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Fr. Michael Hansen – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Michael Hansen

  Archdiocese of Newark

Michael Hansen   Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1979: Sacred Heart Church (Bloomfield, NJ)
  • 1980-1999: Our Lady of Lourdes Church (West Orange, NJ)
  • 2000-2009: Church of the Assumption (Emerson, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Hansen:

Father Michael Hansen was ordained a priest in 1967 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served as parochial vicar at multiple parishes, and was a former volunteer firefighter for the Glen Ridge Fire Department and fire chaplain for the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

According to media reports, in 2003, an adult male filed a complaint with the Archdiocese of Newark stating that he repeatedly sexually abused a 14 to 15-year-old boy from 1980 to 1981.  At the time of the alleged abuse, Father Hansen was serving at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Orange, New Jersey. Father Hansen reportedly fondled the boy’s penis and testicles, both over the boy’s clothing and inside the boy’s clothing, skin-on-skin.

The claimant died before the resolution of his case, which was later settled.

Father Hansen retired from his role at Church of the Assumption in Emerson in 2009,. He died in August 2012.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will 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 (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Cardinal Tobin Newark Archdiocese

Are Cardinal Tobin and the Newark Archdiocese Hiding Anything?

In Catholic circles, it is widely known that Cardinal Joseph Tobin is close to Pope Francis. He oversees the Newark archdiocese, a very large flock in the vast New York media market once headed by the now-disgrace-and-defrocked former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

All of this might lead one to believe that Tobin would work hard to be more forthcoming about abuse and cover-ups than other bishops who head dioceses with less troubled histories.

That does not, however, seem to be the case.

In a very short time, we at Horowitz Law have found a number of accused child molesting clerics who are or were in the Newark archdiocese but who are NOT on Tobin’s ‘credibly accused’ list. They include

—Sr. Andre, a Dominican nun who was accused in 1967 of sexually abusing a 12 year old girl. (Letters from the nun to the girl and the nun’s journals confirmed the accusations.)

She had worked in two other dioceses before Newark and was later transferred to Connecticut.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news5/2002_08_07_Rom_DevotionAnd.htm

–Fr. Thomas M. Bennett, who worked at Blessed Sacrament Church (1960-1963) and Newark Catholic High School (1960-1963), both in the Newark archdiocese.

He was accused in a 2018 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy multiple times in 2002-2003.

Born in Detroit, he attended seminaries in Columbus and Norwood (both in Ohio) and also worked in the Columbus diocese.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news555/2008_09_09_Columbus_Dispatch_Thomas_M_Bennett.pdf

—Sister Alice Burnette, who was sued last year for allegedly restraining a 10-year-old girl at a Catholic school in Montclair NJ in 1971 while Fr. William Dowd raped her.

She belonged to the Sisters of Charity.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2020/11_12/2020_12_11_Roll_MontclairWoman.htm

Fr. Kevin Bray, who was sued twice for abusing kids, in 2008 and again last year.

In the Newark archdiocese, he worked in Elizabeth (1975) and at the East Orange Veterans Administration Hospital (1993). In the Paterson diocese, he worked in Morristown, Ceder Knolls and at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. He was also at Sacred Heart parish in Wilmington for a year (1995).

Before he died in 2000, he belonged to a religious order known as the Benedictines.

—Fr. Joseph F. X. Cevetello, who was accused in a 2019 lawsuit of sexually abusing a boy during private preparation for First Communion in 1976 or ’77. At the time, the priest headed Our Lady of Mount Virgin in Garfield, NJ.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2019/11_12/2019_12_08_James_Press_New_abused.htm

Fr. John B. Chaney, who was accused in lawsuits earlier this year of molesting three former students. In 2014, he was listed in by the Christian Brothers (CFC) as accused by at least two people (along with 49 other clerics). He worked at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell NJ.

