Tag: Brooklyn sex abuse

Fr. Leonardo Mateo – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Leonardo Mateo 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1959

Removed: 1991

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1959: Cathedral (Tagbilaran City, Philippines) 
  • 1960: St. Anastasia (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1961-1965: Greenpoint Hospital (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1966-1975: Diocesan Procurator, Diocese of Tagbilaran (Philippines)  
  • 1976: St. Patrick’s Cathedral (El Paso, TX)  
  • 1976-1979: Santa Isabel Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1978-1982: Immaculate Conception (Elmhurst, IL)   
  • 1983-1984: St. Petronille (Glen Ellyn, IL)  
  • 1985: St. Nicholas (Virginia Beach, VA)  
  • 1986: Veterans Administration Hospitals and Chaplains (North Chicago, IL)  
  • 1987-1989: Immaculate Conception B.V.M. (Waukegan, IL)
  • 1990-1991: Veterans Administration Hospitals and Chaplains (North Chicago, IL) 
  • 1992: St. Bede (Ingleside, IL)  
  • 1997-2003: Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leonardo Mateo:

Fr. Leonardo Mateo was ordained in the Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines. He arrived in the United States in 1959 and worked for many years as an extern priest throughout the country. Mateo has served in the Philipines, California, New York, Texas, Illinois, and Virginia.

According to media reports, he was accused of child sexual abuse multiple times while working in the Diocese of Tagbilaran, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Diocese of Joliet. In August 1960, he left Los Angeles to pursue studies at Fordham University.

In 2003, Mateo was named in a lawsuit alleging he sexually abused a child in 1959, while at St. Anastasia’s in Los Angeles, California. In 2004, he died in the Philippines and was named on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

In March 2013, Mateo’s name appeared on the Diocese of Joliet’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In April 2014, his personnel files were released as part of the settlement of another lawsuit filed by three men, two of whom are brothers, alleging child sexual abuse by the priest in 1980, while he worked at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst, Illinois. 

According to the suit, from 1980 to 1982, Mateo invited the children, ages of 6 through 10, out for ice cream and fast food. He also took the boys to swim at the YMCA in Elmhurst, where he allegedly repeatedly molested them in the pool or locker room. A settlement of $1.4 million was reached in August 2018.

In 2019, Mateo was named on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted his ordination year as 1956.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Thomas Morrow – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Thomas Morrow 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1971

Removed: 2004

Laicized: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Cecilia (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1972-1973: Our Lady of Refuge (Flatbush, NY)
  • 1974-1975: St. Vincent de Paul (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1975-1979: Good Shepherd (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1980-1982: On Leave for Post Ordination Studies 
  • 1983-1986: Resurrection-Ascension (Queens, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Morrow:

Fr. Thomas Morrow became a full-time licensed psychologist in the state of New York in approximately 1985. According to media reports, in 1987, he was granted an indefinite leave of absence from the Diocese of Brooklyn at his request. 

In June 1996, Morrow was indicted on charges of giving crack to, taking nude pictures of, and raping a 15-year-old male patient who was seeking therapy for problems at school. One month later in July, he was released on bail after being jailed for stabbing a potential sex partner. He was later seen chasing another screaming, bloodied young man. He was known to pick up male prostitutes and trade drugs and cash for sex. 

Morrow was convicted on two counts of non-forcible sodomy, sex abuse, endangering the welfare of a minor, and drug possession in December 1996. He was sentenced to six months in jail, five years of probation. He was also was required to register as a sex offender. 

Morrow was removed from ministry in December 2004 and was laicized in January 2012. As of September 2017, New York’s sex offender registry noted that he was living in Hampton Bays, New York.

In February 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’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 Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. James T. Smith – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father James T. Smith  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1956

Removed: 2002

Died: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1965: Our Lady of Grace (Howard Beach, NY)
  • 1966-1976: Holy Trinity (Whitestone, NY) 
  • 1977-1980: Our Lady of Hope (Middle Village, NY)
  • 1981-1993: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Long Island City, NY) 
  • 1994-2002: St. Kevin (Flushing, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James T Smith:

According to media reports, in April 2002, Fr. James T Smith, who worked part-time as a counselor for the Queens’ District Attorney’s office, was placed on leave amid allegations of child sexual abuse of at least 26 boys and girls between 1960 and 1976. The abuse allegedly took place while Smith was at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Whitestone, New York, and Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach, New York. He was subsequently removed from ministry while working at St. Kevin in Flushing and sent for counseling.

“He gave me the spiel he gave all the boys about my body going through changes,” said one of the alleged victims. “Then he pushed me to the floor. He said this would be our little secret.”

In a letter to one of his survivors, Smith wrote, “I know that in any 12-step program there is no stopping at those early steps,” the letter said. “I realized my own powerlessness over my compulsion… I must make amends and peace with someone, anyone, whom I have hurt by my actions…There was no excuse. It was inexcusable.”

