Tag: Diocese of Palm Beach

Fr. Joseph K. Symons – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father Joseph K. Symons 

Diocese of Palm Beach

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Ordained: 1958

Resigned: 1998

Assignment History:

  • 1958-1959:  St. Monica’s (Palatka, FL)
  • 1958:  St. John Manor (FL)
  • 1958-1968:  Diocesan Tribunal (St. Augustine, FL)
  • 1959:  good Counsel Camp (Floral City, FL)
  • Unknown:  St. Jude’s (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Unknown:  St. Ignatius (Tarpon Springs, FL)
  • 1959-1961:  St. Patrick’s (Pinellas Park (Largo), FL)
  • 1961-1962:  Sacred Heart (Pinellas Park, FL)
  • 1962-1966:  St. Paul’s (Leesburg, FL)
  • 1962-1966:  St. Lawrence (Bushnell, FL)
  • 1966-1968:  Episcopal Vicars (St. Augustine, FL)
  • 1966-1971:  St. Joseph’s (Bradenton, FL)
  • 1968-1969:  Sacred Heart (Bradenton, FL)
  • 1971-1981:  St. Mary Our Lady of Grace (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1968-1983:  Building Commission (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1969-1974:  Liturgical Commission (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1979-1980:  Liturgical Commission (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1968-1983:  Liaison Commission for Interdenominational Affairs/Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1968-1983:  Commission for Communications Media (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1969-1974:  Realty Board (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1979-1980:  Realty Board (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1971-1983:  Vicars General (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1971-1980:  Diocesan Consultors (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1981-1983:  Diocesan Consultors (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1971-1974:  Vicar for Religious Women (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1971-1981:  Financial Advisory Board (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1981-1983:  Financial (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1973-1981:  Chancellor (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1974-1980:  Master of Ceremonies (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1981-1983:  Incardination Commission (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1978-1983:  Priests’ Personnel Committee (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1981-1983:  Diocesan Advisory Board (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1981-1983:  St. Catherine of Siena (Largo, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph K. Symons:

Fr. Joseph K. Symons was ordained in 1958 for the Diocese of St. Augustine, where he became a member of the diocesan Tribunal and an Episcopal Vicar. Symons was known for recruiting young people to the church and for his progressive outreach programs. He directed several camps for children, one of which he had founded. 

When the diocese split in 1968, Symons ministered for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He held numerous chancery positions in his new diocese. While serving as St. Petersburg’s Chancellor in the early 1970s, he accepted into the diocese a known perpetrator of sexual abuse of children. Symons quietly left cash for the mother of two of that priest’s victims when she confronted him years later. He denied knowing the priest was a perpetrator. Symons was elevated to Auxiliary Bishop in 1981 and was appointed Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee in 1983. 

In 1990, Symons became Bishop of Palm Beach. In 1995, Symons admitted to having sexually abused a boy years earlier after the victim came forward. Symons said he was his only victim and was allowed to remain in ministry. Another man disclosed sexual abuse as a child by Symons in 1998. 

In 1998, Symons resigned several days later and admitted to having sexually abused five boys early in his career. One of the former altar boys Symons molested was a 13-year-old boy in which the abuse took place over a 3-year period. Symons returned to his home state of Michigan where he lived in a convent and led adult spiritual retreats.

Symons’ 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 Palm Beach 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. John Sutton – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father John Sutton 

Diocese of Palm Beach/Diocese of Paterson

 

Ordained: 1970

Dead: 2000

Assignment History:

  • St. Andrew (Clifton, NJ)
  • St. Agnes (Paterson, NJ)
  • Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Swartswood, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Chatham, NJ)
  • Saint Joan of Arc (Boca Raton, Florida)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Sutton:

Fr. John Sutton was ordained in 1970. He is a former Catholic priest who served for a time at Saint Joan of Arc in Boca Raton, Florida. He’s included by the Diocese of Paterson (New Jersey) in its list of 28 priests who have been credibly accused of illegal sexual abuse involving minors.

