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Analyzing Diocese of Camden’s List of Priests Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

A startling fact jumps out when you review the list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden New Jersey: Many of them are still alive.

So one or more of them could have raped a girl yesterday, groped a boy last night or is grooming an unsuspecting family full of kids right now.

The only silver lining here is that since they’re alive, they might still be prosecuted, convicted, jailed and kept away from kids.

This is one reason why you should come forward now if you saw, suspected or suffered ANY wrongdoing by ANY current or former Camden area clerics.

There are actually LOTS of reasons to come forward now. But here’s one you may not be aware of: victims of Camden clergy face an impending deadline.

On June 30, 2021 the Camden diocesan bankruptcy window closes. If you come forward before then, you may receive compensation for your pain AND you will likely be able to get your perpetrator publicly named, which helps to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.

If you come forward AFTER that date, your legal options will be far more limited if not eliminated.

And here are two facts about filing an abuse claim that many don’t understand.

First, you can file a claim without your identity being made public.

Second, even after stepping forward, you can withdraw your claim without penalty or explanation any time you want.

Now, back to the Camden accused list. Two other parts of it are noteworthy.

–It shows the same sad patterns of dangerous men being shuffled by church officials to other countries (Vietnam), far-away states (Alaska and California), islands (Puerto Rico), and to chaplaincies at prisons and hospitals.

Consider Fr. Charles J. Davis, who has been sent all across the US, to FL, AL, AK, MD, PA, CA, NY and GA.

–Apparently, if we are to believe Camden church officials, over the past two years, not a single credible child sex abuse report was made against a single Camden New Jersey priest, nun, seminarian, brother, monk or bishop.

We know this because, as best we can tell, there’s been no update to the list since February 2019.

(Here’s a little-known fact about the Camden diocese. It was the first in the United State to face a RICO case and the first in the US in which a priest, Fr. Gary Hayes, sued his own bishop over abuse that Fr. Hayes suffered at the hands of two Camden clerics. https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news3/1993_06_10_Walsh_ThreeCharge_Joseph_McGarvey_3.htm

Horowitz Law represents victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you experienced sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden by a priest or other employee, contact our office today. The Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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Sex Abuse Claims Filing Deadline Set in Camden Diocese Bankruptcy

On Friday, February 12, 2021, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court set the deadline for filing all sexual abuse claims against the Diocese of Camden for June 30, 2021. The Diocese filed for Chapter 11 protection earlier this year to resolve all pending sex abuse claims against the Diocese with the bankruptcy court’s assistance. It cited revenue losses because of the millions it paid out to clergy abuse victims and the pandemic. They tried to get the deadline moved up to February but was denied. Camden’s Diocese has nearly 500,000 members across 62 parishes in southern New Jersey’s Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties.

Contrary to what you might think, a bankruptcy filing does not mean the Diocese is broke: it means the Diocese is asking for the Bankruptcy Court for help resolving the rest of the sexual abuse claims against it. Its assets will be allocated among all of its creditors, including an unknown number of sexual abuse claimants, known and unknown.

It is also a means by which a Catholic Diocese can continue to protect itself and its secrets. For that reason, it is often criticized by survivor advocates and attorneys. The Diocese of Camden will not likely have to publicize any priest personnel files as part of this process, for example.

The June 30 filing deadline is also referred to as a “bar date” in bankruptcy law. It is a strict, non-negotiable deadline by which all existing claims must be filed against the Diocese of Camden, or claimants will be forever barred from seeking relief in the future.

For survivors of sexual abuse by anyone employed by the Diocese of Camden such as a priest, teacher, sacristan, or lay volunteer, this likely means that even if New Jersey lawmakers extend the statute of limitations and otherwise allow you to file a lawsuit, your claim will barred by the bankruptcy bar date. That makes it critically important for anyone who a Camden Diocese employee victimized to contact competent counsel as soon as possible to discuss your options: the fact is that you probably won’t have any options after June 30, 2021.

While the exact class of persons who can file a claim in the bankruptcy is not yet defined, it is expected that those sexually assaulted by Diocese employees as an adult, as well as the estates of deceased victims, will be able to file claims.

