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New Jersey Dioceses Sets Compensation Fund Rules for Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims

The Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Trenton and Paterson have set a start date of June 15, 2019 for the Independent Victim Compensation Program (“IVCP”).  The IVCP is intended to compensate victims of sexual abuse by their clergy regardless of how many years ago the abuse occurred.  Claimants must complete a questionnaire with sworn answers and submit documentation (if such materials exists) to be eligible for compensation.

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The effective date of the IVCP is June 15, 2019.  The program is available to anyone abuse by clergy of one of the New Jersey Dioceses regardless of whether the clergyman was affiliated with a school, parish or other agency of the Diocese. Program administrations report that the claims will be handled in the order in which they are received, starting with claims of sexual abuse that were reported to the Diocese prior to the date of this Protocol.  Victims shall be eligible for compensation regardless of whether they have previously reported these incidents to the Diocese or law enforcement.  Victims will not be eligible for the program if they have previously settled their clergy abuse claim or if the abuse was committed by a religious Order priest or priest of a Dioceses outside New Jersey.  Notably, the entire IVCP process is confidential and claimant will not have their names publicly disclosed by applying for compensation.

The program will be independently administered by neutral fund administrators in two Phases.  Phase I, which begins June 15, 2019, is available to victims who reported their abuse on or before June 15, 2019 to their Diocese.  Phase II is for victims who have not previously reported their abuse.  Phase II victims may register their claims beginning June 15, 2019 and continuing through October 31, 2019.  The deadline to file claims for Phase I and II is December 31, 2019.


Former Boca Raton Priest John Sutton On List of Priests “Credibly Accused” of Abusing Minors

John Sutton, a former Catholic priest who served for a time at Saint Joan of Arc in Boca Raton, Florida is 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.

John Sutton was born in 1943 and ordained in 1970.  Sutton served in the following assignments in the Diocese of Paterson:

  • St. Andrew (Clifton, NJ)
  • St. Agnes (Paterson, NJ)
  • Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Swartswood, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Chatham, NJ)

Sutton also 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 in Patterson and Susan was eventually incardinated in the Diocese of Palm Beach in January 2000 where he remained for the duration of his priesthood until his passing in August 2000.   The Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey says it investigated the abuse claim involving Father Sutton in 2005, along with their local prosecutor’s office, and found the accusation to be credible.

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.  Although the Diocese of Paterson has identified 28 priests accused of abuse, Horowitz Law has 41 priests publicly accused in the Diocese of Paterson.

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.