Tag: Diocese of Brooklyn

Father John R. Dwyer – Diocese of Venice

Father John R. Dwyer 

Diocese of Venice/Brooklyn

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1968-1970St. Gregory the Great (Bellerose, NY) 
  • 1971-1973: St. James’ Pro-Cathedral/St. James’ Cathedral (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1972-1978: Diocesan Offices and Directors-Vocations (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1974-1977: Cathedral Preparatory Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (Elmhurst, NY)
  • 1978-1979: St. Vincent de Paul’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1980-1989: St. Martin of Tours-Fourteen Holy Martyrs (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1990-1996: Released from Diocesan Assignment 
  • 1990-1993: St. Joseph’s (Bradenton, FL) 
  • 1994-1996: St. Patrick’s (Sarasota, FL)
  • 1997-2002: Our Lady of the Angelus (Queens, NY)
  • 2003-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father John R. Dwyer:

According to media reports, Father John R. Dwyer was permanently removed from ministry in July 2002 after credible accusations were made against him. In February 2019, Father Krouse’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. His current whereabouts, status as a priest, 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 Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. James E. Russo – Diocese of St. Petersburg

Father James E. Russo 

Diocese of St. Petersburg

Ordained: 1970

Left Ministry: 1997

Laicized: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1971 St. Bartholomew’s (Elmhurst, NY) 
  • 1972-1976 St. Thomas Apostle (Woodhaven, NY) 
  • 1977 St. Virgilius (Broad Channel, NY) 
  • 1978-1979 Holy Family (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1980-1981 On Duty Outside the Diocese; St. Patrick (Largo, FL) 
  • 1982 Released From Diocesan Assignment; Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (St. Petersburg, FL) 
  • 1983-1987 Blessed Trinity (St. Petersburg, FL) 
  • 1984-1985 Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL) 
  • 1988-1997 St. Michael the Archangel (Clearwater, FL)
  • 1991-1994 Catholic Charities (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1995-2020 Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James E. Russo:

Father James E. Russo was the long-time president of Catholic Charities and was the diocese’s head of worship for many years, the person who helped guide liturgical policy in the diocese. According to media reports, in 1997, he was accused of sexually abusing a minor boy in the 1970s. He resigned as pastor of St. Michael’s in St. Petersburg in January 1997 because of “emotional items”. Within a week Bishop Lynch told the parish that “an episode of misconduct occurred many years ago” between Father Russo and an unidentified minor. Other victims subsequently came forward. 

In 2003, he was named in a civil lawsuit involving 24 priests, in which he was accused of sexually abusing a minor boy in the late 1970s while at St. Virgilius in Broad Channel, New York. The suit alleged that Father Russo, who was in charge of altar boys, sexually abused a boy who was about 12 years old, taking him to his room in the rectory and forcing him to remove his clothes, where he fondled him. He was ultimately laicized in September 2016. 

In February 2019, Father Russo’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He is also listed on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 List of
Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. William Authenrieth – Diocese of Orlando

Father William Authenrieth 

Diocese of Orlando

Ordained: 1962

Removed: 1985

Laicized: 1986

Died: 2015

Assignment History:

  • 1963-1973: St. Vincent Ferrer (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1974: Holy Spirit (Mims, FL) 
  • 1975: St. John’s (Orlando, FL) 
  • 1976-1978: On Duty Outside of the Diocese 
  • 1979-1983: St. Mary’s (Rockledge, FL) 
  • 1984: All Souls’ (Sanford, FL) 
  • 1985: Our Lady of Lourdes (Melbourne, FL) 
  • 1986-2014: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father William Authenrieth:

Father William Authenrieth was an associate priest at St. Vincent Ferrer until 1973, when he moved to the Diocese of Orlando, Florida. According to media reports, there were at least four civil suits filed in 1985 against Authenrieth and the Orlando Diocese claiming abuse of boys. in 1978, a parishioner at All Souls in Sanford reported to the Diocese of Orlando that Father Authenrieth had touched his son’s genitals. The priest was quietly transferred to St. Mary’s in Rockledge, Florida. 

