Tag: Diocese of Venice

Fr. William Romero – Diocese of Venice

Father William Romero

Diocese of Venice

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Ordained: 1967

Retired: 1995

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • Ann School (Naples, FL)
  • Joseph the Worker (Moore Haven, FL)
  • Augustine (Coral Gables, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Romero:

Fr. William Romero was accused of multiple sexual abuse suits over the past three decades. In 2003, Fr. William Romero was accused in a civil lawsuit claiming that he sexually abused a former altar boy and St. Ann student in 1976. The boy was 12 years old when the abuse began, first at the child’s home through a game of leapfrog and later on an overnight stay at the St. Ann rectory.

The suit states athat when the boy arrived at St. Ann for what he thought was a group sailing trip with his youth pastor, he realized no other students were present. Later that night, after returning from a movie with another priest, Fr. Romero persuaded the boy to shower with him. Romero proceeded to touch the boy’s genitals while masturbating himself.

The suit also said that the Archdiocese of Miami knew about the abuse, claiming church leaders broke the secret pact by quietly transferring the wayward priest to other parishes, where he would abuse more children.

Also in 2003, three siblings accused Romero of abusing them from 1982-1989 while he served as parish priest at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Moore Haven, FL. Romero had met the two boys and their sister several years earlier as pastor of St. Christopher’s Parish in Hobe Sound, which straddles the Palm Beach-Martin County border.

In a seven-page document filed in 2003 in response to that suit, Fr. Romero acknowledges “a half dozen” incidents of mutual masturbation with one of the three siblings. Romero also said the sexual encounters took place soon after he was transferred in 1982 to St. Joseph. Romero also details a three-year affair with the boy’s mother. The divorced woman and the priest jointly purchased a timeshare in the Florida Keys for annual family vacations. The suit reports that after moving the three siblings into his home during summer vacations, Romero took weekly showers with the 9-year-old sister and regularly had sex with her two brothers.

In 2012, a South Florida man filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami claiming he was sexually abused by Fr. Romero when he was an altar boy in the 1970s at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables.

The victim began having flashbacks of abuse at the 2008 funeral for his brother, held at St. Augustine Catholic Church the very same parish where he says the priest assaulted him multiple times.

Romero retired in 1995. His faculties were revoked in 2002. Romero has lived in LaBelle, east of Fort Myers in rural Hendry County, for the past decade after retiring from the active priesthood.

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Fr. Nicholas McLoughlin – Diocese of Venice

Father Nicholas McLoughlin

Diocese of Venice

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Ordained: 1966

Removed: 2018

Assignment History:

  • 1972-1973: Bishop Barry and Notre Dame High Schools (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • 1973-1982: Corpus Christi Parish (Temple Terrace, FL)
  • John Vianney (St. Pete Beach, FL)
  • 2007-2018: Our Lady of Grace Parish (Avon Park, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Nicholas McLoughlin:

Fr. Nicholas Mcloughlin was suspended in 2018 after a lawsuit was filed alleging sexual abuse to a minor girl at Our Lady of Grace in Avon Park, Florida. He was also accused of covering up his brother’s (Ed Mcloughlin) abuses, which allegedly occurred while he was a priest from 1980 to 1990.

According to the lawsuit, Father McLoughlin abruptly stood up at the start of confession, approached the parishioner, and reached out to touch her. As he reached out to touch her, she thought that Father McLoughlin was going to make the sign of the cross on her forehead. Much to her surprise and dismay, Father McLoughlin proceeded to forcefully grope the victim’s right breast and aggressively kiss her. She yelled at Fr. McLoughlin to stop, and she struggled to break away from his powerful grip.

This is not the first time that Father Nicholas McLoughlin has been accused of sexual misconduct. In November 2018, the Diocese of Venice announced that McLoughlin was being placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into a complaint alleging that he molested a child at Corpus Christi Parish in Temple Terrace, Florida in the 1970’s. At that time, McLoughlin would have been under the supervision of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. He is listed on the Diocese of St. Petersburg’s 2016 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Edward McLoughlin – Diocese of Venice

Father Edward McLoughlin

Diocese of Venice

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Ordained: 1978

Laicized: 2000

Assignment History:

  • Charles Borromeo (Port Charlotte, FL)
  • Epiphany Parish (Venice, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Edward McLoughlin:

In 1997, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of Venice, naming the diocese, Father Nevins, Fr. Trepinski, Fr. Ed McLoughlin, and his brother, Fr. Nicholas McLoughlin.

