Diocese of Rockville Phase 3

What Have the Details on Phase III of Diocese of Rockville Centre Clergy Abuse Compensation Program

The Diocese of Rockville Centre’s program to compensate sexual abuse victims has been expanded to include claims against Religious Order priests and nuns who were affiliated with the Diocese of Rockville Centre through its schools, parishes, or charitable agencies.  Previously, the program was limited to abuse by Diocesan Priests.  This system was unfair because it arbitrarily excluded large number of victims, including those abuse by Jesuits, Franciscans, Benedictines, Maryknoll Fathers, Paulists, Salesians, Redemptorists and Oblates among many other Religious Orders.

The deadline to register for the Diocese of Rockville Centre program is March 31, 2019. All claims must be registered to be considered for eligibility. The deadline to submit a claim is May 31, 2019.  Note that the program is completely options.  Certain victims may wish to pursue their remedies under New York’s Child Victim Act.  Of course, you can register for Phase III of the compensation program, receive an offer, and then decide whether to accept or file a lawsuit.

Horowitz Law represents victims of clergy sexual abuse in Phase III of the Diocese of Rockville Centre program.  In light of the approaching deadlines, contact us today at (954) 641-2100 or via e-mail at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com if you wish to participate in Phase III of the Diocese of Rockville Centre compensation program.  A properly submitted claim may include: sacrament records, school transcripts, photographs, medical records, and/or witness statements.  As these document may take significant time to assemble, it is important that you and your legal counsel begin this process as soon as possible.

 

Fr. Kevin Duggan – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Kevin P. Duggan

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1987

Suspended: 2013

Sent to Treatment: 2012

Removed: 2013

Died: 2017

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Joseph’s Parish (North Plainfield, NJ)
  • St. James Parish (Woodbridge, NJ)
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Parish (Old Bridge, NJ)
  • Corpus Christi Parish (South River, NJ)
  • St. Mary Parish (South Amboy, NJ)
  • St James the Less Parish (Jamesburg, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin P. Duggan:

According to media reports, allegations against Father Kevin Duggan were first brought to the attention of the Diocese of Metuchen by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in April of 2013. This happened a few months after Duggan had voluntarily checked into a Guest House in Rochester, Minnesota for priests who struggled with alcoholism.  Guest House is a notorious treatment facility for priests who have also been accused of molesting children, particularly when alcohol has played a role in the acts of abuse.  

According to the allegation, a caretaker of a developmentally disabled man claimed that Duggan sexually abused the victim while serving at St James Parish in Woodbridge, sometime during the 1990’s. Longtime members of the parish also complained of Duggan’s drunken rages, verbal abuse and slurring and stumbling at the altar. The alleged victim spoke with the Diocese’s internal review board, where they were to investigate the case against Father Duggan. The caretaker told the Newark Star-Ledger that Duggan fondled the man on at least two occasions on the church’s lower level, known as McCorristin Hall. The victim claimed that Duggan had instructed him to wait for him in the basement after Mass. After being hospitalized for emotional problems, the survivor finally told his nurse what Duggan did to him. The review board found the accuser to be credible and Duggan’s ministry privileges were revoked in 2013. The matters were then handed over to the Vatican for additional investigation and action due to the mental capacity of the victim.  

Duggan died on July 6th, 2017.  At the time of his death, he was still a priest, presumably without facilities to minister.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen. 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 Metuchen, 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. Thomas Harkins – Diocese of Camden

Father Thomas Harkins
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1971
Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Teresa, Runnemede, NJ
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Camden, NJ
  • Holy Name, Camden, NJ
  • St. Anthony of Padua, Hammonton, NJ
  • Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico
  • St. Mary, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Holy Savior, Westmont, NJ
  • Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • St. Stephen, Pennsauken, NJ
  • Immaculate Conception, Camden, NJ
  • Chaplain, Camden County Jail, Camden, NJ
  • Chaplain, Riverfront State Prison, Camden, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Harkins:

In 1979 or 1980, the parents of a young girl told the Diocese of Camden that Father Thomas Harkins had abused their daughter after meeting her in religious instruction class. When the parents brought their complaint to another priest–who died in 2000–at Harkins’ parish, that priest responded by threatening the family with the loss of salvation.

Harkins was sent away for treatment, with no public disclosure of the abuse allegation. There is no notation in his assignment history for any leave of absence or sick leave.

At about the same time he was in treatment, Harkins was assigned to St. Anthony of Padua Church in Hammonton and allegedly molested a second girl. When her parents complained to the Diocese of Camden in 1976, they were warned that pursuing the matter could damage the church’s reputation.

The church paid settlements in both cases, totaling $195,000.

