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Rockville Centre Diocese sex abuse

Judge to Set New Filing Deadline for Adults Sexually Abused in Rockville Centre Diocese

Judge’s Ruling Provides a Brief, Temporary Window for Some Additional Claims to be Filed in Diocese’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Following the passage of a new law extending the time for certain victims of sexual abuse and assault to file lawsuits, United States Bankruptcy Court Judge Martin Glenn set a new filing for those sexually abused as adults (ages 18+) by a member or the clergy or a lay employee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. The judge’s ruling will allow additional filings for adult sex abuse claims for a limited time, thought the new deadline has not yet been set.  The Court previously ordered all such claims to be filed by August 14, 2021.

The Rockville Centre Diocese, which operates Catholic Churches in New York’s Nassau and Suffolk counties, filed its petition seeking relief under Chapter 11 on October 1, 2020. At the time, the Diocese faced more than 200 lawsuits filed by alleged victims of child sex abuse under New York’s Child Victims Act.  Negotiations are ongoing between the Diocese, its insurers, and the Tort Claimants Committee to develop a plan to resolve the bankruptcy and provide adequate compensation to claimants.

On May 24, 2022, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed New York’s Adult Survivors Act (ASA), which gives survivors of adult sexual abuse (who were 18 or older when their abuse occurred) a year to file their claims, regardless of when the offense occurred. The one-year window opens on November 24, 2022.  Because the Diocese filed for Chapter 11 protection, it will be immune from additional lawsuit filings, but the new deadline to be set by Judge Glenn will provide a temporary opportunity for additional bankruptcy claims to be filed.

The new filing deadline has not yet been set, but should be announced soon.  If you believe that you are eligible to file a claim because you were sexually abused or assaulted in the Diocese of Rockville Centre as an adult, contact our attorneys for a free, confidential consultation now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Paul Butler – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Paul Butler

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Paul Butler:

On July 17, 2021, the Diocese of Rockville Centre announced that Fr. Paul Butler, a priest assigned to St. Margaret of Scotland parish in Seldon, voluntarily resigned his position following an allegation of child sexual abuse.

The Diocese released very little information about the allegation except to say that it was made in a lawsuit filed by the alleged victim, who says that the abuse occurred in the 1980s when Butler was a seminarian.

The Diocese says that Butler’s faculties will be suspended pending its internal investigation.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

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

 

Fr. Nicholas Figliola – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Nicholas Figliola

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1977

Retired: 2012

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1979:             St. Kilian (Farmingdale, NY)
  • 1979-1985:             Holy Name of Mary (Valley Stream, NY)
  • 1981-Unknown:     St. Anthony’s High School (Smithtown, NY)
  • 1985-1986:             St. Martha (Uniondale, NY)
  • Unknown:               St. Paul’s Abbey (Newton, NJ)
  • 1986:                       St. Elizabeth (Melville, NY)
  • 1986-1991:             St. Patrick (Glen Cove, NY)
  • 1991-2005:             St. Frances Cabrini (Coram, NY)
  • 2005-2008:             Our Holy Redeemer (Freeport, NY)
  • 2008-2012:             St. Lawrence (Sayville, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Nicholas Figliola:

Fr. Nicholas Figliola was ordained as a priest in 1977. He served in multiple parishes in New York. His name is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s March 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The liststates that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Fr. Figliola worked at Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream, NY, sometime between 1979 and 1985. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Despite the allegations, Fr. Figliola’s career spanned 35 years before he finally retired in 2012, and lives in Coram, NY.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

 

Fr. Robert Giuntini – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Robert Giuntini

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1976

Died: 2010

Assignment History:

  • 1976-1980:      St. Rosalie (Hampton Bays, NY)
  • 1980-1986:      Holy Family Diocesan High School (Huntington, NY)
  • 1984-1986:      St. Anthony’s High School (Huntington, NY)
  • 1986-1988:      St. Patrick (Huntington, NY)
  • 1988-1993:      St. Ignatius Loyola (Hicksville, NY)
  • 1993-1999:      St. Patrick (Bay Shore, NY)
  • 1999-2003:      Sts. Philip & James (Huntington, NY)
  • 2003-2010:      St. Joseph Guest House (Huntington, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Giuntini:

