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Fr. Gerald Lyons – Diocese of Trenton

Father Gerald Lyons

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: 1967

Died: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962: Serving in the Diocese of Trenton
  • 1962: “On Duty Outside the Diocese,” North American College (Rome, Italy)
  • 1963-1965: St. Anthony’s Church (Trenton, NJ)
  • 1966-1969: “On Duty Outside the Diocese,” North American College (Rome, Italy)
  • 1970-1973: St. Veronica’s Church (Howell Township, NJ)
  • 1974: “On Leave of Absence”

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gerald Lyons:

Fr. Gerald Lyons was ordained a priest in approximately 1967 and served in the Diocese of Trenton. He is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory after 1974. According to a list maintained by Bishop Accountability.org, he was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl when she was 4 to 5 years old from approximately 1964 to 1965.

At the time of the alleged sexual abuse, Lyons was assigned to St. Anthony’s Church in Trenton, New Jersey. The abuse occurred in the rectory affiliated with St. Anthony’s Church. Lyons reportedly would have the girl sit on his lap, and then he would reach into the front of her underwear, fondling her vagina.

The case was later settled in 2020 in the low six figures.

Lyons died in 1987.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey. 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 Trenton 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help. 

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Msgr. Lawrence Donovan – Diocese of Trenton

Monsignor Lawrence Donovan

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: Approx. 1937

Died: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • 1938-1940: St. Mary’s Church (Bordertown, NJ)
  • 1941-1942: St. Mary’s Church (Perth, NJ)
  • 1943-1944: St. John the Evangelist Church (Dunellen, NJ)
  • 1945-1946: St. Joseph’s Church (Trenton, NJ)
  • 1947: St. Michael’s Children’s Home (Hopewell, NJ)
  • 1948-1949:  St. James the Less Church (Jamesburg, NJ)
  • 1950-1987: St. Joseph’s Church (Toms River, NJ)
  • 1981-1982: “Serra Club”
  • 1983: “Monmouth County Chapter”
  • 1984-1987: “Serra Club”

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Monsignor Lawrence Donovan:

Msgr. Lawrence Donovan was ordained a priest in approximately 1937 and served in the Diocese of Trenton. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to a list maintained by Bishop Accountability.org, he was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy on at least two occasions in
1946. At the time of the alleged sexual abuse, Donovan was assigned to St. Joseph’s Church in Trenton, New Jersey, where the boy served as an altar boy.

Donovan reportedly exposed his own penis to the boy, fondled the boy’s penis and testicles over the boy’s clothing, and sodomized the boy. The claimant passed away prior to the resolution of his claim. The case was settled on behalf of the claimant’s estate in 2020.

Donovan died in 1987.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey. 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 Trenton 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Bruno Ugliano – Diocese of Paterson

Father Bruno Ugliano

Diocese of Paterson

Bruno Ugliano Horowitz LawOrdained: 1967

Dead: 2014

Assignment History:

  • Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)
  • Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth’s Church (Linden, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Bruno Ugliano:

Fr. Bruno Ugliano was ordained a priest in 1967. He was the assistant Delbarton headmaster from 1975-1978 and headmaster from 1985-1990. He is one of three monks in which allegations have been made against connecting him to a sexual abuse case.

In 2021, according to media reports, a former star athlete and football player at Delbarton School in Morris County has filed a lawsuit against the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey, which runs the Delbarton School, claiming three monks sexually abused him as a teenager in the 1970s. The lawsuit identifies the monks as three men who have since died — the Rev. Manus Duffy, Br. Jonathan Michael Hunt and the Rev. Bruno Ugliano.

The victim claims the abuse took place in the 1970s when he was 13-14 years old. The abuse is said to have occurred more than 150 times in the 1977-1978 school year in bathroom stalls, a school office, a classroom, and on a retreat to the Jersey Shore, according to the complaint, filed in Superior Court of Morris County.

Ugliano was also previously accused of sexual abuse of a minor in 2002. The victim was a 14-year-old female who was allegedly sexually abused by Ugliano in the early 1980s, while assigned to a Linden parish. Ugliano was temporarily suspended, but then law enforcement deemed the allegations not credible.

Ugliano died in 2014.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson in New Jersey. 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 Paterson 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Manus Duffy – Diocese of Paterson

Father Manus Duffy

Diocese of Paterson

Manus Duffy Horowitz LawOrdained: 1969

Left priesthood: 1989

Dead: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1967-1987: Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Manus Duffy:

Fr. Manus Duffy was a teacher and the headmaster of discipline at Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. He is one of three monks in which allegations have been made against connecting him to a sexual abuse case.