In the lawsuit, the young man alleged that in 1991 he was molested by Trepinski for 11 years beginning at age 13. The victim said that when he confided in Fr. Ed McLoughlin in 1992 about being repeatedly molested by Trepinski, the priest said he needed to be punished and spanked him. Ed McLoughlin began molesting him in the ensuing weeks and continued to do so for 21/2 years at the St. Charles Borromeo parish office, the parish house, the boy’s home and Ed McLoughlin’s apartment. The victim also alleged that Edward’s brother, Father Nick McLoughlin, helped cover up the abuse.

In reports were discovered during the lawsuit, it was discovered that there were teacher complaints made in 1989 citing sexual abuse incidents as early as 1981. Records obtained from Ed McLoughlin’s personnel file showed that dating to 1982, he was referred to counseling services for a variety of problems when he was an assistant pastor at Epiphany Parish in Venice, but a decade later, he was still permitted unsupervised contact with boys.

His professional counseling began in 1982 when he was evaluated at a Clearwater center affiliated with the Catholic Church. In 1983, he attended Foundation House, an evaluation and counseling center for priests in New Mexico. That same year, the house director said an academic teaching position at the high school level would be “appropriate” for the priest. Fr. McLoughlin was appointed associate pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in 1984.

In 1989, complaints from some parents were forwarded to the Rev. Jerome Carosella, chancellor at the Diocese of Venice, about Ed McLoughlin’s actions. Those actions included swatting students on the buttocks, horseplay with young boys and accounts of McLoughlin leaving the playground with individual students.

The Diocese of Venice settled the lawsuit in 1999 for $599K. Fr. McLoughlin was laicized in 2000. Reportedly in 2002 he was living in Ireland. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Jean Ronald Joseph – Diocese of Venice

Father Jean Ronald Joseph

Diocese of Venice

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Ordained: 1993

Removed: 2008

Laicized: 2013

Assignment History:

  • Frances Xavier (Ft. Meyers, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jean Ronald Joseph:

Fr. Jean Ronald Joseph, a priest who served in Fort Myers leading Haitian ministries in the 1990s, was accused in 2008 of sexually abusing a 16-year- old boy in 1993 at St. Frances Xavier parish in Ft. Meyers. Fr. Joseph denied all allegations. According to media reports, Fr. Joseph fondled the victim’s genital area and touched his penis when he was asleep in bed. 

Fr. Joseph was immediately suspended and was taken out of active ministry pending further investigation. He was laicized in 2013 when the victim filed a civil suit against the Diocese of Venice. In 2014, the Diocese of Venice settled the case only after secret documents were given to the plaintiff showing the Catholic Church knew the priest was guilty of abusing him as a child and that other victims were also known.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Neil Flemming – Diocese of Venice

Father Neil Flemming

Diocese of Venice/Miami

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Ordained: 1958

Removed: 2004

Assignment History:

  • Boystown Orphanage (Miami, FL)
  • William Catholic Church (Naples, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Neil Flemming:

Fr. Neil Flemming worked in the Diocese of Venice and Miami. He retired in 2000 but continued to work as treasurer for the Diocese of Venice until sex abuse allegations surfaced in May 2002. In 2004, the victim filed a lawsuit alleging that he was abused by Fr. Neil Flemming and his brother, Fr. James Flemming, beginning in 1969 when he was 14 years old at Boystown, an orphanage in Miami.

The victim stated that the alleged abuse began when he was summoned from Boystown to Neil Flemming’s quarters in a church rectory. The victim said that Flemming told the teen he needed a sperm sample because one of the boy’s testicles had not descended. Neil Flemming then performed oral sex on the youth, according to the complaint, and was made their “personal sex servant.” The abuse lasted for several years.

