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Br. Joseph Trunk – Diocese of Paterson

Brother Joseph Trunk

Diocese of Paterson (Franciscan Friars) 

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Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Diocese of Paterson

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Joseph Trunk:

Br. Joseph Trunk was a member of the Franciscan Order who served  in the Diocese of Paterson. According to media reports, in 2021, for the first time, the Franciscan Friars Holy Name Province published a list of Franciscan friars with substantiated child sexual abuse and misconduct claims following a review of its files by an advisory firm. Br. Trunk was publicly named on its list. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Franciscan Province.

Br. Joseph Trunk died in 2011 at the age of 91.

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

Father Roger McQuarrie

Diocese of Paterson (Franciscan Friars) 

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Ordained: 1950

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • St Francis of Assisi Priory (New York, NY)
  • Military Chaplain
  • St. Mary (Pompton Lakes, NJ)
  • St. Anthony Shrine (Boston, MA)
  • Our Lady of the Rosary (Worchester, MA)
  • Kennedy Youth Center (Morgantown, WV)
  • St. Mary Hospital (Waterbury, CT)
  • St. Joseph Hospital (Tampa, FL)
  • St. Francis (Triangle, VA)
  • St. Anthony Friary (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Holy Name Friary (Ringwood, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Fr. Roger McQuarrie:

Fr. Roger McQuarrie was a Franciscan Friar for 52 years. During that time, he was active in parish, school, and military ministry. Fr. McQuarrie entered the Franciscan Order at St. Bonaventure Monastery in 1943. He was ordained in a priest in the Diocese of Paterson in 1950.

According to media reports, in 2021, the Franciscan Friars Holy Name Province publicly named Fr. Roger McQuarrie on its list of friars with substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse. Information about the dates, age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Franciscan Province.

Fr. Roger McQuarrie died in 1995.

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

Father Severin Brady

Diocese of Paterson (Franciscan Friars) 

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Ordained: 1966

Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Bonaventure (Paterson, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Fr. Severin Brady:

Fr. Severin Brady entered the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1959. He was ordained in 1966 at the Franciscan monastery in Washington DC. After serving as an assistant for two years at St. Bonaventure in the Diocese of Paterson, Fr. Brady was named pastor in 1976.

According to media reports, in 2021, the Franciscan Friars Holy Name Province publicly named Fr. Brady on its list of friars with substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Franciscan Province.

Fr. Severin Brady died in 2006.

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

Father Bruno Ugliano

Diocese of Paterson

Bruno Ugliano Horowitz LawOrdained: 1967

Dead: 2014

Assignment History:

  • Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)
  • Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth’s Church (Linden, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Bruno Ugliano:

Fr. Bruno Ugliano was ordained a priest in 1967. He was the assistant Delbarton headmaster from 1975-1978 and headmaster from 1985-1990. He is one of three monks in which allegations have been made against connecting him to a sexual abuse case.

In 2021, according to media reports, a former star athlete and football player at Delbarton School in Morris County has filed a lawsuit against the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey, which runs the Delbarton School, claiming three monks sexually abused him as a teenager in the 1970s. The lawsuit identifies the monks as three men who have since died — the Rev. Manus Duffy, Br. Jonathan Michael Hunt and the Rev. Bruno Ugliano.

The victim claims the abuse took place in the 1970s when he was 13-14 years old. The abuse is said to have occurred more than 150 times in the 1977-1978 school year in bathroom stalls, a school office, a classroom, and on a retreat to the Jersey Shore, according to the complaint, filed in Superior Court of Morris County.

Ugliano was also previously accused of sexual abuse of a minor in 2002. The victim was a 14-year-old female who was allegedly sexually abused by Ugliano in the early 1980s, while assigned to a Linden parish. Ugliano was temporarily suspended, but then law enforcement deemed the allegations not credible.

Ugliano died in 2014.

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

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

Fr. Manus Duffy – Diocese of Paterson

Father Manus Duffy

Diocese of Paterson

Manus Duffy Horowitz LawOrdained: 1969

Left priesthood: 1989

Dead: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1967-1987: Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Manus Duffy:

Fr. Manus Duffy was a teacher and the headmaster of discipline at Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. He is one of three monks in which allegations have been made against connecting him to a sexual abuse case.