Sutton took a leave of absence for unspecified reasons in 1979. Years later, he requested to be transferred to the Diocese of Palm Beach. The transfer was granted by the Bishop of Patterson and Sutton was eventually incardinated in the Diocese of Palm Beach in January of 2000 where he remained for the duration of his priesthood until his passing in August of 2000. 

The Diocese of Paterson says it investigated the abuse claim involving Sutton in 2005, along with their local prosecutor’s office, and found the accusation to be credible. The abuse is said to have occurred in the 1970s.

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Sutton’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

Sutton died in 2000.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Palm Beach 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. Jose Palimattom – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father Jose Palimattom 

Diocese of Palm Beach/Franciscan

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Ordained: Unknown

Convicted: 2015

Assignment History:

  • St. Thomas the Apostle (India)
  • Holy Name Catholic Church (West Palm Beach, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jose Palimattom:

Fr. Jose Palimattom is originally from India and he was a priest of the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle in India. According to the police report, Palimattom got in trouble in India for being involved with an underage boy while working there. This incident was not reported to law enforcement and the Diocese of Palm Beach says the background check prior to Palimattom’s arrival showed no prior misconduct.

In 2014, Palimattom began serving at Holy Name Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. After a month of serving in the parish, in January of 2015, Palimattom was arrested and charged with obscenity for showing child pornography to a 14-year-old boy and Palimattom admitted his behavior after the boy’s father alerted the police. Palimattom served 6 months in jail, then was deported to India in June of 2016. 

According to media reports, a Holy Name pastor told police he was instructed that when Palimattom arrived he was to have no contact with minors without an adult present. The pastor claimed demotion/poor treatment by the diocese as a result of Palimattom’s case in 2016. In 2017, the pastor filed suit against the diocese, but the appeals court dismissed the lawsuit in 2018, saying the court cannot get involved in church administrative issues.

Palimattom’s 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 Palm Beach 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. Francis Edward Maloney – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father Francis Edward Maloney 

Diocese of Palm Beach

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Ordained: 1959

Removed: 2002

Dead: 2011

Assignment History:

  • St. Rita (Wellington, FL)
  • Holy Family (Port St. Lucie, FL)
  • St. Juliana Catholic Church (West Palm Beach, FL)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church (Stuart, FL)
  • St. Luke Catholic Church (Palm Springs, FL)
  • 1996-1999:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (Port St. Lucie, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Edward Maloney:

Fr. Francis Edward Maloney was ordained for the Diocese of Steubenville in 1959. In 1986, Maloney was transferred to the Diocese of Palm Beach. 

Maloney was forced to retire in 2000 after an allegation surfaced of a sexual relationship with another man while he was at St. Luke in Lake Worth, Florida.

In 2002, Maloney was removed from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church after a 17-year-old boy accused him of behaving inappropriately around him. The youth said he found Maloney in bed with another man and that the priest would walk around his home nude while the youth was there. This is all while the boy was given a job to clean Mahoney’s to help the boy with some money.

According to media reports, no criminal charges were filed. The boy filed a civil suit in 2003 and it was settled the following year for less than $1M. Maloney admitted to a long-term, “sporadic” sexual relationship with the other priest.

His whereabouts until his death are unknown. Maloney died in 2011.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Palm Beach 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. Elias F. Guimaraes – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father Elias F. Guimaraes 

Diocese of Palm Beach/Society of St. Paul

 

Ordained: 1993

Arrested: 2002

Convicted: 2003

Assignment History:

  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Mission (Delray Beach, FL)
  • St. Paul bookstore (Miami, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Elias F. Guimaraes:

Fr. Elias F. Guimaraes was ordained in 1993 and is from Brazil. In 2001, Guimaraes arrived in the Diocese of Palm Beach.

The following year, in 2002, Guimaraes was arrested after he was caught arriving on a beach for a sexual rendezvous with a detective who had been posing as a 14-year-old boy on the internet. According to media reports, Guimaraes sent many sexually explicit messages and bragged of having sex with a 14-year old boy and a 16-year-old boy. 

