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Diocese of Camden bankruptcy sexual abuse

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.

Fr. Charles J. Davis – Archdiocese of San Francisco

Father Charles J. Davis 

Archdiocese of San Francisco/Diocese of Camden

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Ordained:  1962

Retired: 1999 

Removed from Ministry: 2002

Assignment History:

  • Year unknown: St. Monica (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • 1962-1964: St. Luke’s (Stratford, NJ)
  • 1964-1965: St. Agnes (Blackwood Terrace, NJ)
  • 1965-1966: St. Francis (Metuchen, NJ)
  • 1966-1967: Brazilian Mission (Brazil)
  • 1967-1970: U.S. Army, Organized Reserve Corps, Active Duty
  • 1970-1971: Leave of Absence
  • 1971-1972: St. Mary’s (Williamstown, NJ)
  • 1972-1974: Immaculate Heart of Mary (Woodlhynne, NJ)
  • 1974-1977: U.S.A.B (U.S. Army, Berlin (Fort Benning, GA)
  • 1977-1980: U.S. Army (Fort Benning, GA)
  • 1980-1992: U.S. Army (Location not specified)
  • 1992-1993: St. Michael’s (Cedarville, NJ)
  • 1992-1996: On Duty Outside of Diocese (Freeport, FL)
  • 1996-2002: On Duty Outside of Diocese (Woodsville, NH)
  • 2002-2003: (Bath, NH)
  • Year unknown: 19th Support Command (San Francisco, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles J. Davis:

In 2002, Charles J. Davis was accused of sexually abusing a boy during his first assignment from 1962-1964 in St. Luke’s in Stratford, New Jersey.

Within 3 years, Davis was transferred three times: to another Camden parish, to a Trenton parish as an extern, and to a missionary assignment in Brazil.

According to media reports, details of the abuse could not be obtained. Davis served at St. Luke’s parish in Stratford and St. Agnes in Blackwood between 1963 and 1965, before being transferred to the Diocese of Trenton in 1966. He later served as a priest in Brazil and as an Army chaplain. He was assigned to 19th Support Command in San Francisco, CA.

In 2002, Davis was removed from ministry.

In 2019, Davis was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of Camden who was named as being credibly accused of child sex abuse.

According to the Diocese of Camden, Davis is still living. He is last reported to be living in Bath, New Hampshire.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of San Francisco now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr Charles J. Davis – Diocese of Camden

Father Charles J. Davis
Diocese of Camden

Ordained: 1962
Retired: 1999
Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1964: St. Luke’s, Stratford, NJ
  • 1964-1965: St. Agnes, Blackwood Terrace, NJ
  • 1965-1966: St. Francis, Metuchen, NJ
  • 1966-1967: Brazilian Mission, Brazil, South America
  • 1967-1970: Chaplain, U.S. Army, Organized Reserve Corps
  • 1970-1971: Leave of Absence
  • 1971-1972: St. Mary’s, Williamstown, NJ
  • 1972-1974: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Woodlynne, NJ
  • 1974-1977: Chaplain, U.S.A.B. [U.S. Army, Berlin], Fort Benning, GA
  • 1977-1980: Chaplain, U.S. Army, Fort Benning, GA
  • 1980-1992: Chaplain, U.S. Army, Location not specified
  • 1992-1993: St. Michael’s, Cedarville, NJ
  • 1992-1996: Freeport, FL
  • 1996-2002: Woodsville, NH

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles J. Davis:

In 2002, Father Charles Davis was accused of sexually abusing a boy during his first assignment at Saint Luke’s in Stratford, New Jersey from 1962-64. He was transferred through three more assignments in 3 years: another Diocese of Camden parish, a Diocese of Trenton parish as extern, and missionary assignment in Brazil, while still incardinated in the Diocese of Camden.

Davis was an Army reserve chaplain from 1967-70, followed by a year-long leave of absence.

Upon his return from leave, he maintained a position as an Army chaplain from 1974-92; He also spent time on duty outside the Diocese from 1992-99 in Florida and New Hampshire, then retired.

In our experience, it is not uncommon for priests accused of abuse to become military chaplains or accept assignment in Central or South America following allegations of abuse.  While these assignments are not themselves conclusive of Davis having been accused of abuse prior to 1967, the amount of time he spent outside of the Diocese of Camden is certainly a red flag that will require additional investigation in any lawsuit filed against the Diocese for abuse.

When and accusation of abuse came to light in 2005, the Diocese of Camden asked the Vatican to defrock Davis, however, the Vatican denied the request to laicize him.

Davis’ 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.”

According to the Diocese of Camden, Davis is still living and remains a priest.  He is last reported to be living in Bath, New Hampshire.

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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.