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Fr. Thomas Ganley – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Thomas Ganley

Dioceses of Metuchen

Thomas Ganley Dioceses of Metuchen Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1985

Suspended from ministry: 2018

Arrested: 2019

Assigned as Follows:

  •            St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral (Metuchen, NJ)
  •            St. Cecilia’s Church (Woodbridge, NJ)
  •           St Philip and St. James Church (Phillipsburg, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Ganley:

Father Thomas Ganley was ordained a priest in 1985 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen.  He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in January 2019 he was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault in the first degree and two counts of sexual assault in the second degree for the sexual abuse of a minor. The office did not reveal the sex of the victim, who was said to be the ages of 14-17 at the time of the abuse.

Ganley was a priest at St. Cecilia’s when the criminal acts allegedly occurred from 1990 through 1994. This arrest is the first criminal case filed by a New Jersey Attorney General task force formed in September 2018 to investigate allegations of clergy abuse.

As of January 2019, Ganley is currently being held and awaiting trial at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center. 

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Giordano – Diocese of Metuchen

Father John Giordano

Diocese of Metuchen

John Giordano Diocese of Metuchen Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Retired/Removed: 2007

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church (North Plainfield, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Giordano:

Father John Giordano was ordained a priest in 1967 and served in the Diocese of MetuchenAccording to media reports, in 2007, he retired amidst sexual abuse allegations involving him and another priest from St. Luke’s in North Plainfield, New Jersey. Publicly, Giordano attributed his retirement to the pressures of running a parish and the allegations of sexual misconduct against him that he said the Diocese of Metuchen settled despite his denial of misconduct.

According to an official statement, the Diocese of Metuchen investigated abuse claims against Giordano in the late 1980s and took no action against him at the time. No additional information was given about the victim or the specifics of the abuse.

Giordano’s name appears on the Diocese of Metuchen’s list of credibly accused priests, meaning that at least one allegation was found credibly by the Diocese’s internal review board.  Giordano has not been removed from the priesthood (laicized), which means he is still technically a priest who is likely receiving financial support from the Diocese of Metuchen. 

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Patrick Kuffner – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Patrick Kuffner

Diocese of Metuchen Patrick Kuffner Diocese of Metuchen Horowitz Law

Ordained: 2002

Went on leave of absence: 2018

Suspended from ministry: 2018

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1983 Sacred Heart School (Staten Island, NJ)
  • St. Peter’s Elementary School (Staten Island, NJ) 
  • 2002-2005 St. Bartholomew Parish (East Brunswick, NJ)
  • 2005-2018 Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish (Middlesex, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick Kuffner:

Father Patrick Kuffner taught in the Catholic Church school system for nearly 30 years before he was ordained a priest in 2002 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. According to media reports, in 2018, three people accused him of sexual abuse while they were minors. The charges date back more than 30 years, while Kuffner was teaching on Staten Island. All three victims were men who claimed that Kuffner had been molesting them while he was a layman and basketball coach for the school. Three law enforcement agencies were initially involved in the allegations, and two of them determined that the statute of limitations had expired on his crimes; one investigation is ongoing.

Kuffner was put on a leave of absence during the time of the investigation and initial letter sent out by the Diocese of Metuchen in February 2018.  A year later, in February 2019, the Diocese of Metuchen stated the internal investigation is still open.   

In November 2019, Kuffner was arrested and charged with three counts of sexually abusing a teenage boy. In a statement released after his arrest, the Diocese of Metuchen said that the incidents took place in Massachusetts more than 35 years ago, and before Kuffner was a seminarian or ordained as a priest.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Gregory Littleton – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Gregory Littleton

Diocese of Metuchen

Gregory Littleton Diocese of Metuchen Horowitz Law


Ordained: 1990

Removed: 1993

Reinstated: 1997

Accused: 2002 and 2004

Removed and resigned from ministry: 2004

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Philip and St. James (Phillipsburg, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Victories (Sayreville, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish (Middlesex, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth- St. Brigid Parish (St. Peapack, NJ)
  • St. John the Baptist Church (Tryon, NC)
  • Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)

Summary of Sexual abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Littleton:

Father Gregory Littleton was ordained a priest in 1990 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 1993, he admitted to diocesan officials that he had been involved in the sexual abuse of two minors due to his involvement with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. There were no witnesses willing to come forward, and no case was formally brought against him. He was simply removed from duty that year and was sent to evaluation and therapy for three years.

In 1997, Father Littleton returned to the ministry full time and was considered a priest in good standing. He transferred to Charlotte, North Carolina, where more allegations from the Metuchen Diocese were made in 2002. He was not removed from his post in Charlotte until 2004, when the accusations against him were found credible by the review board.

In 2018, Father Littleton came out as a child sexual abuse victim of Archbishop McCarrick. He also confessed and shared information about almost 20 other victims of the Archbishop’s and himself. Father Littleton’s name has since been on several lists and lawsuits that the Diocese of Metuchen have been slowly giving out. Settlements have been made on behalf of the accused priests that have been accused of sexual misconduct during the 1990’s.