In 2021, according to media reports, a former star athlete and football player at Delbarton School in Morris County has filed a lawsuit against the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey, which runs the Delbarton School, claiming three monks sexually abused him as a teenager in the 1970s. The lawsuit identifies the monks as three men who have since died — the Rev. Manus Duffy, Br. Jonathan Michael Hunt and the Rev. Bruno Ugliano.

The victim claims the abuse took place in the 1970s when he was 13-14 years old. The abuse is said to have occurred more than 150 times in the 1977-1978 school year in bathroom stalls, a school office, a classroom, and on a retreat to the Jersey Shore, according to the complaint, filed in Superior Court of Morris County.

The lawsuit alleges that the victim was abused by Duffy, who was known to fondle and massage him and other students in classroom settings. Additionally, Duffy was accused of raping the victim twice during an overnight retreat on the New Jersey Shore.

Duffy died in 2008.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson in New Jersey. 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 Paterson 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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Br. Jonathan Hunt – Diocese of Paterson

Brother Jonathan Michael Hunt

Diocese of Paterson

Jonathan Michael Hunt Horowitz LawJoined: 1964

Dead: 2020

Assignment History:

  • Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)
  • St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Jonathan Michael Hunt:

In 1964, Hunt professed simple vows, receiving the religious name Jonathan. In 1979, he was ordained deacon at St. Mary’s Abbey, Morristown, NJ. In 1973, Hunt began his long teaching career at Delbarton School in Morristown.

In 2021, according to media reports, a former star athlete and football player at Delbarton School in Morris County has filed a lawsuit against the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey, which runs the Delbarton School, claiming three monks sexually abused him as a teenager in the 1970s. The lawsuit identifies the monks as three men who have since died — the Rev. Manus Duffy, Br. Jonathan Michael Hunt and the Rev. Bruno Ugliano.

The victim claims the abuse took place in the 1970s when he was 13-14 years old. The abuse is said to have occurred more than 150 times in the 1977-1978 school year in bathroom stalls, a school office, a classroom, and on a retreat to the Jersey Shore, according to the complaint, filed in Superior Court of Morris County.

Hunt died in 2020.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson in New Jersey. 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 Paterson 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Ramon Malfo – Diocese of San Diego

Father Ramon Malfo

Diocese of San Diego

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Appointed: 1976

Assignment History:

  • 2010-2019: Fallbrook Apostolic Catholic Parish and School

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ramon Malfo:

Fr. Ramon Malfo was appointed in 1976. According to media reports, he was assigned to various locations in San Diego County, including churches in San Diego, Oceanside, Chula Vista, Vista, Fallbrook, and Escondido.

Very little is known of Malfo’s activities within the church as the Diocese of San Diego has not released the information about Malfo’s assignment history, only the cities in which he was assigned. In addition, information about the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Malfo’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown. However, according to media reports, the plaintiff claims he was abused in Rialto during the 1970s.

The plaintiff’s lawyer filed a complaint about Malfo in the parish and there was a settlement through an independent compensation program established in 2019 for victims who were sexually abused as minors by parish priests in San Diego.

Malfo’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 Diocese of San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, 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. Ramon Marrufo – Diocese of San Diego

Father Ramon Marrufo 

Diocese of San Diego

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Ordained: 1976

Assignment History:

  •  2010-2019: St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish and School (Fallbrook, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ramon Marrufo:

Fr. Ramon Marrufo was ordained a priest in 1976. Marrufo has been assigned to parishes in San Diego, Oceanside, Chula Vista, Vista, Fallbrook, and Escondido, California throughout his priesthood.

In June 2021, a lawsuit was filed by a man alleging abuse by Marrufo when he was a young boy. The abuse started when he was in second grade in Rialto, California. According to media reports, the plaintiff alleges he was molested over the course of several years starting in the 1970s.

The Diocese of San Diego along with the Diocese of San Bernardino and two San Bernardino County schools are listed as defendants in the lawsuit. The plaintiff alleges he was sexually abused by Marrufo and later by another priest in the two San Bernardino County schools.

A separate allegation has allegedly been made against Marrufo in which the Diocese confirmed there was a settlement made with the victim through its Independent Compensation Program that was established in 2019.

