Fr. William Cahill – Diocese of Albany

 

Father William Cahill

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1946

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946 – 1947       Weston College (Weston, MA)
  • 1947 – 1949       Fairfield College Prep. High School (Fairfield, CT)
  • 1950 – 1960       Cheverus High School (Portland, ME)
  • 1960 – 1962       St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, CT)
  • 1960 – 1962       St. Bernard’s (Fitchburg, MA)
  • 1962 – 1964       St. Mary’s (Boston, MA)
  • 1964 – 1966       Boston College High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1967 – 1972       Immaculate Conception (Boston, MA)
  • 1967 – 1972       Boston City Hospital (Boston, MA)
  • 1971 – 1972       Weston College (Mt. Clemens, MA)
  • 1972 – 1977       St. Joseph’s Hospital (Mt. Clemens, MI)
  • 1977 – 1978       Veterans’ Administration Hospital (West Roxbury, MA)
  • 1977 – 1979       Campion Center (Weston, MA)
  • 1978 – 1985       Immaculate Conception (Cambridge, MA)
  • 1981 – 1985       Immaculate Conception (Boston, MA)
  • 1981 – 1985       Boston City Hospital (Boston, MA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Cahill:

In March 2002, several men came forward with accusations that Father William Cahill sexually abused at least three male students at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine in the 1950s and 1960s.

Father Cahill was accused of having sexually abused a freshman student in the early 1950s. One accuser said that on two occasions, the priest pinned him against the blackboard, then fondled him.

One man said in an email to the Governor’s Office, that Father Cahill tried to molest him, but he successfully rebuffed the attempt.

Another accuser stated in an email to the Governor’s office that a staff member found a young boy, with his pants down, tied to a chair in Father Cahill’s room, and that Father Cahill subsequently “disappeared” from Cheverus.

Father Cahill was never charged and died in February 1986.

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

Father Anthony Boucher

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1955

Died: 1972

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Anthony Boucher:

According to media reports, in November 2018, Father Anthony Boucher’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information on the allegation regarding age/gender of the victim was given.

He died in November 1972.

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

Father John Patrick Bertolucci

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2002

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1965 – 1967      Sacred Heart (Castle-on-Hudson, NY)
  • 1967 – 1971      St. Peter’s Hospital (Albany, NY)
  • 1967 – 1971      St. John’s School (Rensselaer, NY)
  • 1967 – 1971      Maria College Convent of Mercy (Albany, NY)
  • 1967 – 1971      LaSalle School (Albany, NY)
  • 1971 – 1976      Diocesan Vice-Chancellor (Albany, NY)
  • 1976 – 1980      St. Joseph’s (Little Falls, NY)
  • 1976 – 1980      St. Joseph’s (Little Falls, NY)
  • 1979 – 1988      Holy Spirit Monastery (Steubenville, OH)
  • 1979 – 1988      University of Steubenville (Steubenville, OH)
  • 1979 – 1988      St. Helen’s (Schenectady, NY)
  • 1990 – 1994      St. Mary’s (Hudson, NY)
  • 1990 – 1992      Columbia-Green County Community College (Hudson, NY)
  • 1994 – 1997      Albany Medical Center Hospital (Albany, NY)
  • 1994 – 1997      St. Ambrose (Latham, NY)
  • 1994 – 1997      St. Ambrose (Latham, NY)
  • 2001 – 2002      St. Anthony of Padua Friary (Catskill, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Patrick Bertolucci:

According to media reports, in 2002, an adult man filed a lawsuit alleging that the chancellor of the Diocese of Albany, the Rev. Kenneth Doyle and Father John Patrick Bertolucci, conspired to intimidate him from lodging a formal complaint. The suit was filed under the U.S. Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations law, also known as RICO. According to the man, a State Police trooper, Father Bertolucci sexually abused him when he was twelve years old, starting in 1976, and continued until 1979. He first made the allegations against Father Bertolucci in 1992. He and his family received counseling arranged by the Diocese of Albany during that time. He blamed his parents for bringing Father Bertolucci into their lives with invitations to family dinners and nudges to attend youth group events led by the well known priest.

