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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.

The Delbarton School

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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.

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


The Pingry School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Pingry School

Bernards Township, New Jersey

Founded: 1861

Location: Campuses in Short Hills and Basking Ridge

Grades: K through 12

Originally founded in 1861 as a boys’ school, The Pingry School has been co-educational since the early 1970s.  It is home to a student population that typically numbers about 1100 annually.

In May 2018, The Pingry School announced that it had settled 21 sexual abuse allegations against its former employee, Thad “Ted” Alton.  Alton, who worked as a teacher and a Boy Scout leader, was the subject of 27 allegations of abuse over a six year period in the 1970s. After leaving The Pingry School, Alton moved to upstate New York, where he was arrested for sexually abusing fifty more students in 1989.  He is now a registered sex offender as a result of that conviction.

In January 2020, The Pingry School announced financial settlements with another 13 victims of Alton.

According to an independent investigation conducted by a third party in 2017, at least two more former teachers had been accused of sexual abuse.  Bruce Bohner was accused of molesting four students, all aged 10 or 11 years old, during the late 1970s. Antoine du Bourg, who taught at the school for 46 years, was accused of molestation and other inappropriate sexual conduct in “multiple instances,” according to the final report.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in the private schools of New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by someone working at a private school in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused in New Jersey may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so please do not delay in reaching out to us.

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



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New Jersey Law Gives Victims of Sexual Abuse More Time to File Civil Lawsuits

Today was a great day for civil justice in the State of New Jersey!

Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey today signed legislation extending the statute of limitations in civil actions for sexual abuse claims. Under the new law, child victims will be able to file lawsuits until they turn 55 years old (or seven years from the moment they discover an injury was caused by past abuse, whichever is later). The law also creates a two-year “window” from December 1, 2019 to November 30, 2021 for people to bring lawsuits based on incidents of sexual abuse that were previously time-barred by the old version of the statute of limitations.  New Jersey previously eliminated the statute of limitations for criminal cases of sexual assault.

Victims of sexual abuse and their advocates have for many years been seeking to reform the statute of limitations in New Jersey to give victims greater access to the courthouse to obtain a civil remedy for sexual abuse.  “Survivors of sexual abuse deserve opportunities to seek redress against their abusers,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “This legislation allows survivors who have faced tremendous trauma the ability to pursue justice through the court system. I thank the bill’s sponsors for their commitment to tackling this issue, as well as the advocates for their activism and engagement.”

Not surprisingly, insurance companies and the Catholic Bishops in New Jersey were among the most vocal opposition to the bill becoming law.  The new law creates massive liability exposure of the Archdiocese of Newark, Diocese of Camden, Diocese of Trenton, Diocese of Paterson, and Diocese of Metuchen on account of clergy sexual abuse.  Likewise, many private schools and youth serving organizations in New Jersey who have been plagued by child sexual abuse in their institutions may have significant legal exposure.

Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz was quoted, “The new statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases in New Jersey was a hard-fought battle by compassionate legislators,  It is a big win for abuse survivors who had previously been denied justice due to an arbitrary statute of limitations.  They will now be able to have their day in Court and be fully compensated for their childhood sexual abuse.  Hopefully, the example set in New Jersey will be followed in many other states.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing sexual abuse victims across the State of New Jersey.  This includes persons abused at a church, school, camp, or youth organization.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in New Jersey contact our office.  Although many years have passed, people who have been sexually abused in New Jersey finally have an opportunity at justice due to the repeal of the statute of limitations.  Contact attorney Adam Horowitz at 954-641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to find out how to submit your sexual abuse claim today.

New Jersey Set to Become the Latest State Adopting Longer Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse

New Jersey is set to become the latest state to expand its statute of limitations for survivors of sexual abuse to seek justice against those who have harmed them.  The law will apply not only to abusers themselves, but to any persons or organizations that were negligent in allowing the abuse of a child to occur, such as a school, athletic league, or church.

The proposed law, which has been stalled in the New Jersey legislature for almost 20 years, will extend the time victims have to sue to age 55, or 7 years from the discovery of the connection between their psychological injuries and their abuse (known as “the discovery rule”).

Critically, the bill will also open a two-year window during which anyone can file suit for damages arising from sexual abuse, including anyone whose claims were previously barred by the statute of limitations.  This measure will allow many survivors of abuse access to the courts when it had previously been denied to them.

Recent studies show that the average survivor of sexual abuse reports his or her abuse as a child after the age of 50.  This law, like many others now being passed and considered nationally, recognizes that child sexual abuse is something that people are not typically ready to deal with until much later in life. In the case of many survivors, it will also shift the cost of treating the effects of sexual abuse from the State to those who are actually responsible for the abuse.

The law will affect hundreds, if not thousands, of children sexually abused by priests in the five New Jersey Catholic dioceses.  Recently, the New Jersey Catholic Conference announced voluntary settlement funds to resolve claims of child sexual abuse by clergy in an abbreviated process that does not allow for a discovery of information held in the secret files of New Jersey’s bishops.  However, under the new law, plaintiffs would be allowed access to that information and the public will finally know what Catholic leaders have done to enable the abuse of New Jersey’s children for decades (and what, if anything, they have done to prevent it).

It also abolishes the doctrine of charitable immunity in cases of child sexual abuse.  Previously, under New Jersey law, a non-profit organization could claim immunity for alleged negligence in the commission of crimes and against children.  It will also enact additional protections for victims who file lawsuits, including barring evidence of the victim’s sexual history.

The bill has passed both houses of the legislature and is expected to be signed by the governor when it hits his desk.