In 2021, according to media reports, a former star athlete and football player at Delbarton School in Morris County has filed a lawsuit against the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey, which runs the Delbarton School, claiming three monks sexually abused him as a teenager in the 1970s. The lawsuit identifies the monks as three men who have since died — the Rev. Manus Duffy, Br. Jonathan Michael Hunt and the Rev. Bruno Ugliano.

The victim claims the abuse took place in the 1970s when he was 13-14 years old. The abuse is said to have occurred more than 150 times in the 1977-1978 school year in bathroom stalls, a school office, a classroom, and on a retreat to the Jersey Shore, according to the complaint, filed in Superior Court of Morris County.

The lawsuit alleges that the victim was abused by Duffy, who was known to fondle and massage him and other students in classroom settings. Additionally, Duffy was accused of raping the victim twice during an overnight retreat on the New Jersey Shore.

Duffy died in 2008.

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

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

Br. Jonathan Hunt – Diocese of Paterson

Brother Jonathan Michael Hunt

Diocese of Paterson

Jonathan Michael Hunt Horowitz LawJoined: 1964

Dead: 2020

Assignment History:

  • Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)
  • St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother Jonathan Michael Hunt:

In 1964, Hunt professed simple vows, receiving the religious name Jonathan. In 1979, he was ordained deacon at St. Mary’s Abbey, Morristown, NJ. In 1973, Hunt began his long teaching career at Delbarton School in Morristown.

In 2021, according to media reports, a former star athlete and football player at Delbarton School in Morris County has filed a lawsuit against the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey, which runs the Delbarton School, claiming three monks sexually abused him as a teenager in the 1970s. The lawsuit identifies the monks as three men who have since died — the Rev. Manus Duffy, Br. Jonathan Michael Hunt and the Rev. Bruno Ugliano.

The victim claims the abuse took place in the 1970s when he was 13-14 years old. The abuse is said to have occurred more than 150 times in the 1977-1978 school year in bathroom stalls, a school office, a classroom, and on a retreat to the Jersey Shore, according to the complaint, filed in Superior Court of Morris County.

Hunt died in 2020.

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

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

Fr. Timothy Brennan – Diocese of Paterson

Father Timothy Brennan 

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2002

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1979-1994      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1992-1994      St. Mary’s of the Lake (Lakewood, NJ) 
  • 1996-2018      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Timothy J. Brennan:

According to media reports, in 1987, Father Timothy J. Brennan, a Benedictine monk, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy at St. Mary’s Abbey on the Delbarton School campus in 1984. Prosecutors said he showed the victim pornography and urged him to masturbate in front of the monk. Court papers said the victim was between 13 and 15 at the time. 

“I was embarrassed, and I blamed myself,” the victim said. “I didn’t really realize the extent of what had happened to me.”

Father Brennan was placed on one year probation, charged a $30 fine and was sent to Washington, DC for six months for treatment in a facility for clergy sex offenders. The case was resolved with a confidentiality agreement that came with a seven-figure settlement in 1988. The abbey promised publicly not to let him work with children or teenagers again. Father Brennan was later assigned to a Lakewood parish to work at a nursing home and a local hospital. He continued working in New York churches for over 10 years.

In March 2002, Father Brennan was in Rochester NY when he was placed on leave amidst another sexual abuse allegation reported. He was ordered into a Missouri rehabilitation facility for life. 

In June 2012, Father Brennan’s accuser from Delbarton filed a civil suit. The case was settled in June 2014. 

In July 2017, a New Jersey man filed a civil suit alleging that Father Brennan sexually abused him on more than 100 occasions when he was an altar boy and a student at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Linden from 1968 to 1971. The abuse started when he was 14 years old and continued until he was 14. According to the suit, Father Brennan plied him 2with pornography and masturbated in front of him. He sent the boy on missions to have sex with other students and had him report back. 

“He constantly treated me like his favorite student or special friend,” the alleged victim said. “He never held back in our conversations we had, and his conversations with me were always about an explicit sex act or specific interaction with a certain person. He also contently told me that he was fantasizing about sex and that he would use me to complete his orgasm.”

In June 2018, the Benedictine order settled lawsuits with five men who claimed they were sexually abused by Father Brennan at Delbarton School. Settlements were also reached in December 2018 and February 2019, totaling seven settled suits. According to court documents, he admitted to abusing 50 boys.