Father Bertolucci was a former vice chancellor of the Diocese of Albany and a prominent member of the group called Charismatic Catholics. In the 1980s, he produced a nationally syndicated television program and was praised as a “Catholic Pat Robertson.”  

Father Bertolucci admitted sexually abusing teenagers in the 1970s. “My lawyer tells me I could not call your son directly, so I am calling both of you,” Bertolucci said, according to the lawsuit.

“I did not have sexual intercourse with your son, I only fondled him,” Bertolucci allegedly said. “I was very proud of your son the way he repeatedly fought off my sexual advances most of the time. I want you to know that I still love your son after all these years.”

“John Bertolucci didn’t just hurt our son. He ripped apart our family,” said the victim’s mother.

Father Bertolucci was active in ministry until spring of 2002, when he asked for early retirement.

The lawsuit was dismissed in 2003. It did not seek damages for the sexual abuse itself, which was out of reach from civil penalties under the state’s three-year statute of limitations.

In June 2002, the Diocese of Albany permanently removed his facilities. He opted to live “a life of prayer and penance” over laicization.

“The most powerful form of penance I can do is to pray for the healing and reconciliation of any person I have sinned against and any person I have misled by my misconduct,” Bertolucci said.

In 2011, Father Bertolucci was named as one of five priests who sexually abused a boy between 1986-1991 in the Diocese of Albany. The abuse is said to have taken place at Our Lady of Mercy parish, where the accuser’s mother was a long time employee. An internal investigation into the allegations was conducted.

Father Bertolucci died in May 2015.

In November 2018, Father Bertolucci’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany 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. David G. Bentley – Diocese of Albany

Father David G. Bentley

Diocese of Albany

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Brigid’s Church (Copake Falls, NY)
  • Cardinal McCloskey High School (Albany, NY)
  • Vincentian Institute High School (Albany, NY)
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Albany, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Hospital (Albany, NY)
  • Holy Family Catholic Church (Deming, NM)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father David G. Bentley:

According to media reports, in 1986, Father David G. Bentley admitted to the Archdiocese of Albany that he sexually abused a child after someone outside the church contacted him with a complaint of sexual abuse.He was sent to a Catholic-run treatment center. After several months he was deemed him “fit” to return to the priesthood and he was reassigned to a hospital ministry in the Capital Region “under supervised conditions.”  With permission from the Diocese of Albany, he later worked for the Franciscan fathers in Ohio and Africa.

In 1994, the Diocese of Albany paid a confidential $150,000 settlement to a man who accused Father Bentley of sexually abusing him and his siblings in the 1970s when they lived at the Albany Home for Children, now Parsons Child and Family Center. The victim said Father Bentley molested him “hundreds of times.” The abuse started when he was ten years old, and occurred when they were on outings and weekends away from the home. He claimed that Father Bentley not only molested him but also used him as a “share toy” and permitted other priests to sexually abuse him. The abuse continued for eight years.

In 1997, the Diocese of Albany paid a $70,000 settlement to his brother. The third brother received an unspecified amount. In 1998, Father Bentley was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete in New Mexico. In 2000, he was assigned to a small parish in Deming, New Mexico, under the Diocese of Las Cruces.

Father Bentley’s victim who received a settlement in 1994, contacted the church again in April 2002. He said he was intent on learning his other abusers’ identities and whether they were still priests. Father Bentley was removed from ministry that month.

At the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese headquarters, the victim confronted Father Bentley. “Many days I just want to be dead, just dead, even around my family. For all these things I feel so angry. You harmed me so bad, it hurts, to my core,” the victim said.

The Diocese of Albany paid Father Bentley’s victim $75,000 in May. In July, Bishop Hubbard sent him a letter, apologizing for the “great harm” he “sustained as the result of sexual misconduct by representatives of the Church.” He was paid another $150,000 in August, followed by a promise of $25,000 a year for the next five years, church officials confirmed.

