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Fr. John Rutledge – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. John Rutledge (Vincentians)

Diocese of Charlotte 

John Rutledge Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1951

Died: 1998

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Mary Catholic Church, formerly called Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church
    (Greensboro, N.C.)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Rutledge:

Fr. John Rutledge was ordained a Vincentians priest in 1951, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in December 2018, the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama, named him on its list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse for an allegation from Auburn, Alabama, in 1968. In the early 1970s, he served at St. Mary Catholic Church in Greensboro (called Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church until 1972). There are no documented abuse allegations during his ministry in the Diocese of Charlotte.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. William Tanguay – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. William Tanguay

Diocese of Charlotte 

William Tanguay Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • Immaculate Conception Church, Cranston, 1969
  • Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, North Providence, 1969-1974
  • St. Michael Church, Providence, 1974-1983
  • Pastoral care of Hmong Refugees, Minneapolis, MN, 1983-1984
  • St. Michael Church, Providence, 1984- 1995
  • Hmong Ministry, Diocese of Charlotte, NC 1995-2002

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. William Tanguay:

Fr. William Tanguay was ordained a priest in 1969, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in June 2019, the Diocese of Providence publicly named him on its list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse, for allegations during his ministry in Rhode Island from 1965 to 1981. Tanguay served in Hmong ministry for seven years in the Diocese of Charlotte, with no documented allegations of abuse. He was removed from ministry in Charlotte in June 2002 by the Providence diocese. It is believed he is living outside the U.S. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Peter Richardson – Diocese of Charlotte 

Fr. Peter Richardson (Glenmary)

Diocese of Charlotte 

Peter Richardson Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1986

Left religious order: 2007

Died: 2014

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church (Sylva, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Peter Richardson:

Fr. Peter Richardson was ordained a priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners order in 1986, and served  served in Sylva, NC in the Diocese of Charlotte, for one year in the mid-1980s. He also worked in ministry churches in Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee. He was a member of the the order for over twenty-six years.

According to media reports, in October 2019, Fr. Richardson was publicly named on the Ohio-based Glenmary Home Missioners’ list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The alleged abuse by Fr. Richardson occurred in 2005 in Kentucky. He was barred from public ministry in August after the accusation surfaced. He did not face charges because the statute of limitations had expired.

Fr. Richardson also was named as accused on on other lists including the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, Diocese of Nashville, Diocese of Jackson, Miss., and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. No abuse allegations have been documented in Charlotte. He died in 2014 at the age of 55.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. James O’Neill – Diocese of Charlotte 

Fr. James O’Neill (Oblates)

Diocese of Charlotte 

James O'Neill  Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1968-1973:  (Alexandria, VA)
  • 1973-1986: Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1986-1990: Archbishop Wood High School (Warminster, PA)
  • 1991-2002: St. Paul the Apostle (Greensboro, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. James O’Neill:

Fr. James O’Neill was ordained a priest in 1967, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2002, Delaware’s Attorney General received an allegation against O’Neill of sexual abuse of a minor from 1976 to 1985, while he was principal of the Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware. When the Diocese of Charlotte was alerted in April of that year, the priest was removed as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Greensboro, where he had been assigned by his supervising order. According to court documents, O’Neill admitted the abuse.

In 2019, Fr. O’Neill was residing at a supervised Oblates-owned facility in Maryland. There are no abuse allegations documented from his ministry here in the 1990s and early 2000s. His name has been included on multiple lists of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse including: OSFS Wilmington-Philadelphia Province and the Diocese of Arlington.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Harold McGovern – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Harold McGovern (Oblates)

Diocese of Charlotte 

Harold McGovern Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2008

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1959: Novitiate (Childs, MD)
  • 1961: De Sales Hall (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1962: Salesianum School (Wilmington
  • 1964: North Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1967: De Sales Hall (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1971: Holy Infant Parish (Durham, NC)
  • 1972: Father Judge High School (Philadelphia
  • 1979: Bishop McGuiness High School (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • 1980: Holy Cross Parish (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1988: Mission Training Program (Uruguay and Mexico)
  • 1990: Holy Child Parish (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2001: St. Mary and Edward Parish (Roxboro, NC)
  • 2006: Missions in Ecuador
  • 2008: Removed from ministry

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Harold McGovern:

Fr. Harold McGovern was ordained an Oblates priest in 1970, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2008, he was permanently removed from ministry by his supervising religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales’ Wilmington-Philadelphia Province, after a claim of child sexual abuse from the 1960s in Delaware was substantiated. In 2019, he was residing at a supervised Oblates-owned facility in Washington, D.C. There are no credible abuse allegations documented against him during his ministry in the 1980s in the Diocese of Charlotte. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Harold Johnson – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Harold Johnson

Diocese of Charlotte

Harold Johnson Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1949 

Died: 2009

Assigned as Follows:

  • 05/16/49 – 02/17/57:  Sacred Heart Parish (Weymouth, MA)
  • 09/08/55 – 02/17/57:  Director of Vocations Deanery (Quincy, MA)
  • 02/18/57 – 10/14/59:  Lend Lease Diocese of North Carolina
  • 10/15/59 – 09/19/67:  Assistant St Kevin Parish (Dorchester, MA)
  • 09/20/67 – 04/09/73:  Assistant St Joseph (Amesbury, MA)
  • 04/10/73 – 12/10/73:  Administrator Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Jamaica Plain, MA)
  • 12/11/73 – 09/30/80:  Pastor Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Jamaica Plain, MA)
  • 10/01/80 – 10/31/86:  Pastor St Rose of Lima Parish (Rochester, MA)
  • 11/01/86 – 06/07/92:  Parochial Vicar St James Parish (Medford, MA)
  • 06/08/92 – 01/31/93:  Health Leave

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Harold Johnson:

Father Harold Johnson was ordained a priest in 1949. He worked for most of his career in Boston, but spent three years working at St. Patrick’s in the Diocese of Charlotte. From February 1957 to October 1959, Father Johnson worked at St. Patrick in Charlotte, which was under the jurisdiction of the Raleigh Diocese. The Charlotte Diocese wasn’t formed until 1972.

