Tag: Diocese of Ogdensburg sexual abuse

Fr. John “Jack” Downs – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father John “Jack” Downs

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

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Ordained: 1955

Retired: 2004

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1955-1968 Sacred Heart (Massena, NY)
  • 1968-1969 Diocesan Consultor (Redwood, NY)
  • 1969-1980 Director of Radio and Television 
  • 1973 Adams, New York
  • 1978 West Chazy, New York
  • 1987-1990 Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (West Virginia) 
  • 1990-2004 St. Joseph’s (Massena, NY) 

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John “Jack” Downs:

In August of 2019, a lawsuit was filed under the New York Child Victims Act that included allegations against Father John “Jack” Downs. The alleged abuse occurred in 1995 and allegedly involved a 16-year-old.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg acknowledged the claim and had an internal investigation before reporting it to law enforcement, then deemed the claim unsubstantiated. No further information has been released about the number of alleged victims or the time frame of the alleged abuse.

Father John Downs has continued to remain an active priest in semi-retirement in Ogdensburg as of August 2019. 

 

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. Joseph Degen – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Joseph Degen (aka Joseph Degan)

Diocese of Ogdensburg

 

Ordained: 1956

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Degen:

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 Joseph Degen. His last name was shown as “Degen” on the list but has also been listed as’ ‘Degan” in the official Catholic Directory.

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 Joseph Degen is that he has been deceased since before the list was made public.

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. Joseph Conti – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Joseph Conti

Diocese of Ogdensburg

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Ordained: 1967

Retired: 2002 

Died: 2018 

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Alphonsus Church (Tupper Lake, NY)
  • Our Lady of Victory Church (Plattsburgh, NY)
  • St. Anthony’s Church (Watertown, NY)
  • Immaculate Heart Central High School
  • St. John’s Academy 
  • Seton Catholic High School (Binghamton, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Conti:

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 the abuse of a minor was Father Joseph Conti. The diocese did not include the number of alleged victims or the time-frame that the alleged abuse occurred.

The only information the Diocese of Ogdensburg listed about Father Conti is that he was removed from ministry and marked as deceased. According to his obituary, he taught and coached at many schools throughout New York and retired in 2002, before passing in July of 2018.

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. Fay Ager – Diocese of Ogdensburg

Father Fay Ager

Diocese of Ogdensburg 

 

Ordained: 1979

 

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Hubert’s Church (Star Lake, NY)
  • St. Francis Solanus (Harrisville, NY)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Fay Ager:

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 Fay W. Ager. The list did not include the number of alleged victims or the time frame that the alleged abuse occurred. Each name that the list provided was internally investigated and found to have reasonable grounds by the Diocesan Review Board. 

The only information the Diocese of Ogdensburg released about Father Ager on its list was that he has been removed from ministry, but is still living.

His current whereabouts and whether or not he has access to minors is 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. 

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

Diocese of Ogdensburg Program Underway to Compensate Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Ogdensburg has announced an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) to compensate people with claims that they were sexually abused as a child by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Individuals who have made abuse abuse claims with the Diocese of Ogdensburg prior to March 1, 2018, can participate in this voluntary program.  The deadline for victims to submit claims is June 1, 2018.  You should hire an experienced attorney before submitting your claim.

In certain cases, the claims process may involve gathering church sacrament records, school records, witness statements, counseling/therapy records, or photographs to support your claim. For that reason, it is critical you do not wait until the deadline to submit your claim.  It is also essential that you hire an attorney who has previously handled cases involving the IRCP programs in New York State.

The IRCP is intended to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Ogdensburg  The program was publicly announced by the Bishop LaValley of the Diocese of Ogdensburg on March 1, 2018.  This announcement follows the lead of Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, and Diocese of Rockville Centre who employed similar programs.  Since that time, dozens of victims across New York State dating back to the 1950’s have submitted claims. It has not yet been determined how the Diocese of Ogdensburg will treat claimants who did not previously report their abuse.  The Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, and Diocese of Rockville Centre have in the past agreed to compensate persons who did not previously report the abuse — and victim advocates are hopeful that the Diocese of Ogdensburg will do the same.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg’s geographical area spans eight counties in New York – Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties — plus the northern portion of Hamilton and Herkimer counties.  The Diocese includes 119 parishes, and also include churches, schools, convents, seminaries, hospitals, colleges, and other ministries.  The Catholic population of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is estimated to be nearly 143,000.

Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz has many years of experience handling claims on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse throughout New York.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse by any priest or clergymen affiliated with the Diocese of Ogdensburg, please e-mail attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100 to discuss your claim against the Diocese of Ogdensburg and learn if you are eligible for monetary compensation.  Attorney Adam Horowitz offers confidential, free evaluations of your sexual abuse claim involving priests and clergy of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.