In May 2005, another alleged victim came forward, claiming he was one of four brothers victimized by Father Bentley. The incidents occurred from 1982 through 1986 in Albany, Schenectady and on Father Bentley’s boat in Boston Harbor and on Saratoga Lake, the alleged victim said. Due to the statute of limitations in New York already expired, the victim pursued the case in Massachusetts.

“Starting at age 11, Father Bentley abused me and raped me in the worst possible way,” he said. “I’m a lost soul, as I put it, a lost soul trying to find answers without dealing with a priest because I’m petrified of them,” he said.

In July 2018, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of Las Cruces by a man who claimed he was sexually abused as a child by Father Bentley and another priest in Deming, New Mexico. The man served as an altar boy at Holy Family Catholic Church throughout his childhood, and alleges that he was sexually abused by the two priests on hundreds of occasions between 1994 and 2001, beginning when he was nine years old.

In November  2018, Father Bentley’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

It is believed Father Bentley lives with relatives near Syracuse, New York.

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

Father Francis Bell

           Diocese of Albany           

Ordained: 1948

Died: 1967

Assigned as follows:

  • 1965 – 1967 Sacred Heart (Glencross, South Dakota)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Bell:

Father Francis Bell was a priest of the Diocese of Albany who worked in Glencross, South Dakota. In March 2019, Father Bell’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Rapid City’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information on the allegation regarding age/gender of the victim was given. It notes that in April 1993, the Diocese of Rapid City received an allegation of abuse dating back to 1965-1967.

Father Bell died in September 1967.

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

Father Anthony Adams

         Diocese of Albany             

Ordained: 1940

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Anthony Adams:

In November 2018, Father Anthony Adams’ name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Albany’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information on the allegation regarding age/gender of the victim was given.

He died in April 1995.

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

Statement of Adam Horowitz on Retirement of Msgr. Michael Matusak (Greensburg)

Statement of Adam Horowitz, attorney for a second woman accusing Msgr. Michael Matusak of sexual abuse:

On June 12, 2019, the Diocese of Greensburg announced the voluntary retirement of Msgr. Michael Matusak, a priest accused of sexually abusing a minor child, as detailed in the August 2018 grand jury report.  The Diocese says that Matusak’s age – not the allegation of abuse – is what led to his retirement, even though he should have been stripped of his faculties and title long ago after the Diocese determined that the allegation was credible in 2018.

But why didn’t Bishop Malesic tell the public that there is at least one more allegation of sexual abuse against Matusak?  Earlier this year, the Diocese was made aware of a second claim of abuse by a woman who says that she was sexually abused by Matusak from 1973 to 1976 while he was a deacon preparing for his ordination at St. Hedwig in Smock, and continuing after Matusak’s ordination as a priest.  The woman also says that Matusak stalked and harassed her for nearly 20 more years, even telling her that he would leave the priesthood for her.

Withholding this kind of information from the public is misleading and dangerous.  It undermines the credibility of the woman whose allegation was identified in the grand jury report by continuing to present it as a “he-said, she-said,” when there is additional evidence to suggest that Matusak is a danger to children.  This is another example of America’s bishops failing at their promises of transparency and openness – and the importance of the public and the media in holding them accountable. Public safety depends upon it and survivors deserve better.

Adam Horowitz is a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of sexual assault and abuse.  Though based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he has represented victims and survivors of abuse nationwide for nearly two decades. In 2018, he obtained a jury verdict of more than $70M for a woman raped on a luxury yacht in South Florida.  He has been quoted by hundreds of media outlets worldwide.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Greensburg.  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 Greensburg area now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 – or toll-free at (888) 283-9922- or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

New Jersey Catholic Dioceses Announce Launch of Voluntary Settlement Fund

Unlike Other Claim Funds, the New Jersey Catholic Conference Has Announced It Will Arbitrarily Exclude Claims Against Religious Order Priests and Lay Employees 

NEWARK, NJ – Adam Horowitz, a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of clergy sexual abuse, announces the launch of a new database of clergy and lay employees accused of sexual abuse in the Catholic dioceses of New Jersey: Archdiocese of Newark, Diocese of Camden, Diocese of Metuchen, Diocese of Paterson, and Diocese of Trenton.  The database, which includes 328 priests as of today, and is believed to be the most comprehensive list of accused offenders available. This is far more than have been identified publicly by the dioceses themselves.

