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Fr. Alfonso Condorson – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Alfonso Condorson (a/k/a Condorpusa)

Diocese of Metuchen

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Ordained: 1995 (Archdiocese of Newark)

Assigned in Metuchen: 2004-2008

Incardinated into Metuchen: 2008

Suspended: September 2018

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Alfonso Condorson:

Father Alfonso Condorson, a native of Peru, was ordained a priest in 1995 for the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in the Diocese of Metuchen.  When he became a United States citizen in 1998, he followed the example of other Newark priests and changed his legal name from Alfonso de Condorpusa to Alfonso Condorson. He has a long-standing relationship with Metuchen’s Bishop Emeritus Paul Bootkoski, who sold him a New Jersey property for $1 in 2015.

According to media reports, in 1997, Condorson was accused of making unwanted sexual advances on a 24-year-old male parishioner at Holy Trinity Parish in Hackensack, New Jersey.  The man says the incident occurred while he was vacationing in Cancun with Condorson, in late September or early October of 1997.

The man says his family reported the interaction to Bishop Charles McDonnell, an auxiliary bishop of Newark and the pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, where Condorson was stationed. The alleged victim’s father said that the archdiocese “fought us all they way to the end.”

Condorson left Holy Trinity in June of 1998, sources close to the episode recalled to reporters, but only after the family of the man making the allegations threatened to sue. The family says they ultimately decided not to file a lawsuit.

Bishop Bootkoski, the former Bishop of Metuchen, was then vicar general of the Newark archdiocese when the allegation was reported.  A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Newark said that, during that time, “Fr. De Condorpusa underwent evaluation by competent professionals who were aware of the accusation. Those professionals concluded that there was no reason to limit or halt his ministry.”

“The Archdiocese had an investigation which included interviews with both Fr. Condorson and the claimant, both adults. As Vicar General, Bishop Bootkoski said he was informed of the investigation by the pastor of the parish and a former pastor, also a Vicar General for the archdiocese, who both had knowledge of the situation. Based on the testimony of the two men, at that time, Bishop Bootkoski says he was informed they had conflicting accounts of what had occurred, both lacking any hard facts. The claimant, who was an adult, and his family did not pursue the matter,” the archdiocese said.

In 2008, a New Jersey man wrote to Archbishop John Myers of Newark and to Bootkoski, alleging that in the summer of 1997 Condorson asked him for help with computer repairs in the Holy Trinity rectory. Media reports are not clear, but it appears that the man was over the age of 18 at the time of the incident.  At any rate, he said that after the work was completed, the priest “requested that I stay and have a glass of wine with him.. when suddenly he placed his arm around me and tried to kiss me. I was shocked, got up, and asked him what he was doing.”

“He said to me, ‘I thought you wanted it, I like older men,’” the man alleged.

The Diocese of Metuchen told media that it reported the 2008 matter to the county prosecutor soon after being informed. It also said its “Diocesan Response Officer” contacted “the accuser to offer to meet to discuss the letter and provided the phone number of the proper county prosecutor for reporting Fr. Condorson.”  Condorson denied the allegation and prosecutors did not file any charges, so, the matter was closed and Condorson was returned to ministry.

According to media reports, other priests found that Condorson’s close relationship with Bootkoski made the priest difficult to trust.  In response to questions about their relationship, the Diocese of Metuchen stated that Bootkoski “categorically denies” any accusations of impropriety in the relationship.  In 2015, Bootkoski sold Condorson a home worth more than $200,000.00 for $1.00.

In 2015, less than a year before Pope Francis accepted his letter of resignation for limits of age, Bootkoski also made Condorson the director of the diocesan office for Hispanic ministry.

Condorson continues to be suspended from ministry pending the outcome of the Diocese of Metuchen’s internal review.  His name does not appear on the Diocese of Metuchen’s list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

In September 2018, shortly after the release of the landmark Pennsylvania grand jury report, the Diocese of Metuchen announced that it was suspending Condorson from ministry while it reviewed prior allegations of misconduct made years earlier.

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.

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Fr. Kevin Duggan – Diocese of Metuchen

Father Kevin Duggan

Diocese of Metuchen

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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.