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Brother Walter Hicks – Diocese of Camden

Brother Walter Hicks (Brothers of Charity)

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: Unknown

Left Order: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Peter’s Church (Pleasantville, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Walter Hicks:

Brother Walter Hicks was a member of the Brothers of Charity religious order. According to media reports, in December 2019, a man filed a lawsuit under New Jersey’s new Victim’s Rights Bill against the Diocese of Camden and the Brothers of Charity alleging that he was sexually abused as a minor by Brother Walter Hicks. The alleged abuse occurred when the man was about 7 to 9 years old from approximately 1978 to 1980 at St. Peter’s Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey.  

The man told reporters, “When I would tell my family that I didn’t want to go to school and I was afraid of my abuser — I didn’t know the words to say, ‘I am being sexually violated by an adult.’ … Those words, a child doesn’t know.”

Regarding his decision to come forward, he said “I’ve tried for years to bring accountability, bring attention to this crime and neglect and cover-up and I can’t do it alone. I can’t do it without attorneys helping me,” he continued. “I’ve tried. I’ve asked the brothers to help. I’ve asked the diocese to help. I’ve asked their coordinators to help. And I’m still here waiting for them to be accountable.”

Brother Hicks’ name has never appeared on any diocesan list of credibly accused clergy because he was not a cleric, but a member of a religious order. He is believed to have left the Brothers of Charity and became a therapist counseling victims of sexual abuse. He is deceased.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden 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 O’Sullivan – Diocese of Camden

Father Eugene O’Sullivan

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1960

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      St. John Vianney (Revere, MA)
  • 1962-1963      Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted (Walham, MA)
  • 1963-1965      St. Ann’s (Marshfield, MA)   
  • 1965-1970      Our Lady of the Assumption (Boston, MA)
  • 1970-1984      St. Agnes (Arlington, MA) 
  • 1984-1985      Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1985-1987      St. Joseph’s (North Plainfield, NJ) 
  • 1987-1989      Unknown
  • 1990-1991      Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough Township, NJ) 
  • 1991-1992      St. Bartholomew (East Brunswick, NJ) 
  • 1993-1997      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene O’Sullivan:

According to media reports, Father Eugene O’Sullivan pleaded guilty in 1984 to raping a 13-year-old altar boy for two years at St. Agnes in Arlington. He was convicted and sentenced to five years probation on the condition that he have no contact with young people. Less than a year later, Cardinal Law sent him to the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey instead, where he worked in four more parishes over the next seven years. He was involved in parish religious education and a youth group. Pastors of three of the four parishes, who were directly responsible for his supervision, said that they were never told Father O’Sullivan had a history of sexual abuse or that he was on probation. 

In July 1992, he was recalled to Boston during a review by the Archdiocese of Boston of past sexual abuse cases. He was banned from all priestly activities. In 1993, Father O’Sullivan’s nephew revealed that he sexually abused him for nine years, when he was nine years old, in approximately 1971. He also abused his brother for years before that, when the boy was six years old. 

Father O’Sullivan’s nephew  said, “I want to help people understand how important it is to resolve these issues, and how important it is for parents to listen to their children when these issues come up, and to see how truly life-threatening denial and avoidance can be.”

Father O’Sullivan was sent to Canada for treatment. He retired in 1997 and made a senior priest. In June 2002, internal church records made public, revealed that church authorities knew Father O’Sullivan was molesting altar boys as early as 1964. A memo in his personnel file acknowledges multiple accusations made against him. A letter dated in 1964, revealed a complaint from the parents of 12-year-old altar boy that Father O’Sullivan had molested him and other boys at St. Ann’s in Marshfield. They also wrote that “Father Finn, the pastor at St. Ann’s refused to do anything.” He had told the boy’s parents that he would notify the archdiocese of their concerns, but they found out he had not followed through. Father O’Sullivan was transferred to Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. According to a 1984 letter in his personnel file, within months there were “reports of incidents with a couple of altar boys.” The files suggest he sexually abused even more boys there before being transferred to St. Agnes in Arlington.