In 2003, Guimaraes pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison. He was released from prison in May of 2006. 

According to media reports, Guimaraes may have been deported to Brazil upon release. 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 Palm Beach 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. Frank Flynn – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father Frank Flynn

Diocese of Palm Beach

 

Ordained: 1967

Retired: 2004

Assignment History:

  • St. John the Baptist Parish (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
  • St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Lake Worth, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Frank Flynn:

Fr. Frank Flynn was ordained a priest in 1967 and is from Ireland. According to media reports, there was a sexual abuse accusation made against Flynn as early as 1982. He was accused of seducing at least three women and of kissing and groping a young girl when she was aged 12-18. The police closed the investigation in 2002. 

The Diocese was notified at least four times between 1982-1997 that Flynn was seducing women, yet Flynn was only transferred to other parishes and no other actions were taken. Flynn left the diocese in 1997 and returned to Ireland because of a “weak heart”. 

Flynn was working at All Hallows Seminary in Dublin in 2002 and retired by 2004. The Diocese paid at least two settlements involving Flynn. Flynn was named in a fourth lawsuit.

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 Palm Beach 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. Edwin Collins – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father Edwin Collins

Diocese of Palm Beach

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Ordained: 1954

Resigned: 1998

Assignment History:

  • 1955-1957:  St. Barnabas Apostle (Bellmore, NY) 
  • 1958-1959:  St. Barnabas Apostle (Bellmore, NY)  
  • 1960-1967:  St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary (Hempstead, NY)  
  • 1968:  St. Mary’s (Manhasset, NY)  
  • 1969-1976:  St. William the Abbot (Seaford, NY) 
  • 1977-1997:  Our Lady of Lourdes (Malverne, NY)  
  • St. Matthew Catholic Church (Lake Worth, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Edwin Collins:

Fr. Edwin Collins was a priest ordained in 1954. He retired from Rockville Centre, New York, moving to Wellington, Florida. Collins assisted with Mass at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Lake Worth, Florida.

In 1998, Collins was accused of inappropriately touching a 13- or 14-year-old boy who spent the night at Collins’ home before a fishing outing in Lake Worth, Florida. According to media reports, the boy woke up to Collins’ hands in between his legs and he fought him off and immediately told his parents and the diocese, and Collins resigned.

The vicar general then wrote a letter and placed it in Collins’ file. The Diocese of Rockville Centre was notified but Collins’ name was not released to the public in 2002 with other accused clergy. The family immediately complained to the diocese about the omission and said the Diocese “missed” the file.

According to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s reports, Collins tried to fondle the boy after he fell asleep in the priest’s bed. An administrator with the Diocese of Palm Beach told detectives that Collins admitted he inappropriately touched the boy. The priest, however, told investigators that he never touched him.

Collins was retired in Florida at the time the alleged abuse occurred. 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 Palm Beach 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. 

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

Fr. Ronald Francis Burt – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father Ronald Francis Burt 

Diocese of Palm Beach/Paulist Fathers

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Born: 1921

Ordained: 1951

Removed:  1986

Dead: 1994

Assignment History:

    • 1951-1955: St. Paul the Apostle (New York, NY)
    • 1955-1962: St. Paul the Apostle (Los Angeles, CA)
    • 1962-1963: Blessed Sacrament (Johannesburg, South Africa)
    • 1963-1986: Good Shepherd (New York, NY)
    • 1987-1992: Paulist Fathers residence  (Vero Beach, FL)
    • 1989-1991: Paulist Fathers Generalate (Scarsdale, NY)
    • 1992-1994 Guadalupe Care & Retirement Center (Cherry Valley, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Ronald Francis Burt:

Fr. Ronald F. Burt was ordained in 1951. In 1986, a mother reported to the Paulist Fathers that Burt sexually abused her son. The reports state the abuse occurred between 1973 and 1979 when Burt worked at Good Shepherd in New York, New York.

