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Fr. Gregory Littleton – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Gregory J. Littleton

Diocese of Charlotte


Ordained:1990

Removed from duty and sent to therapy: 1993

Allowed to come back: 1997

Accused: 2002 and 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 J. Littleton:

In 1993, Father Gregory Littleton 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.

He 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.

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

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, a Benedictine monk, moved to a Richmond priory in 1975 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.

Fr. Juan Carlos Castaño Mejia – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Juan Carlos Castaño Mejia

Diocese of Charlotte/Oratorians

Ordained: 1991

Removed: 2002

Convicted: 2003

Deported: 2005

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Juan Carlos Castaño Mejia:

Fr. Juan Carlos Castaño was arrested in March of 2002 after the Diocese of Charleston (South Carolina) received an allegation against him of sexual abuse in 2000 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. A priest of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Ipiales, Colombia, Castaño was a visiting priest of the Oratory in Rock Hill.

As a result of the arrest, his Order and the Charleston diocese immediately suspended Castaño from ministry, and the Diocese of Charlotte simultaneously withdrew permission for Castaño to serve anywhere in the Diocese of Charlotte. According to the Charlotte Diocese, Castaño had briefly volunteered at Room At The Inn in Charlotte (now called MiraVia) without any allegations of misconduct.

Castaño admitted the abuse in York County (S.C.) Circuit Court in 2003 and was sentenced to two years in prison.  Upon his release, he is believed to have been deported back to Colombia.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. George C. Berthold – Diocese of Charlotte

Fr. George C. Berthold

Diocese of Charlotte 

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father George C. Berthold:

Fr. George Berthold appears on the Archdiocese of Boston’s list of credibly accused clergy related tp an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor in 1972 in Massachusetts. The allegation was made known to the Boston Archdiocese in 1996, according to published reports, and Berthold was dismissed as dean of St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts.

In 1997, Berthold took a teaching position at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, but when the Boston abuse allegation was made public in the late 1990s, he was fired from the college and his priestly faculties in the Diocese of Charlotte were removed.

According to the Diocese of Charlotte, Berthold’s petition for laicization is now pending before the Vatican. The Charlotte Diocese says it has no allegations of sexual abuse involving Berthold. His name appears on the Diocese of Charlotte’s list of credibly accused priests as a result of the Massachusetts allegation.

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 Tan Van Le – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Peter Tan Van Le

Diocese of Charlotte

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Ordained: 1973

Retired: 2011

Removed: 2013

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Ann Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)
  • St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Peter Tan Van Le:

In 2013, the Diocese of Charlotte received allegations of sexual abuse against Father Peter Van Le.  According to the Diocese, Le was accused of molesting multiple minors at St. Joseph Vietnamese Catholic Church in Charlotte.

A subsequent law enforcement investigation identified even more victims. Authorities did not prosecute Le, but the Diocese’s Lay Review Board found the allegations against him credible. In August of 2013, the diocese removed Le’s priestly faculties and alerted his home diocese of Vinh Long, Vietnam, where he had retired in 2011 because of ill health.

He was officially removed from ministry in 2013. Le is believed to be residing in Vietnam.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Donald Joyce – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Donald Joyce

Diocese of Charlotte/Oblates

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Ordained: 1958

Removed: 1997

Died: 2013

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (Monroe, NC)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Mission (Wadesboro, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Donald J. Joyce:

In April of 2002, a man reported to the Diocese of Charlotte that he had been abused as a minor by Father Donald Joyce from 1973 to 1976 at Sacred Heart Catholic Mission in Wadesboro. The man said that Joyce would give him alcohol and meals and would take him on outings alone to earn his trust before touching him sexually. 

Joyce had been assigned by his religious order, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate-United States Province, to work in the Charlotte Diocese.

In 2006, a second allegation of abuse was made in a lawsuit accusing Donald Joyce of sexually abusing a minor boy in his Massachusetts parish from 1977 to 1979, starting when the boy was an 11 year old altar boy.  The suit settled out of court and the victim was given a small settlement. 

Joyce was removed from parish ministry in 1997 for reasons that have not been made public.  He was working as the theology libraries’ director at an Oblates-run college library in San Antonio, Texas when his name was included on a list of accused priests in Massachusetts in 2011.

In 2019, as part of the Diocese of Charlotte’s historical file review, the Wadesboro allegation was referred to the Diocese’s Lay Review Board, which deemed the 2002 allegation against Joyce to be credible. His name now appears on the Diocese’s list of credibly accused priests.

