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Fr. John Rebovich – Diocese of Metuchen

Father John Rebovich

Diocese of Metuchen

Ordained: 1967

Administrative leave: 1990

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1972      Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary (Pittston, PA)
  • 1972-1973      St. John the Evangelist (Pittston, PA)
  • 1973-1974      St. Joseph (York, PA) 
  • 1973-1974      Trinity High School (Shiremanstown, PA)
  • 1974-1978      St. Nicholas (Dunellen, NJ)
  • 1978-1979      Byzantine Catholic Seminary (Pittsburgh, PA)   
  • 1979-1985      St. Eugene (Bedford, OH)
  • 1985-1990      St. Michael (Akron, OH)
  • 1990-2010      Absent on Leave 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Rebovich:

Father John Rebovich was an Oblates of St. Joseph priest in the Dioceses of Scranton and Harrisburg, PA before becoming a Byzantine Catholic priest. According to media reports, in 1975, a 15-year-old altar boy reported that Father Rebovich solicited oral sex from him at St. Nicholas in Dunellen, New Jersey. This was the first allegation of child sexual abuse by the priest. In 1978, the boy told officials of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Passaic, but no action was taken. A few months later Father Rebovich was transferred to the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Parma. 

In 1990, Father Rebovich went on administrative leave. In July 1990, a civil suit was filed alleging that he raped an altar boy twice in the rectory of St. Eugene in 1980, in the Diocese of Parma. According to the alleged victim, the first incident occurred on Good Friday, after Father Rebovich took him to dinner and persuaded him to spend the night at the rectory. He said he woke up in the night to find the priest performing oral sex on him. The second incident took place in August 1980, after Father Rebovich got him drunk and took him back to the rectory. That time, he woke up to find himself naked in the priest’s bed. 

The suit also stated that the alleged victim met with diocesan officials in June 1984 and agreed not to press charges if Father Rebovich was removed from ministry, forced into treatment and banned him from contact with boys. He was removed from St. Eugene, but less than a month later, he was reinstated and assigned to St. Michael that same year. 

When the alleged victim learned of the priest’s reinstatement he filed the suit. He said, “The sole reason why I decided to file a lawsuit was to accomplish what I thought I had accomplished in 1984 and that was to prevent Father. John from molesting other young men.”

No criminal charges were filed because the statute of limitations had run out. The case was settled in 1991. 

In June 2002, another suit was filed by three men who claimed the Diocese of Cleveland and the Diocese of Parma allowed Father Rebovich to abuse them for three years while they were all minors. 

According to the alleged victims’ lawyer, Father Rebovich often gathered teen-age boys at the rectory, got them drunk and raped several of them. One victim said Father Rebovich paid him and other teen-age boys hundreds of dollars to defecate in a chalice while he watched or offered to perform sexual acts on them.

In August  2018, Father Rebovich’s name appeared on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations of child sexual abuse from other dioceses. In December 2018, his name was included on Diocese of Scranton’s list, as well. Father Rebovich is deceased. The date of his death is unknown.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Metuchen, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Metuchen 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. John Rebovich (Oblates of St. Joseph) – Diocese of Scranton

Father John Rebovich
Diocese of Scranton

Ordained: 1967
Administrative leave: 1990
Death: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1972: Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Pittston, PA
  • 1972-1973: St. John the Evangelist, Pittston, PA
  • 1973-1974: St. Joseph’s, York, PA
  • 1973-1974: Trinity High School, Shiremanstown, PA
  • 1974-1978: St. Nicholas, Dunellen, NJ
  • 1978-1979: Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1979-1985: St. Eugene, Bedford, OH
  • 1985-1990: St. Michael’s, Akron, OH

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Rebovich:

Father John Rebovich was an Oblates of St. Joseph priest in the Dioceses of Scranton and Harrisburg Pennsylvania before becoming a Byzantine Catholic priest. During his time as a priest, Rebovich has had multiple allegations of sexual abuse against a minor.

In 1990, Rebovich was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old altar boy at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Dunellen, New Jersey in 1975. Rebovich’s accuser is said to have told church officials in 1978, who promised to investigate. It appears that Rebovich was transferred from the parish to seminary the year that the 1978 complaint was filed.

The First Lawsuit is Filed

Rebovich was removed from St. Michael’s in April 1990 when he was accused in a lawsuit of having raped and molesting an altar boy in 1980 at St. Eugene. The victim said the first incident occurred on Good Friday 1980 after Rebovich took him to dinner and persuaded him to spend the night at the rectory. He said he awoke in the night to find Rebovich performing oral sex on him.

The second incident took place in August 1980, after Rebovich supplied him with mixed drinks and took him back to the rectory in a drunken state. That time, the victim alleged, he awoke to find himself naked in the pastor’s bed.

The lawsuit also stated that the victim met with diocesan officials in 1984 and agreed not to press charges if the church removed Rebovich as pastor of St. Eugene, forced him into treatment and banned him from contact with boys. The diocese removed Rebovich from St. Eugene, but less than a month later reinstated him and that same year assigned him to St. Michael.

The Second Lawsuit is Filed

Rebovich was accused again in a 2002 lawsuit of having sexually abused three boys at St. Eugene’s, from 1978 to 1981, when the boys were 15 to 17 years old.

In interviews, the men said Rebovich lured teens to the rectory by inviting them over to drink alcohol. They said the offer was difficult to resist, and that the priest was a “cool” guy for allowing them to hang out and play cards.

That man said Rebovich asked him to clean up after bingo for $50. The priest also let it be known the cleanup crew could help themselves to beer.

Another man said Rebovich would have lots of teens hanging around his house. One by one, the boys would leave. On two occasions when he had been drinking and ended up alone with Rebovich, the priest raped him, he said.

According to Diocese records, Rebovich passed away, but the year and his last known location are unknown.

Contact us today.

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 due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. John J. Rebovich – Diocese of Harrisburg

Fr. John Rebovich, o.s.j.

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Assigned in the Diocese of Harrisburg as follows:

  • 1973-1974                    St. Joseph (York, PA)
  • 1973-1974                    Trinity High School (Shiremanstown, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. John J. Rebovich:

Father John Rebovich, originally ordained as a member of the Oblates of St. Joseph religious order, has been accused of sexual abuse by multiple persons in the Dioceses of Harrisburg as well as in the Byzantine Diocese of Parma (Ohio).  He also worked in the Byzantine Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Diocese of Scranton before his permanent removal from ministry in 1990 following allegations that he sexually abused multiple children.  He was never laicized.

In 2002, the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Parma was sued by several men who said that they were abused by Rebovich in the late 1970s.

Rebovich’s name appears on the Diocese of Harrisburg’s list of accused priests, published in August 2018.  According to the Diocese of Harrisburg, it received one allegation of abuse against Rebovich sometime after the initial allegation was made in 1990.  No additional information was provided by the Diocese as to the nature of the misconduct or Rebovich’s assignment at the time of the abuse.

According to the Diocese of Harrisburg, Rebovich is now deceased.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg and throughout Pennsylvania.  The Diocese of Harrisburg filed for federal bankruptcy protection in February 2020. Anyone sexually abused by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Harrisburg may be entitled to file a claim against the Diocese in these bankruptcy proceedings, but very strict filing deadlines apply.  Most victims of abuse in the Diocese of Harrisburg will never be able to take action against the Diocese of Harrisburg if they miss this bankruptcy filing deadline, so it is important that you contact us immediately to discuss your potential case.   

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