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Fr. Gabriel M. Patil – Diocese of Allentown

Father Gabriel Patil

Diocese of Allentown (Barnabites)

Gabriel Patil Diocese of Allentown Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1972

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973-1983: Bethlehem Catholic High School (Bethlehem, PA)
  • 1984-2006: James Church (Ontario, Canada)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Fr. Gabriel Patil:

Fr. Gabriel Patil was ordained a priest a priest of the Barnabite Fathers religious order in 1972, who served in the Diocese of Allentown. According to media reports, he was accused of sexually abusing five children while serving Bethlehem Catholic High School during the late 1970s and early 1980s when the victims were seven to nine years old.

Correspondence between the Diocese and the Barnabites shows that, in 2003, a victim reported to the Diocese that Fr. Patil abused him and four of his friends on school property. The victim stated that Patil would invite the boys into his residence to play hide and seek, where Patil would then engage in sexual acts.

Lawsuits were filed but ultimately dismissed since the statutory limits had expired. At the time the abuse was reported, and lawsuits filed, Patil was a Provincial Superior at St. James in Ontario, Canada.

Patil served as a priest in the Dioceses of Buffalo, New York, Youngstown, Ohio, and then with a delegation in India’s country. In 2010, Patil requested that he be allowed to return to the Diocese of Allentown and exercise his public ministry, which was denied.

According to a list maintained by Bishop Accountability.org, Father Patil, was accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old altar boy on one occasion in approximately 1992. The alleged abuse occurred inside the
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Northampton, Pennsylvania, where Father Patil occasionally filled in as a priest. Under the guise of helping the boy put on his altar boy robes for Mass, Father Patil reached inside the boy’s pants and fondled the boy’s penis and testicles, skin-on skin. The claim settled in 2020.

In 2018, he was named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

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

Fr. Timothy Johnson – Diocese of Allentown

Father Timothy Johnson

Diocese of Allentown (Carmelite)Timothy Johnson Diocese of Allentown Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Retired: 2007

Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1976: Nativity High School (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1976-1979: St. John College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1979-1981: Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1988-1991: Transfiguration Church (Tarrytown, NY)
  • 1992-2006: St. Jude Catholic Church (Boca Raton, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Timothy Johnson:

Fr. Timothy Johnson was ordained a Carmelite priest in 1983, who served in the Diocese of Allentown. According to media reports, in 2018, he was named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report. It noted he was accused physically abusing a minor student in 1976 after the student was sexually assaulted by another priest, Fr. David Connell. The victim reported that the abuse occurred while he was attending Nativity High School in Pottsville, PA.

The victim claims in the Grand Jury Report released in 2018 that when he told Fr. Johnson he was going to report the abuse to the police, Johnson severely beat the victim with a large leather belt and said to him that if he did go through with the report, he would beat him even worse. The abuse was initially reported to the Provincial of the Carmelites in October 2007, but nothing was ever done.

Fr. Johnson left the Diocese of Allentown in 1976 and eventually settled in Florida. He died in 2016 at the age of 80.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

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

Jim Gross – Diocese of Allentown

Jim Gross

Diocese of Allentown 

Jim Gross Diocese of Allentown Horowitz Law

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1973: St. Patrick’s (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1973-1984: Saint Francis Parochial School (Minersville, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Jim Gross:

Mr. Jim Gross was a lay teacher, and basketball coach in the Blue Mountain School District in the Diocese of Allentown. According to media reports, he was accused of sexual abuse occurring in 1976 at St. Patrick’s in Pottsville, PA. The abuse was initially reported to the Provincial of the Carmelites in 2007, stating that both Gross and Fr. Connell sexually assaulted the victim, and then released in the 2018 PA Grand Jury Report. He also said that Fr. Timothy Johnson would beat him when he wanted to tell the authorities 40 years prior.

According to media reports, Gross was involved in two other sexual abuse claims, one in 2007 while working at Saint Francis in PA, and another in 1990 while at Schuylkill County Employment and Training Program in Pottsville. Gross was arrested for deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, corruption of a minor and harassment, but was released on $30,000 bail.