In a 1985 lawsuit, a man alleged that his three young altar-boy sons had been fondled and sodomized by Father Authenrieth at St. Mary’s. The priest allegedly threatened the boys with the “wrath of God” to keep quiet. No action was taken. Their father said when he told St. Mary’s pastor about the abuse, his response was that he should “pray,” and “It’s not for you to judge. That’s for God to do.” A fourth man alleging abuse by Father Authenrieth at St. Mary’s during the same time-period also filed a civil suit. 

Fr. Authenrieth admitted to fondling the four boys, and the cases were settled. At least $2 million was paid out to three of the victims. The fourth settled for $490,000. In a deposition, he said he had brought more than one hundred men to St. Mary’s for sex. He also testified that his reason for leaving Brooklyn was that a young male parishioner, “about 18”, threatened to reveal that they had engaged in sex. He was never prosecuted because of evidence problems. In October 1985, he was removed from ministry and sent to the House of Affirmation in Massachusetts for treatment. Authenrieth was laicized in 1986. 

A 2002 lawsuit claimed that Father Authenrieth had sexually abused a boy in the rectory while he served at St. Vincent Ferrer’s in Brooklyn. More allegations surfaced. In July 2012, a man filed a civil lawsuit alleging he and several other children were sexually abused by Father Authenrieth in 1978 when the man was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Mary’s. He said the abuse happened in the sacristy, during sleepovers at the rectory and when the priest invited the boy to his quarters to practice playing the organ.

In October 2013, another lawsuit alleged that Father Authenrieth sexually abused a 14-year-old altar boy in 1983 and 1984 at All Souls in Sanford, Florida. His accuser said he threatened to tell everyone the boy was gay if he told anyone.

In August 2014, he was once again named in a lawsuit alleging that he abused him as a sixth-grade altar boy from 1976 to 1978 at All Souls Church in Sanford, Florida. He said the abuse occurred in the sacristy and in the priest’s living quarters.

In February 2019, Father Authenrieth’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He was last known to have been living in a Massachusetts retirement community in 2014. Authenrieth died in June 2015. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orlando in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Guy Puglisi – Diocese of Albany

Father Guy Puglisi

Diocese of Albany/Diocese of BrooklynGuy Puglisi Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1970-1976: St. Teresa of Avila (Albany, NY)
  • 1977-2003: Catholic Elementary Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Guy Puglisi:

Fr. Guy Puglisi has been accused of sexually abusing two minors at St. Teresa of Avila in Albany, NY, one between 1974 to 1975 and the other in 1976. No information on the allegation regarding the age/gender of the victims were given. The 1976 Official Catholic Directory lists Puglisi as absent on leave from the Diocese of Brooklyn during that time, working at St. Teresa’s in Albany.

Fr. Puglisi served as superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn for nearly a decade. In 2003, Puglisi died from cancer at the age of 59.

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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Fr. William Authenrieth – Diocese of Brooklyn

Father William Authenrieth 

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1962

Removed: 1985

Laicized: 1986

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1973      St. Vincent Ferrer (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1974                Holy Spirit (Mims, FL) 
  • 1975                St. John’s (Orlando, FL) 
  • 1976-1978      On Duty Outside of the Diocese 
  • 1979-1983      St. Mary’s (Rockledge, FL) 
  • 1984                All Souls’ (Sanford, FL) 
  • 1985                Our Lady of Lourdes (Melbourne, FL) 
  • 1986-2014      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Authenrieth:

Father William Authenrieth was an associate priest at St. Vincent Ferrer until 1973, when he moved to the Diocese of Orlando, Florida. According to media reports, in 1978, a parishioner at All Souls in Sanford reported to the Diocese of Orlando that Father Authenrieth had touched his son’s genitals. The priest was quietly transferred to St. Mary’s in Rockledge, Florida. 

In a 1985 lawsuit, a man alleged that his three young altar-boy sons had been fondled and sodomized by Father Authenrieth at St. Mary’s. The priest allegedly threatened the boys with the “wrath of God” to keep quiet. No action was taken. Their father said when he told St. Mary’s pastor about the abuse, his response was that he should “pray,” and “It’s not for you to judge. That’s for God to do.” A fourth man alleging abuse by Father Authenrieth at St. Mary’s during the same time-period also filed a civil suit. 

