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Br. Kurt Munn – Diocese of Trenton

Br. Kurt Munn

Diocese of Trenton 

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Assigned as Follows:

  • Holy Assumption School (Roebling, NJ)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Kurt Munn:

Kurt Munn was originally a Franciscan brother who transferred to New Jersey from Michigan in 1972. He worked under the Diocese of Trenton, but returned back to DeWitt, Michigan in 1979. 

In April of 2019, Kurt Munn was publicly accused of sexually abusing a boy from 1972-1979 while being assigned to Holy Assumption School in Roebling, NJ. The victim who came forward claimed that Brother Munn began raping him when he was a 7-year-old altar boy and continued on until he was 17. He filed a report against Kurt Munn with the New Jersey State Police in 1996. 

Kurt Munn admitted to abusing the boy as well as over a dozen other unnamed victims, but the statute of limitations would not allow prosecution. 

The Diocese of Trenton confirmed in 2019 that they had received multiple allegations in 1998 and again in 2007 against Brother Munn that related to his time at Holy Assumption. 

In December of 2019, six men total came forward with allegations of childhood sex abuse by Catholic clergy in South Jersey. They were able to sue the dioceses of Camden and Trenton under a new state law that allows civil actions for sex-abuse claims previously barred by a statute of limitations. This new state law made it possible for the man who Kurt Munn victimized from 1972-1979 to open a new civil suit against him. 

Kurt Munn was able to leave the Franciscan order. In April of 2019, it was reported he was back living in DeWitt, Michigan and has been active with the Knights of Columbus.

 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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. 

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Convicted Sex Offender, Father of Eight, Suddenly Released From Prison Early

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It’s not clear why, but on May 5, 2020, an admitted child-molesting cleric from the Diocese of Trenton (New Jersey) was released from prison after serving only about half of his original sentence for sexually abusing a child. 

In 2017, Deacon Joseph J. Prioli was convicted in a Monmouth County Court on multiple counts of sexually abusing a child who was entrusted to his care.  He pleaded guilty and, in September 2017, he received a sentence of five years for his admitted crimes.  According to law enforcement, even before the criminal prosecution started, Prioli admitted to the current Bishop of Trenton, David O’Connell, that he sexually abused that victim. 

But on May 5, Prioli was suddenly and quietly released back into the public after serving about half of his sentence. He does not appear on the New Jersey sex offender registry and, even after a yearlong evaluation, he may never appear on any public registry of sex offenders.  It is unclear if Prioli is even under the supervision of a parole officer or if he was simply allowed to walk free. The Department of Corrections has issued no public statements. 

We hope that Prioli does not molest again, but, except for those reading this blog on our website, almost no one knows that a dangerous convicted felon now walks free in the open.  New Jersey Catholic Church officials have certainly made no such notifications to anyone.  

On one hand, we at Horowitz Law are grateful that the terms of Prioli’s sentence forbid him from ever living in a house with children ever again, including with his own eight children.      

On the other hand, we worry about those who are still vulnerable to sexual abuse – his other family members, his neighbors, and New Jersey Catholic parishioners who know Prioli through his church connections and may even believe he is innocent or ‘reformed’ and safe to be around children.  We also worry about those families who have no idea that a sex offender with the charisma of a trained cleric and teacher lives or works near them.  

Prioli was ordained a Permanent Deacon by the Trenton Diocese in 2005. Prioli was assigned to St. Catherine of Siena parish in Farmingdale and also served as a chaplain at the Christian Brothers Academy in Middletown for more than a decade. In his capacity as a Permanent Deacon at St. Catherine, he distributed Holy Communion, performed baptisms, weddings, and funerals, and also preached homilies during mass.  As a chaplain, he led morning mass with the students and provided counsel to vulnerable teenagers in search of guidance. 

Prioli also worked as a teacher at the Christian Brothers Academy for some time.  The second photo above shows him in a CBA classroom in 1990.

Prioli’s status with the Diocese of Trenton is unclear.  The Diocese has never publicly stated that it has severed ties with Prioli nor have Diocese officials ever suggested that they asked the Vatican to remove Prioli from the diaconate so he can never work in a Catholic parish leadership position again.  This means that Prioli could still truthfully tell people that he is still a Catholic cleric and a former teacher, positions that might render him automatically trustworthy to some unsuspecting parents.   

Prioli is now 52 years old.  According to his Department of Corrections profile, he is 5’6” and approximately 200 pounds.  His most recent mugshot (above) depicts him with facial hair that he may have since shaved off or modified.  

Prioli resided in Howell, New Jersey, until the time of his arrest and may have returned to that area following his release. 

We hope New Jersey journalists, citizens and Catholic officials will insist on learning why Prioli has been set free so early. And, even more important, we hope they’ll all spread the word about his whereabouts and his past, so parents will know to keep their kids away from him. 