In the summer of 1984, Gross resigned from teaching at St. Francis School in Minersville. His 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 Allentown. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

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

Fr. David Connell – Diocese of Allentown

Father David Connell

Diocese of Allentown (Carmelite)

David Connell Diocese of Allentown Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Died: 1995

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1976: Nativity High School (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1976-1987: Antonian College Preparatory High School (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1988-1995: St. Thomas More Church (San Antonio, TX)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. David Connell:

Fr. David Connell was ordained a Carmelite priest in 1969, who served in the Diocese of Allentown. He worked at Antonian College Prep and St. Thomas More parish until he died in 1995. According to media reports, in 2018, he was named publicly as accused in the PA Grand Jury report. It noted that he drugged and abused a minor at Nativity High School in Pottsville, PA, while he was serving as chairman of the Science Department in 1976.

The victim stated both he and his brother were repeatedly sexually abused when they were living at the Order’s priory after their house burned down.  This allegation was first made in 2007 to a Carmelite provincial, but the victim claims he was beaten by other church leaders, Fr. Jim Gross and Fr. Timothy Johnson, when he insisted on reporting the abuse to the police 40 years prior.

After reviewing the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in 2018, the Archdiocese of San Antonio publicly named Connell on its list of credibly accused priests and two San Antonio accusers have since come forward with claims against Fr. Connell.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

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

Fr. Robert J. Potts – Diocese of Allentown

Fr. Robert Potts

Diocese of Allentown

Robert Potts Diocese of Allentown Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1964

Removed: October 2019

Reinstated: August 2020

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964 – 1965: Immaculate Conception (Jim Thorpe, PA)
  • 1965 – 1966: St. Joseph (Easton, PA)
  • 1966 – 1967: St. Vincent de Paul (Minersville, PA)
  • 1967 – 1969: St. Ann (Lansford, PA)
  • 1969 – 1970: Notre Dame (Bethlehem, PA)
  • 1970 – 1978: St. Vincent de Paul (Minersville, PA)
  • 1978 – 1979: St. Bernard (Easton, PA)
  • 1979 – 1985: Sacred Heart (New Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1985 – 2004: St. George (Shenandoah, PA)
  • 1986 – 2004: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Shenandoah, PA)
  • 2001 – 2004: St. Stephen (Shenandoah, PA)
  • 2004 – 2006: St. Mary, Ringtown and St. Joseph (Sheppton, PA)
  • 2006-Present: St. Ursula (Fountain Hill, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Robert Potts:

Fr. Robert Potts was ordained a priest in 1964, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Allentown. According to media reports, in October 2019, the Diocese announced that he was removed from ministry pending investigation of an allegation that he had sexually abused a minor in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The allegation was made to the administrators of the Diocese of Allentown’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, who then notified the Diocese. The Diocese of Allentown claimed that it had no prior knowledge of the allegation until being notified by program administrators. The abuse allegedly occurred when Father Potts was pastor of the former St. George Parish, Shenandoah.

In August 2020, Potts was returned to ministry on recommendation of the diocesan Review Board, after a diocesan investigation determined that Potts “did not commit the acts that were alleged.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

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

Horowitz Law Launches Comprehensive Database of Accused Priests in the Diocese of Allentown

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Database Includes Individual Profiles (with Photos) on Dozens of Catholic Priests in Allentown

Unlike Other Dioceses in Pennsylvania, Allentown Has Announced It Will Arbitrarily Exclude Claims Against Lay Employees Accused of Abuse

ALLENTOWN, PA – Adam Horowitz, a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of clergy sexual abuse, announces the launch of a new database of clergy and lay employees accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Allentown.  The database includes 53 priests as of today, and is believed to be the most comprehensive list of accused offenders available. This is far more than were identified in the groundbreaking 2018 grand jury report of its investigation into the Diocese of Allentown.  

For the benefit of survivors and journalists alike, Horowitz and his team have painstakingly prepared individual profiles on dozens of accused offenders to consolidate available information about their backgrounds, alleged crimes, and, in the case of offenders who are still alive, their current locations.  Many of these profiles include photographs that are not available anywhere else. Horowitz’s website contains similar databases for each Pennsylvania diocese.