The 2014 Official Catholic Directory shows Fr. Chaney living at a church facility in the New York archdiocese (where convicted abuser Br. Ronald Justin Lasik and accused Br. John Laurence Heathwood CFC are also listed as living). Earlier this year, he was reportedly living in a church facility in New Rochelle NY.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/2021/03/bergen-catholic-faces-sex-abuse-suits-years-after-religious-order-settled-prior-complaints/

Fr. William S. Crouse, who (according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General in 2016) sodomized a 14-year-old boy in the late 1960s while in Montclair, NJ. He also spent time in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland Puerto Rico, Vietnam and Ethiopia

He belonged to a religious order known as the Sons of the Sacred Heart, or the “Verona Fathers.”

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/reports/2016_03_01_Pennsylvania_Grand_Jury_Report_on_Diocese_of_Altoona_Johnstown.pdf#page=44

Br. John H. “Aloysius” Dagwell, who was sued for abuse last year, pled guilty to abuse in 1988 and is on a ‘credibly accused’ list by a religious order known as the Xavarians

He also worked Montvale, NJ, Ft. Lauderdale and Boston.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/order_lists/Xaverians/2019_07_12_Xaverians_Deceased_Credibly_Accused.pdf#page=19

–Fr. Nelson C. Damasco, who worked in Jersey City at St Mary’s in the Newark archdiocese and is listed as ‘credibly accused’ of abuse by the San Diego diocese.

Originally from the Philippines, he was also a military chaplain stationed for a time at Fort Hood in Texas.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/03_04/OtherPriestsCredibleAllegations.pdf

—Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who in separate lawsuits faces allegations that he abused two Jersey City altar boys (one six years old, the other 11 years old).

He was named Auxiliary Bishop of Newark in 1996, Bishop of Camden in 1999, and Bishop of Brooklyn in 2003.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/DiMarzio_Nicholas_A_assignment_record.pdf

Fr. Salvatore “Sal” DiStefano, who was placed on leave last year following reports of recent, unspecified complaints.

He was the chaplain of Oratory Catholic Prep in Summit, an all-boys school. Earlier, he had worked in New York.

This is, of course, a partial list. And it’s of course possible that one or more of these accusations will be proven to be false or a case of mistaken identity.

Still, it’s troubling that all of these alleged predators are missing from what should be one of the nation’s most thorough Catholic ‘credibly accused’ lists.

Archbp. Peter Leo Gerety – Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety

Archdiocese of Newark

Peter Leo Gerety Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1939

Retired: 1986

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1939: St. John the Evangelist Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1940: Grace-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, CT)
  • 1942: St. Brendan Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1956: St. Martin de Porres Parish (New Haven, CT)
  • 1969–1974: Bishop of Portland
  • 1974 to 1986: Archbishop of Newark

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety:

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety served for nearly three decades as a parish priest in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Portland, Maine. Gerety was appointed the third Archbishop of Newark in 1974, retired in 1986, and died in 2016 at the age of 104.

A new lawsuit was filed in March 2021 by a now 49-year-old woman against the Archdiocese of Newark, alleging sexual abuse by the late Gerety. According to media reports, the victim claims that in 1976, Archbishop Gerety sexually abused her multiple times when she was just five years old. Allegedly, Gerety befriended her family when they were parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark.

The archbishop would often bring food to the struggling family and volunteered to look after the 5-year-old when her mother was at work. The victim states that Gerety, the highest-ranking church official in New Jersey at that time, would take her back to his bedroom in the rectory, where he touched her sexually and masturbated in front of her on three or four different occasions. She claims he told her not to say anything to anyone because it will hurt her mother and that it was their little secret. She says that she thought he was sent from God.

Eventually, she began to resist being alone with the priest, and her aunt started watching her instead. The woman said she did not tell anyone about the alleged abuse until she was 13 when she confided in her sister. By the time she was in her 20s, the victim was suicidal and in therapy.

The Review Board offered the victim a $5,000 settlement, but she declined and filed a $50 million lawsuit in March declaring that Gerety’s abuse caused a lifetime of mental health issues.

Gerety, who died as the world’s oldest Catholic bishop at 104 in 2016, was named in numerous lawsuits for allegedly covering up or failing to remove priests in the Archdiocese of Newark who sexually abused children during his tenure.