In 2012, another woman filed suit alleging abuse from Harkins on multiple occasions in 1980 and 1981 at St. Anthony of Padua in Hammonton.

Despite a state law requiring that police be notified of abuse against minors, the church never contacted authorities in the Harkins cases. From 1993 to 2000, Harkins was assigned to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, which was allegedly selected because the parish because it had few families.

Harkins was permanently removed from ministry in 2002.

Harkins Takes a New Job with TSA

Because no background check was performed on Harkins prior to his hiring, he was able to get a job with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after his removal in 2002. In 2003, the Diocese of Camden revealed to the TSA as part of the background check that Harkins had been removed from his ministry in the diocese because of allegations he had molested two girls in grade school.

Harkins holds the position of Transportation Security Manager assigned to baggage operations at the Philadelphia airport. People with this job title do not perform any screening functions and do not have physical contact with passengers or their property.

However, he has also held the position of Transportation Security Officer and Supervisory Transportation Security Officer Screening Manager. He did conduct pat-downs in those roles.

Thomas Harkins’s current whereabouts are unknown.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr Roy Hardin – Diocese of Camden

Father Roy Hardin
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1964
Removed from ministry: 1994
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May
  • St. Mary, Cherry Hill
  • Most Holy Redeemer, Westville
  • St. Martin de Porres, Hammonton
  • St. Joseph High School, Hammonton
  • Assumption, Atco
  • St. Edward, Pine Hill
  • Resurrection, Marmora
  • St. Isidore, Vineland
  • St. Mary, Williamstown
  • Blessed Sacrament, Margate
  • St. Mary, Rosenhayn
  • St. Anne, Westville

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Roy Hardin:

In 1994, a victim accused Father Roy Hardin of sexual abuse when the victim was a teenager in 1976. The victim had been sexually abused as a child and was on the brink of suicide when he went to St. Edward’s Roman Catholic church in the Diocese of Camden for help in 1976.

Hardin answered the door, talked to the victim, counseled him, helped him, then offered for him to come down and do handiwork at his house in Brigantine.

The victim alleged that Hardin let him drink all day and I stay there on weekends. The first time it happened, the victim got drunk, passed out and, when he woke up, Hardin was naked and on top of him.

The Diocese of Camden determined that the allegations of sexual abuse involving Father Hardin were credible, so they removed him from active ministry, suspended him, notified local law enforcement and county prosecutors and is insisting on ongoing treatment for Father Hardin.

Because the statute of limitations has expired, Hardin cannot be criminally prosecuted. As of 2005, he was still receiving church-paid counseling, however, there are conflicting reports of whether Hardin is currently living or deceased. Neither report could be verified through publicly available records.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Edward Gillespie – Diocese of Camden

Father Edward Gillespie
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1980
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Margaret, Woodbury Heights
  • St. Mary, Williamstown
  • St. Mary Magdalen, Millville
  • Sacred Heart High School, Vineland
  • St. Isidore the Farmer, Vineland
  • Vianney Villa, Cherry Hill
  • Chaplain, West Jersey, Voorhees
  • Chaplain, St. Mary’s Nursing Home and Manor, Cherry Hill

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Gillespie:

Father Edward Gillespie was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, very little is known of Gillespie’s activities within the church and the Diocese has not released the records of any allegations made against Gillespie.

According to records, Gillespie is deceased, however, his exact year of death and location of burial are unknown.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. A. Richard Gerbino – Diocese of Camden

Father A. Richard Gerbino
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1952
Removed from ministry: 1985
Death: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Camden
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Vineland
  • St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May
  • Corpus Christi, Carneys Point
  • Assumption, Atco
  • St. Patrick, Woodbury
  • Chaplain Newman Club Rutgers, Camden
  • Chaplain Air National Guard Headquarters, Camden

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father A. Richard Gerbino:

In 2018, the Diocese of Camden offered a settlement to the daughter of a man who claimed he was sexually abused by Father A. Richard Gerbino, who was the first pastor assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Vineland in 1961.

The settlement is for $20,000 between the diocese and the victim’s daughter. The victim claimed he was repeatedly sexually abused by Gerbino in the 1960s and died by suicide Dec. 31, 1970.

According to the victim’s daughter, her father went to Gerbino for private counseling at the parish and was sexually abused there.

This was the second abuse allegation made against Gerbino. The other allegation was of verbal abuse. That incident did not lead to a settlement; however, the Diocese of Camden did pay for counseling for the alleged victim for two years.

Two Predators at One Parish

Gerbino arrived at St. Francis of Assisi as its first pastor in 1961 and held Sunday Masses in the auditorium at Landis Junior High School and holy day Masses in the American Legion Hall, according to the parish’s official history.

