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New Jersey Dioceses Sets Compensation Fund Rules for Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims

The Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Trenton and Paterson have set a start date of June 15, 2019 for the Independent Victim Compensation Program (“IVCP”).  The IVCP is inteded to compensate victims of sexual abuse by their clergy regardless of how many years ago the abuse occurred.  Claimants must complete a questionnaire with sworn answers and submit documentation (if such materials exists) to be eligible for compensation.

Horowitz Law is a law firm experienced in representing clients seeking financial compensation from the Catholic Church in New Jersey for sexual abuse.  Call Horowitz Law at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free confidential consultation concerning representation.  We only handle cases on a contingency basis and there is no fee if there is no recovery.

The effective date of the IVCP is June 15, 2019.  The program is available to anyone abuse by clergy of one of the New Jersey Dioceses regardless of whether the clergyman was affiliated with a school, parish or other agency of the Diocese. Program administrations report that the claims will be handled in the order in which they are received, starting with claims of sexual abuse that were reported to the Diocese prior to the date of this Protocol.  Victims shall be eligible for compensation regardless of whether they have previously reported these incidents to the Diocese or law enforcement.  Victims will not be eligible for the program if they have previously settled their clergy abuse claim or if the abuse was committed by a religious Order priest or priest of a Dioceses outside New Jersey.  Notably, the entire IVCP process is confidential and claimant will not have their names publicly disclosed by applying for compensation.

The program will be independently administered by neutral fund administrators in two Phases.  Phase I, which begins June 15, 2019, is available to victims who reported their abuse on or before June 15, 2019 to their Diocese.  Phase II is for victims who have not previously reported their abuse.  Phase II victims may register their claims beginning June 15, 2019 and continuing through October 31, 2019.  The deadline to file claims for Phase I and II is December 31, 2019.

 

Fr. Carmen Sita (Gerald Howard) – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Carmen Sita

(a/k/a Gerald Howard)

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1976

Removed: 1984

Laicized: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Aloysius (Jersey City, NJ)  
  • SS. Peter and Paul (Boonville, MO)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Carmen Sita (a/k/a Gerald Howard):

According to media reports, in September 1982, Father Carmen Sita was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a teen boy multiple times and giving him liquor.  In 1983, he pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years probation in exchange for an agreement that the Archdiocese of Newark would send for treatment at a notorious pedophile treatment facility in New Mexico.

Less than a year later, with the permission of the Archdiocese of Newark, Sita legally changed his name to Gerald Howard and moved to Missouri. He was then incardinated into Diocese of Jefferson City and assigned to a parish with a school.

In 2007, Father Sita was accused of abusing another boy from 1983 through 1988, and giving him drugs to facilitate the abuse.

In 2009, the claim was settled by the three defendants, including the Archdiocese of Newark, for $600,000 and an agreement that Sita would seek laicization. 

In April 2010, Sita was charged and arrested on charges of forcible sodomy, attempted sodomy, and the kidnapping of three MO boys in the 1980s. In June 2014, Sita pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy against the three teenage boys. The other counts were dropped. He was sentenced to serve three concurrent twelve-year sentences and to register as a sex offender when released.

In October and November 2012, Sita was investigated for the sexual abuse of children at a Missouri hospital where he worked as a counselor in the 1980s.

In 2013, five more abuse claims were settled by the Archdiocese of Newark for $650,000.00. 

In September, 2012, Father Sita was laicized (removed from the priesthood), but it was not announced until 2014.

In November 2018, Sita’s name appeared on the Diocese of Jefferson City’s list of credibly accused priests.

In February 2019, Sita’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, which indicated only that he had been the subject of “multiple” credible allegations.  No additional details were provided. 

Sita is still living and now resides in the Farmington, Missouri, area as “Gerald Howard.”  He is 74 years old.  He is also 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 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. Thomas Stanford – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Thomas Stanford

(a/k/a Thomas Stamford)

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1979

Removed: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Oakland, NJ)   
  • St. Margaret of Cortona (Little Ferry, NJ)   
  • St. Luke (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Stanford:

In a December 2010 testimony before the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee, an adult man said he was abused by Father Thomas Stanford (also spelled Stamford), while a teenager in 1977 at St. Paul’s in Jersey City. Father Stanford was a deacon at the time, prior to his ordination to the priesthood. The man said he told Father Stanford about being sexually abused by the church’s young music director. “I thought I could trust him,” he said.

Stanford did not report the boy’s abuse by the music director. Instead, the man says, Stanford also abused the boy, often plying him with drugs and alcohol, over the course of the next four years.

In 2008, the plaintiff settled with the Archdiocese of Newark for an undisclosed six-figure sum, according to media reports.

Stanford left the priesthood in the mid-1980s. He worked as lay employee for the Diocese of Paterson as manager of the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa and as a part-time music manager for Holy Cross Parish in Wayne until he was fired and permanently removed from the ministry (laicized) after the settlement in 2008.

In February 2019, Father Stanford’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, with an indication that Stanford was credibly accused “multiple” times. 

