Father Jose Alonso
(a.k.a Father Jose Alonzo)
Diocese of Paterson
Assigned as follows:
- St. Agnes (Paterson, NJ)
- St. John Cathedral (Paterson, NJ)
- Our Lady of Victories (Paterson, NJ)
Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Jose Alonso:
According to media reports, in January 2004, a lawsuit against the Diocese of Paterson alleging sex abuse by several area priests was filed. The lawsuit included Fr. Jose Alonso as a defendant, a Paterson priest.
- Multiple allegations were made about Alonso at least as early as the 1980s.
In a 1989 sworn deposition, Bishop Rodimer confirmed that he received reports that Fr. Jose Alonso was sexually abusing children that concerned him enough to personally investigate. According to his deposition, Rodimer’s “investigation” was limited to asking the two priests who resided with Alonso if they knew of any wrongdoing. When they denied any suspicious conduct, Rodimer let it go.
In 1988, Alonso was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for the sexual abuse of two brothers, who were also altar boys.
Alonso was named in at least 3 civil suits. In 2005, at least 2 claims were included in the settlement with the Diocese of Paterson for $5 million and four years of paid counseling.
Alonso served four and a half years of a five-year sentence in a state treatment center for sex offenders.
He died in 2003, not long after his release from prison.
Alonso’s name appears on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of credibly accused priests, published in February 2019.
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