He now lives as a private citizen living in North Carolina. No criminal charges have been formally made against him.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Michael Santillo – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Michael Santillo

Diocese of Metuchen

Michael Santillo Diocese of Metuchen Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Left active priesthood:1992

Arrested:1997

Convicted:1999

Died: 2000

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Joseph Catholic Church (Bound Brook, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes (Whitehouse Station, NJ)
  • St. John Vianney (Colonia, NJ)
  • St. Jude Church (Blairstown, NJ)
  • St. Mary Church (Perth Amboy, NJ)
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Washington, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Michael Santillo:

Father Michael Santillo was ordained a priest in 1975 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in May 1998 a man reported to police that he had been sexually abused in the late 1980s by Father Santillo, while he served at St. Mary’s Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

Father Santillo had taken a leave of absence from ministry in 1992 to take care of his parents who were in poor health at the time and decided to come back and was working as an administrative assistant at a Schenectady, New York, parish at the time of his arrest in 1998.

Father Santillo was charged with molesting the then-13 year old victim, and was charged again in 1999 with sexually assaulting a second boy.

The victims were altar boys who were forced to participate in oral sex with Father Santillo and watch pornographic films. They claimed that the abuse had happened in the late 1980s and early 1990’s. They each said that Father Santillo gave them alcohol and even money to keep their silence after the abuse.  

Three more victims spoke out against Father Santillo following the second set of chrages, and he was eventually convicted and sentenced to ten more years in prison. His name was also included in a 2003 Diocese of Metuchen settlement that included 5 different priests.

Santillo died in prison in May of 2000.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Gregory Uhrig – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Gregory Uhrig

Diocese of Metuchen

Gregory Uhrig Diocese of Metuchen Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1973 (Diocese of Allentown)

Transfer to Diocese of Metuchen: 1983

Accused/Placed on Leave: 2010

Back in ministry:2017

Named in Grand Jury Report:2018

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1974-1975: Holy Trinity Parish (Whitehall, PA)
  • 1975-1977: Immaculate Conception (National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas) (Allentown, PA)
  • 1977-1978: Holy Rosary Church (Reading, PA)
  • 1978-1982: St. Anthony of Padua (Easton, PA)
  • 1978-1982: St. Mary’s Church (South Easton, PA)
  • 1982-1982: St. Ursula’s Catholic Church (Fountain Hill, PA)
  • 1983-1985: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Bernardsville, NJ)
  • 1983-1985: Sacred Heart Chapel (Bernardsville, NJ)
  • 1985-1986: St, Francis Cathedral (Metuchen, NJ)
  • 1986-1989: St. Thomas More (Allentown, PA)
  • 1989-1993: St, John the Baptist (Whitehall, PA)
  • 1993-1997: Immaculate Conception Church (Somerville, NJ)
  • 1997-1998: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Three Bridges, NJ)
  • 1998-1999: Not Listed
  • 1999-2003: St. Cecilia’s Church (Iselin, NJ)
  • 1999-2003: NJ State Home for Disabled Veterans (NJ)
  • 2003-2007: St. Matthew’s (Edison, NJ)
  • 2007-2010: St. Luke’s (North Plainfield, NJ)
  • 2010-2011: Not Listed
  • 2011-2017: Maria Regina Residence (Somerset, NJ) listed as weekend assistant

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory Uhrig:

Father Gregory Uhrig was ordained a priest in 1973 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 2010, a 44 year old woman reported to the Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania) that she was sexually abused by  as a 13-year-old girl at St. Anthony of Padua in Easton, Pennsylvania.  She worked in the rectory answering phones after school.  Through that, as well as frequent dinner invitations to the family home, Uhrig became a close family friend.  Eventually, his familiarity led to sexual contact with her over the course of four years.

Because Uhrig had already moved to the Diocese of Metuchen (NJ) at the time of the complaint, it was forwarded to the Bishop of Metuchen for review.  Uhrig was removed from ministry briefly, but he appears to be doing weekend supply work throughout the Diocese still. His New Jersey parishioners have not been informed of the allegation. According to a recent public statement by the Diocese of Metuchen, the allegation was found to be not credible by both the Diocese of Allentown and the Vatican, so Uhrig was returned to ministry.  However, Uhrig’s name appears on the list of credibly accused priests released by the Diocese of Allentown, which means that the Diocese review board did find the allegation credible. His name does not appear on the Diocese of Metuchen’s list.

Despite the fact that the Pennsylvania grand jury was only provided one allegation to review, it appears from his assignment history that Uhrig may have been the subject of rumors and innuendo before his move to New Jersey.  Based upon our experience, the move to a new diocese may itself be indicative of problems in the Allentown Diocese, though we cannot say for sure until we have been provided with a copy of Uhrig’s personnel file.  Such a request would be made during the course of any lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Allentown or Diocese of Metuchen.

