Tag: Brooklyn sex abuse

Fr. Richard Lewkiewicz – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Richard Lewkiewicz 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1968

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1979: Blessed Sacrament (Cypress Hills, NY) 
  • 1980-1988: St. Camillus (Rockaway Beach, NY)  
  • 1989-1998: Good Shepherd (Brooklyn, NY)  
  • 2000-2020: Our Lady of Angels (Bay Ridge, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Lewkiewicz:

In October 2003, Fr. Richard Lewkiewicz was one of 24 priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn named in a civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse. According to media reports, Lewkiewicz raped a 7-year-old boy as he was leaving Blessed Sacrament Church in Jackson Heights in 1970. The boy had been practicing for his First Holy Communion when, Lewkiewicz stopped him, took him to the confessional, and raped him.

In November 2004, the Diocese of Brooklyn deemed the allegations against Lewkiewicz to have “no merit and no credibility”. The Diocesan Review Board recommended that he remain in ministry. He retired in 2017. As of 2019, he is believed to be working and living at Our Lady of Angels in Bay Ridge, 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. Thomas Denny (Jesuit) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Thomas Denny 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1932

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1965: Brooklyn Preparatory School (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1966-1968: Unknown 1986-1992 St. Peter’s Preparatory School (Jersey City, NJ)  
  • 1969: Fordham University Murray-Weigel Hall (Bronx, NY)
  • 1970: Nativity, New York, NY; Xavier High School (New York, NY)
  • 1971-1975: Xavier High School (New York, NY)  
  • 1976-1977: Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, NY)
  • 1978: Jesuit Community at Fordham University (Bronx, NY) 
  • 1978-1979: McQuaid Jesuit High School (Rochester, NY)
  • 1980-1981: Jesuit Provincial’s Office (New York, NY)
  • 1981-1986: San Ignacio de Loyola (Rio Piedras, P.R.)
  • 1993-1995: Canisius High School (Buffalo, NY) 
  • 1995-1997: St. Peter’s Preparatory School (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • 1998-1999: St. Francis Outstation (Lagos, Nigeria) 
  • 1998-2000: Foreign Missions (Philippines) 
  • 2000-2012: St. Ignatius Loyola Residence (New York, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Denny:

Fr. Thomas Denny was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1932. According to media reports, he was permanently removed from ministry in 2002 after being accused that year and in 2012 of the sexual abuse of minors in the 1960s and 1970s.

In January 2019, his name was included on the Jesuit’s Northeast Province’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. According to the Jesuits, he is believed to be living at a Jesuit residence in Manhattan, 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. Enrique Diaz Jimenez – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Enrique Diaz Jimenez 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1977

Removed: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Leo’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Our Lady of Sorrows (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Enrique Diaz Jimenez:

Fr. Enrique Diaz Jimenez, originally from Colombia, was ordained a priest in Venezuela. According to media reports, in 1990, he was arrested for repeatedly sexually abusing three minor altar boys, two brothers, and a cousin. The boys were ages 9, 11, and 14. The abuse allegedly occurred from 1984 to 1989 when he worked at St. Leo’s in Brooklyn. In 1989, a $60 million lawsuit was filed by the same three boys. Their lawyer said he had befriended the boys and persuaded them to engage in sex acts “by telling them that God had wanted them to.”

In April 1991, Jimenez pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to four months in prison and five years probation. He was deported to Venezuela later that year, and worked at Punta de Mulatos in LaGuaira and San Jose de Obrero in Mamo. 

Jimenez reportedly returned to Colombia in 1996 where he worked in the Archdiocese of Bogota. During his time in Venezuela, he was accused of sexually abusing 18 more minor boys preparing for their first Holy Communion. That same year, Bishop de Guruceaga of the Diocese of Vargas, Venezuela suspended him from the priesthood for 20 years. In Colombia, he was charged with and pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 2 minor boys. In 2002, he was sentenced to house arrest in Bogota for more than 53 months. 