Father Authenrieth admitted to fondling the four boys, and the cases were settled. At least $2 million was paid out to three of the victims. The fourth settled for $490,000. 

In a deposition, he said he had brought more than one-hundred men to St. Mary’s for sex. He also testified that his reason for leaving Brooklyn was that a young male parishioner, “about 18”, threatened to reveal that they had engaged in sex. He was never prosecuted because of evidence problems. In October 1985, he was removed from ministry and sent to the House of Affirmation in Massachusetts for treatment. He was laicized in 1986. 

A 2002 lawsuit claimed that Father Authenrieth had sexually abused a boy in the rectory while he served at St. Vincent Ferrer’s in Brooklyn. More allegations surfaced.

In July 2012, a man filed a civil lawsuit alleging he and several other children were sexually abused by Father Authenrieth in 1978, when the man was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Mary’s. He said the abuse happened in the sacristy, during sleepovers at the rectory and when the priest invited the boy to his quarters to practice playing the organ.

In October 2013, another lawsuit alleged that Father Authenrieth sexually abused a 14-year-old altar boy in 1983 and 1984 at All Souls in Sanford, Florida. His accuser said he threatened to tell everyone the boy was gay if he told anyone.

In August 2014, he was once again named in a lawsuit alleging that he abused him as a sixth grade altar boy from 1976 to 1978 at All Souls Church in Sanford, Florida. He said the abuse occurred in the sacristy and in the priest’s living quarters.

In February 2019, Father Authenrieth’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He was last known to have been living in a Massachusetts retirement community in 2014. He died in June 2015. 

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

Bp. Nicholas DiMarzio – Diocese of Brooklyn

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1970

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1977      St. Nicholas (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • 1977-1980      Holy Rosary (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1978-1979      St. Boniface Residence, Residence for Working Girls and Women (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1980-1984      Catholic Community Services, Holy Rosary Academy High School (Union City, NJ); Italian Social Service Center (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1984-1990      National Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington DC) – Migration Committee; United States Catholic Conference (New York, NY) – Catholic Committee for Refugees
  • 1990-1991      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Newark, NJ) 
  • 1991-1993      A.I.D.S. Ministry 
  • 1991-1999      Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Newark, NJ); Presbyteral Council; Vicariate for Human Services; Catholic Community Services 
  • 1996-1999      Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, NJ
  • 1999-2003      Bishop of Camden, NJ
  • 2003-2020      Bishop of Brooklyn, NY 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio:

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio spent his ministry of nearly 50 years in the areas of immigration assistance and refugee resettlement services. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Newark in 1996, named the Sixth Bishop of Camden, New Jersey in 1999, and installed as the Seventh Bishop of Brooklyn in October 2003. Selected by Pope Francis to investigate allegations of sex abuse, he is a “recognized as a leader” in combatting sexual abuse in the Church. Bishop DiMarzio also served as a consultant for the John Jay Report in 2004 which analyzed “the nature and scope of the problem of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests and deacons in the United States” from 1950 to 2002. He publicly admitted and reported to John Jay that 73 clerics in the Diocese of Brooklyn were accused of child sexual abuse. 

For years, Bishop DiMarzio refused to release a list of clergy names accused of child sexual abuse. In February 2019, he released a list that contained the names of 108 “diocesan clergy for whom the diocese received allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.” It is believed the full extent of this list has yet to be released, as the bulk of cases only involved priests ordained between 1930 and 1979. 

According to media reports, in November 2019 a man reported to the Archdiocese of Newark an allegation that Bishop DiMarzio and the late Father Albert Mark repeatedly sexually abused him at the same time as an 11-year-old altar boy altar boy from 1974 to 1975 at St. Nicholas Church and School in Jersey City. Bishop DiMarzio “emphatically denied” the allegations. In January 2020, the Vatican ordered Cardinal Dolan to investigate the allegation.