Uhrig continues to minister in the Diocese of Metuchen today.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Thomasz Zielinski – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Thomasz  Zielinski

Diocese of Metuchen

Thomasz  Zielinski Diocese of Metuchen Horowitz Law

Placed on Leave: 2008

Charged:2008

Sentenced: 2009

Released from prison: 2010

Assigned as Follows:

  • Christ the King Church (Manville, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomasz Zielinski:

Father Thomasz Zielinski was ordained a priest in 2008 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to several media reports, in January 2009 during a flight to Newark Liberty International Airport, Father Thomasz Zielinski reached over to the 16-year old girl seated next to him and touched her thigh and groped her without permission. During the flight from Poland, also reportedly attempted to unzip the victim’s pants under a blanket. The victim got up and asked for assistance from the flight crew, and was moved to a different seat for the remainder of the flight. FBI agents interviewed him four days later, and he confessed to the sexual misconduct. Despite later criminal charges and a guilty plea, he has been allowed to remain a priest.  The Diocese of Metuchen removed him from his position as a visiting assistant pastor at Christ the King Church in Manville, NJ.

Zielinski was sentenced to one year in federal prison in January of 2009. He was released exactly one year later. No further information is known about his whereabouts since being released from prison.  As part of his plea agreement, Zielinski reportedly agreed to be deported.  

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Mark Dolak – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Mark Dolak

Diocese of Metuchen

Mark Dolak Diocese of Metuchen Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1979

Accused:1991

Suspended and Removed from ministry: 1998

Settled: 2003

Assigned as Follows:

  • Our Lady of Peace (Fords, NJ)
  • Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi (Metuchen, NJ)
  • St. Thomas Apostle Church (Old Bridge, NJ)
  • St. John the Evangelist (Dunellen, NJ)
  • St. Matthias Catholic Church (Somerset, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Mark Dolak:

Father Mark Dolak  was ordained a priest in 1979 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, the first allegations of child sexual abuse made against were brought to light in 1990 by a young woman who claimed Father Dolak started abusing her at the age of 13. She claimed the abuse had been going on for almost a decade in the rectory of St Francis of Assisi in Metuchen, where Father Dolak was serving at the time.

When the victim tried resolving it at the parish level, she was told things like she and Father Dolak should sit down and try to “work things out.” The Diocese of Metuchen’s only solution was to have Father Dolak transferred around multiple times.

At the time of her abuse, Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was recently defrocked by the Vatican for his own sexual abuse of seminarians (including minors), was the rector of the Cathedral and would have been responsible for supervising Father Dolak.

In 1991, the Diocese of Metuchen settled the legal claim of the first victim, and agreed to pay her $15,000 with no admission of guilt. It was not until two more abuse allegations came out against the priest that he was finally removed from the ministry in 1998.

According to many news outlets, including the New York Times, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen agreed to pay $800,000 to 10 people who said that diocese priests had sexually abused them. This case was brought to court in 2003, a few years before the original case had been brought against Father Dolak. The settlement was approved by  Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski and covered five different priests at the time. Father Dolak’s name was a part of the accused priests list. Just like the 1991 case, there was no admission of guilt from any of the priests listed, nor from the Diocese of Metuchen.

According to online documents, Father Dolak most recently worked as an acute family care support specialist for Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey. After the Diocese of Metuchen released its list of accused priests in February 2019, a Monmouth spokesperson told media that Father Dolak no longer worked there, but did not provide his departure date, or the reason for his departure.

According to media reports, in April 2019, the Diocese of Metuchen announced that Father Dolak had been laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Vatican.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Kevin Duggan – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Kevin Duggan

Diocese of Metuchen

evin Duggan Diocese of Metuchen Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1987

Suspended: 2013

Sent to Treatment: 2012

Removed: 2013

Died: 2017

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Joseph’s Parish (North Plainfield, NJ)
  • St. James Parish (Woodbridge, NJ)
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Parish (Old Bridge, NJ)
  • Corpus Christi Parish (South River, NJ)
  • St. Mary Parish (South Amboy, NJ)
  • St James the Less Parish (Jamesburg, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Kevin Duggan:

Father Kevin Duggan was ordained a priest in 1987 and served in the Diocese of Metuchen. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, allegations against were first brought to the attention of the Diocese of Metuchen by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in April 2013. This happened a few months after Duggan had voluntarily checked into a Guest House in Rochester, Minnesota for priests who struggled with alcoholism.  Guest House is a notorious treatment facility for priests who have also been accused of molesting children, particularly when alcohol has played a role in the acts of abuse.  

According to the allegation, a caretaker of a developmentally disabled man claimed that Duggan sexually abused the victim while serving at St James Parish in Woodbridge, sometime during the 1990’s. Longtime members of the parish also complained of Duggan’s drunken rages, verbal abuse and slurring and stumbling at the altar. The alleged victim spoke with the Diocese’s internal review board, where they were to investigate the case against Father Duggan. The caretaker told the Newark Star-Ledger that Duggan fondled the man on at least two occasions on the church’s lower level, known as McCorristin Hall. The victim claimed that Duggan had instructed him to wait for him in the basement after Mass. After being hospitalized for emotional problems, the survivor finally told his nurse what Duggan did to him. The review board found the accuser to be credible and Duggan’s ministry privileges were revoked in 2013. The matters were then handed over to the Vatican for additional investigation and action due to the mental capacity of the victim.  

Duggan died on July 6th, 2017.  At the time of his death, he was still a priest, presumably without facilities to minister.

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

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.