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. Joseph DeSimpliciis – Diocese of Brooklyn

Monsignor Joseph DeSimpliciis  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1978

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951-1977: St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1977-1978: Retired, Queen of Peace Residence (Queens Village, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Joseph DeSimpliciis:

According to media reports, in 2019, a lawsuit was filed alleging that Msgr. Joseph DeSimpliciis sexually abused a minor boy from approximately 1958 to 1962 while he was at St. Joseph Patron in Brooklyn, New York. Fr. Romano Ferraro, an accused priest, was also a priest serving at St. Joseph Patron in Brooklyn at the same time DeSimpliciis was.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims or the nature of the alleged sexual abuse is unknown.

DeSimpliciis retired in 1977 and died in 1978.

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 E. Russo – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father James E. Russo 

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1970

Left Ministry: 1997

Laicized: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971: St. Bartholomew’s (Elmhurst, NY) 
  • 1972-1976: St. Thomas Apostle (Woodhaven, NY) 
  • 1977: St. Virgilius (Broad Channel, NY) 
  • 1978-1979: Holy Family (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1980-1981: On Duty Outside the Diocese; St. Patrick (Largo, FL) 
  • 1982: Released From Diocesan Assignment; Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (St. Petersburg, FL) 
  • 1983-1987: Blessed Trinity (St. Petersburg, FL) 
  • 1984-1985: Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL) 
  • 1988-1997: St. Michael the Archangel (Clearwater, FL)
  • 1991-1994: Catholic Charities (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1995-2020: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James E Russo:

Fr. James E Russo was the long-time president of Catholic Charities and was the diocese’s head of worship for many years, the person who helped guide liturgical policy in the diocese. According to media reports, in 1997, he was accused of sexually abusing a minor boy in the 1970s. He resigned as pastor of St. Michael’s in St. Petersburg, Florida in January 1997 because of “emotional items”. Within a week Bishop Lynch told the parish that “an episode of misconduct occurred many years ago” between Russo and an unidentified minor. Other victims subsequently came forward. 

In 2003, he was named in a civil lawsuit involving 24 priests, in which he was accused of sexually abusing a minor boy in the late 1970s while at St. Virgilius in Broad Channel, New York. The suit alleged that Russo, who was in charge of altar boys, sexually abused a boy who was about 12 years old, taking him to his room in the rectory and forcing him to remove his clothes, where he fondled him. He was ultimately laicized in September 2016. 

In February 2019, Russo’s name appeared publicly 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. Esteban Rodriguez (Carmelites) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Esteban Rodriguez

Diocese of Brooklyn

Esteban Rodriguez Horowitz LawOrdained: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1991-1993: St. Thomas Aquinas (New York, NY)
  • 1998-1999: St. Simon Stock (Bronx, NY) 
  • 2004-2008: St. Albert’s (Middletown, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Esteban Rodriguez:

Fr. Esteban Rodriguez was from Puerto Rico and ordained a priest of the Carmelite Fathers and Brothers. According to media reports, in 2001, he and three other priests were named in a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse. The priests were alleged to have paid a 16-year-old boy for sex between January 1996 and August 1998 at St. Simon Stock in the Bronx, New York. The lawsuit stated the boy witnessed the priests participate in “group masturbation” and was threatened with harm if he exposed their sexual escapades. The suit was settled later that year.

Rodriguez was believed to be in Puerto Rico in the early 2000s. 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. Henry J. Rancourt (Marist Fathers) – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Henry J. Rancourt

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1957

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1974: Notre Dame High School for Boys (Harper Woods, MI) 
  • 1975-1979: Chanel High School (Bedford, OH) 
  • 1980: Marist Fathers Provincial House (Foster Home) (Newton, MA) 
  • 1981-1982: Marist Fathers Provincial House (Foster Home) (Chestnut Hill, MA)
  • 1983-1984: Marist Fathers Provincial House (Haitian Apostolate) (Chestnut Hill, MA)  
  • 1983-1984: Our Lady of Refuge (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1985-1987: St. Francis of Assisi-St. Blaise (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1988: The Marist House (Framingham Centre, MA)
  • 1989-1993: St. Angela (Boston, MA) 
  • 1994:  Haitian Apostolate (Boston, MA); Our Lady of Pity, Notre Dame de Pitie (Cambridge, MA) 
  • 1995-2011:  The Marist House (Framingham Centre, MA)
  • 2015: Our Lady of Lourdes Center (Boston, MA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Henry J Rancourt:

Fr. Henry J Rancourt was ordained a priest of the Marist Fathers. He served 23 years in education, 6 as a foster parent, 11 in Haitian ministry, and 8 in preaching missions. He also served in parishes and schools in Michigan, New York, and Ohio. According to media reports, in 1992, he was accused of “kissing and molesting Haitian boys” while serving at St. Angela in Boston, Massachusetts. In April 2012, he was one of twelve priests named in sexual abuse settlements with the Archdiocese of Boston.