We believe it’s especially important that staffers in the Diocese of Trenton and at the Christian Brothers Academy sound the warning bell about Prioli, because they are the ones who elevated Prioli to positions of influence and reverence among the Catholic faithful, and with that comes access to vulnerable children and their trusting parents.

For more information, visit our profile on Deacon Joseph Prioli: https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/tag/joseph-prioli/

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a cleric in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a new law temporarily suspending the statute of limitations for sexual abuse and assault.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. John H. Wadeson – Diocese of Trenton

Father John H. Wadeson (Society of the Divine Word)

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2014

Reinstated: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970                Divine Word Seminary (St. Mary’s) (Techny, IL)
  • 1971                St. Peter Claver (Ashbury Park, NJ) 
  • 1972-1973      Verbum Dei High School (Boys) (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1974                St. John the Evangelist (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1975-1978      Notre Dame High School (Riverside, CA)
  • 1979                Divine Word Seminary (Riverside, CA) 
  • 1980                Unknown 
  • 1981                Casa Guadalupe (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1982-1983      St. John the Evangelist (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1984-1986      Verbum Dei High School (Boys) (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1987-1995      St. Peter Claver (Ashbury Park, NJ)
  • 1996-2005      Unknown
  • 2006-2014      St. Charles Borromeo (San Francisco, CA)   
  • 2015-2017      On Duty Outside the Archdiocese 
  • 2018-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John H. Wadeson:

Father John H. Wadeson worked in multiple parishes in New York and Brooklyn, Trenton, New Jersey, as well as the Diocese of Portland Oregon. According to a report from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in 1992, Father Wadeson was accused of sexually abusing two children from 1973 to 1977, while he was working as a priest with the Divine Word Missionaries religious order. In February 2014, he was named in church records as a twice accused predator priest and was banned from working in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

In 2014, he was found working as priest in Guam, reportedly since at least 2000. He had identified himself as an “Australian priest of the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam, Micronesia.” The Archdiocese of Guam directory indicated he was incardinated in the archdiocese but assigned to Neocatechumenal Center in San Francisco. Following the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) exposing his past in California, he was removed from active ministry in July 2014. The archdiocese admitted knowledge of the priest’s past allegations in 2000. Father Wadeson denied all allegations. The day after his removal, he left Guam, possibly to San Francisco. The Archdiocese of San Francisco withdrew privileges later that month.

In April 2015, the Archdiocese of Agana fully reinstated Father Wadeson after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reviewed his case and said, since there was no settlement or conviction Father Wadeson was “a priest in good standing.”

“Although Fr. Wadeson has not been convicted of abuse, the fact that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has banned him from ministry is just cause for Apuron to remove the cleric immediately. We fear that Apuron is putting Guam’s children at direct risk and protecting a credibly accused predator instead of protecting his flock,” a SNAP press release stated.

Father Wadeson’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Benedict Worry – Diocese of Trenton

Father Benedict Worry

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1987

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-1988      Unknown
  • 1989-2017      St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 1996-1997      Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Trenton (Princeton, NJ)
  • 1997                St. James Church (Pennington, NJ) 
  • 1998-2010      St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (Linden, NJ) 
  • 2004-2008      Deanary: Little Flower Parish (Union County Southeast, NJ) 
  • 2012                St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (Linden, NJ) 
  • 2013-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Benedict Worry:

Father Benedict Worry was a member of the Brothers of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (F.S.R.). He worked in the Diocese of Reno in Nevada and taught at Manogue High School from 1974 to 1978 as director of the CYO program. In 1987, he was ordained a Benedictine priest and taught at Delbarton School, a private college prep school for boys, run by the Benedictine monks, in Morristown, NJ for 18 years. He was also the chaplain for the Linden Police Department.

According to media reports, in January 2012, Father Worry was removed from assignment and sent to St. Mary’s Abbey after an allegation of sexual misconduct with an individual was reported in the 1990s. In March 2012, four alleged abuse victims filed a civil lawsuit against Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey. In June 2012, another man joined the existing lawsuit to allege abuse in the 1980s by Father Worry. 

The amended complaint said Father Worry “sexually assaulted, sexually abused and/or had sexual contact” with the accuser “on numerous occasions.” In one instance, after a night of heavy drinking with the monk, the accuser said he woke up to find Father Worry fondling him. He was 16. 

No criminal charges were filed due to the statute of limitations. Father Worry’s current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Velanmarukudiyil Christudas (a/k/a Chris Christudas) – Diocese of Trenton

Father Velanmarukudiyil Christudas (a/k/a Chris Christudas) 

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1986

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-2000      (San Francisco, Australia and India)
  • 2001-2014      Church of the Visitation (Brick Town, NJ)
  • 2015-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Velanmarukudiyil Christudas (a/k/a Chris Christudas):

Father Velanmarukudiyil Christudas (a/k/a Chris Christudas) is a Native of India. He reportedly spent three years traveling through India with Mother Teresa ministering to lepers. He served as visiting priest at Church of the Visitation in Brick since 2001.

