The Shocking History of Priest Abuse in Easton, Pennsylvania

Diocese of Allentown Horowitz Law

Easton, Pennsylvania, located on the Delaware River across from New Jersey, is a town of about 30,000 people.  It is home to five Catholic parishes, a surprisingly large number given the small size of the town.  It is also the home of Notre Dame High School, one of the largest schools operated by the Diocese of Allentown.  The parishes and schools draw people from the surrounding Lehigh River Valley and northern New Jersey.

Easton also has the dubious distinction of being “ground zero” of the child sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Allentown.  The August 2018 grand jury report identified more than a dozen priests who have been assigned to the parishes of Easton throughout the history of the Diocese, which was formed in 1961.

Through our own investigation, we have identified 54 priests accused of abuse in the Diocese of Allentown – and discovered that almost half of those men were assigned to one or more parishes in Easton at some point during their career, and as recently as 2014.  Most of these 26 men appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests.

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Bernard

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

St. Joseph

St. Michael

Notre Dame High School

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

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

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Reading Central Catholic High School (Reading, PA)

Reading Central Catholic High School, which closed in 2011, was one of the Diocese of Allentown’s largest private schools.  It has also been home to a shockingly large number of priests the Diocese of Allentown says have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse since it opened in 1939.

Through our own investigation, we have identified the following priests who have been assigned to Reading Central (as recently as 2010) and who were later accused of child sexual abuse:

For more information on each priest, click on their names.

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

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

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Notre Dame High School (Easton, PA)

Easton, Pennsylvania, is home to one of the Diocese of Allentown’s largest schools, Notre Dame High School.  Established in 1957, Notre Dame has educated countless children in Eastern Pennsylvania and even parts of New Jersey.

Notre Dame also has the dubious distinction as an assignment held by a staggeringly high number of priests accused of sexually abusing children.  The following men, most of whom appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests, were all assigned as teachers or administrators at Notre Dame High School at some point during their careers:

Easton, a town of approximately 30,000 people, is also home to five Catholic parishes. For more information on accused priests assigned to Easton’s parishes, click here

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

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

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Diocese of Allentown Begins Program to Compensate Sexual Abuse Victims

What You Need to Know About the Diocese of Allentown Compensation Program for Sexual Abuse Victims

The Diocese of Allentown has just announced the details concerning its compensation program for victims of sexual abuse by priests of the Diocese of Allentown. The program will compensation victims of abuse by Diocese of Allentown priests as well as religious order priests with ties to the Diocese.  All claims must be registered and then a Claims Form with supporting documentation must be submitted.  The deadline for submitting claims to the compensation fund is September 30, 2019 so it is important that you act quickly.  All claims will be individually evaluated by a third-party administrator to determine the eligibility and amount of the award.

Horowitz Law has reviewed countless public records, court files, news article, police reports, website and other public documents to prepare the most extensive list available anywhere of accused clergy in the Diocese of Diocese of Allentown. The complete list of Diocese of Allentown clergy accused of sexual abuse can be found here.

Sadly, the Diocese of Allentown has been home to some of the most notorious priests alleged to have committed child sexual abuse. Thanks to a recent scathing grand jury report, the facts are now coming to light about how the Diocese officials, including its bishops, protected predator priests before the innocent children in its flock.  Victims of abuse by priests in the Diocese of Allentown may be able to seek justice in a court of law or through a voluntary settlement fund for what occurred.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Allentown through the newly-created compensation fund for victims.  If you want speak with a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Kevin Gugliotta – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Kevin Gugliotta

  Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1996

Reinstated: 2004

Removed: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Spirit (Union, NJ)  
  • Immaculate Conception (Mahwah, NJ)
  • Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ)
  • St. Bartholomew (Scotch Plains, NJ)
  • St. Joseph (West Orange, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth (Wyckoff, NJ)
  • St. Rose of Lima (Short Hills, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin Gugliotta:

According to media reports, in 2003, an adult male filed a complaint with the Newark Archdiocese alleging that Father Kevin Gugliotta had sexually abused him as a 16-year-old boy in the mid-1980s. Gugliotta was the victim’s Boy Scout leader. The Archdiocese of Newark suspended Father Gugliotta following the complaint.

In December 2004, Father Gugliotta was reinstated without restrictions, after the Archbishop determined that Father Gugliotta could not be punished because the alleged abuse occurred before he became a priest in 1996. Additionally, he was not charged criminally due to the expiration of the criminal statute of limitations.  

Immediately after reinstating Gugliotta in 2004, Archbishop Myers allowed him to be assigned to Saint Bartholomew’s in Scotch Plains, where his duties included becoming a youth minister. It is there that he is alleged to have abused another victim.

In October 2016, Gugliotta was arrested in New Jersey for possession of child pornography at his weekend home in Pennsylvania. Per detectives, he uploaded from his computer, 20 child pornography files to internet chat rooms. According to records, he told probation officers that he collected the pornography to get “revenge” on God for his poker losses. (He is a nationally ranked poker player.) Father Gugliotta was removed from Holy Spirit in Union, New Jersey earlier in October 2016 due to the investigation, as he was a “fugitive from justice.” He had been at the parish just a few weeks, after serving eight years at St. Bartholomew in Scotch Plains.

In March, 2017 Father Gugliotta pleaded guilty to disseminating child pornography. In August 2017, he was sentenced to eleven and a half to twenty-three and a half months in prison. Additionally, hew was ordered to register as a sex offender and received five years probation. He was then permanently removed from the ministry.

In February 2019, Gugliotta’s name was listed on the Archdiocese of Newark’s published list of credibly accused priests, listing his victims as “multiple (child pornography).”