For the benefit of survivors and journalists alike, Horowitz and his team have painstakingly prepared individual profiles on dozens of accused offenders to consolidate available information about their backgrounds, alleged crimes, and, in the case of offenders who are still alive, their current locations.  Many of these profiles include photographs that are not available anywhere else. Horowitz’s website contains similar databases for dioceses in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington D.C.

The database also includes priests who belong to religious orders, such as the Jesuits and Salesians of Don Bosco.  Unlike some of their counterparts in the Diocese of Scranton and the Diocese of Erie, the Bishops of New Jersey have arbitrarily chosen to bar anyone abused by priests affiliated with religious orders and non-clergy lay employees, such as teachers, youth ministers, and coaches, from recovering from the fund.  This prohibition applies even when the offender committed the abuse in a church or school run by dioceses. However, due the passage of a new law allowing anyone sexually abused in New Jersey to file lawsuits during a limited-time window, survivors of those perpetrators still have legal options in New Jersey’s courts.

The deadline to file claims with the compensation fund is December 31, 2019.  Registration of new claims begins Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Horowitz’s database of accused priests is available at: https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/who-we-sue/church-sexual-abuse/new-jersey/

Click on the links to each individual diocese’s page for profiles of the accused priests who worked in that diocese.

Horowitz says the database will be continuously updated as the names of more accused individuals become public.  You are encouraged to bookmark the link for easy access to the information.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the State of New Jersey.  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 New Jersey now have legal options against those who have harmed them.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 – or toll free at (888) 283-9922, or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

 

Archdiocese of Santa Fe Horowitz Law

June 17 Deadline to File Claims Against Santa Fe Archdiocese Rapidly Approaching.

The June 17 deadline for survivors of sexual abuse to file claims against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is rapidly approaching.  The Archdiocese, which recently filed for bankruptcy protections, is expected to be hit with more than 200 claims from sexual abuse survivors, according to some media reports.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has released the names of more than six dozen priests it says have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

The bankruptcy court has ordered that all claims by survivors of sexual abuse be filed by June 17 at 5:00 p.m. Anyone sexually abused by a clergy member, lay employee, or volunteer affiliated with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe must file their claim by the court-ordered deadline of June 17.  After that, most survivors of sexual abuse in the Santa Fe Archdiocese will likely be barred from recovering for their abuse and injuries forever.

Our attorneys have decades of experience handling cases in New Mexico and nationwide.  If you or someone you know has been sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, please contact us immediately to discuss your legal options.  You can reach us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (855) 283-9922), or by email at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.    

Essex Catholic High School

Essex Catholic Horowitz Law

Sexual Abuse Allegations at Essex Catholic High School

Essex County, New Jersey

Founded: 1957

Location: Newark, NJ

Grades: 9 through 12

Essex Catholic High School was an all-male private school formerly run by the Congregation of Irish Christian Brothers and sponsored by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. The school was formally closed in 2003 due to lack of enrollment, and a few alumni tried to make a new Essex High School at a different location but the effort failed.

In 2017, the Irish Christian Brothers released a list of members who have been accused of serial child abuse.  At least three have been assigned to Essex Catholic, including Br. Andrew Thomas Hewitt, the former principal.

Others accused include Br. Anthony Ferro, Br. William Hennessey, and Br. Jerome “Jerry” Heustis, who was a former choir director.

Br. Vincent Hanney, another former Essex teacher, was recently named in a civil lawsuit filed by an adult woman who says Hanney sexually abused her when she was a child who he was counseling. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis.

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