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David Danneker, Vicar General of Harrisburg Diocese, On Leave Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Father David Danneker had served as second-in-command of the Pennsylvania Diocese since 2016.

David Danneker Horowitz Law

On Friday, July 23, 2021, the Diocese of Harrisburg quietly announced that Fr. David Danneker, the Vicar General of the Diocese and Moderator of the Curia, had been placed on leave following an allegation of sexual misconduct. Until Friday, Danneker was also pastor at Prince of Peace parish in Steelton at the time of the announcement.

Very little information about the allegation was provided by the Diocese of Harrisburg except to say that the alleged victim is an adult female, and that the allegation does not involve child sexual abuse. No information was offered as to the timeline of the alleged sexual misconduct or where Danneker was assigned at the time of the alleged misconduct.

Notably the Diocese’s announcement also refers to “allegations” and “accusations,” both used in the plural form, so it is not clear if this is the first allegation of sexual misconduct to be made against Danneker or just the first to be made public by the Diocese.

The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection in 2020, citing the potential financial exposure in numerous child sexual abuse lawsuits filed against it.  Danneker has been actively participating in discussions with sexual abuse survivors and their attorneys to resolve the Diocese of Harrisburg’s bankruptcy proceeding.  The Bankruptcy Court opened the claims process to both child and adult victims of sexual abuse, but it is unclear if Danneker’s alleged victim has taken any legal action relating to her allegation.

Danneker, who is second in command at the Diocese of Harrisburg as the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, was also appointed to run the Diocese of Harrisburg temporarily in early 2019 after Bishop Ronald Gainer underwent double knee surgery.

The Diocese of Harrisburg, which is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, says that it has retained an unidentified third party firm to investigate the allegation.  The Diocese has not committed to making the findings of the investigation public.

Danneker will remain on leave from his positions with the Diocese of Harrisburg while the investigation is pending, according to the Diocese’s statement.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

 

Fr. David Danneker – Diocese of Harrisburg

Father David Danneker

Diocese of Harrisburg

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Recent Assignments in the Diocese of Harrisburg:

  • Vicar General of the Diocese/Moderator of the Curia
  • Prince of Peace parish (Steelton, PA)
  • Good Shepherd parish (Camp Hill, PA)
  • St. John Neumann (Lancaster, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father David Danneker:

On Friday, July 23, 2021, the Diocese of Harrisburg quietly announced that Fr. David Danneker, the Vicar General of the Diocese and pastor at Prince of Peace parish, had been placed on leave following an allegation of misconduct.

Very little information about the allegation was provided by the Diocese of Harrisburg except to say that the alleged victim is an adult female, and that the allegation does not involve child sexual abuse.

The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection in 2020, citing the potential financial exposure in numerous child sexual abuse lawsuits filed against it.  Danneker has been actively participating in discussions with sexual abuse survivors and their attorneys to resolve the Diocese of Harrisburg’s bankruptcy proceeding.  The Bankruptcy Court opened the claims process to both child and adult victims of sexual abuse, but it is unclear if Danneker’s alleged victim has taken any legal action relating to her allegation.

Danneker, who is second in command at the Diocese of Harrisburg, was also appointed to run the Diocese of Harrisburg temporarily in early 2019 after Bishop Ronald Gainer underwent double knee surgery.

The Diocese of Harrisburg says that it has retained an unidentified third party firm to investigate the allegation.  The Diocese has not committed to making the findings of the investigation public.

Danneker will remain on leave from his positions with the Diocese of Harrisburg while the investigation is pending, according to the Diocese’s statement.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020.  Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

 

 

Fr. Richard Zumpino – Diocese of Harrisburg

Father Richard Zumpino

Diocese of Harrisburg/RedemptoristRichard Zumpino Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1989

Assignment History:

  • Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Richard Zumpino:

Fr. Richard Zumpino, a Redemptorist, was accused of sexual abuse during his time in Harrisburg, PA.  The Diocese of Harrisburg has listed Zumpino on Cases Involving Deceased Clergy For Whom Criminal or Canonical Proceedings Were Not Undertaken or Completed. Zumpino passed away in 1989 before allegations surfaced.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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Fr. Timothy Zientek – Diocese of Harrisburg

Father Timothy Zientek

Diocese of Harrisburg/FranciscanTimothy Zientek Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1949

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • Anthony Catholic Church (Ranshaw, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Timothy Zientek:

Fr. Timothy Zientek of the Franciscan Friars was accused of sexual abuse during his time in Harrisburg, PA.  The Diocese of Harrisburg has Zientek listed on Cases Involving Deceased Clergy For Whom Criminal or Canonical Proceedings Were Not Undertaken Or Completed. Zientek passed away in 2003 in Baltimore, MD, before allegations came to light.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

 

Randi Zurenko – Diocese of Harrisburg

Randi Zurenko

Diocese of Harrisburg/Lay TeacherRandi Zurenko Horowitz Law

Assignment History:

  • 2012-2016: Bishop McDevitt High School (Harrisburg, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Randi Zurenko:

Randi Zurenko of Millerstown, PA, had sexual relations with two female students while teaching at Bishop McDevitt High School, a private Catholic school in Harrisburg. One of the relationships lasted from January 2013 to October 2016, while the other relationship began in early 2015 and ended in October 2016, according to WPMT FOX 43.

