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Br. John D. Walsh (Franciscan Brother) – Diocese of Rochester

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Brother John D. Walsh (Franciscan Brother)
Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother John D. Walsh:

Brother John D. Walsh, vice principal at the now-closed Cardinal Mooney High School in Greece, was arrested in 1985 and charged with kidnapping two adolescent boys from a downtown Rochester street and offering them money for sex, according to media reports. The boys, 11 and 12 years old, were released unharmed.

Walsh was not an ordained priest but a Franciscan Brother of the Holy Cross and had taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

He pleaded guilty to coercion and unlawful imprisonment and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Br. John Walderman – Diocese of Rochester

Brother John Walderman
Diocese of Rochester

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Removed from ministry: 1986, 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • 1986: Bishop Hendricken High School, Warwick, RI
  • 1987-1991: Cardinal Hayes High, School, Bronx, NY
  • 1991-2001: Rice High School, Harlem, NY
  • 2001-2005: Edmund Rice Institute, Sydney, Australia
  • 2005-2007: Rice High School, Harlem, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brother John Walderman:

In 1986, Brother John M. Walderman was arrested for soliciting sex from a 17-year-old boy. At the time, Walderman was the principal of an all-boys school, Bishop Hendricken High School, in Warwick, Rhode Island.

He was released on bail.  One year later, the case was dismissed.  Upon dismissal of the case, Walderman was once again allowed to work in schools with young boys and with no additional supervision. Additionally, he stopped using his first name “John” and started using his middle name, going by J. Matthew Walderman.

He continued to work in schools until someone saw Walderman’s name in a story detailing his successes. Upon seeing this article, this person reminded the Christian Brothers about Walderman’s previous charge of solicitation of a minor from 20 years prior, wondering why he was still in ministry with children.

A priest aware of the circumstances said that Walderman should never have been permitted to work at Rice High School because his superiors knew of the arrest when it occurred.

Since the charges resurfaced, Walderman was removed from ministry and is no longer teaching. He is believed to be living in New Rochelle, New York.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. J. Peter Conroy (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Rochester

Father J. Peter Conroy, s.j.
Diocese of Rochester/Jesuits

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Ordained: Unknown1971
Impeded: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1965: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1968-1969: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1969-1980: Regis High School, New York, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father J. Peter Conroy:

Father J. Peter Conroy was removed from his position at Canisius College in 2002 after sexual misconduct allegations from decades earlier were reported to the Diocese of Buffalo.

Conroy admitted to “inappropriate touching and groping” of two female relatives from 1972-1976 when the girls were minors and Conroy was an ordained priest.

One victim, who lives in Rochester, was an eighth grader in the early 1970s while visiting Conroy at Fordham University, where the young priest was assigned. Conroy came into her room and, according to the victim, “his hands were all over me.”

In 2002 the victim took her daughter on a college visit to Canisius and realized Conroy was still in ministry there. Conroy was also assigned to St. Ann’s Church in Buffalo and the women heard through a relative that he was seeking a more permanent appointment there, and they felt that
there should be a notification to those people.

The sisters notified the Buffalo Diocese in March 2002 and Conroy was promptly removed.

Conroy remains a Jesuit priest and since 2002, Catholic directories list him Conroy as living
in the Jogues Retreat Center in Cornwall, New York, just south of Poughkeepsie.

Conroy’s name appeared on both the Diocese of Buffalo’s list of credibly accused priests and the list of accused priests published by the Jesuits’ Northeast province.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Robert Voelkle (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Rochester

Father Robert Voelkle, s.j.
Diocese of Rochester/Jesuits

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Ordained: Unknown
Left ministry: 1985
Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1965: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1968-1969: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1969-1980: Regis High School, New York, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Voelkle:

In a release from the Jesuit order, Father Robert Voelkle was listed as a priest who had abused minors in the 1960s and 1970s. Records do not indicate that Voelkle admitted to the abuse, but do state that the claims were found credible after internal investigation by the Jesuits.

The list didn’t make clear where and when the abuse had occurred, however.  Voelkle was a teacher at McQuaid Jesuit school, a school within the Diocese of Rochester, during the majority of the 1960s.

The priest left the Jesuit order in 1985, but it is unclear whether he remained active in any type of ministry after he left the order.

Voelkle died in 2016.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Erick Viloria – Diocese of Rochester

Father Erick Viloria
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 2016
Restricted ministry: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 2016-2018: Our Lady of Peace Parish, Geneva, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Erick Viloria:

In 2018, Father Erick Viloria was placed on restricted ministry by the Diocese of Rochester after an internal investigation had concluded Viloria had “engaged in objectionable and inappropriate use of social media with an adult.”

Earlier in the year, an individual reported being subjected to unwanted sexual contact by Viloria at a church-owned property in Brighton in 2013, while Viloria was a seminarian and the victim was 23 years old.

The victim told police that for a year after the alleged assault, Viloria frequently attempted to make contact through a social media messaging app.