According to media reports, in July 2012,  Father Christudas was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact (improper touching) of both an adult woman, as well as her minor child, and with endangering the welfare of the child. He was accused of grabbing the 13-year-old boy’s genitals and fondling his mother’s breast during a visit with the family.

The woman reported the incident to police as soon as the priest left her home. An investigation concluded Father Christudas befriended the family before his visit. Detectives found probable cause to make the arrest and file charges. He denied the allegations. The Diocese of Trenton removed his ministry privileges. 

In July 2014, the woman filed a civil suit. In January 2015, a jury convicted Father Christudas of having criminal sexual contact with the mother, but acquitted him of all charges related to her children. Criminal sexual contact is a fourth degree crime, and carries no assumption of incarceration. The priest maintained his innocence before receiving his sentence of two years probation. 

“The reality is, that you did do something wrong,” Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney said. “You were in a position of trust, a sacred trust, a spiritual trust. … You took advantage of your position as a priest and violated that trust. That’s wrong.”

The civil suit is still pending.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Vance Zebulon Thorne – Diocese of Trenton

Father Vance Zebulon Thorne

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1954

Removed: 1987

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1954                Unknown 
  • 1955-1957      Holy Ghost (Jackson, MI) 
  • 1958-1959      St. Leo’s (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1960-1961      St. Mary’s (Vicksburg, MI)
  • 1962-1971      St. John the Baptist (Waco, TX)
  • 1972-1980      St. Bartholomew’s (Little Rock, AK)
  • 1981-1986      Holy Ghost (Jackson, MI) 
  • 1987                Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, MS) 
  • 1988                Unknown
  • 1989                Divine World Seminary (Bay St. Louis, MS)
  • 1990-2004      Society of the Divine World (Bordentown, NJ) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Vance Zebulon Thorne:

Father Vance Zebulon was a priest of the Society of the Divine Word. He worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as well as the dioceses of Austin, Jackson, and Trenton. According to media reports, at least three civil suits and two criminal indictments were filed in Mississippi in 1986 and 1987. One plaintiff claimed abuse by Father Thorne from 1980 through 1986 beginning when he was age 14. The alleged abuse occurred at Holy Ghost church in the Diocese of Jackson. Another plaintiff alleged abuse at the same parish when he was a 9-year-old student at Holy Ghost School. 

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ report in 2004, he was accused of sexual abuse in the early 1970s.  He died in November 2004.

In March 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Jackson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted an allegation reported in 1986, and that he was removed from the diocese in 1987.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Michael Teta – Diocese of Trenton

Father Michael Teta 

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: Unknown

Laicized: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1977      St. Joseph Church (Bound Brook, NJ)
  • 1978-1980      Our Mother of Sorrows (Tucson, AZ) 
  • 1978-1980      Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1980-1982      St. Rose of Lima Parish (Safford, AZ)
  • 1984-1986      St. Francis Church (Superior, AZ) 
  • 1987-1988      St. Francis de Sales (Tucson, AZ) 
  • 1989-1994      Absent on Leave 
  • 1995                Unknown
  • 1996-2002      Absent on Leave
  • 2003-2004      Administrative Leave of Absence
  • 2004                Laicized
  • 2005-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael J. Teta:

According to media reports, Father Michael J. Teta came to Tucson from the Diocese of Trenton in 1978. He became a member of the Diocese of Tucson in 1982. In 1997, a Catholic Church tribunal found Father Teta guilty of molesting two boys, ages 7 and 9, in the confessional as they prepared for their First Communion. It found there to be “almost a satanic quality in Father Teta’s mode of acting toward young men and boys.” 

The alleged abuse occurred during his first assignment as associate pastor at Our Mother of Sorrowsin Tucson from 1978 to 1980. Father Teta denied the allegations. The tribunal said the evidence in the case against him showed that his ‘‘insidious ‘rape’’ of his victims was ‘‘so heinous that the only solution is that he take up some other occupation.’’  A civil court later awarded about $2 million to the two victims.

Father Teta was accused of child abuse in several of the 11 lawsuits filed between 1999 and 2002 which were settled by Tucson Diocese in January 2002. 