Stanford is believed to be residing in the Manchester, New Jersey, area.  He is approximately 70 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. Robert Svec – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Robert Svec

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1954

Died: Date Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Henry (Bayonne, NJ)    
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Jersey City, NJ)    
  • St. Mary, Star of the Sea (Bayonne, NJ)    
  • St. John the Baptist (Jersey City, NJ)    
  • IHM/St. Patrick (Elizabeth, NJ)    
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Montclair, NJ)    
  • St. Vincent De Paul (Bayonne, NJ)    
  • St. Columba (Newark, NJ)    
  • St. Charles Borromeo (Newark, NJ)   

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Svec:

Father Robert Svec’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  The Archdiocese 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 Archbishop of Newark, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Archdiocese of Newark 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 Archdiocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

According to its list, Svec was accused of the sexual abuse of “multiple” minors.

The Archdiocese of Newark says that Svec is deceased.

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. Jim Weiner – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Jim Weiner

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1989

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Andrew’s (Westwood, NJ)
  • St. Luke’s (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth’s (Wyckoff, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Jim Weiner:

According to media reports, in August 2018, Father Jim Weiner took a leave of absence amid a renewed sexual misconduct investigation. In a sexual misconduct probe, priests said that Father Weiner “had a reputation among the clergy, dating back to his time in the seminary, for active homosexuality.” Cardinal Tobin told clergy in his diocese not to speak to the press after the news report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct appeared on Catholic News Agency (CNA).

According to CNA, it was all part of a subculture that existed while former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was the archdiocese’s archbishop, as well as under his successor, Archbishop John Meyers, six anonymous priests said in independent interviews.

One priest alleged that Father Weiner sexually abused him while they were classmates at a seminarian in Newark in the late 1980s. Now with the Diocese of Albany, the victim said he agreed to a $35,000 settlement in 2004 that covered the cost of counseling after the Archdiocese of Newark’s Review Board deemed the claims credible.

Cardinal Tobin said Father Weiner’s case had been examined by a review board in 2003 “even though it did not involve an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor”. He said he had ordered a new investigation in July 2018 due to “new information and out of an abundance of caution in these most difficult times.” The internal investigation remains open.

It is unclear if Weiner has ever been accused of sexually abusing a minor child, or if the investigation is limited to allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with adult males only.

In February 2019, Father Weiner’s name was not included on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of  priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

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. Robert Zasacki – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Robert Zasacki

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1967

Incardinated into St. Paul and Minneapolis: 1987

Removed: 2002

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph (West Orange, NJ)  
  • St. Francis De Sales (Lodi, NJ)  
  • St. Leo’s (Irvington, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Ridgewood, NJ)  
  • St. Brigid (North Bergen, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Zasacki:

According to media reports, Father Robert Zasacki worked as a priest for 13 years in Newark, but in November 1980, he was sent to Minnesota for the treatment of alcoholism. He began ministering in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and in 1987, he incardinated there.

In May 2002, Zasacki was permanently removed from the ministry after the Archdiocese of Newark received an allegation from an adult man that Father Zasacki had sexually abused him as a youth in the early 1970s, in Newark.  The Archdiocese’s internal review board determined that the allegation was credible.

In March 2008, Zasacki died.

In February 2019, Zasacki’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, which indicated he was the subject of one credible allegation of abuse.

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. Michael “Mitch” Walters – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Michael “Mitch” Walters

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady Of Sorrows (South Orange, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Orange, NJ)  
  • Holy Spirit/Our Lady Help of Christians (East Orange, NJ)  
  • St. Matthew (Ridgefield, NJ)  
  • St. John Nepomucene (Gutttenberg, NJ)  
  • Sacred Heart (Haworth, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of All Souls (East Orange, NJ)  
  • St. Cassian (Upper Montclair, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael “Mitch” Walters:

According to media reports in August 2015, allegations were reported to the Archdiocese of Newark that Father Michael “Mitch” Walters abused two minors in the early 1980s while assigned to St. Cassian in Montclair. Walters was accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy in 1982 and a 13-year-old girl in 1982 and 1983. One accuser said Walters fondled and kissed him repeatedly as an altar boy; the other claimed Walters molested her when she was ages 13-14.  Walters denied the accusations.

In October 2015, Father Walters was suspended from ministry.

Another woman publicly accused Walters of molesting her twice during the same time period when she was between the ages of 12 and 14 at St. Cassian.  

In July 2016, investigators conducted a criminal investigation of allegations that Father Walters sexually abused a boy in the 1990s at St. John Nepomucene in Guttenberg.  In August 2016, the accuser filed suit. His attorney said he was representing five other alleged victims of Father Walters.  The victim said the alleged abuse occurred between about 1982 and 1994, when his clients were approximately 8-14 years old.

In September 2016,  the Archdiocese of Newark received a protective order shielding the personnel files of Father Walters from being disclosed to the public as part of several civil lawsuits filed by alleged victims of clergy abuse.  The public would never know what the Archdiocese of Newark knew about Walters’ history of abuse. 

In October 2017, a judge found probable cause to file criminal charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault against Father Walters.

