Tag: Diocese of Ogdensburg sexual abuse

Fr. Robert Shurtleff – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Robert Shurtleff

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2002

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1971-1974 St. Mary Church (Potsdam, NY)
  • 1975 St. Bernard Church (Saranac Lake, NY)
  • 1976-1980 Special Assignment (Potsdam, NY)
  • 1981-1989 Special Assignment, Clarkson College (Potsdam, NY) 
  • 1990 St. Mary Church (Potsdam, NY)
  • 1991 Holy Name of Jesus Church (Tupper Lake, NY)
  • 1992-1996 Holy Name of Jesus Church (Tupper Lake, NY)
  • Sunmount Developmental Center for Mentally Handicapped (Tupper Lake, NY)
  • 1997-2000 Holy Name of Jesus Church (Tupper Lake, NY)
  • 2001-2002 St. Mary of Clayton Church (Clayton, NY)
  • St. John the Evangelist Church (Lafargeville, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Shurtleff:

In June of 2002, Father Robert Shurtleff and three other priests were removed from their assignments as a result of a zero tolerance policy from Dallas Bishops’ conference. Father Shurtleff was working at Holy Name Church in Tupper Lake at the time. The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a statement saying that all four priests had substantiated sexual abuse allegations against them.

Furthermore, all four of the priests had also been through some form of therapy in the past for their “problems.” No other information has been released about the number of alleged victims or the time-frame of the alleged abuse.

Robert Shurtleff does appear on the updated Ogdensburg diocese’s list of credibly accused priests as of November 13th, 2018.

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 Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Gerald Sharland – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Gerald Sharland

Diocese of Ogdensburg

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Ordained: 1945

Died: 1973

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Notre Dame Church (Malone, NY)
  • Bombay, NY
  • Long Lake, NY
  • Redford, NY
  • Rouses Point, NY

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gerald Sharland:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest who was first named publicly for abuse was Father Gerald Sharland. The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred.

The only information the diocese released about Father Sharland was that he died in August of 1973. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Thomas W. Rogers – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Thomas W. Rogers

Diocese of Ogdensburg

 

Ordained: 1952

Retired: 1998

Died: 2005

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1953 Saint Edward (Hermine, PA)
  • 1953 –1954 St. Mary (Freeport, PA)
  • 1954 –1955 Immaculate Conception (Connellsville, PA)
  • 1955 -1956 Immaculate Conception (Irwin, PA) 
  • 1956 –1958 SS Simon and Jude (Blairsville, PA)
  • 1958 –1960 St. John the Baptist (Scottdale, PA)
  • 1965 –1968 St. Anthony, Clymer (PA)
  • 1968 –1972 St. Charles Borromeo (Sutersville, PA)
  • 1972 –1981 St. Mary (Ford City, PA)
  • 1981 –1991 Seven Dolors (Yukon, PA)
  • 1992 –1998 St. Anne (Rostraver, PA)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Rogers:

According to the grand jury report, in 1962, Father Thomas Rogers allegedly assaulted a teenage hitch-hiker in New York state. According to the letter written by Monsignor Robert J. Giroux of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, to Bishop William Connare of the Diocese of Greensburg, a complaint was made at the local police department stating a teenage boy nearly escaped an attempted sexual assault near Saranac Lake. The description of the perpetrator fit that of Father Rogers, who was seen by two witnesses visiting his mother in the area at the time of the alleged attack. According to Giroux, “knowing that a priest might be involved the police did not wish to follow their usual procedures.” 

The victim described Father Rogers’ vehicle and license plate number, and was even confirmed by the same two witnesses to have been in the company of Father Rogers. According to the Grand Jury report, due to Rogers’ strong relationship with the Chief of Police and the fact that Rogers’ brother was a member of the department, they preferred to handle the investigation quietly. 

The police confronted Rogers with the allegation and he denied the incident and claimed his car was stolen while he served mass at an Ogdensburg parish, only to be returned before he left after mass. He would later produce a “letter” purportedly sent by an anonymous man apologizing for stealing his car and assaulting a boy in it. Nonetheless, the police did not believe the claims given the window of time the “car thief-turned-pervert” would have had to commit all of his crimes, not to mention that the boy gave a nearly perfect description of Rogers. The victim’s father was also called to the church rectory to meet with police and Ogdensburg Diocesan officials said he was “a good Catholic” and did not want to bring scandal to the church. As long as Rogers admitted to actions and did not come back to that town, he agreed not to press charges. With the father satisfied, the police dropped the investigation. 

Rogers remained in active ministry until 1998, at which time he retired as a priest in good standing.  According to the Grand Jury report, after reviewing Rogers’ file in 2002, Bishop Anthony Bosco informed Rogers he would no longer be permitted to present himself as a priest publicly.