Flemming was permanently removed in early 2004. Two other lawsuits were filed in 2009 against Archdiocese of Miami named Fr. Flemming of abuse. The Archdiocese settled them in 2011. Three new suits were filed by three men in 2011. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, 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 Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Father John R. Dwyer – Diocese of Venice

Father John R. Dwyer 

Diocese of Venice/Brooklyn

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1968-1970St. Gregory the Great (Bellerose, NY) 
  • 1971-1973: St. James’ Pro-Cathedral/St. James’ Cathedral (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1972-1978: Diocesan Offices and Directors-Vocations (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1974-1977: Cathedral Preparatory Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (Elmhurst, NY)
  • 1978-1979: St. Vincent de Paul’s (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1980-1989: St. Martin of Tours-Fourteen Holy Martyrs (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • 1990-1996: Released from Diocesan Assignment 
  • 1990-1993: St. Joseph’s (Bradenton, FL) 
  • 1994-1996: St. Patrick’s (Sarasota, FL)
  • 1997-2002: Our Lady of the Angelus (Queens, NY)
  • 2003-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father John R. Dwyer:

According to media reports, Father John R. Dwyer was permanently removed from ministry in July 2002 after credible accusations were made against him. In February 2019, Father Krouse’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brooklyn’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown. His current whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he has access to children 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 Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Br. John H. Dagwell – Diocese of Venice

Brother John H. Dagwell

Diocese of Venice/Newark/Xaverian

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Joined: 1962

Left order: 2002

Assignment History:

  • 1968: Xaverian Brothers HS (Westwood MA)
  • 1968-1988: St. Joseph Regional HS (Montvale NJ)
  • 1989-1998: In residence (Milton, MA)
  • 1998-2002: Manatee Community College (Venice, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Brother John H. Dagwell:

According to documents released by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2003, Brother John H. Dagwell pled guilty to molesting a minor child, who was his student, while working in Newark in 1988. The victim was a 15-year-old boy.  During the course of the investigation, other students said they were also inappropriately touched by Dagwell.

He admitted in a plea bargain to touching one student’s genitals through their clothing in 1986.  

Dagwell’s religious order transferred him to Milton, MA after the guilty plea.  According to news reports, Dagwell applied for a job as a director at a local Boston homeless shelter and lied about his reason for leaving St. Joseph’s High School. He was later forced to resign two years after getting the job due to inappropriate sexual advances toward a shelter resident.

Even after the incident in the shelter, the Xaverian brothers wrote Dagwell an outstanding letter of recommendation and he was given a new job at Crossroads Shelter. Two months later, they found out about his past and asked him to leave. Dagwell relocated to Florida’s West Coast and taught at Manatee Community College in Venice.

In 2002, John Dagwell’s personnel file was among the records of nearly a dozen accused priests released by the Archdiocese of Boston. Shortly after, Dagwell left the Xaverians, citing “personal reasons.” Notably, Dagwell does not appear on the Archdiocese of Newark’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.

Dagwell is believed to be deceased, according to a March 2020 obituary. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Thomas P. Creagh – Diocese of Venice

Father Thomas P. Creagh

Diocese of Venice

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Ordained: 1967

Laicized: 2004

Died: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1967: Saint Margaret Mary (Louisville, KY)
  • 1967: Saint Francis of Assisi (St. Francis, KY)
  • 1970: Holy Family Cathedral (Anchorage, AK)
  • 1972: Holy Rosary (Dillingham, AK)
  • 1973: Saint Vincent dePaul (Louisville, KY)
  • 1974: Our Lady of Lourdes (Louisville, KY)
  • 1978: Saint Leonard (Louisville, KY)
  • 1980: Saint Albert the Great (Louisville, KY)
  • 1985: Diocese of Venice, FL
  • 1987: Saint Mary Parish (Hillview, KY)
  • 1987: Saint Ignatius (Louisville, KY)
  • 1999-2002: Holy Family Parish (Louisville, KY)
  • 2002-2004: Diocese of Venice, FL

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas P. Creagh:

Fr. Thomas Creagh was involved in four sexual abuse lawsuits to date, beginning in 2002. According to media reports, the first incident was reported initially reported to the Archdiocese of Louisville in 1982 while serving at St. Albert the Great. Fr. Creagh was a friend of the victim’s family at the time of abuse.  Creagh climbed on top of the victim and masturbated on him while kissing his ears. Creagh was allowed to remain in that parish because a psychological examination found he posed no danger to children. Creagh neither confirmed nor denied the 1982 allegation, although he noted that he had never been suspended because of it. The victim filed a civil lawsuit in May of 2002.