Marrufo was last assigned to St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Parish and School in Fallbrook, California. His current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of San Diego 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 Diocese of San Diego now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, 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. Jeffrey L’Arche – Diocese of Albany

Father Jeffrey L’Arche 

Diocese of Albany

Jeffrey L’Arche Horowitz LawOrdained: 1975

Administrative leave:  2021

Assignment History:

  • Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine (Altamont, NY)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Amsterdam, NY)
  • St. Stephen’s Church (Hagaman, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jeffrey L’Arche:

Fr. Jeffrey L’Arche was ordained for the Missionaries of LaSalette in 1975. In June 2021, L’Arche was placed on administrative leave after the Diocese of Springfield’s Misconduct Commission found a single allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was deemed credible. The alleged abuse occurred sometime between 1976 and 1981.

L’Arche’s status as a priest is currently barred from officiating at sacraments, wearing clerical garb, or presenting himself as a priest.

According to media reports, a subsequent investigation initiated by the LaSalette congregation and conducted by Praesidium Inc. found the allegation to be “highly questionable” and, therefore, not credible. As a result, Father L’Arche, who maintains his innocence, has an asterisk placed next to his name on the Springfield list, indicating the conflicting findings. His name, with an identical asterisk and note, has been added to the Diocese of Albany’s List of Offenders.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Albany. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Albany, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Albany now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

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Father Leo Mojecki – Archdiocese of New York

Father Leo Mojecki 

Archdiocese of New York

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Ordained: 1957 

Died: 1985

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960s St. Sylvester’s R.C. Church (Concord, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Mojecki:

According to media reports, in late April 2021, a lawsuit was filed against a former Erie County priest, Fr. Leo Mojecki, and the Archdiocese of New York for the alleged drugging and repeated sexual assault of an altar boy in the 1960s. The lawsuit alleges that Mojecki repeatedly raped the plaintiff from 1964 to 1966 while he was attending his fourth to sixth grade at St. Sylvester School in Concord, New York. The victim was approximately 9 to 11 years old at the time of the abuse. 

According to the lawsuit, Mojecki regularly drugged the plaintiff and then raped the boy in his sleep. Most of the incidents occurred in the parish’s rectory, while he wore his official priest garb. He allegedly fondled the child’s genitals, rubbed his own genitals in front of the boy, kissed him, and forced him to serve Mass as an altar boy with only underwear on underneath his acolyte robes. 

The suit claimed that Mojecki had groomed the plaintiff. “Father Mojecki would regularly keep the plaintiff late at church; offer to drive plaintiff home; socialize with plaintiff’s parents; and asked plaintiff to help him with tasks,” the suit stated. The boy told his teacher about the sexual abuse, but no action was taken.

The lawsuit also alleges that Fr. Thomas Burke and Msgr. John Lennon, the parish pastor at the time, knew that the victim spent nights in the rectory with Mojecki. Despite this fact, they continued providing the priest access to commit the sexual assaults against the boy. Msgr. John Lennon died in 1982, Fr. Burke died in 1984, and Fr. Mojecki died in 1985.

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

Father John McDevitt 

Diocese of Camden (Oblates)

John McDevitt Horowitz LawOrdained: 1966

Dead: 1999

Assignment History:

  • 1967-1968: Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1968-1980: Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1982: Bishop McDevitt HS (Harrisburg, PA) 
  • 1982-1989: Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1989-1994: Father Judge High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1994-1999: DeSales Centre (Childs, MD) 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John McDevitt:

Father John McDevitt, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales served on the Philadelphia City Council. He was one of the founders and served as the first president of the Summerdale Boys’ Club. He was also the founding president of the Northeast-Suburban Athletic Conference. In addition, he taught theology at several high schools in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He retired in 1994. 

According to media reports, in April 2009, Father McDevitt was named in a civil suit alleging he sexually abused a male student at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware during his junior year from 1985 through 1986.

In June 2009, the nephew of Cardinal John J.O’Connor, the former head of the Archdiocese of New York, filed a lawsuit in Delaware alleging McDevitt sexually abused him as a 14-year-old student at Father Judge High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1990 through 1991. The order had already removed him from the school. The suit stated that the priest knew he was related to the cardinal and used that information to intimidate the boy. He left the school after his freshman year, stating in the suit that he could no longer take the abuse.

According to the suit, “He threatened him with low grades in his religion class in order to entice him into private tutoring sessions, and during the private tutoring sessions, he proceeded to sexually abuse the plaintiff.”

According to abuse survivor accounts, McDevitt also molested children at Camp Brisson, a boys’ summer camp in Cecil County, Maryland, which was run by the Oblates.

In August 2011, as part of the Oblates $24.8 million settlement resolving 40 civil lawsuits brought under the Delaware Child Victims act against the religious order, McDevitt was one of twelve names released.

In August 2018, McDevitt’s name was included on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors, as well as the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, which included the account of a male who stated that McDevitt tried to forcibly kiss him while in high school.

McDevitt died in 1999.

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.

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