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Retired Diocese of Trenton Priest Arrested By Clergy Sex Abuse Task Force

Retired Howell Priest Arrested By Clergy Sex Abuse Task Force

Father H. Brendan Williams, a retired priest of the Diocese of Trenton, was arrested and charged with second-degree sexual assault of a young girl in the late 1990s while he was Pastor at St. Veronica Roman Catholic Church in Howell, New Jersey.  In a press release, authorities made the announcement late Friday afternoon, September 20th, crediting the arrest from a tip received through the recently formed state clergy abuse hotline.

Williams is now the second priest to be charged by the New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force formed by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in 2018. He is accused of touching the private parts of a girl, younger than 13 years old, with his hand at least three times from 1997 to 1999, authorities said. Williams was arrested by members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office who are assigned to the task force.

“Once again a call to our hotline has led to a thorough investigation by members of our Clergy Abuse Task Force and charges against a priest who allegedly assaulted a young girl many years ago,” Grewal said. “No person is above the law and we want survivors to know that, despite the passage of time, justice may still be within reach. We will do everything in our power to hold their abusers accountable.”

Williams was one of the 188 priests named on New Jersey’s five dioceses list of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing a child over multiple decades.  Horowitz law has assembled an even more extensive database.  Ordained in 1965, Williams faced multiple credible allegations of child sex abuse throughout his career.  His assignments prior to his retirement in 2012 included the following:

  • St. Joan of Arc (Marlton, New Jersey)
  • Holy Angels (Hamilton, New Jersey)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Chaplain (Edison, New Jersey)
  • St. Veronica, Pastor (Howell, New Jersey)
  • Retirement, Villa Vianney (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)

Quite disturbingly, the following six Catholic priests who served at St. Veronica’s in Howell face one or more sexual misconduct complaints:  Richard R. Milewski, Liam A. Minogue, Robert J. Parenti, H. Brendan Williams, Frank J. Iazzetta and Joseph F. McHugh.

The role of Catholic priests is to support the spiritual needs of their parishioners, to educate them on religious practices and meanings, and offer counseling in times of need. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the Church. Any diocese in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential priests and protect their parishioners.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Diocese of Trenton. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a priest or other clergy, 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.

New Jersey Catholic Dioceses Announce Launch of Voluntary Settlement Fund

Unlike Other Claim Funds, the New Jersey Catholic Conference Has Announced It Will Arbitrarily Exclude Claims Against Religious Order Priests and Lay Employees 

NEWARK, NJ – Adam Horowitz, a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of clergy sexual abuse, announces the launch of a new database of clergy and lay employees accused of sexual abuse in the Catholic dioceses of New Jersey: Archdiocese of Newark, Diocese of Camden, Diocese of Metuchen, Diocese of Paterson, and Diocese of Trenton.  The database, which includes 328 priests as of today, and is believed to be the most comprehensive list of accused offenders available. This is far more than have been identified publicly by the dioceses themselves.

For the benefit of survivors and journalists alike, Horowitz and his team have painstakingly prepared individual profiles on dozens of accused offenders to consolidate available information about their backgrounds, alleged crimes, and, in the case of offenders who are still alive, their current locations.  Many of these profiles include photographs that are not available anywhere else. Horowitz’s website contains similar databases for dioceses in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington D.C.

The database also includes priests who belong to religious orders, such as the Jesuits and Salesians of Don Bosco.  Unlike some of their counterparts in the Diocese of Scranton and the Diocese of Erie, the Bishops of New Jersey have arbitrarily chosen to bar anyone abused by priests affiliated with religious orders and non-clergy lay employees, such as teachers, youth ministers, and coaches, from recovering from the fund.  This prohibition applies even when the offender committed the abuse in a church or school run by dioceses. However, due the passage of a new law allowing anyone sexually abused in New Jersey to file lawsuits during a limited-time window, survivors of those perpetrators still have legal options in New Jersey’s courts.

The deadline to file claims with the compensation fund is December 31, 2019.  Registration of new claims begins Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Horowitz’s database of accused priests is available at: https://adamhorowitzlaw.com/who-we-sue/church-sexual-abuse/new-jersey/

Click on the links to each individual diocese’s page for profiles of the accused priests who worked in that diocese.

Horowitz says the database will be continuously updated as the names of more accused individuals become public.  You are encouraged to bookmark the link for easy access to the information.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the State of 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 New Jersey now have legal options against those who have harmed them.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 – or toll free at (888) 283-9922, or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

 

The Peddie School

 

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Peddie School

Mercer County, New Jersey

Founded: 1864

Location: Hightstown, New Jersey

Grades: 9 through 12 and post-graduate

The Peddie School in New Jersey is a coeducational college preparatory school that educates students from grades 9 through 12. It also has a small post-graduate program. Founded as an American Baptist school for girls, in 1864 it began allowing boys to attend and shortly after changed its name.  In 2015, it was ranked as the 18th most expensive private high school in the United States. It has an average enrollment of approximately 550 students and around 79 classroom teachers.