In 2005, Father O’Sullivan was laicized. His current whereabouts are unknown. His last known address was in Arlington, MA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden 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. John H. Duggan – Diocese of Camden

Father John H. Duggan

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1957

Removed: 2002

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958                Unknown 
  • 1959                Our Lady of Martyrs (Aurlesville, NY) 
  • 1960-1970      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1971-1972      Loyola Blakefield High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1973-1979      St. Agnes Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980                Old St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1981                Unknown
  • 1982-1983      (Nigeria) 
  • 1984                Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Camden, NJ) 
  • 1985-1988      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA)
  • 1989-1993      (Scranton, PA) 
  • 1994                Unknown
  • 1995                (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1996-2002      University of Scranton (Scranton, PA)
  • 2003                (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 2004                University of Scranton (Scranton, PA) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John H. Duggan:

Father John M. Duggan was ordained a Jesuit priest of the Maryland Province. He worked in high schools and parishes in the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Nigeria, and the Diocese of Camden, before returning to Scranton where he first started his career. According to media reports, in 1993, he was sent for a psychological evaluation and admitted to sexually abusing young children in his early priesthood. He denied any of the abuse occurred within the Diocese. Upon release, he was reinstated to supervised ministry and required to meet regularly with his aftercare counseling team. 

In December 1996, a man reported that he was sexually abused by Father Duggan in the 1970s, when he was a teenager getting spiritual counseling at the Jesuit house in Scranton. In 1999, the same man reported Father Duggan was participating in unsupervised ministry. The Diocesan Review Board recommended that the only ministries open to him were the celebration of mass and the administration of sacraments in correctional facilities, nursing homes and convents. 

In May 2002, the man contacted the Diocese again and requested assurances that Father Duggan was no danger to children. He was removed from ministry. The victim reported his sexual abuse to the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office but no charges were brought because the statute of limitations had expired. Paperwork of the report indicated the Jesuit Community provided free tuition to the victim’s children and transferred Father Duggan from the Jesuit Community in Scranton. 

In 2002, a man reported to the Archdiocese of Baltimore that his son was sexually abused by Father Duggan in the late 1960s to early 1970s. He worked at Loyola Blakefield High School during those years. At the time of the report, Father Duggan was working at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

In September 2002, Father Duggan’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In August 2018, his name appeared on the Diocese of Scranton’s list. That same month his name was included in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report as John M. Duggan. He died in January 2004. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden 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 J. Barber (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Camden

Father Michael L. Barber

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1971      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1975-1976      St. Ignatius Church (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1976-1978      MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC)
  • 1978-1979      Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1979-1983      St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • 1984-1987      Unknown
  • 1988-2001      St. Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2002 – 2009    (Wernersville, PA)
  • 2010                 (Baltimore, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael L. Barber:

Father Michael L. Barber was ordained as a Jesuit priest. According to a December 2018 disclosure by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, in 1994, he admitted to sexually abusing a minor in Strathmere, NJ by “pleading guilty to a charge of “harassment by offensive touching.” He was removed from ministry, and relocated to the Colombiere Jesuit Community in Baltimore.

In December 2018, Father Barber’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. In February 2019, his name also appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

According to the Jesuits, he is living in a restricted environment on a safety plan where his travel and use of technology is monitored.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden 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 O’Connell – Diocese of Camden

Father William C. O’Connell

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1950

Removed: 1985

Died: 1996

Assigned as follows:

  • 1950                St. Andrew Church (Block Island, RI)
  • 1950-1952      St. Francis (Wakefield, RI) 
  • 1953                St. Brendan (Riverside, RI) 
  • 1954-1958      U.S Navy Chaplain 
  • 1959-1961      SS Peter and Paul (West Warwick, RI)
  • 1962-1966      St. Mary (Providence, RI)
  • 1967                St. Joseph (Central Falls, RI) 
  • 1968-1972      Holy Ghost (North Tiverton, RI) 
  • 1973-1985      St. Mary (Bristol, RI) 
  • 1986                Absent on Leave

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William O’Connell:

Father William O’Connell was assigned to multiple parishes. According to media reports, November 1983, two priests spoke at least four times to Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth A. Angell, about their suspicions that Father O’Connell was sexually abusing teenage boys. In February 1985, Father O’Connell resigned from ministry in the wake of allegations that he sexually abused three boys, aged 13 to 15. He was arrested and police found a “guest book used to record the sexual conquests of minors,” along with whips, chains and photos of naked children. He was removed from ministry.