The second lawsuit was filed a few days after the first, May 2002. The alleged abuse occurred in December of 1983, in the rectory of St. Albert the Great. The victim claimed he was molested by the priest after picking him up from Trinity High School.

The third lawsuit was filed in May 2002. The alleged abuse occurred in December of 1974, in the rectory at Our Lady of Lourdes in Louisville. The victim claims that when he was 15 years old, he met Fr. Creagh on a retreat. Creagh told him that he had performed oral sex on other boys. He also said Creagh would get him drunk and would hug and kiss him.

Finally, the fourth lawsuit was filed in June 2002. The alleged abuse occurred in 1980, on an overnight trip to a cabin owned by Creagh and other priests.

Archdiocesan officials admitted they knew of abuse of a teenage boy in 1983 and contributed $10K to a settlement with the victim. He relocated to Florida and did some work at parish in the Diocese of Venice after the first settlement. Creagh was removed from parish and laicized in 2004. He died in 2008 while living in Sarasota. He is named on the Archdiocese of Louisville’s list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Charles Cikovic – Diocese of Venice

Father Charles Cikovic

Diocese of Venice

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Ordained: 1986

Convicted: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1986-1987: St. Joseph’s Church (Bradenton, FL)
  • 1988-1993: St. Francis Xavier (Ft. Myers)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Charles Cikovic:

Fr. Charles Michael Cikovic was removed from duties at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Ft. Myers after the accusations were made in 1993 claiming he sexually abuse a 13-year-old girl. According to media reports, the victim told investigators that the sexual relationship took place at the priest’s Fort Myers home, on cruise ships out of Miami, and at motels in Venice, Charlotte, Orange and Dade counties.

Fr. Cikovic pleaded guilty in September 1993 to three counts of sexual battery on a child and one count of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. He was sentenced to six months in jail and 20 years’ probation. He was released in December 1995. The Diocese of Venice agreed to an out-of-court settlement in the lawsuit to the victim in 1997. News reports also say that there were previous accusations against Cikovic from the 1980s. He was last seen living in MO and is on the Sex Offender registry.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr Norman T. Connelly – Diocese of Venice

Father Norman T. Connelly
Diocese of Venice/Camden

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Ordained: 1965
Suspended from ministry: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1965: Our Lady Star of the Sea (Cape May, NJ)
  • 1965: St. Rose (Haddon Heights, NJ)
  • 1965: Cathedral Academy (Camden, NJ)
  • 1966-1967: Immaculate Conception (Camden, NJ)
  • 1968-1972: St. Peter (Merchantville, NJ)
  • 1973-1974: St. Patrick (Woodbury, NJ)
  • 1975-1981: St. James High School (Carneys Point, NJ)
  • 1981-1982: St. Michael (Gibbstown, NJ)
  • 1982-1987: St. John (Paulsboro, NJ)
  • 1988-1992: St. Joseph (Woodstown, NJ)
  • 1993: Epiphany (Venice, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Norman T. Connelly:

Father Norman Connelly served in parishes in New Jersey and Florida. According to media reports in 2002, two brothers suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of several priests, including Father Norman Connelly. The victims initially filed a lawsuit and lost a bid to sue the Diocese of Camden when a judge ruled that the statute of limitations had expired in their cases.

The brothers alleged that they had been molested as teenagers and claimed that the church had long known of and tolerated such conduct by priests, including Connelly. One victim said that when he was a teenager, Connelly took him and other altar boys to a Philadelphia bathhouse, where they played volleyball and basketball in the nude. He and his brother say Connelly also showed them pornography.

Lawyers for the diocese argued that the brothers understood all along that the sexual assaults had harmed them in some way and that they should have filed suit sooner.

While the lawsuit was dismissed, the victims shared in an $880,000 settlement from the Diocese of Camden in 2002.

Connelly’s name appears on the February 2019 list of credibly accused priests published by the Diocese of Camden.  According to Bishop Sullivan, the list, “includes those who admitted to the abuse, those who were found guilty after a trial in the church courts or the civil courts, and others against whom the evidence was so overwhelming as to be virtually unquestionable.”

Connelly is permanently removed from ministry and is believed to be residing in Naples, Florida.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Venice in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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