In October of 2013, it was widely reported that a Peddie School math teacher and cross-country coach leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge. The deceased, Donovan Dickson, was found dead the same day county detectives came to the school to conduct an investigation into allegations of sex between an unindentified Peddie School teacher and an underaged student.  Law enforcement has never confirmed that Dickson was the target of the investigation, but there have been no more allegations of misconduct by a teacher at Peddie since then, which certainly suggests that he was the suspect. 

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.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

 

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IVCP – New Jersey Catholic Dioceses – What You Need to Know

Beginning June 15, 2019, people who were sexually abused during their childhood by priests and other clergy of one of the Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey may receive an invitation to participate in the Independent Victim Compensation Program (“IVCP”).  If you receive such an invitation, it is important to contact an attorney before making a decision on participating in the IVCP.  While the program is designed to compensate clergy abuse victims, there are other legal options you will want to consider.

The IVCP may be the right compensation program for some clergy abuse victims, but it is not for everyone.  For instance, a civil lawsuit may be better and more valuable option for your claim.  A lawsuit will give you the opportunity to learn the full history of the priests and get documents about what the Diocese knew about the offending priest and when they knew it.  If you decide to settle your claim through the IVCP program, you will be giving up potentially-valuable legal rights to file a lawsuit in New Jersey against the Diocese and others responsible for your sexual abuse.

Horowitz Law is representing numerous victims of sexual abuse by priests in New Jersey and has decades of experience handling these claims. It is important that you contact a sexual abuse attorney well-versed in the inner working of the Catholic Church and who has knowledge of the scope of the clergy abuse scandal. At Horowitz Law, we painstakingly assembled biographies on every priest in the State of New Jersey who has publicly faced an allegation of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Paterson, and Trenton.

Horowitz Law assists client in in assembling evidence, preparing and submitting the claims form in a timely manner, and communicating and meeting with the fund administrators.

The effective date of the IVCP is June 15, 2019.  The program is available to anyone abuse by clergy of one of the New Jersey Dioceses regardless of whether the clergyman was affiliated with a school, parish or other agency of the Diocese. Program administrations report that the claims will be handled in the order in which they are received, starting with claims of sexual abuse that were reported to the Diocese prior to the date of this Protocol.  Victims shall be eligible for compensation regardless of whether they have previously reported these incidents to the Diocese or law enforcement.  Victims will not be eligible for the program if they have previously settled their clergy abuse claim or if the abuse was committed by a religious Order priest or priest of a Dioceses outside New Jersey.  Notably, the entire IVCP process is confidential and claimant will not have their names publicly disclosed by applying for compensation.

The program will be independently administered by neutral fund administrators in two Phases.  Phase I, which begins June 15, 2019, is available to victims who reported their abuse on or before June 15, 2019 to their Diocese.  Phase II is for victims who have not previously reported their abuse.  Phase II victims may register their claims beginning June 15, 2019 and continuing through October 31, 2019.  The deadline to file claims for Phase I and II is December 31, 2019.

Rutgers Preparatory School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at Rutgers Preparatory School

Franklin Township, New Jersey

Founded: 1766

Location: Somerset, New Jersey

Grades: Pre-K through 12

Established in 1766, Rutgers Preparatory School is a co-educational college prep school that is considered the oldest independent school in the state of New Jersey and 16th oldest in the country. In recent years, the school has been home to an average of 600 students and around 80 teachers annually.

In the early 1980s, teacher and swim coach Stanley Kops worked at Rutgers Preparatory School after allegations of abuse arose at his former job in New York. He was previously teaching at The Horace Mann School in The Bronx, New York. Rutgers Preparatory officials denied ever knowing about Kop’s history of abuse allegations at Horace Mann.  Kops worked at Rutgers Prep for a year before his contract was allowed to run out without renewal following allegations at Rutgers Prep.

Several students at Rutgers complained about inappropriate touching and sexual advances from Kops. Finally, according to media reports, one father who was active in the school community, demanded the school take action after Kops groped his 12- year old son. Kops resigned from his teaching position shortly thereafter.

Kops died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1985.  According to his obituary in the Princeton alumni magazine, Kops was enrolled in the New Brunswick Theological Seminary at the time of his death.

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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

The Morristown-Beard School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Morristown-Beard School

Morris County, New Jersey

Founded:1891

Location: Morristown, New Jersey

Grades: 6 through 12

Originally founded from two seperate schools, Morristown Beard School was established in 1891 as a coeducational private school. The two single-sex schools were named Beard School for Girls and Morristown School for Boys. The campus now has two academic units: Upper School (9-12) and a Middle School (6-8). It is home to a student population of approximately 600 students each year.