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Our law firm is handling clergy sexual abuse claims involving priests of the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey.  We have been representing victims in clergy abuse cases against Catholic Dioceses for many years and handled numerous compensation claims on behalf of abuse victims.  Contact us today at 954-641-2100 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to find out if you are eligible for compensation from the Diocese of Metuchen.

The Diocese of Metuchen includes the New Jersey counties of Middlesex, Somerset, Huntedon, and Warren.  Diocese officials report it includes at least 650,000 Catholics.  Since its establishment in 1991 (from territory that had been the northern portion of the Diocese of Trenton), the Diocese of Metuchen has been home to some of the most notorious priests alleged to have committed child sexual abuse. Those facts are now coming to light and gaining public attention.  Victims of abuse by priests and other clergy are now able to receive financial compensation for what occurred.  Indeed, the Diocese of Metuchen recently announced plans for an independent compensation fund to support sexual abuse victims.

The Diocese of Metuchen’s list of Catholic priests who have previously been accused of sexual abuse include:

Father John M. Banko – He was removed from the active ministry in 2000 and later convicted of abusing multiples boys; Abused committed at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Milford.  Also served in Hillsbrough Township and was Pastor at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Montgomery from 1982 to 1989.

Father John Butler – After working in Veirgnia and New York, his assignment schedule in New JErsey was as follows: 1970-1974: Saints Philip and James, Phillipsburg, NJ; 1974-1975: St. Barnabas, Bayville, NJ; 1975-1978: St. Thomas the Apostle, Old Bridge, NJ; 1978-1979: St. Robert Bellarmine, Freehold, NJ; 1980: Unknown; 1980-1984: St. John Vianney, Colonia, NJ; 1985-1986: Unknown; 1986-2002: St. John Vianney, Colonia, NJ; 2002: Removed from ministry on April 11, 2012 by Diocese of Metuchen after accused of abuse in Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Father John J. Casey – Former priest at St. Joseph parish in North Planifield and St. Peter the Apostle parish in New Brunswick

Father Michael J. Cashman – Irish-born priest who served at  St. Ambrose Church in Old Bridge in late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  Also worked at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Woodbridge. Previously served as  associate pastor of Our Lady of God Counsel parish in West Trenton and then as an associate pastor of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Spotswood.

Monsignor Raymond L. Cole – Former Pastor of St. Joseph in Hillsborough, New Jersey. In 2015 Cole, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Millstone Borough, was found not guilty by a church tribunal of sexually abusing a child in South Amboy in the late 1970s.

Father Eugene Corbesero – (Consolata Society for Foreign Missions in Somerset, New Jersey).  He also worked in Michgan, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and North Carolina.

Father Mark Dolak – accused of abuse of male and female parishioners; served at Our Lady of Peace school in Fords, New Jersey.

Father Kevin P. Duggan – served at St. James Parish in Woodbridge; also treat for alcoholism

Father George A. Farrell – served at St. Joseph in North Plainfield, New Jersey and St. Matthew in Edison; also served at churches and schools in Piscataway, New Brunswick and Sayreville.  Taught at St. Pius X Regional High School in Piscatway and was campus minister at St. Peter the Apostle High School in New Brunswick.

Father John C. Giordano – worked at St. Luke’s Church in North Plainfield; retired in 2007; He was replaced by the Rev. Gregory Uhrig who was removed in 2010 following allegations he sexually abused a child in Pennsylvania 30 years earlier.

Father John Huels (Religious Order priest from the Servites) – also worked in Ottawa, Canada.  Huels admitted in 2002 to abusing a boy at St. Joseph’s in Carteret NJ in the Trenton diocese.

Father Patrick J. Kuffner – Also worked at Sacred Heart School in Staten Island, New York.  Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Virgin in Middlesex when he was suspended.  Ordained in May 2002, served as parochial vicar at St. Bartholomew Parish in East Brunswick until 2005. He then became administrator and then pastor of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish in Middlesex. Before becoming ordained, Kuffner served as a transitional deacon at Queenship of Mary Parish in Plainsboro, New Jersey.

Father Gregory J. Littleton –  Also served in Charlotte, North Carolina

Father Michael P. Santillo – Convicted of molesting multiple boys; Sentenced in November 1999 for molesting a 13-year-old altar boy in 1987 at the rectory of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Prior to resigining in 1992, Father Santillo worked in nine churches in the Metuchen and Trenton dioceses.  When he was arrested in August 1997, he was an administrative assistant at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Schenectady, New York/

Father John B. Spalding (Religious Order priest from Brothers of the Sacred Heart) 

Father Gregory Uhrig – former pastor of St. Luke Roman Catholic Parish in North Plainfield; also served at St. John the Baptist in Whitehall, Pa., a suburb of Allentown, PA and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Readington Township in Hunterdon County

Father Tomas Adam Zielinski – pleaded guilty; served at Christ King Church in Manville, New Jersey/

The Diocese of Metuchen reports having paid out 1.5 million dollars to victims of clergy sexual abuse since its formation.  According to a New York Times story in 2003, the Diocese of Metuchen paid $800,000 in 2003 to settle ten sexual abuse cases involving give priests — Father John M. Banko, Mosnignor Michael Cashman, Father John Butler (former pastor at St. John Vianney Church in Colonia, New Jersey), Father Mark Dolak, and Father Michael Santillo.  A separate case accusing Father Cahsman of sexual abuse settled for $140,000 in 2007.  The Diocese of Metuchen also paid over $53,000 toward settlements involving Cardinal McCarrick according to reports in 2018.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing sexual abuse victims of Catholic priests and other clergy of the Diocese of Metuchen.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abuse by a priest in New Jersey contact our office.  Although many years have passed, people who have been sexually abused by priests of the Diocese of Metuchen can finally submit a claim for compensation.  Contact attorney Adam Horowitz at 954-641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to find out how to submit your claim today.