Tag: Brooklyn sex abuse

Fr. Joseph V. Agostino – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Joseph V. Agostino

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1983

Removed: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1983-1988: St. John the Baptist (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1988-1989: Immaculate Conception (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1989-2009: St. John the Baptist (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 2009-2011: DePaul Novitiate (Philadephia, PA)
  • 2011-2016: Congregation of the Mission (Philadephia, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph V Agostino:

Fr. Joseph V Agostino was ordained for the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in 1983. He served at St. John the Baptist in Brooklyn, New York for 25 years excluding one year in the late 1980s, when he was at Immaculate Conception parish in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the pastor of St. John the Baptist from 2000 until 2009.

According to media reports, in 2003 a man alleged that he had been sexually abused by Agostino. After an investigation, both the Vincentians and the diocese determined there was insufficient evidence to substantiate the man’s claims. Agostino remained in ministry. 

Six years later, in April 2009, the same man contacted the diocese, this time with more evidence and proof that he was a minor at the time of the abuse. Agostino denied the allegations. The Diocese of Brooklyn told the County DA, and the Vincentian Order removed Agostino from ministry at St. John the Baptist pending further investigation. In September 2009, he was transferred to the Vincentians’ Eastern Province headquarters where, according to a bio on his order’s website in December 2017, “Fr. Joe has been assigned to various projects by the Superior General of the Congregation”. 

It is believed Agostino currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Agostino’s status as a priest and whether he has access to children 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. Anthony Acciarito – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Anthony Acciarito

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1978

Laicized: 2002 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1978-1979: St. Aloysius (Ridgewood, NY)
  • 1980-1988: St. Athanasius (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1989-1997: Our Lady of Guadalupe (New York, NY)
  • 1998-2001: Sacred Hearts-St. Stephen (Brooklyn, NY)
  • St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, NY)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Anthony Acciarito:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Fr. Anthony Acciarito’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Acciarito’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

Acciarito was laicized in July 2002. His whereabouts and whether he has access to children 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. Eugene Arnaud – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Eugene Arnaud

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1953

Died: 1988

Assigned as follows:

  • 1954-1964: St. Pascal Baylon (St. Albans, NY)
  • 1965-1979: St. Therese of Lisieux (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1980-1985: St. Joan of Arc (Jackson Heights, NY)
  • 1986-1988: St. Clare (Rosedale, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene Arnaud:

According to media reports, in June 2019, Fr. Eugene Arnaud’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s updated list of Diocesan Clergy for Whom the Diocese Received Allegations of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, in the subsection “Diocese of Brooklyn Clergy Who Were Deceased/or Resigned Prior to a Finding of Credibility”.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Arnaud’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

Arnaud died in August 1988. 

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. Bennet Akuzie – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Bennet Akuzie  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • N/A

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Bennet Akuzie:

According to media reports, Fr. Bennet Akuzie, a Nigerian priest, was arrested in April 1996 on charges of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman. He allegedly groped the 16-year-old, as well as, exposed himself and requested sexual acts from both the minor and young woman at a motel in Ozone Park.

Then, the two girls left with his car when he was in the shower. Akuzie reported his car stolen, and they were picked up by police several miles away. At that time, they made allegations against the priest. Akuzie refused to press charges for theft and surrendered the next day.

As of 1996, he lived on Parsons Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. No further information has been found. His current whereabouts and whether he has access to children 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. Louis Aufiero – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Louis Aufiero

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Ordained: 1965

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967: St. Francis Xavier’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1968: Absent on Leave 
  • 1970: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Ridgewood, NY)
  • 1971-1974: St. Anselm’s (Brooklyn NY) 
  • 1975-1977: Holy Family (Flushing, NY) 
  • 1978: On Duty Outside Diocese 
  • 1979-1981: On Duty Outside Diocese; Our Lady of the Rock Benedictine House (Shaw Island, WA) 
  • 1982-1992: Released From Diocesan Assignment; Our Lady of the Rock, Benedictine House (Shaw Island, WA) 
  • 1993-1995: St. Ephrem’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1996-1998: Holy Family (Queens, NY) 
  • 2000-2008: Parsons Manor (Jamaica, NY) 
  • 2009: Holy Family (Queens, NY)
  • 2010-2015: Unknown
  • 2015: Retired; Home For the Aged, Little Sisters of the Poor (Queens Village, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Louis Aufiero:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Fr. Louis Aufiero’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He had several allegations of child sexual abuse made against him before and after his death. 

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Aufiero’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

There are numerous “red flags” in Aufiero’s assignment history that suggest he had a history of abuse allegations during his ministry, though we cannot say that with certainty without examining his personnel file.  For example, his assignments outside of the Diocese of Brooklyn starting in 1978, are consistent with the modus operandi of bishops trying to cover up abuse allegations by sending accused priests to work in another diocese.  His 1968 leave of absence is also curious.  These are the types of questions that we would seek to answer during the course of litigation. While it is possible these designations are for innocuous reasons, it is also quite possibly the opposite as well.

Aufiero died in May 2015.

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.