Father Robert Giuntini was ordained a priest in 1976. His name is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Fr. Giuntini worked at St. Rosalie Church in Hampton Bays and Notre Dame Church in New Hyde Park, sometime between 1976-1980. The list also says that Fr. Giuntini abused his victim(s) at New York Men’s Club, in Fr. Giuntini’s car, and at a men’s bathhouse in Manhattan. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Giuntini died in 2010 at the age of 63.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

 

Father Joseph Arevalo – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Joseph Arevalo

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1965

Retired: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1978-1985:      St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Philippines)
  • 1986-1988:      St. Patrick’s (Glen Cove, NY) 
  • 1989-200:        St. Hugh of Lincoln (Huntington Station, NY) 
  • 2004:               Our Holy Redeemer (Freeport, NY) 
  • 2005:               Not indexed or listed 
  • 2006-2019:      St. Joseph’s (Babylon, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Arevalo:

Father Joseph Arevalo was ordained a priest in 1965. He was from the Philippines, and a member of the order of Discalced Carmelites. He was assigned to multiple parishes in the Diocese of Rockville Centre from about 1977. Father Joseph Arevalo retired in 2014, and has since been in residence at the Church of Saint Joseph in Babylon.

According to media reports, in June 2019, an allegation of child sexual abuse by Father Joseph Arevalo was reported to the Diocese through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The report alleged that the priest repeatedly sexually abused an 8-year-old girl over a three year period from 1992-1995, while he was assigned to St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station. A lawsuit was filed in February 2020.

“In April 2021 the official committee of abuse survivors in the Diocese’s bankruptcy identified Father Arevalo as a person accused of abuse who has some connection to the  Rockville Centre Diocese.” According to the committee, the people on this list, “…have been accused of committing sexual abuse. These people have served within the territorial limits of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  A religious order and/or diocese outside of the Diocese of Rockville Centre found sexual abuse accusations against these people to be credible or sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against these people.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Louis F. Angeles – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Louis F. Angeles

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1977

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1982:      St. John of God (Central Islip, NY)
  • 1982-1984:      St. Aloysius (Great Neck, NY)
  • 1984-1989:      St. Joseph (Babylon, NY)
  • 1989-1993:      Holy Name of Jesus (Woodbury, NY)
  • 1993-1995:      St. Frances de Chantal (Wantagh, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Louis Angeles:

Fr. Louis Angeles was ordained in 1977. He has been named publicly as accused on the Diocese of Rockville Centre‘s March 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. According to the list, the alleged sexual abuse occurred while he worked at St. Joseph in Babylon, NY. He was assigned there from 1984-1989. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. According to the database of priests accused in the United States, it appears that Fr. Louis Angeles was not assigned to another parish after 1995. No explanation for his non assignment has been cited. Additionally, no further information on his current status as a priest or his whereabouts have been reported.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process, but strict filing deadlines will apply, and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Arthur C. Anderson – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Arthur C. Anderson

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1962

Retired: 2003

Died: 2011

Assignment History:

  • 1963-Unknown:      St. Vincent de Paul (Elmont, NY)
  • 1963-1982:             St. Pius X Preparatory (Uniondale, NY)
  • 1975-1982:             Our Lady of Magnificat (Ocean Beach, NY)
  • 1982- 2002:            St. Paul the Apostle (Glen Head, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Arthur Anderson:

Fr. Arthur Anderson was ordained in 1962 offering his first Mass in the Church Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Hackettstown, NJ. He retired in 2003, and assisted the neighboring parishes of Church Of The Assumption, Hackettstown and STS. Peter and Paul R.C. Church, Great Meadows, NJ.

Fr. Anderson is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre‘s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. According to the list, the alleged sexual abuse occurred while he worked at St. Pius X Preparatory in Uniondale, NY, sometime between 1963-1982. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Anderson died in October 2011 at the age of 78.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process, but strict filing deadlines will apply, and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Robert J. Allmendinger – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Robert J. Allmendinger

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1980

Removed: 1986

Assignment History:

  • 1980-1982: St. William the Abbot (Seaford, NY)
  • 1982-1985: Holy Family (Hicksville, NY)
  • 1985-1986: St. Francis Hospital (Roslyn, NY)
  • 1986: St. Hugh of Lincoln (Huntington Station, NY)
  • 1987: Church of the Good Shepherd (Hampton Bays, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert  Allmendinger:

Fr. Robert Allmendinger is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre‘s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. According to the list, the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Fr. Allmendinger worked at St. William the Abbot Church in Seaford, NY. It also says that the abuse took place in his car and at a family member’s home in the Hamptons during the 1980s. The details of the alleged victim, including age and gender, are unknown.