Thomas Rogers died in 2005.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Albert R. Plante – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Albert R. Plante

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

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Ordained: 1948

Retired: 1997

Died: 2000

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Church of the Holy Name (AuSable Forks, NY)
  • St. Anthony’s Church (Watertown, NY)
  • St. Joseph’s Church (Dannemora, NY)
  • Notre Dame Church (Malone, NY)
  • St. Joseph’s Church (Mooers, NY)
  • St. Lawrence Church (Louisville, NY)
  • St. Paul’s Church (Bloomingdale, NY)
  • St. Elizabeth’s (Elizabethtown, NY)
  • St. Peter’s Church (Lowville, NY)
  • Church of the Sacred Heart (Massena, NY)
  • Holy Family High School (Massena, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Albert R. Plante:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly as accused of abuse by the list was Father Albert R. Plante. The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information given about Father Plante is that he died in August of 2000. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Paul Oehler – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Paul Oehler

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

Ordained: Not given. 

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1970-1971 St. Patrick’s Church (Rossie, NY)
  • 1980-1982 Immaculate Conception Church (Brownville, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Paul Oehler:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest hat was first named publicly of abuse by the list was Father Paul Oehler. The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information given about Father Oehler was that he has been listed as deceased. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Liam O’Doherty – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Liam O’Doherty

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

 

Ordained: 1965

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1966-1967 St. Lawrence (Canton, NY)
  • 1968 St. Joseph (Malone, NY)
  • 1969-1971 St. Patrick (Port Henry, NY)
  • 1972-1973 St. Mary (Clayton, NY)
  • 1974-1979 St. Ann (St. Regis Falls, NY)
  • 1980-1993 St. Andrew (Sackets Harbor, NY)
  • 1994-1998 St. Michael Church (Antwerp, NY)
  • 1999-2001 Absent on Leave
  • 2002 Absent on Sick Leave

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Liam O’Doherty:

In 1979, a Franklin County Grand Jury accused Father Liam O’Doherty of sexually abusing three children in the mid-to late 1970’s. The victims were said to be three 14-year-old girls who attended St. Ann in St. Regis Falls. The case was dismissed after six months and the Diocese of Ogdensburg decided to put him back to work.

 In 1999, he was indexed as “Absent on sick leave” without privileges. In 2000, four women filed separate lawsuits alleging that Father O’Doherty had sexually abused them as children in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Two of the victims were sisters and claimed that they were repeatedly molested by Father O’Doherty in their own home.

The other two Syracuse women alleged sexual abuse from 1985-1991 in the St. Andrew’s Church rectory in Sackets Harbor. All four were settled as of January 2003. Both women alleged the Diocese of Ogdensburg and St. Andrew’s trustees knew about O’Doherty propensity to be sexually attracted to children, but did not warn parishioners or restrict his access to children. 

In a civil suit filed in January 2001, another Syracuse woman alleged O’Doherty fondled her breasts on multiple occasions when she was 8 to 13 years old. She also claimed that one night he insisted she sleep with him in his bed with her pants off. 

He is currently living at the Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, Missouri and is apparently subject to severe restrictions.

His name has been included on the Ogdensburg diocese’s list of credibly accused priests as of November 13th, 2018.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Roland Menard – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Roland V. Menard

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Ordained: 1964

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Roland Menard:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly for abused was Father Roland Menard.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information given about Father Menard was that he has been removed from active ministry, and is still living. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Gerald McGrath – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Gerald McGrath

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

 

Ordained: 1958

Died: 2016

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • Immaculate Heart Central School (Watertown, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gerald McGrath:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly for abuse by the list was Father Gerald McGrath. The list did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred.

The only information the Diocese of Ogdensburg released about Father McGrath is that he died on July 20th, 2016.

According to his obituary, he was ordained in the Ogdensburg diocese but also worked at parishes in Gouverneur, Brownville, Lyon Mountain, Malone, Evans Mills and North Bangor. After a leave of absence, McGrath was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Miami in 1978 where he continued to serve. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Roger Martin – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Roger Martin

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Ordained: 1951

Died: 2004

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church (Baltic, CT)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Roger Martin:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly for abuse was Father Roger Martin.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information released about Father Martin was that he has been removed from ministry, and listed as deceased.

According to his obituary, he was ordained in the Ogdensburg diocese, retired at St. Joseph Living Center and died in April of 2004. It also states that he did missionary work for the diocese and served six years in San Isidro Laborador in Peru. No further information has been released about the allegations of abuse made against him. 

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. James Larche – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father James Larche

Diocese of Ogdensburg

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Ordained: 1991

Left ministry: 2000

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1991-1993 St. Mary’s Cathedral (Ogdensburg, NY)
  • 1993-1996 Holy Family Church (Watertown, NY)
  • 1996-1999 Sacred Heart (Massena, NY)
  • 1999-2000 St. Bernard’s Church (Saranac Lake, NY)
  • St. John in the Wilderness Church (Lake Clear, NY)
  • St. Gabriel’s Church (Paul Smiths, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James Larche:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg released a list of 28 priests who were credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor or a vulnerable adult on November 13th, 2018. One priest that was first named publicly for abuse by the list was Father James Larche.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. The only information the diocese released about Father Larche was that he was removed from ministry in 2000, and is still living.

According to news reports, in 2012, Larche moved to Vermont and got a job as a nurse at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He continues to deny all allegations against him. Each name on the list has been internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg 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 York and nationwide. We can help. 

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