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Archbp. Peter Leo Gerety – Archdiocese of Newark

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained: 1939

Retired: 1986

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1939: St. John the Evangelist Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1940: Grace-New Haven Hospital (New Haven, CT)
  • 1942: St. Brendan Church (New Haven, CT)
  • 1956: St. Martin de Porres Parish (New Haven, CT)
  • 1969–1974: Bishop of Portland
  • 1974 to 1986: Archbishop of Newark

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety:

Archbishop Peter Leo Gerety served for nearly three decades as a parish priest in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Portland, Maine. Gerety was appointed the third Archbishop of Newark in 1974, retired in 1986, and died in 2016 at the age of 104.

A new lawsuit was filed in March 2021 by a now 49-year-old woman against the Archdiocese of Newark, alleging sexual abuse by the late Gerety. According to media reports, the victim claims that in 1976, Archbishop Gerety sexually abused her multiple times when she was just five years old. Allegedly, Gerety befriended her family when they were parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark.

The archbishop would often bring food to the struggling family and volunteered to look after the 5-year-old when her mother was at work. The victim states that Gerety, the highest-ranking church official in New Jersey at that time, would take her back to his bedroom in the rectory, where he touched her sexually and masturbated in front of her on three or four different occasions. She claims he told her not to say anything to anyone because it will hurt her mother and that it was their little secret. She says that she thought he was sent from God.

Eventually, she began to resist being alone with the priest, and her aunt started watching her instead. The woman said she did not tell anyone about the alleged abuse until she was 13 when she confided in her sister. By the time she was in her 20s, the victim was suicidal and in therapy.

The Review Board offered the victim a $5,000 settlement, but she declined and filed a $50 million lawsuit in March declaring that Gerety’s abuse caused a lifetime of mental health issues.

Gerety, who died as the world’s oldest Catholic bishop at 104 in 2016, was named in numerous lawsuits for allegedly covering up or failing to remove priests in the Archdiocese of Newark who sexually abused children during his tenure.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Joseph Farrell – Diocese of Trenton

Father Joseph Farrell

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: 1974

Leave of Absence: 2021

Assignment History:

  • 1974: St. Joseph (Toms River, New Jersey)
  • Unknown: St. Bonaventure  (Lavalette, New Jersey)
  • 1983-1987: St. Mary of the Lakes (Medford, New Jersey)
  • 1987-1989: St. Ann (Keansburg, NY)
  • 1989-1995: Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey)
  • 1996: Holy Eucharist (Tabernacle, New Jersey)
  • 1999 – 2021: St. Isidore the Farmer (New Egypt, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Joseph Farrell:

In April 2021, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of Trenton, alleging that Father Joseph Farrell sexually abused a minor in 1989 while working at Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. The victim, now a 44-year-old-man, claims that Farrell groomed him for sexual abuse and then abused him on at more than 50 occasions while he was a student at the now-closed St. Agnes Catholic School. The victim states that Farrell would massage his shoulders after basketball games and offered to write letters of recommendation so he could get into a good high school.  Father Joseph Farrell served as Pastor at the time of these alleged incidents. The Pastor allegedly rubbed D.A.’s genitals when he was assigned to bring paperwork to the rectory and on at least one occasion performed oral sex on the boy, who was then 13 or 14 years old, according the civil complaint.

The lawsuit then documents a series of incidents that Fr. Farrell allegedly groped him, performed oral sex on him, masturbated in front of him, and then raped him. Farrell allegedly told him that this is how boys get what they wanted and that he could help “fix” his grades. The man claims that when in 7th grade, he went to the school’s principal and told him that Fr. Farrell made him feel uncomfortable, but no reports were ever written up or dealt with.

In April 2021, Father Thomas Farrell, then a pastor at St. Isidore the Farmer parish in New Egypt, was placed on leave by the Diocese of Trenton after the suit was received.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton. 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 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

ANOTHER ABUSIVE MASSAGE THERAPIST IN NEW JERSEY PERMANENTLY BARRED FROM PRACTICING

ANOTHER ABUSIVE MASSAGE THERAPIST IN NEW JERSEY PERMANENTLY BARRED FROM PRACTICING

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The end of August 2020 brings with it the end of yet another New Jersey massage therapist’s career. As a result of “inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact” with a client, the state Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy permanently revoked the license of the ninth massage therapist since July 2019. 

Earlier this year, John R. Popper, 48, of Little Egg Harbor was convicted of harassment by offensive touching for placing his hand on a client’s vagina during a massage at Hand and Stone spa located at 277 New Road in Somers Point. The client reported the incident immediately after her appointment with Popper in 2017.

He “engaged in professional misconduct and committed a crime of moral turpitude,” said New Jersey state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The many recent allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse by licensees has prompted a review of the 51 professional boards under New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs. Overseeing 720,000 active licensed professionals, from accountants and doctors to plumbers, and massage therapists, the attorney general said, the goal is to ensure boards uniformly adopt best practices and enforce their rules.

“No client or patient should ever have to fear for their personal safety while interacting with a licensed professional in this state,” Grewal said. “By revoking the licenses of massage therapists who prey on their clients, the [state] is carrying out its duty to protect the public.”

In a Final Order filed on Aug. 25, 2020, the Board concluded that Popper’s conduct was “so egregious and morally reprehensible, and so fundamentally at odds with anything that we would expect of a massage therapist that nothing short of permanent revocation would be sufficient to protect the public health, safety and welfare.”

The Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy has adopted new rules to help prevent and detect sexual misconduct and abuse in the industry, Grewal said.

Some of those rules include:

  1. Requiring massage therapists to notify the board of criminal, civil, administrative, and employment actions against them
  2. Require massage therapists to report misconduct by others
  3. Protect minors from abuse

Now more than ever, the stresses of life can easily overwhelm us. When patients book a massage, it is to decompress and relax. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe. It is for this reason regulating the practice of massage therapy is necessary. Any violation requires swift action, as it is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee to touch a patient in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage parlors and other spas and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Woman sexually assaulted by Uber driver after getting ride home from bar, Police say

Woman sexually assaulted by Uber driver after getting ride home from bar, Police say

On December 10, Uber driver, Gilberto Segura, 52, of Hamilton, was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a woman outside her home. Sugura, who picked up the woman at Cooper’s Riverview bar and nightclub in Trenton the previous Friday night, faces multiple charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated sexual contact. 

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said he sexually assaulted her while out front in his car.  Detectives from Ewing Police and the MCPO Special Victims Unit identified Segura using the woman’s phone and Uber app. Segura had no other reported incidents and had passed an Uber background check. 

A recent report released by Uber, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported on the company’s 1.3 billion rides in 2018. Victims were both drivers and riders, including some incidents between riders. In instances of rape, 92% of the reported victims had been riders. 

Uber customers have an expectation of proper vetting of their Uber drivers for qualifications, as well as for safety.  Many Uber passengers are critical that Uber has not employed technology to deter sexual misconduct and ensure that the safety of their passengers.  It is unacceptable that there are employees who take advantage of trusting riders and break the law.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault claims on behalf of clients throughout the country.  An employee of any company is never permitted to have unwanted sexual contact with a customer. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during an Uber or Lyft ride, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.