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Fr. Luke Travers – Diocese of Paterson

Father Luke Travers

Diocese of Paterson

Luke Travers Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1986

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-1997: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 1998-2007: St. Mary’s Abbey; Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)
  • 2008: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ); Holy Trinity (New York, NY) 
  • 2009-2016: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 2017-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Luke Travers:

Fr. Luke Travers, a Benedictine monk, was the headmaster at Delbarton School in New Jersey from 1999 through 2007 but taught there before and after that time. 

According to media reports, in April 2011, a former student sent a letter to St. Mary’s Abbey, which runs the school, alleging sexual misconduct by Travers as he was consoling him when his father was dying. The letter said the monk offered him alcohol, hugged and kissed him, professed his love, and said he wanted to run away with him when he came back to the school after graduating. 

Another former student came forward alleging that when Travers was headmaster, he grabbed the boy’s crotch and butt when he was about 14 years old in the 1980s. Amidst the allegations, the monk was removed from his position as a non-residential administrator at St. Mary’s Abbey in Virginia, and ordered to live under restrictions that barred him from contact with anyone under 25. 

In March 2012, a lawsuit was filed by two brothers who grew up on the campus of the Delbarton School where their father was a teacher. The suit claimed they were sexually abused by Travers while he was headmaster in the 1970s. He denied the allegations. In April 2012, Travers severed ties with the Benedictine order.

In June 2018, a settlement was reached with five men alleging abuse by five monks, including Travers at Delbarton School.

In July 2018, Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey, publicly acknowledged for the first time, the accusations of 30 individuals who have alleged abuse by 13 past or current priests and monks there, and one retired lay faculty member, over the course of three decades.

In 2020, new suits were filed accusing Travers and two other priests of sexual abuse. According to media reports, the victim claimed that the abuse took place on individual occasions at the Delbarton School between 1982 and 1989, starting when he was 14 years old and ending when he was 21.

Travers was last known to be working in the insurance industry in Livingston, New Jersey and using the name Leo Travers.

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The Delbarton School

New Jersey Private School Abuse

Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Delbarton School

Morris Township, New Jersey

Founded: 1939

Location: Main campus in Morristown, New Jersey

Grades: 7 through 12

Delbarton is an all-male Roman Catholic preparatory school operated by the Benedictine Monks of St. Mary’s Abbey. The school was established in 1939 and in the beginning, it was only home to those in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. In 1942, the school expanded and began educating boys from seventh to twelfth grade. In recent years, its enrollment has averaged at almost 600 students per year.  

According to documents filed in Superior Court in Morristown, a former headmaster and several monks (both current and retired) were accused of sexually abusing several boys from 1968 to 1984.   In early June 2018, the Benedictine order settled multiple lawsuits brought by five men who were former students at Delbarton. As of July 2018, almost 30 victims have stepped forward with claims of abuse.

One priest, Timothy Brennan, was accused in three of the settled cases and five more pending complaints. Since then, he has admitted to abusing over 50 boys over the years and that he has been living in a notorious pedophile treatment center in Missouri.

The school’s former headmaster, Luke Travers, had complaints made against him by two brothers who alleged the abuse occurred when Travers was still a teacher at Delbarton. One of the brothers also named Rev. Justin Capato as another abuser at the Delbarton School. The two cases were both settled in March of 2018. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis.

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