Father Brennan lived in a Catholic community in Missouri known for treating troubled clergy until his death in December 2019. In October 2020, seven new lawsuits were filed accusing several New Jersey religious institutions of allowing him to sexually abuse the children entrusted in the care of Catholic schools.

Two of the new lawsuits name the Order of St. Benedict alleging that Father Brennan abused two children at the Delbarton School from 1984 to 1985, when they were 14 and 14 to 15 years old. Two other recent suits name the order, as well as St. Elizabeth’s and the Archdiocese of Newark. One plaintiff said the abuse occurred at St. Elizabeth’s in 1975 when he or she was 14 and 15 years old. The fourth alleged victim claims the abuse happened at St. Elizabeth’s between 1974 and 1977, when he or she was 11 to 14 years old.

According to state court records, Father Brennan has been accused of child sexual abuse in 16 lawsuits including these most recent seven. One man who settled with the order and St. Elizabeth’s in 2019 said Brennan sexually abused him more than 100 times at the school, groping him and masturbating in front of him.

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

Father Luke Travers

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained: 1986

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-1997: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 1998-2007: St. Mary’s Abbey; Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)
  • 2008: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ); Holy Trinity (New York, NY) 
  • 2009-2016: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 2017-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Luke Travers:

Fr. Luke Travers, a Benedictine monk, was the headmaster at Delbarton School in New Jersey from 1999 through 2007 but taught there before and after that time. 

According to media reports, in April 2011, a former student sent a letter to St. Mary’s Abbey, which runs the school, alleging sexual misconduct by Travers as he was consoling him when his father was dying. The letter said the monk offered him alcohol, hugged and kissed him, professed his love, and said he wanted to run away with him when he came back to the school after graduating. 

Another former student came forward alleging that when Travers was headmaster, he grabbed the boy’s crotch and butt when he was about 14 years old in the 1980s. Amidst the allegations, the monk was removed from his position as a non-residential administrator at St. Mary’s Abbey in Virginia, and ordered to live under restrictions that barred him from contact with anyone under 25. 

In March 2012, a lawsuit was filed by two brothers who grew up on the campus of the Delbarton School where their father was a teacher. The suit claimed they were sexually abused by Travers while he was headmaster in the 1970s. He denied the allegations. In April 2012, Travers severed ties with the Benedictine order.

In June 2018, a settlement was reached with five men alleging abuse by five monks, including Travers at Delbarton School.

In July 2018, Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey, publicly acknowledged for the first time, the accusations of 30 individuals who have alleged abuse by 13 past or current priests and monks there, and one retired lay faculty member, over the course of three decades.

In 2020, new suits were filed accusing Travers and two other priests of sexual abuse. According to media reports, the victim claimed that the abuse took place on individual occasions at the Delbarton School between 1982 and 1989, starting when he was 14 years old and ending when he was 21.

Travers 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 Paterson. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Paterson, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Paterson 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. Robert Yurgel – Diocese of Paterson

Father Robert Yurgel 

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained: 1996

Laicized: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1992: Catholic Conference Center (Hickory, NC)
  • 1992-1993: St. Felix Friary (Wilmington, DE) 
  • 1993-1996: Our Lady of Lourdes Friary (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1996-1997: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 1997-1999: St. Matthew’s (Charlotte, NC); Our Lady of Consolation (Charlotte, NC); St. Michael’s (Gastonia, NC); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)  
  • 1999-2001: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY) 
  • 2001-2003: Our Lady of Lourdes (Paterson, NJ); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2003-2006: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2006-2008:  St. Mary’s Hospital (Passaic, NJ); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Passaic, NJ); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY); St. Francis (Passaic, NJ)
  • 2008-2009: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2010-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Yurgel:

Fr. Robert Yurgel was a priest for the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis. He was assigned in 1997 to the Diocese of Charlotte NC, where he worked in several area parishes. In October 1999, he was transferred out of the diocese and returned to his order in New York. He was then assigned to the Diocese of Paterson NJ. 

According to media reports, in 2008, a 23-year-old man reported to police that Yurgel sexually abused him beginning in 1999 when he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Matthew’s in Charlotte, while Yurgel was an assistant priest. The man said the abuse occurred at St. Matthew’s, Our Lady of Consolation, in a car in the parking lot of St. Michael’s in Gastonia, and at the boy’s home when his parents were out. Yurgel was in fact a close friend of the boy’s family.

