Tag: Archdiocese of Miami

Fr. Thomas Hidding – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Father Thomas Hidding 

Diocese of St. Petersburg/Jesuits

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Ordained: 1986

Removed: 2002

Dead: 2005

Assignment History:

  • 1980-1982: Jesuit High School (Tampa, FL)
  • Unknown: Jesuit College Prep. (Dallas, TX)
  • 1986-1987: The Jesuit Community (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1987-1992: Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1993-1997: University of Tampa (Tampa, FL)
  • 1993-1997: Sacred Heart (Tampa, FL)
  • 1997-1999: Immaculate Conception (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1999-2000: Jesuit Provincial Office (New Orleans, LA)
  • 2000-2002: Jesu Church (Miami, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas Hidding:

Fr. Thomas Hidding was ordained in 1986 and spent his career in Louisiana and Florida.

In 2002, Hidding was accused of having sexually abused a high school student in Miami, Florida between 1980-1982, when Hidding was a Jesuit seminarian and teacher. 

According to media reports, the allegations were deemed “credible” by Jesuit superiors. Fr. Hidding was removed from active ministry after the accusation surfaced in May of 2002.

Fr. Hidding died in 2005. He is listed on the Jesuits Central and Southern Province 2018 lists of credibly accused priests.

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Fr. Rocco Charles D’Angelo – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Father Rocco Charles D’Angelo

Diocese of St. Petersburg/Miami

Fr. Rocco Charles D’Angelo Horowitz LawOrdained: 1956

Resigned: 1993

Dead: 2005

Assignment History:

  • St. Mark’s Church (Boynton Beach, FL)
  • St. Charles Borromeo (Port Charlotte, FL)
  • St. Peter Claver (Tampa, FL)
  • Good Shepherd (Tampa, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Rocco Charles D’Angelo:

Fr. Rocco Charles D’Angelo was ordained in 1956. D’Angelo was accused of sexually abusing 5 former altar boys, ages 9-15, at St. Mark’s Church in Boynton Beach, Florida in the 1960s and 1970s.

According to media reports, the Archdiocese of Miami knew that D’Angelo had molested at least 4-5 boys in 1966-1967. The boys and their parents confronted the church, in which they promised he will never work with kids again. 

However, D’Angelo went for therapy and was sent to St. Luke Institute near Baltimore in 1967 and then went on to new assignments in the St. Petersburg Diocese. Numerous suits were filed in Miami and Tampa and several of them were settled, but others were dismissed due to statute of limitations. According to the FL Attorney General’s report, D’Angelo “retired” in 1994 after an accusation. 

In 1996, four more men sued the diocese, saying D’Angelo molested them at St. Peter Claver and Good Shepherd parishes in Tampa, Florida. One man who settled in 1998 sued again in 2002, alleging fraud on the part of the Archdiocese and that was settled in 2009.

Records show that D’Angelo admitted to molesting altar boys decades prior to when the allegations surfaced. D’Angelo died in 2005. He is listed on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Br. Kenneth Ward – Archdiocese of Miami

Brother Kenneth Ward

Archdiocese of Miami/Marist

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Joined order: 1984

Left order: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 2000-2006: Edward Pace High School (Miami, FL)
  • Christopher Columbus Catholic High School (Westchester, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Kenneth Ward:

Br. Kenneth Ward is a former dean of students at Msgr. Edward Pace High School. In 2006, there were allegations reported to police against him. The Archdiocese of Miami says it did not learn of them until 2012. 

In a 2013 civil suit, three men in their mid-20s alleged that Ward abused them in the early 2000s. He worked at Pace from 2000-2006. Ward spent two more years at Christopher Columbus High in Westchester. A fourth man sued in 2013. 

Ward changed careers and studied to become a registered nurse, obtaining his state license in 2012 and worked in a psychiatric hospital. 

Ward’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Bryan O. Walsh – Archdiocese of Miami

Father Bryan O. Walsh

Archdiocese of Miami

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Ordained: 1954

Retired: 1996

Dead: 2001

Assignment History:

  • Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Bryan O. Walsh:

Fr. Bryan O. Walsh was born and trained in Ireland and ordained in the St. Augustine diocese. Walsh became a priest in Miami when the diocese was erected in 1958. He is an internationally known refugee and immigrant advocate, founder of Catholic Charities, and organizer of Cuba’s Pedro Pan Operation that helped over 15,000 Cuban children flee the island regime.