The June 30th deadline is a strict filing deadline set by the Court and will not likely be extended by the Court for any reason.  Therefore, you should contact us immediately for a free and confidential consultation about your legal options as a survivor of abuse in the Camden Diocese.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Camden and throughout New Jersey.  The Diocese of Camden filed for federal bankruptcy protection in October 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Camden may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines have been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Camden will never be able to take against against the Diocese of Camden if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

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Camden Diocese Becomes First New Jersey Catholic Diocese to File for Chapter 11 Protection

On Thursday, October 1, the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey quietly filed a federal petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy seeking reorganization of their assets, the same day its counterpart in Rockville Centre (New York) did.  The move comes after the Diocese was hit with multiple sexual abuse lawsuits that the Diocese says it cannot afford to pay, even with insurance coverage.

The filing was announced in a letter written by Bishop Dennis Sullivan and released to the media on Thursday night.  According to the Bishop, the cost of the sexual abuse suits, combined with a loss of revenues due to COVID-19, makes it impossible to continue their business as usual.  In July, the Diocese it announced it was suspending its participation in a voluntary settlement fund established by the New Jersey Catholic Dioceses to resolve claims without the time and expense of litigation.

Last year, New Jersey lawmakers opened a 2 year “window” for survivors of sexual abuse to file lawsuits against the entities responsible, including the Diocese of Camden.

It is a common misconception that a Chapter 11 filing means an entity, like the Diocese of Camden, has run out of money, leaving sexual abuse claimants without any recourse.  But that is not true.  The claim is simply decided in an alternative process run by the federal bankruptcy court, rather than by a jury trial in a state court.  The amounts paid to survivors in a bankruptcy filing are often much less than in a traditional court case, however.

The Camden Diocese bankruptcy filing is not without its critics, and rightfully so.  Horowitz Law represents survivors of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Camden.  Attorney Adam Horowitz said, “Bankruptcy is the latest ploy by the Catholic Church to reduce its legal exposure for covering up clergy sexual abuse nationwide.  In a bankruptcy proceeding the Church can also conceal evidence of its neglect in the handling of sexually abusive priests.”

Another advantage to the Diocese is the right to be free of additional sexual abuse litigation indefinitely once the case closes.  Once a claims filing deadline has been set by the court, that will be the very last chance most survivors of clergy sexual abuse and exploitation will ever have to get some measure of accountability for what happened to them.  After that date passes, the Diocese will not be subject to liability for any additional claims that arose before the bankruptcy filing, even if other laws would otherwise a lawsuit to be filed, like a change in the statute of limitations.  So it is critically important that you not delay in contacting us today if you think you have a claim.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy of all religious denominations, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy claims.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member or employee of the Diocese of Camden, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. William C. Pierce – Diocese of Camden

Fr. William C. Pierce

Diocese of Camden

 

Ordained: 1971

Retired: 2010

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1971-1974 St. Ann Parish (Wildwood, NJ)
  • 1995-1998 St. Matthew (National Park, NJ)
  • 1998-2000 St. Joan of Arc (Camden, NJ)
  • 2000-2010 St. John Bosco Parish (Millville, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William C. Pierce:

In March of 1999, an Atlantic City man filed a four-count complaint against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden and four priests, charging unwanted homosexual advances during his days as a seminary student. According to the victim, he claimed that the incidents all occured after he began his religious studies in the mid 1980’s, and went on for about 8-9 years. He alleged that Father William C. Pierce and Father Anthony J. Manuppella discussed homosexual lifestlyes and urged him to visit gay bars with them. The suit also claims that Father Pierce talked frequently about “sexual acts prohibited by the teachings and customs of the Roman Catholic Church.” 

The lawsuit states that Father William P. Brennan and Father John T. Frey, both supervisors, did not stop the improper activity that was brought to their attention by the accuser. Brennan was also accused of acting in “an abusive and hostile manner and created a hostile working and educational environment.” 

In November of 1993, the Diocese granted the victim’s request for a voluntary leave of absence. When he did not return, the Diocese terminated his candidacy for the priesthood in August of 1995. Following the termination, the victim received a letter from Father John T. Frey, the Director of Vocations. The letter was informing him that he owed the Diocese a total of $69,002.57 for his tution, books, loans, and even counseling. Eventually, the lawsuit was dismissed when New Jersey’s highest court decided the matter violated the Fire Amendment’s Free Exercise of Religion Clause. 

According to news reports, Father William C. Pierce retired from the priesthood in October of 2010. He was last known living in New Jersey, but his status as a priest and where he went after his retirement is unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Camden in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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.

 

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 in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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. 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 in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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. 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 in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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. 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 in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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. 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 in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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. 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 in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Camden Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  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.