and not made public by the church or the Christian Brothers, an offshoot of the Catholic church that specializes in education.

Upon dismissal of the case, Walderman was once again allowed to work in schools with young boys and no supervision. Additionally, he stopped using his first name “John” and started using his middle name, going by J. Matthew Walderman.

He continued to work in schools up until someone saw Walderman’s name in a story detailing his successes. Upon seeing this article, this person alerted the Christian Brothers in a letter of Walderman’s previous charge of solicitation from 20 years ago.

A priest aware of the circumstances said that Walderman should never have been permitted to work at Rice High School because his superiors knew of the arrest when it occurred.

Since the charges resurfaced, Walderman was removed from ministry and is no longer teaching. He is believed to be living in New Rochelle, New York.

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