Yurgel was arrested in New Jersey in April 2008, and extradited to North Carolina. At the time of his arrest, he was chaplain at St. Mary’s in Passaic, NJ. He pleaded guilty, and in February 2009 was sentenced to a minimum of seven years and eight months in prison, and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

“For the past decade, I have lived in fear of you. You made me believe my family would be mad at me. But … my family did believe me. My family did not get mad at me. My family still loves me,” the victim said in court.

In 2008, Yurgel’s victim filed a suit against the Diocese of Charlotte and Capuchin Franciscans, claiming they covered up his case, and that the diocese knew of his sexual misconduct in 1999. The suit was settled in 2010 for $1.23 million. He was laicized the same year.

According to media reports, in 2020, a lawsuit was filed accusing Yurgel of sexual abuse of a boy between the ages of 5 and 7 years old. The abuse began in 1997 and went on for approximately 2 years at the Ballantyne Church in North Carolina.

Yurgel was released from prison in August 2016. He reportedly moved from North Carolina to New Jersey in November 2016. 

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

Father Timothy Brennan 

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1979-1994: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ)
  • 1992-1994: St. Mary’s of the Lake, Lakewood, NJ) 
  • 1996-2018: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Timothy Brennan:

According to media reports, in 1987, Fr. Timothy Brennan, a Benedictine, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy at St. Mary’s Abbey on the Delbarton School campus in 1984. Prosecutors said he showed the victim pornography and urged him to masturbate in front of the monk. Court papers said the victim was between 13 and 15 at the time. 

“I was embarrassed, and I blamed myself,” the victim said. “I didn’t really realize the extent of what had happened to me”.

Brennan was placed on one-year probation, charged a $30 fine, and was sent to Washington, D.C. for six months for treatment in a facility for clergy sex offenders. The case was resolved with a confidentiality agreement that came with a seven-figure settlement in 1988. The abbey promised publicly not to let him work with children or teenagers again. Brennan was later assigned to a Lakewood parish to work at a nursing home and a local hospital. He continued working in New York churches for over 10 years.

In March 2002, Brennan was in Rochester, New York when he was placed on leave amidst another sexual abuse allegation report. He was ordered into a Missouri rehabilitation facility for life. 

In June 2012, Brennan’s accuser from Delbarton filed a civil suit. The case was settled in June 2014. 

In July 2017, a New Jersey man filed a civil suit alleging that Brennan sexually abused him on more than 100 occasions when he was an altar boy and a student at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Linden from 1968 to 1971. The abuse started when he was 11 years old and continued until he was 14. According to the suit, Brennan plied him with pornography and masturbated in front of him. He sent the boy on missions to have sex with other students and had him report back. 

“He constantly treated me like his favorite student or special friend,” the alleged victim said. “He never held back in the conversations we had, and his conversations with me were always about an explicit sex act or specific interaction with a certain person. He also contently told me that he was fantasizing about sex and that he would use me to complete his orgasm”.

In June 2018, the Benedictine order settled lawsuits with five men who claimed they were sexually abused by Brennan at Delbarton School. Settlements were also reached in December 2018 and February 2019, totaling seven settled suits. According to court documents, Brennan admitted to abusing 50 boys. As of February 2019, there are active suits from three men and one woman, claiming he sexually abused them at St. Elizabeth’s.

Brennan lived in a Catholic community in Missouri known for treating troubled clergy until his death in December 2019.

In October 2020, four new lawsuits filed Thursday accuse several New Jersey religious institutions of allowing a monk to sexually abuse children trusted to the care of Catholic schools.

Two of the new lawsuits against the Order of St. Benedict claim Brennan abused two children at the Delbarton School from 1984 to 1985, when the plaintiffs were 14 and 14 to 15 years old, respectively.

The other two suits name the order as well as St. Elizabeth’s and the Archdiocese of Newark. One plaintiff said the abuse at Brennan’s hands occurred at St. Elizabeth’s in 1975 when he or she was 14 and 15 years old. The fourth plaintiff alleges abuse at St. Elizabeth’s between 1974 and 1977 when he or she was 11 to 14 years old.

State court records show he has been accused of abuse in 16 lawsuits, including these four and three earlier this month. One man who settled with the order and St. Elizabeth’s in 2019 said Brennan sexually abused him more than 100 times at the school, groping him and masturbating in front of him.

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