In June 1986, he pleaded no-contest to 26 sex-related counts for assaults on the three boys at the St. Mary’s rectory and at his summer cottage. He was ordered to serve one year in prison. The judge said upon his release, he would have to serve four years’ probation and also undergo two years of counseling at St. Luke’s Institute, in Maryland. He retired later that year.

In 1990, Father O’Connell was the subject of the first lawsuit ever filed against the church for priest abuse. The church settled the case brought by a Rhode Island man and his mother. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Father O’Connell moved to Camden, New Jersey in 1991.

In the early 1990s, Father O’Connell was accused of assaulting two teenage boys while he was working as a volunteer at Our Lady Star of the Sea parish in Cape May.  In 1993, a lawsuit filed by three men was settled for $384,000. The suit alleged that in the late 1960s, Father O’Connell and another priest, Father Joseph McGarvey, took them on trips and abused them while they were boys aged 12 to 15.  

In 1994, Father O’Connell was working as a freelance photographer in Lower Township, N.J. He was arrested for obscenity and for assaulting two boys. Police seized hundreds of photographs and videotapes of young men and boys from his home. In December of that year, he pleaded guilty to sexual assault and making child pornography. In February 1995, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Father O’Connell was the target of four lawsuits in state and federal courts in Rhode Island. They were settled as part of the September 2002 and March 2003 settlements.

Father O’Connell died in May in a New Jersey treatment center for sex offenders. In July 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Rhode Island’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 Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden 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. C. Jeffries Burton (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Camden

Father C. Jeffries Burton 

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2007

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968                College of the Sacred Heart (Woodstock, MD) 
  • 1969-1970      Colegio San Mateo (Osorno, Chile)
  • 1971-1978      Chapel of the Holy Redeemer (Hot Springs, NC) 
  • 1979-1982      Youth Ministries (Flat Rock, NC) 
  • 1980                Self-Help, Inc. (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1983-1988      Holy Name (Camden, NJ) 
  • 1989-1991      Jesuit Ferdinand Wheeler House (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 1990-1994      Holy Spirit (Atlantic City, NJ); Camden Diocesan Center (Mays Landing, NJ) Stockton State College (Pomona, NJ) 
  • 1993-1998      St. Peter (Pleasantville, NJ) 
  • 1999-2002      St. James (Ventor, NJ) 
  • 2003-2006      Assumption Parish (Pomona, NJ) 
  • 2007                Sacred Heart (South Richmond, VA)
  • 2008               Jesuit Fathers and Brother Maryland Provincial Curia (Baltimore, MD) 
  • 2009-2010      Colombiere Jesuit Community (Baltimore, MD) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father C. Jeffries Burton:

Father C. Jeffries Burton was ordained a Jesuit priest. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career including Maryland, Chile, North Carolina and New Jersey. He taught, served in hispanic ministry, established and co-directed a youth ministry program, and worked as a campus minister. According to media reports, in 1994, the Jesuits received a report that in 1982 Father Burton had engaged in “inappropriate touching” with a minor in North Carolina. He was sent for therapy, but remained in ministry and was reassigned. 

In June 2007, the Jesuits said they discovered the earlier allegation from 1982 after reviewing Father Burton’s personnel file. He was co-director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina at the time. He acknowledged the sexual misconduct and was removed from active ministry. He died in August 2011.