In June 2020, an allegation was reported by a second man that Bishop DiMarzio repeatedly sexually abused him when he was ages 6-7, in 1979 and 1980, at Holy Rosary church in Jersey City. Bishop DiMarzio denied the claim and remains in ministry. He is the second U.S. bishop to be investigated under the norms of the Vos estis document since its promotion by Pope Francis in May 2019. It established new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensures that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. 

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

Father Romano Ferraro

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1960

Removed: 1988

Laicized: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown         St. John’s University, Queens and Staten Island, NY
  • 1960-1962      St. Joseph Patron of the Universal (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1962-1963      St. Rosalia (Brooklyn, NY); Regina Pacis Votive Shrine (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1963-1964      St. Lucy (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1964-1968      Holy Family (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1968-1970      Military Service
  • 1968                Indoctrination Seminar Chaplain Corps Reserve U.S. Naval Air Station (Norfolk, VA); U.S. Naval Chaplains School (Newport, RI) 
  • 1968-1969      U.S. Naval Air Station (Key West, FL) 
  • 1969-1970      Mobile Support Unit Detachment Bravo (Subic Bay, Philippines)
  • 1971-1973      St. Rose of Lima (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1973                Absent on Sick Leave; Cathedral College (Douglaston, NY)
  • Unknown         St. John’s University (Queens and Staten Island, NY)
  • 1975-1977      St. Joseph (Kings Park, NY)
  • 1977-1978      St. Francis Xavier (Brooklyn, NY); Madonna Residence for the Elderly (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1978-1979      St. Aloysius (Queens, NY); Wyckoff Heights Hospital  (Queens, NY) 
  • 1980                Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1980-1981      House of Affirmation (Webster Groves, MO)
  • 1981-1983      St. Joan of Arc (St. Louis, MO); Jewish Hospital (St. Louis, MO); Barnes Hospital (St. Louis, MO) 
  • 1983                St. Francis Xavier (Bronx, NY); Jacobi Hospital (Bronx, NY); Einstein Hospital (Bronx, NY); Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip, NY); Unassigned 
  • 1984                St. James (Woodbridge, NJ) 
  • 1984-1985      Our Lady of Mount Virgin (Middlesex, NJ)
  • 1985-1986      St. John Vianney (Colonia, NJ) 
  • 1986-1987      Christ the King (Commack, NY)
  • 1987-1988      St. Rita (Staten Island, NY) 
  • 1989                St. Luke Institute (Suitland, MD) 
  • 1989-2002      Parsons Manor (Jamaica, NY)
  • 2003-2019      Prison (Old Colony Correctional Center)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Romano Ferraro:

Father Romano Ferraro is believed to have been one of the most prolific priest pedophiles on the East coast. During his 30 years as a Roman Catholic priest, he admitted in a court of law that he molested mostly prepubescent boys in the parishes he served from New York to St. Louis and while he was a Navy chaplain. 

According to media reports, in the mid 1980s, Father Ferraro allegedly abused two brothers in the Diocese of Metuchen. He was “granted a temporary leave of absence for reasons that are both personal and parochial.”

In November 1991, he was accused of sexually abusing a boy while wrestling with him that summer at a relative’s house. He was suspended in December 1988 for the alleged sexual  abuse of another boy in August of that year. He was sent for treatment at St. Luke Institute in January 1989.

In April 2002, Father Ferraro was arrested for repeatedly raping a boy from 1973 to 1980 in Billerica, Massachusetts. The boy’s father was a childhood friend of the priest. Father Ferraro molested the child during annual Christmas visits, starting when the boy was 7 years old. He was convicted in May 2004 when a jury found him guilty of child rape and guilty on three counts of indecent assault and battery against a child under 14. He was sentenced to life in prison in May 2004. 

In late 2001, the victim came forward to authorities. Prosecution was possible because the statute of limitations clock had stopped with Father Ferraro out of state. He denied the charges, but admitted at the trial that he was a pedophile predator who had abused dozens of boys. He also said he knew he was a pedophile by 1955, five years before he was ordained. 

“From the time I was 20 years old I knew I had a desire for young boys,” Ferraro testified. “I felt I had an illness… a desire to be with young boys,” said Ferraro.