Rancourt’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. William With – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father William With 

Diocese of Brooklyn

William With Horowitz LawOrdained: 1972

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1976: Our Lady of the Cenacle (Richmond Hill, NY)
  • 1977-1983: Resurrection (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1984-1991: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Ridgewood, NY)
  • 1992: The Incarnation (Queens Village, NY) 
  • 1993-1999: Our Lady of Mercy (Queens, NY)
  • 2000-2004: Our Lady Help of Christians (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 2005-2007: St. Helen (Howard Beach, NY) 
  • 2008-2012: St. Margaret (Middle Village, NY) 
  • 2012-2015:St. Ephrem (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 2015-2020: Resurrection (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William With:

According to media reports, at least one survivor has accused Fr. William With of child sexual abuse that allegedly occurred from approximately 1972 to 1975 while he worked at Our Lady of the Cenacle in Richmond Hill, New York. In February 2019, With’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The Diocese’s Review Board deemed the allegation to be unsubstantiated or not credible due to insufficient evidence. The report was made in 2018.

With is believed to be living in Brooklyn, and in ministry at Resurrection Parish in Brooklyn, 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 H. White – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father Charles H. White  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Charles H. White Horowitz LawOrdained: 1965

Removed: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1966-1967: St. Sebastian (Woodside, NY) 
  • 1968-1976: Holy Child Jesus (Richmond Hill, NY) 
  • 1977-1982: American Martyrs (Bayside, NY)
  • 1983-1994: St. Helen (Howard Beach, NY) 
  • 1995-2004: St. Virgilius (Broad Channel, NY) 
  • 2005-2007: St. Mary Star of the Sea (Far Rockaway, NY)
  • 2008-2018: Retired, St. Mary Star of the Sea (Far Rockaway, NY)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles H White:

According to media reports, in 2018, Fr. Charles H White was accused of sexually abusing a child, from 1974 to 1978, while he served at American Martyrs in Bayside, New York. In February 2019, White’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. White retired in 2008.

During an investigation, it was discovered that another allegation had been made in 1999, and in 2004 the diocese determined it was not credible. The case was reopened and, this time the allegations deemed credible. It noted White was permanently removed from ministry in 2019.

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. James P. Collins – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father James P. Collins  

Diocese of Brooklyn

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Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Angels (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1970-1977: St. Michael’s (Flushing, NY) 
  • 1978-1980: St. Clare’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1981-1983: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1984: St. Margaret’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1985-2002: Bishop Kearney High School (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1986-1989: St. Thomas Aquinas (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1990-1998: St. Columba (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1999-2002: St. Bernard’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 2003-2007: Retired
  • 2008-2020: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James P Collins:

Fr. James P Collins served at several parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn. He served as chaplain at an all-girls school for 17 years, beginning in 1984. He also worked at Catholic Charities and held the position of Flushing Module Youth Program Moderator. 

According to media reports, in October 2002, he was one of twelve priests and one brother named in a lawsuit that accused him of sexually abusing four minor boys from 1970 to 1984 while serving in a Queens parish. The allegations against Collins were reportedly considered as “several and serious”. He denied any wrongdoing. That year, he was permanently removed from ministry.

In October 2003, a second lawsuit alleged that he abused two altar boys in the early 1970s and early 1980s at St. Michael’s in Flushing, New York, and at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills. That same year, another man accused him of sexually abusing him as a child but killed himself just before the lawsuit was filed. His mother said her son wrote the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1995 to complain that Collins fondled him in 1970 when he was an altar boy at St. Michael’s, but no action was taken.

In February 2019, Collins’ name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Following his suspension, Collins was found to be volunteering as a bus driver for the women’s softball team at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. 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.