Burt reportedly admitted to the abuse, was sent to treatment, and was removed from ministry. Burt served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and New York during his tenure. In 2019, the Paulist Fathers named him on their List of Paulist Fathers with Credible Claims of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. 

Burt’s status as a priest, his whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 1986 until his death in 1994 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 Palm Beach 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. 

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

Fr. Charles Bartles – Diocese of Palm Beach

Father Charles Bartles 

Diocese of Palm Beach/Jesuits

 

Ordained: 1965

Dead: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1967: St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s, KS)
  • 1967-1971: Jesuit High School (Tampa, FL)
  • 1971-1972: Campion College (Kingston, Jamaica)
  • 1972-1978: Ignatius Retreat House (Atlanta, GA)
  • 1972-1978: Marist School (Atlanta, GA)
  • 1978-1982: Our Lady of the Snows (Nulato, AK)
  • 1982-1985: St. John Berchman (Galena, AK)
  • 1985-1986: Monroe High School (Fairbanks, AK)
  • 1986-1988: Immaculate Conception (Bethel, AK)
  • Unknown: St. Ann’s Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1989-1993: Foreign Mission: Instituto Souza (Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles Bartles:

Fr. Charles Bartles was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1965. He went on to work in Kansas, Florida, Georgia, Alaska, New Orleans, Jamaica, and Brazil. In 2010, there was an accusation of molesting at least one child against Bartles that was revealed in the Fairbanks diocese’s bankruptcy reorganization documents.

In 2018, the Jesuit Order also released a list of credibly accused Jesuit Priests formerly assigned to Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida in which Bartles was named.

Bartles died in 1993.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Palm Beach 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. 

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

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Where is the Florida Attorney General’s Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse?

In October 2018, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced that her office was opening a comprehensive investigation into allegations that Florida’s seven Catholic dioceses had engaged in a widespread coverup of sexual abuse allegations involving priests.  Bondi’s announcement followed the release of the landmark Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report into five Catholic dioceses, which resulted in the disclosure that more than 300 Catholic priests had been accused of sexual abuse there. Other states’ Attorneys General have since released similar reports.

The Florida investigation is particularly important because Florida became a dumping ground for problem priests for several decades as the Florida Catholic community grew and bishops up north wanted to get rid of older priests who had been the subject of allegations.  A flock of unsuspecting parishioners has long been tended to by wolves with collars, and usually with little to no warnings to the faithful about the risks to their children.

“Any priest that would exploit a position of power and trust to abuse a child is a disgrace to the church and a threat to society,” Bondi said in her October 2018 press conference.  We could not agree more.

But where is the Florida Attorney General’s report?  It is now nearly two years since the investigation was opened and survivors and the Catholic faithful have no more answers than they did in 2018.

Earlier this week, the Twitter account of the SNAP Florida organization, which is dedicated to the advocacy and support of survivors of clergy sexual abuse, quoted an official in the AG’s office, Rita Pavan Peters.  According to the Tweet, Ms. Pavan Peters stated “[w]e’re in the final stages of our review.  I anticipate information being released in the near future.”

As advocates and attorneys for clergy sexual abuse victims in Florida, we implore our colleagues in the Attorney General’s office to complete their investigation and publish their findings.  Our attorneys have been involved in clergy sexual abuse cases in Florida for decades, and we know it is no small task to review the endless evidence of hurt kids and coverups, but enough is enough.  Survivors deserve to see the truth they all know in black and white.

We hope that the information on the SNAP Twitter account is accurate and that we will see this report very soon.  We hope that the report is transparent and complete.  And we sincerely hope that it leads to a revolution of Florida laws that currently close the courthouse doors to most survivors of sexual abuse because they did not come forward in their twenties, when the average age to report sexual abuse for the first time is 52.  Florida’s clergy sexual abuse survivors deserve accountability and healing.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Catholic Dioceses of 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. Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.