In January 2019, five cases were settled with the Archdiocese of Newark for a total of $400,000, with a sixth case against him still in court at the time.

In defense of its conduct, the Archdiocese of Newark raised the defense of “contributory negligence,” meaning that the victims contributed to their own abuse and therefore were ultimately at fault for what happened to them.

In February 2019, Walters’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, which indicated that he was the subject of “multiple” allegations of sexual abuse. He was permanently removed from the ministry.

It is not clear where Walters is currently residing, and the Archdiocese refuses to say.  It is likely that he is living in a retirement home for accused priests located near Rutherford.  Walters is now 65 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. Peter Walsh – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Peter Walsh

Archdiocese of Newark/Franciscan Friars

Ordained: 1982

Arrested: 1993

Convicted: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Anthony’s Shrine Church (Troy, NJ)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Peter Walsh:

According to media reports, in August 1993, Father Peter Walsh was arrested for exposing himself and masturbating in front of five young boys, ages 7-13, on two different occasions in Lyndhurst, NJ.  After his arrest, Father Walsh was reassigned to the Franciscan order’s Manhattan office and lived in a monastery there.

In March 1994, Father Walsh pleaded guilty and was convicted on five counts of child endangerment. He was sentenced to five years probation, and ordered to receive psychological counseling with a professional trained in the treatment of sex offenders.  Additionally, he was ordered to have an adult chaperone whenever he was in a car.

Citing psychiatric reports, Judge George Parsons said Father Walsh’s compulsive sexual disorder was caused by “extreme tension with no available outlet.” Parsons ordered that Walsh be permitted to perform “limited” priestly duties.

In June 2004, an adult man reported to the Diocese of Manchester New Hampshire that Father Walsh fondled then masturbated him for 3-4 months between 1987-1988. Father Walsh was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry at the time. Walsh denied the allegations.

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of credibly accused priests in the Archdiocese of Newark.  Walsh’s name does not appear on that list.

Walsh’s current location is unknown.  He is not a registered sex offender.  He is believed to be approximately 70 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.

 

Msgr. George Trabold – Archdiocese of Newark

Monsignor George Trabold

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1973

Stepped down: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Rose of Lima (Short Hills, NJ)
  • St. John the Evangelist (Bergenfield, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor George Trabold:

According to media reports, in October 2014,  Monsignor George Trabold voluntarily stepped down from his ministry while officials investigated sexual abuse allegations against him.  The allegations concerned the abuse of minors while Trabold was assigned to St. John the Evangelist in Bergenfield from 1973 to 1977 and from 1994 to 1998. He denied the allegations.

The Archdiocese of Newark reported the allegations to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office.  Criminal charges were not brought against Trabold because the alleged abuse occurred outside of the statute of limitations. 

Upon review of the case, the Archdiocese Review Board deemed the accusations credible and requested a canonical trial from the Vatican to laicize Trabold.  During that process, Trabold is allowed to maintain his innocence and seek a verdict from the Vatican court as to whether he committed misconduct serious enough to require his removal from the priesthood.

In October 2015, in a formal letter, the Archdiocese of Newark advised the communities of St. Rose of Lima  and St. John the Evangelist of the allegations against Monsignor Trabold.  The Vatican has still not decided whether or not he will permanently removed from the ministry.

In 2016, one of the accusers obtained a financial settlement from the Archdiocese of Newark.

When the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of credibly accused priests in February 2019, Trabold’s name was not included on the list.

Trabold’s current location is unknown.  He may be residing in an Archdiocesan home for accused priests.  He is approximately 70 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. Gerald Sudol – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Gerald Sudol

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2002

Reassigned: 2006

Permanently removed: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Family (Nutley, NJ)
  • St. Francis of Assisi (Ridgefield Park, NJ)
  • St. Ann (Polish) (Jersey City, NJ)
  • St. Francis Community Center (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Holy Rosary (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Mount St. Andrew Villa (Paramus, NJ)
  • Padre Pio Friary (Hoboken, NJ)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gerald Sudol:

According to media reports, in 2002, an allegation of sexual misconduct was made against Father Gerald Sudol.  In October 2004, Sudol was one of nine priests whose accusers settled with the Archdiocese of Newark for $1.07 million.

In 2006, a canonical trial acquitted Sudol of the abuse allegations, despite the settlement. Cleared of any wrongdoing, he was reassigned to work at a hospice by the Archbishop of Newark. In February 2007, an archdiocese church threw a festive jubilee for the 25th anniversary of his ordination, publicizing the party for “Fr. Gerry” on the Web.

In August 2018, Sudol, stepped down from his post as priest in residence at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jersey City. Sudol was accused of sexually abusing another altar boy while he was assigned to a church in Ridgefield Park in the 1980s and 1990s.

According to media reports, Sudol had been previously accused of sexual misconduct in the 1990s, but no criminal charges were filed against him so he was permitted to return to the ministry.

In February 2019, Sudol’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, which indicated he has been the subject of “multiple” credible allegations of abuse.

According to the disclosure, Sudol is permanently removed from the ministry.  He has not been laicized and is believed to be residing in an Archdiocesan retirement home for priests.  He is 65 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.