Walsh was accused in a 2006 complaint of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old boy in 1964. The accuser said he was abused at a provisional camp in Opa-Locka, Florida in 1964 when he was 14 and under the care of the Catholic Welfare Bureau. 

Very little is known of Walsh’s activities within the church as the Archdiocese of Miami has not released any information about Walsh’s assignment history.

Walsh died in 2001.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Donald Walk – Archdiocese of Miami

Father Donald Walk

Archdiocese of Miami

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Ordained: 1967

Assignment History:

  • St. James Church (North Miami, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Walk:

Fr. Donald Walk was named in a 2006 settlement with the Archdiocese of Miami as having abused a teenage boy in the 1970s-1980s. He had no particular assignment at the time and was still “absent on leave,” per the 1989 Catholic Directory. At one point, Walk was the chaplain of the Miami Dolphins. 

Walk was accused in a civil suit filed in the summer of 2007 of abusing a boy, ages 14-16, in the late 1970s. The suit says Walk took the boy out for ice cream, dinner, and a Miami Dolphins football practice to gain his trust. 

Another plaintiff filed suit in 2007 alleging abuse 1977-1982 starting when he was 13 years old. Walk allegedly sexually abused the former altar boy and brought him to Dolphin games, introducing him to team members.

As of 2007, Walk is retired and living in Venice, Florida. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Edward Sokol – Archdiocese of Miami

Father Edward Sokol 

Archdiocese of Miami/Franciscan

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Ordained: 1987

Arrested: 2001

Dead: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Chaminade-Madonna High School (Hollywood, FL)
  • St. James High School (Chester, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Edward Sokol:

Fr. Edward Sokol professed vows as a Marianist in 1962 in the Province of New York. He ended up leaving the Order in 1986. Sokol was ordained for the Franciscans in 1987. 

In 2001, Sokol was arrested in a police sting after arranging over the internet to meet a 15-year-old boy for sex. He pled no contest to computer pornography later that year and the judge allowed him to continue running a group home for disabled adult males. In 2002, he was ordered to leave the home by social services. 

Sokol also worked in the Archdiocese of Boston, at Perkins School for the Blind, and in New Hampshire. In addition, Sokol briefly had privileges in Miami, Florida after Franciscans withdrew his privileges. 

In 2020, Sokol was included on the Marianists’ list of accused priests.  

The Marianists’ list indicates that Sokol is deceased as of June 2020, however, it appears that Sokol maintains and regularly updates online social media profiles.  The profiles indicate that Sokol is alive and well, residing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as of April 2021.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Steven Stencil – Archdiocese of Miami

Father Steven Stencil 

Archdiocese of Miami/Diocese of Tucson

 

Ordained: 1981

Retired: 2011

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1984: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish (Miami, AZ)
  • 1984-1986: Sacred Heart Parish (Clifton, AZ)
  • 1986-1989: Vocations, Diocese of Tucson
  • 1989-1999: St. Anthony Parish (Casa Grande, AZ)
  • 1999-2001: St. Mark the Evangelist Parish (Tucson, AZ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Steven Stencil:

According to media reports, in 2000, a teen-age boy complained to Church officials that Fr. Steven Stencil had groped him at a pool party in 1999 when he was 17 years old. The boy said Stencil, then pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Casa Grande, squeezed his penis for two to three seconds during horseplay in the pool.

The Diocese of Tucson learned of the incident a few weeks later, when the boy confided in another member of the clergy. Diocesan officials did their own investigation of the incident. According to a Diocese of Tucson’s spokesman’s deposition, after officials’ first interview with the boy, the spokesman said he was instructed to telephone the boy and ask him if what Stencil did in the swimming pool could have been accidental or unintentional. The boy said it could have been accidental, and the matter was dropped. Law enforcement authorities were not notified.

The boy said he felt uncomfortable previously, as well. In response to questioning, the spokesman said that the boy reported that Stencil asked him questions about sex during private confessions and that he placed his hand on the boy’s thigh during those confessions. 

The boy changed his mind in February 2002, shortly after the Diocese of Tucson settled 11 lawsuits that accused four local priests of sexually abusing 10 young men in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. The incident was then reported to authorities.

In February 2001, Stencil was removed from the priesthood for violating the Diocese of Tucson’s policy forbidding priests from being in the company of minors overnight on two separate occasions.