In October 2002, Father Ferraro was accused in a civil suit of sexually abusing two boys at St. Joseph’s in Kings Park, New York from 1974 to 1978, starting at ages 10 and 11. The abuse included oral sex, sodomy, and attempted anal penetration of one boy. He was also accused of transporting a boy from this parish to Billerica, Massachusetts and abusing him along with the boy whom Father Ferraro was convicted of raping.

In October 2003, Father Ferraro was accused in a civil suit of sexually abusing an altar boy starting at age 8 while at Holy Family in Brooklyn, New York. According to the suit Father Ferraro abused altar boys in a local pool, where the abuse included oral sex, and on school trips to New Jersey and at a friend’s home.

In January 2004, he was accused in a civil suit  of sexually abusing an altar boy at St. Joan of Arc in St. Louis, Missouri.  Later that year in May, he was accused in another civil suit of sexually abusing an altar boy at age 11 or 12. Both suits were settled in by the archdiocese for $65,700 in August 2004.

In January 2006, Father Ferraro was accused in a civil suit of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy in 1968 or 1969, while at gatherings of boys who were brought to the priest’s house from Mass, while he was a Navy chaplain in Key West Florida in the Archdiocese of Miami. In 1970, he was dishonorably discharged. 

During the trial, the Diocese of Brooklyn was required to disclose more than 1,000 pages of information from his personnel file which revealed that church officials knew as early as 1973 that he had abused boys. Despite this knowledge, they helped him find work in other dioceses around the country when they wanted him out of Brooklyn. According to his file, he was said to have revealed his attraction to young boys in the seminary. 

Father Ferraro was then reassigned to the St. Rose of Lima parish in Rockaway. He left in 1973 amidst allegations of child sexual abuse. While wrestling with a small boy, he allegedly touched the boy sexually twice. 

In March 2006, he was accused in a wrongful death suit of sexually abusing a boy multiple times between 1980 and 1983 at St. Joan of Arc parish in St. Louis from the age of 10 to 11. The victim struggled with depression and shot himself in July 2005. 

“Words are inadequate to describe the torment that my husband experienced before ending his life,” the widow said in a statement. “When Romano Ferraro abused my husband as a child, he forever broke something inside of the little boy.”

Father Ferraro is reported to have sexually abused children in the Dioceses of Brooklyn, Rockville Centre, Metuchen, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He was laicized in 2011 and was last reported to be in prison in Massachusetts.

In November 2017, Father Ferraro’s name was added to the Diocesan website of priests laicized by the Vatican office “authorized to deal with cases involving sexual abuse of minors by a cleric.”  In February 2019, his name was included in the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted that he was laicized in December 2011. His name was included in the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ list in July 2019. 

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

Msgr. Otto L. Garcia – Diocese of Brooklyn

Monsignor Otto L. Garcia  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1973

Assigned as follows:

  • 1974-1975      St. Michael Church (Flushing, NY)
  • 1976-1978      On Duty Outside the Diocese, Graduate Studies (North American College (Casa Santa Maria, Rome)  
  • 1979-1981      St. John the Evangelist (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1982-1983      Vice-Chancellor 
  • 1982-1999      Special Assignment (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1984                Unknown
  • 1985-1999      Chancellor  
  • 1993-2006      The Cathedral-Basilica of St. James (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 2002-2003      Vicar General 
  • 2004-2006      Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia; Presbyteral Council; Diocesan Consultors
  • 2007-2018      St. Joan of Arc (Jackson Heights, NY)
  • 2010-2014      Diocesan Judges (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 2012-2018      Attorneys and Counselors at Canon Law (Jackson Heights, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Otto L. Garcia:

Monsignor Otto L. Garcia is one of the most powerful leaders in the Diocese of Brooklyn. He served as a Tribunal judge, canon lawyer, moderator of the Curia, and Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Brooklyn. According to media reports, he oversaw and allegedly concealed acts of child sexual abuse prior to allegations surfacing that he abused at least two minor boys in the 1970s. 

In 2017, a man reported to the Diocese of Brooklyn that Monsignor Garcia had sexually abused him when he was a child from 1973 to 1975 at St. Michael’s in Flushing, New York. His family was active in church life, with his mother working as a fifth-grade teacher in the parish school and his father the parish basketball coach.