In 2016, Zurenko was arrested on sexual assault charges, with 13 counts of institutional sexual assault, 153 of Sexual abuse of children, 33 of unlawful contact with minors, 20 of dissemination of obscene material to a minor and 13 counts of corruption of minors.

According to the news reports, the girls were sexually abused hundreds of times. Zurenko admitted to massaging, undressing them, sexual relations, and supplying them with alcohol on numerous occasions. Zurenko was sentenced 11 to 23 months in jail, followed by 4 years of probation and 500 hours of community service.

In May 2020, Randi Zurenko was included on the List of Credibly Accused Non-Clergy by the Diocese of Harrisburg for reports made from her time teaching at Bishop McDevitt High School. The list reflects names of teachers, employees, laypersons, or volunteers who have been credibly accused of some form of sexual abuse of a child, where the accusation has some alleged connection to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Mr. Edward White – Diocese of Harrisburg

Mr. Edward White

Diocese of Harrisburg/Catechist

Assignment History:

  • Saint John Neumann (Lancaster, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Edward White:

Edward White, a former Catechist, Saint John Neumann Parish in Lancaster, PA, was involved in a sexual abuse case while teaching.

In May 2020, Edward White was included on the List of Credibly Accused Non-Clergy by the Diocese of Harrisburg for reports made from his time teaching at Saint John Neumann in Harrisburg, PA. The list reflects names of teachers, employees, laypersons, or volunteers who have been credibly accused of some form of sexual abuse of a child, where the accusation has some alleged connection to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. White is currently at the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, located in Harrisburg, PA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Ramon Torres – Diocese of Harrisburg

Ramon Torres

Diocese of Harrisburg/Lay Volunteer

Assignment History:

  • St. Mary’s School and San Juan Baptista Parish (Harrisburg, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Ramon Torres:

In May 2020, Ramon Torres was included on the List of Credibly Accused Non-Clergy by the Diocese of Harrisburg for reports made from his time volunteering at San Juan Baptista Parish and St. Mary’s School in Harrisburg, PA. The list reflects names of teachers, employees, laypersons, or volunteers who have been credibly accused of some form of sexual abuse of a child, where the accusation has some alleged connection to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg. There are no details about his current whereabouts.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Mr. Bruce Sherrid – Diocese of Harrisburg

Mr. Bruce Sherrid

Diocese of Harrisburg/Lay Volunteer

Assignment History:

  • 2015: Lebanon Catholic High School (West Lebanon, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Bruce Sherrid:

Bruce Sherrid, 61, was a band volunteer at Lebanon Catholic High School in 2015. Following a Megan’s Law verification sweep of Lebanon county, Sherrid was arrested when he communicated with an undercover agent and tried to meet a minor student at a fast-food restaurant in Susquehanna Township. Court documents say he drove through the drive-through and left, then returned after an agent he thought was a child called his cellular phone.

Sherrid was let go from Lebanon Catholic High but was also a third-grade teacher at another nearby school. Sherrid is on the Youth Protection List of Credibly Accused Non-Clergy connected to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg and currently lives in Lebanon, PA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

 

Jesus Omar Sandoval – Diocese of Harrisburg

Jesus Omar Sandoval

Diocese of Harrisburg/Lay TeacherJesus Omar Sandoval Horowitz Law

Assignment History:

  • 2012-2016: Lebanon Catholic High School (West Lebanon, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Jesus Omar Sandoval:

Jesus Omar Sandoval, a Spanish teacher and a Girls Varsity Soccer Coach at Lebanon Catholic High School in West Lebanon Township, was arrested for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl on school property. The sexual abuse occurred over a period of months between October 2013 and April 2014.

According to the police’s criminal complaint, Sandoval obtained the teen’s cell phone number and began texting about school-related items. Eventually, the conversation turned into flirtations, according to police. The teen told police about visiting Sandoval’s classroom after school hours and said they would kiss. Police say he invited the teen to his home via text message and phone calls.

Officials say they began their investigation after receiving a report from Pennsylvania’s child abuse hotline, “ChildLine,” in September of 2016. Authorities say a similar investigation concerning Sandoval occurred last year in Sept. 2015. Police officials stated that Sandoval surrendered to police in 2016 and was charged with statutory sexual assault, institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, indecent sexual assault of someone under the age of 16, and unlawful contact with a minor.

Sandoval was placed on administrative leave in early September 2016 after the school, and police were made aware of the allegations and fired when convicted.  Sandoval is on the Youth Protection List of Credibly Accused Non-Clergy connected to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania. The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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

Jesse Rupp – Diocese of Harrisburg

Mr. Jesse Rupp

Diocese of Harrisburg/Lay TeacherJesse Rupp Horowitz Law

Assignment History:

  • 2012-2014: York Catholic High School (York, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Jesse Rupp:

In 2012 and again in 2013, Jesse Rupp was arrested for Corruption of Minors. Rupp was a lay teacher in the music department of York Catholic High School in York, PA, where he met his victim. Rupp is on the Youth Protection List of Credibly Accused Non-Clergy connected to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg and was listed as a registered sex offender in 2014 in the state of Pennsylvania.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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