According to media reports, Fr. Robert Allmendinger was removed from service in 1986 for unknown reasons. He subsequently changed his name to Robert Allmen. He now calls himself Bishop, and has been performing weddings around Long Island, NY. He continues to provide community support, even though he is not in “good standing.”  He has several websites and wedding pages listed that call him “Father Robert.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process, but strict filing deadlines will apply, and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Rockville Centre Diocese sex abuse

Rockville Centre Becomes Latest NY Catholic Diocese to File Bankruptcy

On Thursday, October 1, the Diocese of Rockville Centre announced it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, becoming the fourth Catholic Diocese in New York to do so.  The move comes after the Diocese says it has more exposure in child sexual abuse lawsuits than the Diocese and its insurance companies can afford.

Bishop John Barres made the announcement by video, which comes about a month after the Diocese lost an appeal regarding New York’s Child Victims Act.  The Child Victims Act suspended the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases for a limited time, meaning that those sexually abused by Rockville Centre’s priests and employees could file lawsuits against the Diocese for its role in their abuse.  According to the Bishop, more than 200 lawsuits have been filed against the Diocese of Rockville Centre in the almost 14 months that the window has been open.

The bishop said that parishes and schools would not be affected because they are separate legal entities, which is consistent with the bankruptcies filed by the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse Dioceses earlier this year and for similar reasons.

It is a common misconception that a Chapter 11 filing means an entity, like the Diocese of Rockville Centre, has run out of money, leaving sexual abuse claimants without any recourse.  But that is not true.  The claim is simply decided in an alternative process run by the federal bankruptcy court, rather than by a jury trial in a state court.  The amounts paid to survivors in a bankruptcy filing are often much less than in a traditional court case, however.

The Rockville Centre Diocese bankruptcy filing is not without its critics, and rightfully so.  Horowitz Law represents survivors of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  Attorney Adam Horowitz said, “Bankruptcy is the latest ploy by the Catholic Church to reduce its legal exposure for covering up clergy sexual abuse nationwide.  In a bankruptcy proceeding the Church can also conceal evidence of its neglect in the handling of sexually abusive priests.”

Another advantage to the Diocese is the right to be free of additional sexual abuse litigation indefinitely once the case closes.  Once a claims filing deadline has been set by the court, that will be the very last chance most survivors of clergy sexual abuse and exploitation will ever have to get some measure of accountability for what happened to them.  After that date passes, the Diocese will not be subject to liability for any additional claims that arose before the bankruptcy filing, even if other laws would otherwise a lawsuit to be filed, like a change in the statute of limitations.  So it is critically important that you not delay in contacting us today.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy of all religious denominations, including Chapter 11 bankruptcy claims.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member or employee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

April 30, 2018 is the Deadline to Bring Abuse Claims Against Diocese of Rockville Centre

The deadline for child sexual abuse victims to apply for compensation with the Diocese of Rockville Centre Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) is approaching.  Claimants have until April 30, 2018 to submit their cases.

The IRCP is intended to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The program was publicly announced by the Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in October 2017 following the lead of Archdiocese of New York and Diocese of Brooklyn. Since that time three other Dioceses in New York —  Syracuse, Ogdensburg, and Buffalo — have announced similar claims programs.  Since that time, dozens of victims dating back to the 1950’s have submitted claims.

In certain cases, the claims process may involve gathering church sacrament records, school records, counseling/therapy records, or photographs to support your claim. For that reason, it is critical you do not wait until the deadline to submit your claim.  It is also essential that you hire an attorney who has handled cases involving the IRCP program in New York.

Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse throughout New York. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse by any priest or clergymen affiliated with the Diocese of Rockville Centre, please e-mail attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100 to discuss your claim against the Diocese of Rockville Centre and learn if you are eligible for monetary compensation. Attorney Adam Horowitz offers confidential, free evaluations of your sexual abuse claim involving priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.