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 (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Kevin Bray – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Kevin Bray

Archdiocese of Newark/Benedictine

Kevin Bray Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1952:                St. Mary’s Monastery (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1953-1957:      Unknown
  • 1963:                In Brazil
  • 1967-1969:      Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1969:                St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1969-1973:      Elizabeth of Hungary (Linden, NJ)
  • 1973-1975:      Sacred Heart (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • 1978-1979:      Notre Dame of Mount Carmel (Cedar Knolls, NJ)
  • 1980-1985:      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1985-1989:      Blessed Sacrament (Elizabeth, NJ)
  • 1989-1990:      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1991-1993:      Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, NJ)
  • 1993:                Veteran’s Association Hospital (East Orange, NJ)
  • 1994-1995:      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1995-1996:      Sacred Heart (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1996-2000:      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin Bray:

Father Kevin Bray, O.S.B. was a teacher and a Benedictine monk of St. Mary’s Abbey in Morristown, New Jersey. He taught for many years at the The Delbarton School, run by St. Mary’s Abbey and the Order of St. Benedict New Jersey. 

According to media reports, in 2008, Bray was named in a lawsuit against the Delbarton school by two men claiming they were sexually abused by Bray when they were children at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in the Archdiocese of Newark when Bray worked there (from 1963-1973.)

On Dec. 1, 2019, New Jersey extended the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse lawsuits and allowed a two-year window for those who were previously barred from filing suits by time limits. At that time, the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey faced at least 19 lawsuits alleging child sex abuse.

In 2020, three victims filed suits claiming they were sexually abused in the 1980s by four monks, including Fr. Bray. According to one suit, a victim states that Bray sexually abused him at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Elizabeth, NJ, from 1986 to 1987, when the plaintiff was 13 and 14 years old.

Bray died in 2000 at the age of 76.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will 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 (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

CardinalJoseph Tobin Sexual Abuse

Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin: You Call This ‘Transparency?

If you relied on Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin (Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark), here’s what you would know about one of New Jersey’s most prominent and prolific child molesting clerics:

Fr. Carmen Sita faced ‘multiple’ victims, was defrocked, worked at one parish in Jersey City and inexplicably also went by the name Fr. Jerry Howard.

That’s all that the information that Cardinal JosephTobin provides on his archdiocesan website.

But the Cardinal didn’t mention that Sita

–pleaded guilty to giving drugs to and abusing a New Jersey kid

–was accused of molesting at least four others there

–was sent to a New Mexico church facility for ‘treatment’

–while there, legally changed his name to Jerry Howard

–was sent, without warning, to a parish in the Jefferson City Missouri diocese

–molested several boys there, again, also giving them drugs

–was charged with abusing three kids

–was removed from his parish

–went on to work at two secular jobs in Missouri – Charter Hospital in Columbia and as a counselor in Fulton (again, apparently with no warning to others),

–pleaded guilty and

–is behind bars now.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Sita_Carmen_aka_Gerald_Howard.htm

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/former-boonville-priest-pleads-guilty-to-sexual-abuse-charges/article_4fcacc0c-69c9-5a43-b160-51b1f751a731.html

So Cardinal Tobin left out far more information about Fr. Sita (or Fr. Howard) than he provided.

This egregious misrepresentation of course led us to spend a few more minutes looking at the Newark Archdiocese ‘credibly accused” list.

We found more of the same deceit:

Fr. Michael Charles Fugee faced one accuser, has been defrocked, and worked at five locations (a hospital chaplaincy and parishes in Newark, Rochelle Park, Wycoff and Short Hills), according to Tobin.

Tobin deliberately leaves out these facts about Fr. Fugee:

–he worked at a second Newark parish,

–he worked a parish in Colt’s Neck,

–he held several other Newark church assignments (the Holy Childhood Association, Missionary Union of Priests & Religious, Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests),

–he was found guilty of aggravated sexual contact, was sentenced to a lifetime of parole and was ordered to register as a sex offender,

–when that conviction was overturned on appeal, Fugee signed an agreement that he would never again work unsupervised with children and would undergo sex offender therapy,

–but a few years later Fr. Fugee was back in ministry, as a hospital chaplain,

–was then ousted when hospital officials complained they’d not been told of his past,

–was also given chancery assignments,

–years later, he had been helping with overnight teen retreats and hearing teens’ confessions, and

–after parishioners’ expressed outrage, finally resigned from active ministry.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Fugee_Michael_Charles.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Newark/2019_02_13_Newark_Clergy_Credibly_Accused_List.pdf

As if these two horrific cases aren’t enough, consider these two:

Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, who faces “multiple” credible allegations and has been “permanently removed” from ministry, Tobin tells us.

