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LAWSUIT: Diocese of Scranton Priest Accused of Child Sexual Abuse

Diocese of Scranton Clergy Sexual Abuse Horowitz Law

On January 28, 2021, Horowitz Law filed a clergy sexual abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Scranton in Lackawanna County. The suit. filed by attorneys Adam Horowitz and Jessica Arbour, alleges Father Joseph Meighan sexually abused the now 30-year-old victim for a period of years beginning in 1995  was the victim was five years old. The abuse continued until Father Meighan was finally relieved of his duties.

According to the suit, Meighan was a frequent guest at the boy’s home, as well as the homes of his grandmother and great-grandmother. He also served as a spiritual adviser to the boy. The suit claims that Meighan baptized the victim and presided over many Masses attended by the victim and his family at various parishes within the Diocese of Scranton.

The suit is among more than two dozen lawsuits filed in Lackawanna County Court that allege the diocese knew priests were sexually abusing children. Rather than take steps to protect them, the Diocese of Scranton transferred the priests to other parishes to avoid liability, the suits claim.

“He really was a revered and well-trusted priest in my client’s family, and unfortunately the Diocese of Scranton knew that he was a predator more than 20 years before the abuse actually started,” said attorney Jessica Arbour.

This is not Meighan’s first allegation. Fr. Meighan was among the 301 priests identified in the 2018 Grand Jury Report that named clergy members that faced allegations of sexual misconduct. That report revealed officials first learned Meighan was abusing children in 1970, when four boys at St. Boniface Church in Wilkes-Barre reported he fondled them. He was ordered to undergo treatment, but then returned to service. The Grand Jury Report also stated that there was a second set of allegations that came up in 1990 from a woman alleging that she had seen Meighan undressing her teenage son. At least three more complaints were made in 2003, 2007 and 2008 against Meighan, the report states.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton now have legal options to recover damages.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Fr. Julius Reiner – Diocese of Scranton

Father Julius Reiner

Diocese of Scranton/Congregation of the Passion

Julius Reiner Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1926

Died: 1973

Assignment History:

  • St. Paul of the Cross Province

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Julius Reiner:

Fr. Julius Reiner was a member of the Congregation of the Passion. Fr. Reiner was recently named on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Reiner died in 1973.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Hugh Harold McGroarty – Diocese of Scranton

Father Hugh Harold McGroarty

Diocese of Scranton

Hugh Harold McGroarty Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1945

Died: 2012

Assignment History:

  • 1946-1947: Saint Charles, Sugar Notch, PA)
  • 1947-1950: Holy Savior (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1950-1962: Saint Patrick (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1962: Christ the King (Dunmore, PA)
  • 1962-1966: Saint Mary of Mount Carmel (Dunmore, PA)
  • 1966-1969: Saint Martha (Fairmount Springs, PA)
  • 1969-1974: Our Lady Queen of Peace (Brodheadsville, PA)
  • 1974-1979: Saint Elizabeth (Bear Creek, PA)
  • 1979-1982: Saint Francis X. Cabrini (Carverton, PA)
  • 1982-1985: Saint Patrick (White Haven, PA)
  • 1985-1987: Saint Cecelia (Exeter, PA)
  • 1987-1991: Saint John the Evangelist (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1991- 1993: Saint Rose (Carbondale, PA)
  • 1993-1996: Saint Hedwig (Kingston, PA)
  • 1996: Saint John the Evangelist (Pittston, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Hugh Harold McGroarty:

Fr. Hugh Harold McGroarty was recently named on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. McGroarty died in 2012. He was assigned to parishes in Sugar Notch, Wilkes-Barre, Dunmore, Fairmount Springs, Bear Creek, Carverton, White Haven, Exeter, Carbondale, Kingston, Pittston over his tenure.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Mr. Mark Major – Diocese of Scranton

Mr. Mark J. Major

Diocese of Scranton/Lay Teacher

Mark J. Major Horowitz Law

Died: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1991-1993: Sacred Heart High School (Carbondale, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Mr. Mark Major:

Mr. Mark J. Major was recently named on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Mr. Major is deceased. He was a lay teacher at Sacred Heart High School in Carbondale, PA, from 1991 to 1993.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Walter L. Ferrett – Diocese of Scranton

Father Walter L. Ferrett

Diocese of Scranton

Walter Ferrett Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Died: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1966: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Lake Silkworth, PA)
  • 1966-1969: Saint Stanislaus (Nanticoke, PA)
  • 1969-1973: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Scranton, PA)
  • 1973-1982: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dickson City, PA)
  • 1982-1990: Saint Stanislaus, Nanticoke, (Nanticoke, PA)
  • 1990-1991: Saints Peter and Paul (Plains, PA)
  • 1991-2005: Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary (Scranton, PA)
  • 2005-2007: Villa Saint Joseph (Scranton, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Walter L. Ferrett:

Fr. Walter L. Ferrett was recently named on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Ferrett died in 2008. He was assigned to parishes in Lake Silkworth, Nanticoke, Scranton, Dickson City, and Plains over his tenure.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Francis Corcoran – Diocese of Scranton

Fr. Francis Corcoran

Diocese of Scranton

Francis Corcoran Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1958

Died: 1996

Assignment History:

  • 1958: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Tunkhannock, PA)
  • 1958-1961: Mater Dolorosa (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1961-1963: Ascension (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1963-1966: Saint Ann (Shohola, PA)
  • 1966-1975: Saint Francis (West Hazleton, PA)
  • 1975-1977: Holy Child (Mansfield, PA)
  • 1977-1984: Sacred Heart (Weston, PA)
  • 1984: Sacred Heart (Luzerne, PA)
  • 1984-1987: Saint Martin of Tours (Jackson, PA)
  • 1987-1991: Our Lady of Lourdes (Montoursville,
  • 1991: Saint-Boniface (Williamsport, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Francis Corcoran:

Fr. Francis Corcoran was recently named on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Conboy died in 1996. Over his tenure, he was assigned to parishes in Tunkhannock, Shohola, West Hazleton, Weston, Luzerne, and Jackson.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Joseph T. Conboy – Diocese of Scranton

Father Joseph T. Conboy

Diocese of Scranton

Joseph T. Conboy Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1953

Died: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1953-1964: Saint Michael’s School for Boys (Hoban Heights, PA)
  • 1964-1969: Saint Gabriel (Hazleton, PA)
  • 1969-1970: Saint Leo (Ashley, PA)
  • 1970-1977: Saint Basil (Dushore, PA)
  • 1977-1984: Saint Lawrence (Great Bend, PA)
  • 1984: Holy Saviour (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 1984-1990: Saint Joseph (Athens, PA)
  • 1990-1992: Saint Patrick (Nicholson, PA)
  • 1992: Retired

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph T. Conboy:

Fr. Joseph T. Conboy was recently named on the Diocese of Scranton’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Conboy 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 Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Edmund F. Byrne – Diocese of Scranton

Father Edmund F. Byrne

Diocese of Scranton

Edmund F. Byrne Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1938

Died: 1991

Assignment History:

  • 1938-1940: Nativity of Our Lord (Scranton, PA)
  • 1940: Saint Matthew (Stroudsburg, PA)
  • 1940-1941: Saint Basil (Dushore, PA)
  • 1941-1945: Saint Joseph (Minooka, PA)
  • 1945-1950: Cathedral of Saint Peter (Scranton, PA)
  • 1950-1958: Saint Mary (Dunmore, PA)
  • 1958-1961: College Misericordia (Dallas, TX)
  • 1971: Incardinated in the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Edmund F. Byrne:

Fr. Edmund F. Byrne was named publicly as credibly accused by the Tulsa Diocese on its 2019 list and the Diocese of Scranton’s 2020 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.  The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Byrne died in 1991.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly – Diocese of Scranton

Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly

Diocese of Scranton

Joseph Kelly Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Assignment History:

  • 1966: Camp Saint Andrew (Tunkhannock, PA)
  • 1966-1967: Ascension Church (Williamsport, PA)
  • 1967-1969: Saint Thomas Church (Archbald, PA)
  • 1969-1975: Saint Pius X Seminary (Dalton, PA)
  • 1975-1978: Saint Michael’s School for Boys (Falls Township, PA)
  • 1978-1980: Bishop Hannan High School (Scranton, PA)
  • 1980-1985: Saint Catherine’s (Moscow, PA)
  • 1985-1986: Father Flanagan’s (Boys Town, NE)
  • 1986-1998: Holy Rosary (Scranton, PA)
  • 1998-1999: Saint Ann’s (Tobyhanna, PA)
  • 1999: Sabbatical
  • 2000: Transfiguration (Hazleton, PA)
  • 2000-2005: Nativity of Our Lord (Scranton, PA),
  • 2005: Saint Nicholas (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 2005-2008: Holy Rosary (Wilkes-Barre, PA)
  • 2008: Catholic Social Services
  • 2015: Retirement

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly:

Two years after the sweeping grand jury report on “widespread sexual abuse” throughout the commonwealth’s Catholic churches, the Diocese of Scranton is continuing to add names to its list of “credibly accused.”

Among the names recently added, the only one still living is Monsignor Joseph Kelly. Kelly taught for 25 years in diocesan schools in PA. He took a sabbatical in 1999. After his retirement, Kelly continued volunteering at St. Francis of Asissi kitchen.

He is named publicly by the Diocese of Scranton in 2020 as accused, with seven allegations against him, four of them deemed credible. According to the diocese, they placed Monsignor Kelly on administrative leave after receiving multiple allegations of sexual abuse. The allegations came from men who had been committed as boys to St. Michael’s School in Falls Township in the 1970s.

In January 2021, Monsignor Joseph Kelly was accused again in a lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Scranton. Kelly allegedly sexually abused another 15-year-old student at St. Michael’s School for Boys in 1975.  The victim claims Kelly of repeatedly forcing him to engage in various sexual acts starting when he was a 15-year-old student at the Falls Twp. facility.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Scranton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Scranton may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

DIOCESE OF SCRANTON: EIGHT MORE ADDED TO LIST OF PERSONS CREDIBLY ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE

POPULAR PRIEST ONE OF EIGHT MORE ADDED TO DIOCESE OF SCRANTON LIST 

On Thursday, October 29, 2020, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of the Diocese of Scranton added eight more people to the list of dozens of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The Diocese list was first published in August 2018 on the Diocese of Scranton’s website. In January 2019, eleven more names were added and two more in October 2019. 

All of the newly added eight names were submitted to the Independent Survivors Compensation Program (ISCP), first launched in January 2019. The eight new people added to list consist of six clergy members, one lay teacher, and a religious brother.  Those deemed credible are corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, admission by the accused, and/or other information or evidence.  Together with its list of credible accused persons, the Diocese also announced that it paid more than $24 million out to more than 200 victims of clergy abuse.

The clergy members added are Edmund Byrne, Joseph Conboy, Francis Corcoran, Walter Ferrett, Hugh McGroarty, and Monsignor Joseph P. Kelly.  Monsignor Kelly, 80, is the only clergy member who is living. The well known priest worked at Boys Town in Nebraska, helped found and worked at Project Hope, was the director of Camp St. Andrew, and taught in diocesan schools for 25 years. He also served as the head of Catholic Social Services for ten years and was director of St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen in Scranton. 

Monsignor Kelly retired in 2015, but remained a volunteer at the soup kitchen until a replacement was found. Multiple allegations against him prompted the Diocese of Scranton to enact the Essential Norms of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and placed him on administrative leave. He denied the accusations.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims on behalf of children who were sexually abused by clergy and lay employees of the Diocese of Scranton.  If you or someone you know was sexually abused by a clergy member of any religious faith, 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.