Father Teta was laicized in August 2004, and then named in another lawsuit filed the following month in September.  He is believed to still be alive and has never been criminally convicted of the allegations against him. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Eusebio (“Fr. Chevy”) Pantoja – Diocese of Trenton

Father Eusebio (“Fr. Chevy”) Pantoja 

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1969

Removed: 1980 / 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970                Our Lady of Guadalupe (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1971-1973      Our Lady of Fatima (Perth Amboy, NJ)
  • 1974                St. Timothy (San Antonio, TX) 
  • 1975-1977      St. Anthony (Robstown, TX)
  • 1978-1979      Sacred Heart (Mathis, TX) 
  • 1980                Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Corpus Christi, TX) 
  • 1991                (Mexico)
  • 1991-2019      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eusebio (“Fr. Chevy”) Pantoja:

Father Eusebio (“Fr. Chevy”) Pantoja was a priest of the Claretian Missionaries ordained in Mexico. He lived in the Archdiocese in the early 1970’s and assisted with the Spanish Cursillo. He left the Claretians in 1973. After working in Chicago, he had assignments in New Jersey and Texas. He then spent almost a decade working as a priest in Mexico. In 1980, he was removed from ministry in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. That same year, he was expelled from Claretian order. 

According to media reports, in 2002, a man alleged that Father Pantoja had abused him as a child in the early 1970’s. One year later in 2004, he was placed on leave by the Diocese of Claya in Mexico  after a lawsuit was filed alleging that he “repeatedly sexually abused” a 14-year-old boy in the 1970s at the priest’s home and in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chicago. The Archdiocese found the survivors to be credible, and the lawsuit was later settled. 

Father Pantoja’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors released in November 2018. His name appeared on the Diocese of Corpus Christi’s list, as well as on the Diocese of San Antonio’s list in January 2019. It noted that in 2002 he was accused of sexually abusing two children in the archdiocese in the early 1970s. His current whereabouts are unknown. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Harold Hermley (Franciscan) – Diocese of Trenton

Father Harold Hermley

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1957

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1964      Father Judge High School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1964-1967      Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria, VA) 
  • 1967-1972      Salesianum High School (Wilmington, DE) 
  • 1973-1976      Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)  
  • 1977-1981      St. Teresa (Tuckerton, NJ) 
  • 1982                Father Judge Community (Philadelphia, PA)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Harold Hermley:

Father Harold Hermley was a priest of the Oblate of St. Francis de Sales religious order. According to media reports, in 1967 he was removed from his position as a teacher from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA after possible child sexual abuse allegations surfaced. He was transferred to Wilmington, DE.

In April 2009, a man filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Father Hermley sexually abused him more than 100 times starting at age 15, between 1971 and 1973. The alleged abuse occurred while he was a student at Salesianum School and during overnight visits to NJ and Philadelphia.

In August 2011, the Oblates reached a $24.8 million settlement after seven years of legal proceedings with 40 victims who filed suits under the Delaware Child Victim’s act. One of the terms of the settlement was the release of names of 12 Oblate priests who have either admitted to sexual abuse or had allegations of sexual abuse substantiated against them. Father Hermley was on that list. He died in 1983.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Robert Hermley (Franciscan) – Diocese of Trenton

Father Robert Hermley

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1955

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955                De Sales Hall (Washington, DC)
  • 1956                St. Francis de Sales (Toledo, OH) 
  • 1958-1965       Father Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1966                Mission House of the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales (Toledo, OH)  
  • 1967-1978      Father Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)  
  • 1979-1980      Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Seaside Heights, NJ)  
  • 1981-1982      Padua Academy Residence (Wilmington, DE)  
  • 1983-1988      Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Vienna, VA)  
  • 1989                Unknown
  • 1990-1991      Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Vienna, VA) 
  • 1992                St. Mary (Fredericksburg, VA) 
  • 1993-2000      Seton Home Study
  • 2001                Little Sisters of the Poor (Newark, NJ)  
  • 2003-2006      Oblates of St. Francis De Sales Retirement and Retreat Center  (Childs, MD)  
  • 2007-2008      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Hermley:

Father Robert Hermley was a priest of Oblates of St. Francis De Sales religious order. According to media reports, in June 1982, he was convicted in Pennsylvania of indecent assault of two minor boys age 13 and 14 while on assignment at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware.  He was arrested for watching pornographic film with the boys in a parked car at a drive-in theater. Nineteen pornographic magazines were confiscated from his car. 

He was sentenced to three years probation. Johns Hopkins University physicians examined Father Hermley and determined he did not need help. In December of the same year he was reinstated to ministry in Vienna, Virginia. 

In May 1987, a woman reported to the Oblates that Father Hermley sexually abused her son when he was 10 or 11-years old in the early 1980s while serving at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Seaside Heights, in New Jersey. Local authorities were not contacted. The allegation was handled by the Oblates. 

In September 2003, Father Hermley was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while on assignment at Father Judge High School for Boys, in Philadelphia between 1976 and 1980. This time, the DA’s Office and law enforcement were contacted. 

Father Hermley retired in 2003. He was named in the Philadelphia Grand Jury report released in 2005. He died in August 2009. 

In August 2011, his name was released as part of the Oblates’ settlement of $24.8 million reached with 40 plaintiffs.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.