The Allentown list was compiled using the names identified in the 2018 Grand Jury report, the Diocese of Allentown’s lists of accused individuals, media reports, and court records.  

The database also includes priests who belong to religious orders, such as the Carmelites.  Unlike his counterparts in the Diocese of Scranton and the Diocese of Erie, the Bishop of Allentown has arbitrarily chosen to bar anyone abused by non-clergy lay employees, such as teachers, youth ministers, and coaches, from recovering from the fund.  This prohibition applies even when the offender committed the abuse in a church or school run by the Diocese of Allentown.

The deadline to file claims with the Diocese of Allentown’s voluntary compensation fund – which is the only legal recourse available to most survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Allentown – is September 30, 2019.  

The database of accused priests is available at:

https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/who-we-sue/church-sexual-abuse/pennsylvania/diocese-of-allentown/

Horowitz says the database will be continuously updated as the names of more accused individuals become public.  You are encouraged to bookmark the link for easy access to the information.

For more information, contact us at (954) 641-2100 or at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Easton Allentown Diocese Horowitz Law

The Shocking History of Priest Abuse in Easton, PA

Easton, Pennsylvania, located on the Delaware River across from New Jersey, is a town of about 30,000 people.  It is home to five Catholic parishes, a surprisingly large number given the small size of the town.  It is also the home of Notre Dame High School, one of the largest schools operated by the Diocese of Allentown.  The parishes and schools draw people from the surrounding Lehigh River Valley and northern New Jersey.

Easton also has the dubious distinction of being “ground zero” of the child sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Allentown.  The August 2018 grand jury report identified more than a dozen priests who have been assigned to the parishes of Easton throughout the history of the Diocese, which was formed in 1961.

Through our own investigation, we have identified 54 priests accused of abuse in the Diocese of Allentown – and discovered that almost half of those men were assigned to one or more parishes in Easton at some point during their career, and as recently as 2014.  Most of these 26 men appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests.

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Bernard

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

St. Joseph

St. Michael

Notre Dame High School

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Easton Allentown Diocese Horowitz Law

The Shocking History of Priest Abuse in Easton, Pennsylvania

Easton, Pennsylvania, located on the Delaware River across from New Jersey, is a town of about 30,000 people.  It is home to five Catholic parishes, a surprisingly large number given the small size of the town.  It is also the home of Notre Dame High School, one of the largest schools operated by the Diocese of Allentown.  The parishes and schools draw people from the surrounding Lehigh River Valley and northern New Jersey.

Easton also has the dubious distinction of being “ground zero” of the child sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Allentown.  The August 2018 grand jury report identified more than a dozen priests who have been assigned to the parishes of Easton throughout the history of the Diocese, which was formed in 1961.

Through our own investigation, we have identified 54 priests accused of abuse in the Diocese of Allentown – and discovered that almost half of those men were assigned to one or more parishes in Easton at some point during their career, and as recently as 2014.  Most of these 26 men appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests.

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Bernard

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

St. Joseph

St. Michael

Notre Dame High School

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Reading Central Allentown Horowitz Law

Reading Central Catholic High School (Reading, PA)

Reading Central Catholic High School, which closed in 2011, was one of the Diocese of Allentown’s largest private schools.  It has also been home to a shockingly large number of priests the Diocese of Allentown says have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse since it opened in 1939.

Through our own investigation, we have identified the following priests who have been assigned to Reading Central (as recently as 2010) and who were later accused of child sexual abuse:

For more information on each priest, click on their names.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

Notre Dame Allentown Horowitz Law

Notre Dame High School (Easton, PA)

Easton, Pennsylvania, is home to one of the Diocese of Allentown’s largest schools, Notre Dame High School.  Established in 1957, Notre Dame has educated countless children in Eastern Pennsylvania and even parts of New Jersey.

Notre Dame also has the dubious distinction as an assignment held by a staggeringly high number of priests accused of sexually abusing children.  The following men, most of whom appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests, were all assigned as teachers or administrators at Notre Dame High School at some point during their careers:

Easton, a town of approximately 30,000 people, is also home to five Catholic parishes. For more information on accused priests assigned to Easton’s parishes, click here

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Allentown.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.