Deacon Carlos Guzman – Diocese of Paterson

Deacon Carlos Guzman

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained (diaconate): 1981

Removed: 1991

Assigned as follows:

  • St. John Cathedral (Paterson, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Deacon Carlos Guzman:

According to media reports, in the early 1980s, the Diocese of Paterson removed Deacon Carlos Guzman from a diaconate training program after multiple allegations of abuse surfaced.

In 1993, Guzman was convicted and served eight months of a nine-month jail sentence for touching and kissing the 8-year-old son of a family friend in Paterson.  

In a 2004 civil suit, Guzman was credibly accused of abusing at least two more victims. The alleged abuse happened from the 1970s-early 1980s, while Guzman served as Deacon at Our Lady of Victories and St. John’s Cathedral.

One of the victims alleged the abuse happened when he was an altar boy between the ages of 11 and 16. The victim had gone to Guzman seeking help because he was also being abused by his parish priest, who was later convicted.

Another adult man claimed he was raped by Guzman at a 1978 event in Paterson that was sponsored by Holy Rosary parish of Dover. He said he told a priest about it in 1996. “His response was, ‘Don’t worry about him; they moved him somewhere else,'” the victim said.

Guzman’s current whereabouts are unknown.  According to the Diocese of Paterson, he is still alive. 

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