According to the Diocese of Charlotte, Joyce died in 2013.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Patrick Gavigan – Diocese of Charlotte

Father P. Patrick Gavigan

Diocese of Charlotte 

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Ordained: 1953

Incardinated: 1972

Retired (in good standing): 1992

Died: 2007 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church (High Point, NC)
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (Greensboro, NC)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Brevard, NC)
  • St. Benedict Catholic Church (Greensboro, NC)
  • St. Dorothy Catholic Church (Lincolnton, NC)
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Tryon, NC)
  • St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church (Shelby, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father P. Patrick Gavigan:

In April of 2002, the Diocese of Charlotte received an allegation from a woman alleging abuse by Father P. Patrick Gavigan in 1973, at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro. The victim was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse. Originally ordained for the Trappist Fathers religious order in Conyers, Georgia, Gavigan had been incardinated into the Charlotte diocese in 1972 and retired in 1992.

After the allegation was received in 2002, the diocese alerted its Lay Review Board and Guilford County police department. Father Gavigan denied the allegation. In its investigation, the Lay Review Board recommended that Gavigan, living in a North Carolina nursing home by that time, be restricted from ministry to minors.

Gavigan’s name appears on the Diocese of Charlotte’s list of credibly accused priests, which means that the Diocese’s internal review board ultimately determined that the allegation was more likely true than not.

He later died in 2007. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Aloysius Joseph D’Silva – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Aloysius Joseph D’Silva

Diocese of Charlotte

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Ordained: 1961 

Died: 2005

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Bernadette Catholic Mission (Linville, NC)
  • St. Lucien Catholic Church (Spruce Pine, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Aloysius Joseph D’Silva:

In December of 1998, a teenager reported that Father Aloysius D’Silva inappropriately touched and kissed her at St. Bernadette Catholic Mission in Linville. D’Silva denied the allegation and the Diocese of Charlotte could not substantiate the allegation at the time.

As part of the Diocese of Charlotte’s 2019 historical file review, the allegation was re-examined and found credible through an independent internal investigation. His name now appears on the Diocese’s list of credibly accused priests.

D’Silva died in 2005, according to 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Eugene Corbesero – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Eugene Corbesero

Diocese of Charlotte/Consolata Society for Foreign Missions 

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Ordained: 1962

Dismissed: 1983

Died: 2016

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)
  • St. Dorothy Catholic Mission (Lincolnton, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Eugene D. Corbesero:

In March of 1995, a man reported to the Diocese of Charlotte that he had been abused by Father Eugene Corbesero when the victim was a teenager at Our Lady of Consolation Church in Charlotte. The alleged incident occurred sometime between 1973 and 1975.  Corbesero, a member of the Consolota Society for Foreign Missions, was sent to a new assignment out of state in 1976.

When the allegations were made in 1995, Bishop William Curlin determined the man’s allegation was credible and alerted Corbsero’s order to verify that the priest was no longer in ministry. It was later reported that Corbesero left his order of Consolata Society for Foriegn Missions in 1981, to marry.  He was laicized by the Vatican in 1983. 

In October of 2007, the former priest pleaded guilty and served five years in prison for the sexual assault of a minor in New Jersey in 2006. Prosecutors tried to obtain his personnel records from his time as a priest alleging that he may have had similar troubles during his ministry, but the court denied the motion and his records stayed sealed.

Eugene Corbesero died in 2016 according to 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Donald Baker – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Donald Philip Baker

Diocese of Charlotte

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Ordained: 1980

Left the ministry: 1994

Assigned as Follows:

  • Holy Infant Catholic Church (Reidsville, NC)
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (Greensboro, NC)
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (Lenoir, NC)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church (Newton, NC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Philip Baker:

In March of 2017, a man reported to the Diocese of Charlotte that Father Donald Baker sexually abused him at St. Francis of Assisi from 1986 to 1989. The victim was a teenager at the time. The diocese alerted the police, but no criminal charges were ever filed. At the time, Baker was living in Arizona where he had relocated in 1991 to work briefly in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Baker left the ministry in 1994. He has never been laicized by the Vatican and remains technically a priest, albeit without an assignment.

In 2019, the Diocese of Charlotte added Baker’s name to its list of credibly accused priests after the Diocese’s internal review board determined that the allegation was more than likely true.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. 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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.