In 1962, the parish held groundbreaking ceremonies on a parcel of land on West Chestnut Avenue near Delsea Drive for a new school, which included an auditorium for Sunday Mass, parish offices and living space for the priests.

The first permanent assistant with Gerbino at St. Francis was the Rev. John Connor, who also has been accused of sexual abuse of children and was named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report.

Gerbino resigned from the parish in November 1980 amid allegations he had a drinking problem and was ordered by then-Camden Diocese Bishop George H. Guilfoyle to undergo months of treatment in Minnesota and Boston.

Gerbino wrote a 15-page letter distributed to parishioners claiming an “unnamed informant” at the parish purposely plotted his downfall by telling the bishop his performance as a pastor suffered because of a problem with alcohol.

Gerbino was then briefly assigned to Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May after rehab.

He was removed from ministry in 1985 due to mental-health reasons.

Gerbino died in 2007 at Our Lady’s Residence in Pleasantville, a nursing home operated by the Diocese of Camden. His funeral was held at the Nativity Church on Delsea Drive in Franklinville, Gloucester County.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. John E. Follett – Diocese of Camden

Father John E. Follett
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1978
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart, Vineland
  • St. James, Ventnor
  • St. Mary, Gloucester
  • St. Thomas, Brigantine
  • St. Catherine, Clayton
  • St. Maria Goretti, Runnemede
  • Chaplain Air National Guard, Pomona

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John E. Follett:

Father John E. Follett was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, very little is known of Follett’s activities within the church and the Diocese has not released the records of any allegations made against Follett.

According to records, Follett is deceased, however, his exact year of death and location of burial are unknown.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Francis Flemming – Diocese of Camden

Father Francis Flemming
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1961
Death: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart, Vineland
  • Puerto Rican Apostolate
  • Sacred Heart High School, Vineland
  • Christ the King, Haddonfield
  • St. Mary of the Angels, Haddonfield
  • St. Bartholomew, Camden
  • St. Peter Celestine, Cherry Hill
  • Most Holy Redeemer, Westville
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Atlantic City
  • St. Joseph, Swedesboro
  • St. John Neumann, Sicklerville

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Flemming:

Father Francis Flemming was accused of abuse of a 12-year-old boy beginning in 1960. The alleged assault took place at the rectory of St. Pius X Church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Flemming then threatened him with a gun and warned him to keep quiet.

In the 1994 suit against the Diocese of Camden, a second accuser said he met Flemming when he was a priest at Most Holy Redeemer Church. He said the priest forced him to have oral sex and assaulted him in a house at the Jersey Shore when he was 14.

Flemming denied allegations when confronted by the church in the 1960s. One suit was dismissed because of the accuser’s credibility. The Diocese of Camden said it learned of the allegations only after Flemming’s death.

The victim was included in the 2003 $880,000 settlement.
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Flemming passed away in 1986, his burial location is unknown.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Eldridge T. Evans – Diocese of Camden

Father Eldridge T. Evans
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1965
Death: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Bridgeton, NJ
  • Assumption, Atco, NJ
  • St. Mary, Salem, NJ
  • St. Joseph, Woodstown, NJ
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Corpus Christi, Carney’s Point, NJ
  • St. Casimir, Woodbine, NJ
  • Leave – Puerto Rico
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May, NJ
  • St. Agnes, Blackwood, NJ
  • Diocese of Burlington, VT
  • St. Bartholomew, Camden, NJ
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Glassboro, NJ
  • Holy Spirit, Atlantic City, NJ
  • St. Anthony, Waterford, NJ
  • St. James High School, Carneys Point, NJ
  • Chaplain West Jersey Hospital, Camden, NJ
  • Chaplain Virtua Hospital, Berlin, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Eldridge T. Evans:

Father Eldridge T. Evans was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, very little is known of Evans’s activities within the church and the Diocese has not released the records of any allegations made against Evans.

Evans passed away in January 2019 and is buried at New St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bellmawr, New Jersey.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Vincent A. Doyle – Diocese of Camden

Father Vincent A. Doyle
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1949
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart, Vineland
  • Holy Name, Camden
  • St. Edward, Pine Hill
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Berlin
  • St. George, Camden
  • Our Lady of the Angels, Cape May Court House
  • St. Francis, Barrington
  • St. Bridget, Glassboro
  • St. Nicholas, Egg Harbor
  • St. Anne, Westville
  • St. Michael, Cedarville
  • St. Anthony, Waterford
  • St. Mary’s Nursing Home, Cherry Hill
  • St. Joan of Arc, Camden

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Vincent A. Doyle:

Father Vincent Doyle was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, very little is known of Doyle’s activities within the church and the Diocese has not released the records of any allegations made against Doyle.

According to records, Doyle is deceased, however, his exact year of death and location of burial are unknown.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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