According to media reports, Father Johnson’s name was included on a 2011 list released by the Boston Archdiocese of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. His name is currently NOT on the Charlotte or Raleigh lists despite the public documents that show he likely abused children before and after his time in Charlotte. There is no known documentation that the priest abused minors during his assignment in Charlotte.

In 1992, a man alleged in a letter to Cardinal Bernard Law of the Boston Archdiocese that he was abused by Father Johnson. That abuse would have been in the 1950s during Johnson’s time at Sacred Heart Parish in Weymouth, Massachusetts. The priest was sent to St. Luke Institute in Maryland for treatment, where he reportedly admitted to more abuse.

The Diocese of Charlotte has said its list could be amended if new information came to light.

Full statement from the Charlotte Diocese:

“The late Harold J. Johnson was a priest of the Boston Archdiocese who appears to have served in the city of Charlotte under the supervision of the Diocese of Raleigh in the late 1950s – 15 years before the Diocese of Charlotte was formed. The Diocese of Charlotte has no records on Johnson. We appreciate Terry McKiernan from Bishop Accountability for bringing Johnson’s name to light and are in the process of gathering information from Raleigh and Boston to determine whether he should be referenced on our website.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Gallagher – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. John Gallagher 

Diocese of Charlotte (Oratorians)

John Gallagher  Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Died: 2007 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church  (Monroe, N.C.)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John Gallagher:

Fr. John Gallagher was ordained a priest Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in 1953, and served in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 2019, as part of the Diocese of Charlotte’s file review, an independent investigator found credible an allegation from September of 1971 that Gallagher had inappropriately touched a teenaged girl at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Monroe.

A “supply” priest assigned by the Oratorian religious order based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Fr. Gallagher was filling in for one weekend during the pastor’s absence. The alleged abuse was reported immediately to another priest, who alerted the Diocese of Raleigh, which oversaw the Catholic Church across North Carolina at the time. The teenager’s family declined to press charges, according to diocesan files. Fr. Gallagher’s supervising religious order restricted his ministry in response. He died in 1976.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Richard Evrit – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. Richard Evrit

Diocese of Charlotte

Richard Evrit Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973

Died: 2019

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Mission (now Church) (Marion, N.C.)
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (Morganton, N.C.)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Richard Evrit:

Father Richard Evrit was ordained a priest in 1973, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte in the late 1980s. According to media reports, in October 2018, Father Evrit was named on the Diocese of Youngstown’s list of clergy for credible allegations of sexual abuse from the early 1970s in Ohio. He was placed on indefinite medical leave in 1989. No local allegations of abuse were
documented there.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Gregory Littleton – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Gregory Littleton

Diocese of Charlotte

Gregory Littleton Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law


Ordained: 1990

Removed: 1993

Returned: 1997

Accused: 2002; 2004

Removed and resigned from ministry: 2004

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Philip and St. James (Phillipsburg, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Victories (Sayreville, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish (Middlesex, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth- St. Brigid Parish (St. Peapack, NJ)
  • St. John the Baptist Church (Tryon, NC)
  • Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)

Summary of Sexual abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Littleton:

Father Gregory Littleton was ordained a priest in 1990, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to media reports, in 1993, he released information himself to the Diocese of Metuchen that he had been involved in the sexual abuse of two minors due to his involvement with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. There were no witnesses willing to come forward, and no case was formally brought against him. He was simply removed from duty that year and was sent to evaluation and therapy for three years.

Father Littleton was allowed to return to the ministry and was full time again in 1997 and was considered a priest in good standing. He transferred to Charlotte, North Carolina, where more allegations from the Metuchen Diocese were made in 2002. He was not removed from his post in Charlotte until 2004, where the accusations against him were found credible from the review board. Since the news has broken in 2018 of McCarrick abusing clergy members as well, Littleton has come out as a victim of his sexual misconduct. He has also since confessed and shared information about almost 20 other victims of Archbishop McCarrick and himself. Gregory Littleton’s name has since been on several lists and lawsuits that the Diocese of Metuchen have been slowly giving out. Settlements have been made on behalf of the accused priests that have been accused of sexual misconduct during the 1990’s.

As of 2006, Littleton is now a private citizen living in North Carolina and no criminal charges have been formally made against him.

According to media reports, in August 2018, he was named in a former Vatican ambassador’s letter claiming Pope Francis and other Church officials ignored sexual abuse allegations against the retired prelate.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Frederick George – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Frederick George 

Diocese of Charlotte (Benedictine)

Frederick George  Diocese of Charlotte Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Michael Catholic Church (Gastonia, NC)
  • Belmont Abbey (Belmont, NC)
  • St. Benedict (Richmond, VA)
  • Belmont Abbey (Belmont, NC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Frederick George:

Father Frederick George, was ordained a Benedictine monk, in 1975, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte. In 1975, he moved to a Richmond priory from Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, where he had been briefly assigned to St. Michael Catholic Church in Gastonia. 

According to media reports, in 1987, an allegation of child sexual abuse by Father George was reported. The alleged abuse occurred in the late 1970s at St. Benedict Parish in Richmond, VA. He was removed from ministry and sent for psychological evaluation. In 1991, he was cleared to return to Belmont Abbey, and in 1994 was made college chaplain. He left Belmont Abbey in 1998, and was permanently dismissed by the Vatican in 2004.

In November 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Savannah’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.  In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on 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 Charlotte in North Carolina.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.