“He was able to pick me as a prime victim because of my parent’s involvement in the church. I just didn’t think anyone would believe me. I said nothing until my parents passed.”

After a two-day investigation, the survivor was told that there was “insufficient support” for his claim. In August 2019, under the New York Child Victims Act, he filed a lawsuit against the Diocese and Monsignor Garcia. 

“He’d make me stand up, he’d put his hands under my shirt and try to get under my pants. Then he would start grinding me from behind and rub my nipples. I was terrified,” he said. 

A second suit was filed on the same day by another survivor who alleged Monsignor Garcia sexually abused him as a child in 1973 and 1974 at St. Michael’s in Flushing, New York. Msgr. Garcia was quietly removed from St. Joan of Arc in Jackson Heights, New York sometime in 2019. 

In February 2019, Monsignor Garcia’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. According to the list, the Diocese’s internal Review Board deemed the allegation to be unsubstantiated. He remains an active priest, and is listed as the Parochial Vicar in the September 2019 bulletin of the Church of St. Teresa in Woodside.

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

Msgr. Thomas F. Brady – Diocese of Brooklyn

Monsignor Thomas F. Brady  

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1959

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1963      St. Edmund’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1964-1972      St. Boniface’s (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1965-1985      Cathedral Preparatory Seminary (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1968-1976      Christ the King (Springfield Gardens, NY)
  • 1974-2011      New York Fire Department
  • 1977-1984      Absent on Leave
  • 1986-1989      St. Camillus (Queens, NY)
  • 1990-2013      Good Shepherd (Marine Park, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Thomas F. Brady:

Monsignor Thomas F. Brady retired from ministry in 2009. According to media reports, in October 2011, he was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in the rectory at Good Shepherd, where he continued living after retitrement. According to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, his charges included two counts of attempted sex abuse in the 2nd and 3rd degree, an attempted criminal sexual act in the 2nd degree and endangering the welfare of a child. He was immediately placed on administrative leave. 

“[Brady] exposed himself and shoved his hands down my son’s pants,” the alleged victim’s father said.

During their investigation, diocesan officials learned Monsignor Brady had allegedly sexually abused another minor boy the same day but at different times. In May 2012, the Grand Jury failed to indict him citing not enough evidence, however, he remained on “forced administrative leave.” He died in March 2013. 

In February 2019, Monsignor Brady’s name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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

Father Joseph P. Byrns 

Diocese of Brooklyn

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2019

Laicized: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1979      St. Anastasia, Douglaston, NY
  • 1980-1988      St. John’s Preparatory High School, Long Island City, NY 
  • 1989-1994      St. Andrew Avellino, Flushing, NY 
  • 1995                Holy Cross, Maspeth, NY 
  • 1996-2003      St. Rose of Lima, Brooklyn, NY 
  • 2004                On Leave/Unassigned 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph P. Byrns:

According to media reports, in 2002, Father Joseph P. Byrns was named in a lawsuit alleging he sexually abused two minor altar boys, who were brothers, in the late 1960s and early 1970s while at St. Anastasia in Douglaston, New York. No charges were filed but prosecutors found the allegations credible. 

One brother, who was allegedly abused for four years starting at age 11, grew up to become a priest. When he went to the Diocese of Brooklyn with a detailed claim that Father Byrns had repeatedly sexually abused him years earlier, he was met with denial and disdain.

“I’ve certainly been treated like I’m the one who is a criminal,” he said. “I’m very upset with how the church has handled this, across the board. The dishonesty, the deceit, thinking they are above the law.”

In 2004, Father Byrns was removed from ministry, and criminally charged with sexually abusing – from 2000 through 2002 while at St. Rose of Lima in Brooklyn. He convinced the boy that the molestation would “bring him closer to God,” the teen testified in court. He gave him money and toys to keep him quiet and also threatened him.  In January 2006, he pleaded guilty to child endangerment and was sentenced to three years’ probation. 

Father Byrns was laicized in May 2013. In February 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

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