Tobin doesn’t mention, however, that Fr. Walters was also accused of being part of a ‘sex ring’ with former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Or that at least five men have settled lawsuits charging that Fr. Walters molested them as kids.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2020/07_08/2020_07_23_Yellin_ExcardinalTheodore.htm

Fr. Peter M. Walsh is ‘credibly accused,’ Cardinal Joseph Tobin reveals, but insists that people refer to the Order of Friars Minor for more information.”

With a few clicks on a keyboard, we find that Fr. Walsh was in fact:

–convicted on five counts of child endangerment – for exposing himself to children – in Lyndhurst NJ and

–is on the New Hampshire diocese’s ‘credibly accused’ list.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/NH-Manchester/2009_03_07_Audit_Records/individual/NH_91_A_000286_000295_File_049.pdf

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Manchester/2019_08_01_Manchester_Publication_of_Names.pdf#page=21

Can the deception get worse? Sadly, yes. These two priests can be found nowhere on Archbishop Tobin’s website:

–Fr. Harry Dean Walker, who has been defrocked for reportedly abusing in Maryland but went on to become the Director of the Youth Action Center in Newark and youth pastor at Faith City.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Walker_Rev_Harry_Dean.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news555/1972_12_08_Spraker_Ex_Priest_joins.pdf

–Fr. Kevin Bray, who is accused of abuse and twice worked in the Newark archdiocese (East Orange, and Elizabeth). He also worked in two other dioceses (Paterson NJ and Wilmington DE), lived in Florida and was a military chaplain.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Bray_Kevin_OSB_Anderson_assg_rec.pdf

We at Horowitz Law won’t hold our breath waiting on Cardinal Joseph Tobin to make these corrections or additions to his ‘credibly accused’ list.

It’s a rare day when a Catholic official says “Oops. Sorry. We forgot to tell you about a few predator priests.”

And it’s even more rare when one says “Yea, you caught us. We thought we could keep a few predator priests hidden. But now that you’ve pointed out my deception, I’ll promptly add them to our ‘credibly accused’ list.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in 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 the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will 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.

Fr. Leonard Spanburgh – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Leonard Spanburgh

Archdiocese of Newark

Leonard Spanburgh Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1959

Died: 1983

Assignment History:

  • 1960-1963:    St. Joseph of Palisades Church  (West New York, NJ)
  • 1965-1983:    St. Catherine of Siena Church  (Cedar Grove, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Leonard Spanburgh:

Fr. Leonard Spanburgh was ordained to the priesthood in 1959 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He also served as a Boy Scouts chaplain. According to media reports, in 2020, he was named in a lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of New Jersey.  In the suit, he was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing an altar boy on at least eight occasions from 1970 to 1973 when the boy was nine to thirteen years old. At the time of the abuse, Fr. Spanburgh was assigned to St. Catherine of Siena Church in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. The victim alleges that Fr. Spanburgh gave him with alcohol on each occasion and would fondle his penis and testicles. He was also abused during overnight trips to Lake Hopatcong in the 1970s. His case was settled by the victim compensation program involving North Jersey clerics.

Fr. Spanburgh was not on the church’s credibly accused list. He died in 1983.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will 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 (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Archdiocese of New York

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Archdiocese of New York

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Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965-1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967-1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967-1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968-1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969-1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1974-75  Marist High School  (Bayonne, NJ)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America. You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida. His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey. It is documented that he served in the Archdiocese of New York beginning in the late 70s until the mid-1990s. 

Here is what we do know for certain: Courcy worked in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked in the diocese after 1967. According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear. However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

The Beginning of the End for Fr. Leo Courcy Jr.

Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the Diocese of Burlington, while working in NYC. It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit. For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse. The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time. It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Courcy and Fr. Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants of the Paraclete sent Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

In 2021, Courcy was named in a sexual abuse and coverup lawsuit filed by Horowitz Law against the Diocese of Burlington in Vermont.

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area. To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and 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 Archdiocese of New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of New York now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Archdiocese of Newark

Leo Courcy Jr. Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962 – 1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965 -1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967 – 1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967 – 1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968 – 1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969 – 1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1974-75  Marist High School  (Bayonne, NJ)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Listed in Official Catholic Directory as “On Duty Outside Diocese”

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

Father Leo Courcy Jr. was ordained a priest in 1962, and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. The saga of Fr. Courcy is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trail of abuse across America.  Some assignments are not listed because there are gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Fr. Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida.  His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey. It is documented that he served in the Archdiocese of Newark in the mid 70s, possibly while on assignment at Marist High School (although this has not been confirmed.) 

Here is what we do know for certain: Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. worked in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Diocese of Burlington even though he rarely worked there after 1967. According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear.  However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

Fr. Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the the Diocese of Burlington, while working in NYC. It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said he was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Fr. Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit.  For example, he has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse.  The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Fr. Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time.  It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided a full and complete disclosure of Fr. Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Fr. Courcy and Fr. Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. The lawsuit alleged that Fr. Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Fr. Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Fr. Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants of the Paraclete sent Fr. Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Fr. Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  While the Diocese included certain information about Fr. Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

In 2021, Courcy was named in a sexual abuse and coverup lawsuit filed by Horowitz Law against the Diocese of Burlington in Vermont.

Fr. Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area.  To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and 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 Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will 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 (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Br. John H. Dagwell – Diocese of Venice

Brother John H. Dagwell

Diocese of Venice/Newark/Xaverian

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Joined: 1962

Left order: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1968: Xaverian Brothers HS (Westwood MA)
  • 1968-1988: St. Joseph Regional HS (Montvale NJ)
  • 1989-1998: In residence (Milton, MA)
  • 1998-2002: Manatee Community College (Venice, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother John H. Dagwell:

According to documents released by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2003, Brother John H. Dagwell pled guilty to molesting a minor child, who was his student, while working in Newark in 1988. The victim was a 15-year-old boy.  During the course of the investigation, other students said they were also inappropriately touched by Dagwell.

He admitted in a plea bargain to touching one student’s genitals through their clothing in 1986.  

Dagwell’s religious order transferred him to Milton, MA after the guilty plea.  According to news reports, Dagwell applied for a job as a director at a local Boston homeless shelter and lied about his reason for leaving St. Joseph’s High School. He was later forced to resign two years after getting the job due to inappropriate sexual advances toward a shelter resident.

Even after the incident in the shelter, the Xaverian brothers wrote Dagwell an outstanding letter of recommendation and he was given a new job at Crossroads Shelter. Two months later, they found out about his past and asked him to leave. Dagwell relocated to Florida’s West Coast and taught at Manatee Community College in Venice.

In 2002, John Dagwell’s personnel file was among the records of nearly a dozen accused priests released by the Archdiocese of Boston. Shortly after, Dagwell left the Xaverians, citing “personal reasons.” Notably, Dagwell does not appear on the Archdiocese of Newark’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.

Dagwell is believed to be deceased, according to a March 2020 obituary. 

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

 

Fr. Caesar Orrico – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Caesar Orrico

Archdiocese of Newark

Caesar Orrico Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1962-1972:  Emeritus of Church of the Assumption (Emerson, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Caesar Orrico:

Father Caesar Orrico was a priest and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He guided Emeritus of Church of the Assumption since its earliest days as a mission of St. Andrew’s, Westwood, when there were just 40 parishioners. His parish grow to 3,000 members and erected a school, rectory, convent and a friary for the Franciscan Brothers who shared teaching duties in the school with the Franciscan Capuchin Sisters.  

According to media reports, in 2021, five new lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Newark were filed alleging child sexual abuse. Among the five, Father Orrico was accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old from 1953 to 1958 while serving at Church of the Assumption in Emerson, NJ. No further details about the abuse have been released. He died in 2003 at the age of 86.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, but filing deadlines will 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 (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.