Smith was named in a 2002 civil lawsuit involving 12 priests and a brother, and again in a 2003 suit involving 24 priests. He was separately sued in November 2003 by a woman, a cook at the St. Kevin rectory, who alleged that he repeatedly abused her 10-year-old daughter for about four years. The case was settled for $2 million.

In February 2019, Smith’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In September 2019, he was accused in a suit filed under the NY Child Victims Act of sexually abusing a male student of Holy Trinity Academy in Whitestone, Queens from 1971 to 1974.

Smith died in January 2012.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. George Zatarga – Diocese of Brooklyn

Monsignor George Zatarga 

Diocese of Brooklyn

George Zatarga Horowitz LawOrdained: 1968

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Queen of All Saints (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Holy Family (Brooklyn, NY)  
  • Notre Dame High School (West Haven, CT)
  • Corpus Christi (Queens, NY)   
  • 1969: St. Frances de Chantal (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1970-1971: St. Gertrude’s (Edgemere/ Far Rockaway, NY) 
  • 1972-1978: Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1979: Absent On Leave   
  • 1980: St. Clement Pope (Brooklyn, NY)   
  • 1980-1981: Special Assignment (Archbishop Molloy High School (Queens, NY)
  • 1981-1989: St. Gregory the Great (Brooklyn, NY)  
  • 1985-1989: Released From Diocesan Assignment; Archbishop Molloy High School (Queens, NY)   
  • 1990-1999:Christ the King (Queens, NY)  
  • 2001-2006: Episcopal Vicar Delegate for Senior Priests; Bishop Mugavero Residence (Douglaston, NY) 
  • 2007: American Martyrs (Bayside, NY)  
  • 2008-2010: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor George Zatarga:

According to media reports, after nearly forty years in the priesthood, Msgr. George Zatarga was removed from ministry in November 2007 after he admitted to inappropriate behavior with at least 5 teenagers in the 1970s, including three brothers. He was a friend of their parents for more than 40 years. He was sent to St. Luke Institute in Silver Springs, Maryland, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse.

The abuse occurred while Zatarga was serving as chaplain at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn and at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood. He reportedly kept a “travel log” of his 1976 trips with teenage boys and often mentioned their “unique physiques.” The log showed he brought at least 25 teenage boys to a cabin in 1971, 1974, and 1976. Two of the victims told investigators he had molested them as recently as the last two years at the priest’s country home in Greenfield, N.Y. 

Additional allegations involved an 18-year-old male alleging Zatarga molested him in his home “outside upstate Saratoga Springs” after inviting the alleged victim there for a retreat in 2007. Other victims have come forward since the story of the priest’s admission was released.

Zatarga died in August 2011. In February 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’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 Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Michael Salerno (Pallotine) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Michael Salerno 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1993

Removed: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii (Brooklyn, NY)
  • St. Leo (Baltimore, MD)
  • Queen of the Apostles (Sag Harbor, NY)
  • Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (Pennsauken, NJ)
  • My Brothers’ Place (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Salerno:

Fr. Michael Salerno, better known as “Father Mike,” started his career as a Brother, and was later ordained a priest of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate. According to media reports, in November 2007 he was placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Baltimore after an allegation surfaced that he had abused a teenage boy at All Saints in Brooklyn, New York in the 1970s. At the time of the alleged abuse, Salerno was not yet ordained a priest but was a Brother of the Pallottine Order. 

In December 2008, the Order announced that Salerno admitted to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy over a three-year period, from 1975 to 1978 during an investigation conducted by the Diocese of Brooklyn. He was permanently removed from ministry. In September 2019, his name appeared on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Salerno’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 Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Adam Prochaski – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Adam Prochaski  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1968

Removed: 1994 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969-1994: Holy Cross (Maspeth, NY)
  • 1995-2000: Absent On Sick Leave
  • 2001-2002: Absent On Sick Leave/Absent On Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Adam Prochaski:

Fr. Adam Prochaski spent his entire career at Holy Cross parish and school in Maspeth, Queens, which was established by and served the Polish community. According to media reports, in September 2017, a former Holy Cross teacher publicly stated she reported to the school’s principal in 1990 that Prochaski was sexually abusing seven of her female students, and that the principal laughed at her and said that “everyone knew about Father P.” She said she later told the new principal, and the Diocese of Brooklyn was informed, but “not much was done.”  

The Diocese of Brooklyn stated the allegations against Prochaski, ranging from fondling to rape, were first reported in 1994. He resigned from ministry shortly after, but through 2002 was still listed in the Official Catholic Directory as “Absent on Leave” or “Absent on Sick Leave.” 

By November 2017, more than thirty former Holy Cross students, including one male had come forward alleging child sexual abuse by the priest. The abuse of the children ages 5 through 16, allegedly occurred from 1972 to 1994. Many were polish immigrants Prochaski helped bring to the United States. The former teacher said she’d heard from hundreds of former students that he sexually abused them. 