In June 2002, Stencil’s name appeared on the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

In July 2004, a former Catholic seminarian filed suit against the Diocese of Tucson, its bishops, and Bishop Wilton Gregory, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops among other high-ranking American prelates. The suit alleges a pattern of racketeering activity exemplified by fraud and obstruction of justice.

The man’s complaint also documents an encounter he had with Stencil. According to the lawsuit, Stencil lured him into his rectory on the pretense that he needed his assistance. Once inside the rectory, the man claims, Stencil allegedly attempted to sexually assault him and told him that “it’s OK to be a homosexual”. The man said he was never a homosexual, and as a devout Catholic, he believed in and supported the promise of celibacy that every priest of the Roman rite is required to make upon ordination.

He claims he had to struggle to free himself from the vocations director, and once away from his would-be rapist, immediately left Stencil’s rectory for safer territory. He initially told no one about the alleged assault out of fear of Stencil’s power to have him expelled from the Diocese of Tucson. The lawsuit states that he had learned in Harrisburg “that revelation to priests or bishops with management authority of the acts of predator priests was futile and counter-productive”.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Trevor Smith – Archdiocese of Miami

Father Trevor Smith

Archdiocese of Miami

Fr. Trevor Smith Horowitz LawOrdained: 1967

Retired: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1968-1969: St. Clement (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • 1970: St. Timothy (Kendall, FL)
  • 1971-1972: St. Francis de Sales (Miami Beach, FL)
  • 1973: St. Vincent (Delray Beach, FL) 
  • 1974-1975: Epiphany (South Miami, FL)
  • 1976-1978: Mercy Hospital (Miami, FL)
  • 1980-1982: St. Patrick (Miami Beach, FL)
  • 1983-1986: St. Clement (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • 1987-1994: St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital and Health Care Center (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)
  • 1995-2002: Villa Maria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (North Miami, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Trevor Smith:

Fr. Trevor Smith was accused in a 2002 civil suit of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in the late 1990s. Smith was the chaplain at Villa Maria Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Miami, Florida owned by the Archdiocese of Miami, where the boy’s grandmother was a resident. 

According to media reports, the abuse allegedly involved Smith taking the boy to a room in the nursing home and showing him nude photos. Then, Smith proceeded to force the boy to touch him and vice versa.

In 2003, there was a settlement for $500K. There were accusations of inappropriate contact with boys in the 1970s and Smith was sent for therapy. 

In 2004, Smith was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious assault, and later in the year, he was convicted of abuse from 2002. Smith was sentenced to two years of house arrest and eight years probation.

As of 2004, Smith was retired and living in Pompano Beach, Florida. Smith’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Harry Ringenberger – Archdiocese of Miami

Father Harry Ringenberger 

Archdiocese of Miami

 

Ordained: 1969

Assignment History:

  • St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church (Pembroke Pines, FL)
  • St. Pius X Catholic Church (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Harry Ringenberger:

Fr. Harry Ringenberger was accused in a lawsuit filed in 2015 of sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy in 1989 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

The allegations include that he was wrestling naked with the boy and that he abused other children similarly. The lawsuit claims the archdiocese was informed of the allegations in 1989 but allowed Ringenberger to work at another parish after sending him away for a year.

Very little is known of Ringenberger’s activities within the church as the Archdiocese of Miami has not released any information about Ringenberger’s assignment history.

Ringenberger’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Cristobal de Jesus Puertas – Archdiocese of Miami

Father Cristobal de Jesus Puertas 

Archdiocese of Miami

 

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • St. Agatha Catholic Church (Miami, Florida)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Cristobal de Jesus Puertas:

Fr. Cristobal de Jesus Puertas was named in a civil suit filed in 2010 claiming that he sexually abused a boy. The abuse took place between 2003 and 2004 in Puertas’ office, in his car, and in motels and parks where Puertas allegedly raped the minor.

The archdiocese reported in 2012 that there was a settlement involving Puertas, who was no longer a priest in the Archdiocese of Miami. His alleged victim said that Fr. Rolando Garcia knew about the abuse at the time and paid him to keep it quiet.

Very little is known of Puertas’ activities within the church as the Archdiocese of Miami has not released any information about Puertas’ assignment history nor the year he was ordained.

Puertas’ current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Miami in Florida. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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