In March 2019, Gugliotta was accused in a suit of sexual abuse of an 11-year-old Scotch Plains boy in 2004. The abuse he allegedly inflicted on the victim spanned the boy’s high school years and included oral sex, fondling and masturbation.  Gugliotta allegedly gave the boy alcohol and abused him both on church property and on overnight trips around the state. The boy’s mother said she knew Gugliotta well and encouraged her son to join his youth ministry because he was acting out. “I thought it was a good road for him” she said.

Gugliotta has been released from prison and is now on probation.  According to his sex offender registry, he resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania.  He is now 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 today.

 

Fr. William Winston – Diocese of Paterson

Father William Winston

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained (as a Catholic priest): 1986

Removed: 2004

Laicized: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • Corpus Christi (Chatham, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Chatham, NJ)
  • Assumption (Morristown, NJ)
  • St. Virgil (Morris Plains, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Winston:

According to media reports, Fr. William Winston was a married Episcopal priest with children when he was allowed by the Vatican to convert to Catholicism almost 20 years earlier.

In 2005, Winston was charged with the sexual abuse and neglect of a young boy, presumably his own son.  In February 2006, Winston pleaded guilty to the abuse and neglect of a young boy. He told the judge he could not refute the sexual abuse charge because his memory was blurred by his alcoholism and subsequently admitted that he touched the child’s genitals on several occasions when the boy was between 1999 and 2002, starting when the boy was 4 years old. At the time, he was serving at St. Virgil’s in Morris Plains.

During his prosecution, a prior history of domestic violence came to the public’s attention.  According to news reports, Winston was arrested and charged with domestic violence in 2004.  He later admitted in court as part of that case that he had severely beaten his wife on at least two occasions in the rectory at St. Virgil while in an alcohol-fueled rage.  

Winston’s defense to the charge of sexual abuse was that he could not handle the demands of the church and his family and compounded his problems with alcohol. His attorney revealed that Winston had applied to the Vatican for laicization, the formal process of removal from priesthood, as a result of the allegation.

In May 2006, Winston was sentenced to jail for six months.

In August 2007, he was laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Holy See.

Winston’s name was included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.

Winston is now in his mid sixties and is believed to be residing in Arlington, VA.  He is not a registered sex offender.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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 today.

 

Fr. Gregory White – Diocese of Paterson

Father Gregory White

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1996

Died: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • Blessed Kateri (Sparta, NJ)
  • St. Anthony (Hawthorne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory White

Father Gregory White’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  It released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.  However, according to the Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson received information concerning possible misconduct by the individual, investigated the matter for corroborating evidence and determined that the report was credible. Accordingly, while those individuals may deny having engaged in illegal behavior involving a minor and they are entitled to be presumed innocent in a criminal court of law, the Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

White died in May 2002, at the age of 32, the same month the Diocese of Paterson says he was removed from ministry.  This removal presumably followed an allegation of sexual abuse.

At the time of his death, he was teaching European History in Emerson High School in Emerson.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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 today.

 

Fr. John Wall – Diocese of Paterson

Father John Wall

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1954

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Virgil (Morris Plains, NJ)
  • Chaplain (St. Mary Hospital, Passaic, NJ)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (Branchville, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Wall

Father Wall’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  The Diocese of Paterson released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.  However, according to the Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson received information concerning possible misconduct by the individual, investigated the matter for corroborating evidence and determined that the report was credible. Accordingly, while those individuals may deny having engaged in illegal behavior involving a minor and they are entitled to be presumed innocent in a criminal court of law, the Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

According to the Diocese of Paterson, Wall died in 1983.  At the time of his death, he was a priest in good standing. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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 today.

 

Fr. James Scott – Diocese of Paterson

Father James Scott

Diocese of Paterson

 

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Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • Faculty, Paul VI High School (Clifton, NJ)
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea (Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
  • Faculty, Pope John High School (Sparta, NJ)
  • Faculty, DePaul High School (Wayne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Scott

Father Scott’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  The Diocese of Paterson released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.  However, according to the Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson received information concerning possible misconduct by the individual, investigated the matter for corroborating evidence and determined that the report was credible. Accordingly, while those individuals may deny having engaged in illegal behavior involving a minor and they are entitled to be presumed innocent in a criminal court of law, the Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

He was removed from the ministry in 1995.

According to the Diocese of Paterson, Scott is still alive.  He is believed to be residing in New Jersey.  He is now 70 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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 today.

 

Fr. William McCarthy – Diocese of Paterson

Father William McCarthy

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained: 1963

Removed: 2003

Reinstated: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1980-2003 St. Rose of Lima (East Hanover, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William McCarthy:

In April 2002, Father William McCarthy was accused of the sexual abuse of two sisters. The girls, ages 6 and 8 when the abuse began, were allegedly molested between 1981-1983 during McCarthy’s assignment to St. Rose of Lima. McCarthy denied all allegations.

In 2003, Bishop Frank Rodimer suspended McCarthy from active ministry following an internal review board investigation of the allegations.

McCarthy retired voluntarily in March 2003, just before the allegation became public, about three months before his already-planned retirement.

In May 2008, the three canon lawyers ordered by the Vatican concluded that the allegation was not proved to the canonical standard of guilt, and therefore McCarthy could not be laicized (removed from the priesthood). The Holy See ordered the Diocese of Paterson to return McCarthy to ministry as a priest in good standing.  

The allegations were not investigated by law enforcement due to the expiration of the criminal statute of limitations.

In August 2010, Father McCarthy’s memoir “The Conspiracy: An Innocent Priest” was published. He is currently Pastor Emeritus at St. Rose of Lima in East Hanover.

His name was not included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors despite the initial findings to the contrary.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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 today.