In December 2018, Father Burton’s name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950. In February 2019, his name also appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It was added to the Diocese of Richmond’s list, as well.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden 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. Augustus Scott – Diocese of Camden

Father Augustus Scott

Diocese of Camden

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1972 (Camden, NJ) 
  • 1973 Immaculate Conception Province (Camden, NJ) 
  • 1974-2019 Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Augustus Scott:

Father Augustus Scott was a Franciscan order priest. According to media reports, in April 2012, a civil lawsuit was settled involving an allegation of child sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy by Father Scott. The alleged abuse occurred several times in his car between 1969 and 1970. He was working in Camden at the time. He has reportedly been living in North Carolina since 2012.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Camden, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Camden 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. Patrick J. Weaver – Diocese of Camden

Father Patrick J. Weaver
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1963
Permanently suspended: 1994
Death: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Victories, Landisville, NJ
  • St. John, Collingswood, NJ
  • Corpus Christi, Carney’s Point, NJ
  • St. John, Paulsboro, NJ
  • St. Mary’s Parish, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • St. Joan of Arc, Camden, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick J. Weaver:

In a 1966 case, a young boy alleged that Father Patrick J. Weaver abused him after he went to Weaver, then serving at St. John in Collingswood, for advice on becoming a priest, the suit says. The boy’s mother quickly complained but says she was threatened with excommunication unless she kept quiet.

As a “spiritual advisor” to then-Bishop Guilfoyle, the Diocese of Camden did nothing to Weaver except promote and transfer him to another parish.

In 1985, another victim alleged that Father Weaver molested him at St. Joan of Arc rectory in Camden, forcing him to urinate as the priest held the boy’s penis. Weaver was never charged with that assault. Despite a state law requiring notification of police, law enforcement was never alerted.

That same year, Weaver quit the Diocese of Camden and was convicted for molesting his own nephew and another boy who attended St. Joan of Arc. For his crimes, Weaver served no time and was, instead, placed on probation.

Weaver’s name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Diocese of Camden.  According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

Weaver died in 2011.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Alfred Vasapolli – Diocese of Camden

Father Alfred Vasapolli
Diocese of Camden

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Ordained: 1973
Removed from ministry: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Christ the King, Haddonfield, NJ
  • St. Aloysius, Oaklyn, NJ
  • Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • St. Peter Celestine, Cherry Hill, NJ
  • St. Rose of Lima, Haddon Heights, NJ
  • St. Veronica, Delair, NJ
  • Transfiguration, West Collingswood, NJ
  • St. Joseph, South Camden, NJ
  • Our Lady of the Lakes, Collings Lakes, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Alfred Vasapolli:

Father Alfred Vasapolli was recently included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who were named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Other than his assignments and the year of his ordination, the Diocese of Camden did not provide any information about the number of allegations against Vasapolli or the nature of the misconduct alleged.  

According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

The Diocese of Camden notes that Vasapolli was removed from ministry, however, there is no information regarding the date of the removal. He is believed to be residing in the Ewing, New Jersey, area.  He is approximately 72 years old.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. William Titmas – Diocese of Camden

Father William Titmas
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1963
Permanently removed from ministry: 1994
Death: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Thomas, Brigantine, NJ
  • St. Margaret, Woodbury Heights, NJ
  • St. James, Ventnor, NJ
  • St. Joseph, South Camden, NJ
  • St. Stephen, Pennsauken, NJ
  • St. Peter, Merchantville, NJ
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea, Cape May, NJ
  • Assumption, Pomona, NJ
  • St. Mary, Salem, NJ
  • St. Joseph, Sea Isle, NJ
  • Chaplain, West Jersey Hospital, Camden, NJ

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Titmas:

In a 1994 RICO lawsuit again the Diocese of Camden, a victim alleged that Father William Titmas abused and assaulted him for years beginning when the victim was 12 or 13 years old.

The victim claims that Titmas and two other priests, John P. Kelly and John P. Bernard, attacked him in parish rectories at St. Gregory’s in Magnolia, St. Peter’s in Merchantville, and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May. He said the abuse took place between 1972 and 1977.

The victim shared in the settlement of the lawsuit with other victims.

Titmas’ name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Diocese of Camden.  According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

Titmas died in 2004.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden. 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 Diocese of Camden now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.