In January 2016, the parents of a teenage student alleged that a former teacher from the Morristown Beard School had an inappropriate relationship with their daughter while he was teaching at the school. The ex-teacher, Edward Sherman, was accused of starting the sexual relationship while the victim was in her senior year at the prep school and still a minor. Despite reports of the inappropriate encounters between the two, the school allegedly failed to report the incidents to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency as required by law. Sherman was even allowed to chaperone the girls’ senior trip to Greece together, according to media reports.

The victim’s parents sued the school for negligence for failing to take action against Sherman or to protect its student despite multiple reports. However, the case was dismissed purportedly because the victim failed to cooperate with the case. Despite being a minor at the time the abuse started, she has since turned 18 which means here parents can no longer maintain a lawsuit of her behalf.  

According to Sherman’s lawyer, Sherman and the girl have fled to Israel since the allegations became public.

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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

The Lawrenceville School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Lawrenceville School

Mercer County, New Jersey

Founded: 1810

Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Grades: 9 through 12

Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School was originally known as Mainhead Academy and had several variations of the name thereafter. It is now a coeducational preparatory boarding school for students from 9th to 12th grade. The school averages at about 800 students each year and around 100 classroom teachers.

After multiple allegations of sexual abuse in recent years, in 2018 the Lawrenceville School hired an outside investigative firm to look into the school’s history of alleged abuse. Bruce Presley, who was not only a teacher but also a housemaster at the school, has been the subject of dozens of sexual abuse and harassment complaints during his employment at The Lawrenceville School from 1960 to 1984. One of the most consistent stories of abuse was Presley making students do a series of exercises naked while Presley leered at them. The former students recall this happening as a form of punishment for rules infractions, such as being out past curfew.

Others complained of inappropriate physical touching as well.  

Presley, now 79, is believed to be residing in South Florida.  

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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

 

Dwight-Englewood School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Dwight-Englewood School

Bergen County, New Jersey

Founded: 1973

Location: Englewood, New Jersey

Grades: Pre-K through 12

In 1889, the Dwight School for Girls was founded as a college preparatory school for females.  Later, The Englewood School for Boys was established in 1928 for male students. In 1973, the two schools formed a nonprofit corporation known as Dwight-Englewood School. The schools consolidated again in 1993, and now includes students from Pre-K to sixth grade as well. It is home to a population of about 900 students and 100 classroom teachers annually.

In 2014, allegations of a former music teacher at Horace Mann School in The Bronx, New York were brought to light in a lawsuit filed by a former Horace Mann student. The lawsuit accused teacher Johannes Somary of “grooming” and subsequently abusing multiple students in what later became a massive scandal at Horace Mann.  The first victim claimed the sexual abuse occurred over many years, and that some of the incidents took place while the Glee Club was traveling to and performing at the Dwight-Englewood School on multiple occasions.  The lawsuit claims that the schools knew that Somary was a predator for many years and did nothing about it. The case was settled in April of 2015.

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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

Seton Hall Preparatory School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at Seton Hall Preparatory School

Essex County, New Jersey

Founded:1856

Location: West Orange, New Jersey

Grades: 9 through 12

Founded in 1865, Seton Preparatory School is the oldest Catholic college prep school in New Jersey. It is an all-boys school that is under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Newark, with its origins on the campus of Seton Hall University. The Prep School now has an average enrollment of about 900 students and almost 80 classroom teachers.

In May 2017, a former member of Sacred Heart Parish who attended Seton Hall Preparatory School sued both institutions and the Archdiocese of Newark. The lawsuit claimed that the school failed to protect him from repeated sexual abuse by two priests in the 1970’s. The lawsuit named Fr. William Giblin as an alleged abuser; at the time he was the headmaster of the school. Giblin has also been charged in Canada in 2002 for soliciting sex from a minor.

Rev. Robert Gibney was the other priest who was named in the lawsuit against Seton Hall Prep.  Gibney also worked at Oratory Prep in Summit.  

Records show William Giblin died in 2011.  Gibney died in 2012. 

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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

Oratory Preparatory School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at Oratory Preparatory School

Union County, New Jersey

Founded: 1907

Location: Summit, New Jersey

Grades: 7 through 12

Oratory Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic college prep school for boys in 7th through 12th grades. It has an average annual enrollment of 350 students and 38 classroom teachers. The school was founded in 1907 as Carlton Academy, a boarding school educating grades 4 through 12. In 1964 , the school limited its focus on the older children and became a day school. 

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse at some point in their career. Four priests on the list had ties to Summit, New Jersey. They were listed as working in schools, churches and hospitals. John Capparelli and Joseph DiPeri were two of the priests assigned to Oratory Prep and Arturo Crespo and Robert Gibney were at other assignments near the school campus. 

Not long after the Archdiocese’s list was released, Capparelli was found shot to death in his Las Vegas home.

Gibney and DiPeri are also deceased.  Crespo is believed to be residing in the Tampa, Florida area.  He is 57 years old.

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. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.