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Final Filing Date Set in Rochester Diocese Bankruptcy Proceedings

This week, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court set the final deadline for the filing of all claims of sexual abuse in the Rochester Diocese.  By August 13, 2020, anyone who is eligible to file a claim of sexual abuse in the bankruptcy court must do so.  The deadline is also referred to as a “bar date” because anyone failing to make a claim will likely be barred from ever taking legal action against the Diocese of Rochester ever again.  If you were hurt by an employee of the Diocese of Rochester in New York, contact us today.

Anyone who was sexually abused or assaulted by an employee of the Diocese, such as a priest, teacher, coach, youth minister, and even certain religious brothers and nuns, is eligible to file a confidential claim in this process.  Almost anyone sexually abused as a child is eligible to participate, as well those who were already adults at the time of their assault, and the estates of deceased victims.

Filing a claim in bankruptcy court is not the same as filing a lawsuit against the Diocese.  The process is typically much faster, and does not involve the rigors of litigation.  You do not have to give a deposition or attend trial.  Instead, your claim is typically decided by providing information in a lengthy but fairly straight-forward written questionnaire. Any information that you provide to the bankruptcy trustee is kept confidential by order of the Bankruptcy Court and is never made public record.

Our attorneys are experienced at handling bankruptcy claims across the U.S.  Please contact us today to discuss your legal options.  You must take legal action before August 13, 2020, or your claim against the Diocese of Rochester will likely be barred forever.  DO NOT DELAY IN CONTACTING US TODAY.

Through our own investigation, we have identified nearly 50 priests and employees who have been accused of molesting kids in the Diocese of Rochester.

The accused perpetrators we have identified so far are:

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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. Ted Randall – Diocese of Rochester

Mr. Ted Randall

Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Mr. Ted Randall:

Ted Randall was a teacher at St. Michael’s parish grammar school in Newark, New York, from 1970 to 1995.  Randall voluntarily resigned his position from the school and surrendered his teaching license in 1995 when an allegation was made that he sexually abused a minor child.  No details about the allegation, such as the age or gender of the victim, or even if the victim was a student at St. Michael, were provided to the public.

In June 2003, the Diocese of Rochester announced that it received a second allegation against Randall.  This time, the Diocese informed the St. Michael community that the allegation was made by a man who said Randall sexually abused him at the school in the late 1980s.

According to media reports, law enforcement officials told reporters that police long suspected that Randall was abusing boys long before the 2003 allegation was made.

St. Michael’s grammar school closed in 2011.

According to the Diocese of Rochester, Randall is deceased.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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. Otto Vogt – Diocese of Rochester

Father Otto Vogt

Diocese of Rochester

 

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Ordained:   1950

Died: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Saint Boniface, Rochester (1950-54)
  • Immaculate Conception, Ithaca (1954-60)
  • Holy Cross, Ovid, and Sacred Heart, Romulus (1960)
  • Saint Patrick, Elmira (1960-67)
  • Saint Mary, Dansville (1967-68)
  • Saint Joachim, Canisteo, and Saint Mary, Rexville (1968-75)
  • Saint Paul of the Cross, Honeoye Falls (1975-1995)
  • Saint Catherine of Siena, Mendon (1986)
  • Elmira College (Chaplain)
  • Honeoye Falls fire and ambulance department (Chaplain)
  • Elmira’s Saint Joseph School of Nursing (teacher)
  • Hornell’s Saint James Mercy Hospital (teacher)
  • judge of the inter-diocesan tribunal of the Province of New York
  • Rochester Psychiatric Center (chaplain)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester (in residence)
  • Saint Thomas More, Rochester (in residence)
  • Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse, Pittsford (in residence)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Otto Vogt:

In January 2020, a man filed a civil lawsuit against the Diocese of Rochester alleging that he was sexually abused by Fr. Otto Vogt on more than 60 occasions beginning in 1989.  At the time, the man was a 10 year old parishioner at St. Paul of the Cross parish in Honeoye Falls, New York.

According to the man’s attorney, a second man has come forward alleging abuse by Vogt, but he had not yet filed his own lawsuit.

The Diocese of Rochester filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019, and it is possible that additional claims will be made against Vogt in those proceedings.

Vogt died as a retired priest in good standing in 2017.  He was 91 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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 D. Walsh (Congregation of the Holy Cross) – Diocese of Rochester

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Brother John D. Walsh (Congregation of the Holy Cross)
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 pleaded guilty to coercion and unlawful imprisonment and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Walsh was not an ordained priest but a Brother of the Congregation of the Holy Cross (Moreau Province) and had taken vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

In August 2019, the statute of limitations was suspended in New York (temporarily), allowing a window of time for anyone sexually abused as a child to file a civil lawsuit against entities responsible for their abuse.  Walsh was named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of several victims of child sexual abuse in the Rochester Diocese.  That suit alleges that Walsh sexually abused a teenage boy at Cardinal Mooney High School between 1983 and 1985, starting when the victim (a male) was 14.

Walsh was named in a second civil lawsuit filed in early 2020 under the Child Victims Act.  The plaintiff, who now resides in California, alleges he was sexually abused by Walsh on at least 40 occasions while Walsh was supposed to be counseling him on becoming a member of the clergy.  The victim, who was a student at Cardinal Mooney High School, said the abused lasted from 1966 to 1969.

In 2020, yet another man contacted the religious order to report his own by abuse by Walsh.  He reports that Walsh was driving through his west Rochester neighbor and claimed to be lost.  Walsh told the boy that he was a priest or a preacher and that he was looking for a local parish where Walsh was supposed to be celebrating mass.  Walsh kidnapped the victim, taking him to a motel in Fairport, where Walsh then drugged and raped the boy.  The incident occurred in 1983 or 1984 when the boy was about 14 or 15.  Walsh was assigned to Cardinal Mooney High School at the time.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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 in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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 in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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 in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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 in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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 in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this 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.

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.