Police determined that the conduct alleged did fit the definition of criminal conduct, however, it was reported to too late to the Brighton Police, and was outside of the statute of limitations.

Upon being removed from his position, Viloria moved out of the rectory and was believed to be staying with friends in the New York-New Jersey area.  His current location is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Stephen Ward – Diocese of Rochester

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Stephen Ward
Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Stephen Ward:

In 1998, Stephen Ward, the Assistant Principal at Aquinas High School, was arrested for sexually abusing an underage boy.  Ward’s victim was not a student at the school.  He later pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Ward is now a registered sex offender.  He is residing in Rochester, New York. He is 71 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Mr Brian C. Buff – Diocese of Rochester

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Mr. Brian C. Buff
Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Brian Buff:

In 1994, Brian C. Buff, a teacher, was sentenced to 3 to 9 years in prison after he admitted to enticing two of his teenage students to have sex with him. Buff pleaded guilty to the repeated sexual abuse of two 16-year-old youths in Monroe, Albany, and Rensselaer counties.

Initially, Buff was charged with multiple counts of sodomy, sex abuse, endangering the welfare of child, conspiracy, and harassment. The charges stem from the alleged abuse of two male students at Troy’s Catholic Central High School

Additionally, Buff taught at Aquinas Institute in Rochester and served as vice principal of Catholic Central High School in Troy.

In one case, a youth from Troy said he visited Buff in Rochester and the teacher performed oral sex on him.

In the other, another youth allegedly had sex with a former teacher, Mary Anne Cioffi, while Buff watched. Cioffi has pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and faces up to one year in jail.

Buff is believed to be living in Albany, New York, according to public records.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

John J. Tobin (teacher) – Diocese of Rochester

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John J. Tobin (teacher)
Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against John J. Tobin:

In 2019, additional names associated with the Jesuit brotherhood were released and included the name of a lay teacher at McQuaid Jesuit high school, a school within the Diocese of Rochester.

John J. Tobin was the subject of at least three accusations of sexual misconduct with children.  One of the accusers published a long and detailed account of Tobin’s abuse in Esquire magazine, which detailed multiple acts of abuse by the teacher, along with continued stalking and harassment.

While McQuaid Jesuit initially claimed to be unaware of the abuse, the school eventually admitted that it had in fact fired Tobin for what was described as “incidences of inappropriate behavior” during a class trip to Europe,

Tobin is now deceased.  There are no official documents stating Tobin’s exact year of death, but some sources online say he passed away in the 1990s.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. William Scanlon (Jesuit priest) – Diocese of Rochester

Father William Scanlon, s.j. (Jesuit priest)
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: Unknown
Restricted ministry: 1994
Impeded: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964 1967: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY
  • 1971 1972: Xavier High School, New York, NY
  • 1972 1974: Fordham University, Bronx, NY
  • 1974 1976: St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, NJ
  • 1976 1980: Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
  • 1980 1992: St. Joseph’s Parish, Benin City, Nigeria

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William Scanlon:

Father William Scanlon was a Jesuit priest and former teacher at McQuaid Jesuit, a school within the Diocese of Rochester.  In 1994, Scanlon admitted to abusing minors from 1985-1994. The Jesuits have “restricted” and then “impeded” Scanlon twice since 1994 the allegations surfaced.

But that didn’t stop the order from including him in its official magazine in 2010, where he was shown giving Holy Communion. Very little else is known about Scanlon’s charges or his assignments after 1994.

He is not listed in the 2018 edition of the Official Catholic Directory and his current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Leonard Riforgiato (Jesuit seminarian-deacon) – Diocese of Rochester

Leonard Riforgiato (Jesuit seminarian-deacon)
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: Unknown
Died: 1999

Assigned as follows:

  • 1964-1966: McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Leonard Riforgiato:

When the Jesuit order released its list of priests accused of abuse, a priest in training, Leonard Riforgiato, was among those listed.

Riforgiato was assigned to McQuaid, a school within the Diocese of Rochester, in the mid-1960s when he engaged in abusive behavior. According to records, the abuse occurred from 1964-1966 and was reported in 1969. When Riforgiato was confronted with the allegations, he admitted them and left the Jesuit order shortly after.

School officials initially said they knew nothing about it.

In fact, McQuaid officials had known all about an allegation that Riforgiato had instructed a student to drop his pants because that claim was among the information that the school gave Brighton police sixteen years ago.

It is unclear how McQuaid’s parent organization could have been aware of these events for fifty years while local school officials were in the dark.

Riforgiato died in 1999.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by the Diocese of Rochester’s Catholic priests and other clergy.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in the Diocese of Rochester, contact our office today.  In September 2019, the Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection, but you can still recover damages for what happened to you.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your options.  

Please be aware that very strict filing deadlines will apply once they are set by the Bankruptcy court, and most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the Bankruptcy Court’s deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.