“The sexual abuse happened here at Holy Cross Church, in the church, in Holy Cross Rectory, in the Holy Cross school, in cars, and in homes where Prochaski used to visit the children,” their lawyer said. “He would sexually abuse them in unimaginable ways according to the allegations.”

The New York Police Department initiated an investigation, but no criminal charges were filed due to New York’s statute of limitations. In October 2017, a settlement was reached through the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). 

In February 2019, Prochaski’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He reportedly went on to marry and to work as an addictions counselor and is believed to be living in Queens, 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 Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Charles Plock – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Charles Plock 

Diocese of Brooklyn

 

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Ordained: 1973

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1984: Foreign Missions, Diocese of David (Republic of Panama) 
  • 1985-1996: St. John the Baptist (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1990: Vincentian Fathers Residence (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1991-1993: Vincentian Community Residence (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1994-1996: St. John the Baptist Rectory (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1997-2001: Immaculate Conception (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2004-2008: Vincentian Residence (St. John’s University) (Jamaica, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Plock:

Fr. Charles Plock was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Mission. According to media reports, in October 2008, he was arrested after emailing a homemade, sexually explicit video to an undercover police officer posing as a 13-year-old boy in Colorado. At the time, he was a chaplain and youth minister at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. He was also a board member at Covenant House, a nonprofit that shelters runaway teens, prior to his arrest. 

Plock was released on bond and immediately sent to St. John Vianney Center in Downingtown, PA, a psychiatric facility for the clergy known for treating those accused of child sexual abuse. Criminal charges were filed, and he pleaded guilty to disseminating indecent materials to minors. He was sentenced to 5 years probation in December 2009 and is a registered sex offender. As of February 2019, it is believed he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Barry Ryan – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Barry Ryan 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1976

Removed: 1994

Laicized: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1982: St. Mark’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1983-1984: St. Fidelis (College Point, NY)  
  • 1983-1994: Military Chaplain 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Barry Ryan:

Fr. Barry Ryan spent many years serving as a former Air Force chaplain. According to media reports, in 1994, he was investigated for sexual misconduct with a minor in Mobile, Alabama. He was removed from ministry, and in 1995 he was discharged from the military. 

In March 2004, Ryan was charged with repeatedly sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy in Long Island, New York, in 2003. He pleaded guilty in late 2004. He lived at St. Luke’s, rather than jail, because of his “health”. In August 2007, he attempted suicide. He was remanded to prison in October 2007. As of June 2009, it is believed that he was living at St. John Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, Missouri. Ryan was laicized in October 2011. 

In December 2018, his name appeared on the Archdiocese of Mobile’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In February 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list.

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 Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Michael Salamone – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Michael Salamone  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1975: St. Rita’s (Long Island, NY) 
  • 1976-1980: St. Leo’s (Corona, NY)
  • 1981-1983: Our Lady of Mercy (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1984-1995: St. Pancras (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1992: Catholic Migration and Refugee Office, Catholic Migration Services, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1996-1997: Absent on Sick Leave  
  • 2000-2002: Most Precious Blood (Brooklyn, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Salamone:

According to media reports, in 1994, a man alleged that Fr. Michael Salamone had repeatedly sexually abused him for one year when he was a 14-year-old boy in the early 1980s. He was permanently removed from ministry in April 2002, and retired in 2003.

In November 2017, the alleged victim received a settlement offer from the diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). In February 2019, Salamone’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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 Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Francis Nelson – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Francis Nelson

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1989

Assigned as follows:

  • Doctoral Program, Fordham University
  • 1997-2001: St. Mary Star of the Sea (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Unknown: St. Charles Borromeo (Harlem, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Nelson:

Fr. Francis Nelson was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Kottar in India. In 1996, he came to the United States and was assigned to work for the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York. According to media reports, in May 2002, he was arrested on charges of child sexual abuse that reportedly occurred in 1999, while he was working at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Brooklyn, New York. He was accused of visiting a 12-year-old girl, taking her on his lap, touching her breasts under her bra, and pushing his penis into her buttocks through her clothing, while her terminally ill grandmother sat nearby. 

“He began pulling me into his groin area with his head against my back . . . breathing heavily and sweating,” she testified. 

The survivor’s family reported the incident to the Diocese of Brooklyn. Nelson denied any wrongdoing, but after an investigation the Diocese found her allegations to be credible, and he was removed from ministry. 

Bishop Tharmaraj of the Diocese of Kottar, India, wrote a letter of recommendation on behalf of Nelson which helped him secure a job in the Archdiocese of New York, where he continued to work until he was arrested in May 2002. In 2003, he was convicted and sentenced to four months in jail. It is believed he currently works in the bishop’s office of the Diocese of Kottar in southern India.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Brooklyn, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.