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Fr. Thomas Naughton – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Thomas Naughton

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2002

Left: 2009

Death: 2012

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1966: Bellarmine School of Theology (North Aurora, IL)
  • 1966-1967: St. Stanislaus Novitiate (Cleveland, OH)
  • 1967-1968: Jesuit High School (El Paso, TX)
  • 1968-1970: Jesuit High School (Tampa, FL)
  • 1970-1972: St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
  • 1972-1973: Loyola University (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1973-1979: Jesuit College Preparatory School (Dallas, TX)
  • 1979-1980: Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1980-1982: Not indexed in the Directories
  • 1982-1989: Manresa House of Retreats (Convent, LA)
  • 1989-1990: Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School (Houston, TX)
  • 1990-1991: Immaculate Conception (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1991-1995: Montserrat Retreat House (Lake Dallas, TX)
  • 1995-April 2002: St. Kilian’s (Mission Viejo, CA)
  • April 2002: (New Orleans, LA)
  • Aug. 2012: (Laguna Woods, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Naughton

In December 2018, the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province publicly named Fr. Thomas Naughton on its list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Naughton allegedly abused minors in the 1970s.

While the Jesuits have not shared additional details about the scope and nature of the abuse, they have deemed the allegations credible.

A credible allegation exists if the “provincial believes, with moral certitude, after careful investigation and review by professionals that an incident of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult occurred . . .  with the possibility that it did not occur being highly unlikely,” according to the Jesuits’ website.

2002 Allegation and Removal

In April of 2002, church officials placed Fr. Thomas Naughton on leave after a former student alleged the priest abused him when he was a sophomore at Jesuit College Preparatory School 24 years prior. Fr. Naughton, principal of Jesuit College Preparatory from 1973 to 1979, “left in a hurry,” says a former board member of Jesuit Prep.

While church officials initially claimed this was the only allegation of sexual abuse against Fr. Naughton, reports indicate two complaints of misconduct were communicated to leadership in 1979.

According to a former president of Jesuit College Preparatory, Fr. Naughton allegedly groped a young faculty member in a locker room. It was also reported that Fr. Naughton was seen with someone in a “one-person tub” by student-athletes.

Further details about the reported abuse are not publicly available.

Fr. Thomas Naughton’s Career

Ordained in June 1965, Fr. Thomas Naughton spent approximately 37 years in ministry, working in high schools, parishes, and retreat houses. After Fr. Naughton’s removal in 2002, his whereabouts are unknown.

Fr. Thomas Naughton died in Laguna Woods, California, on August 12, 2012.

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

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

Fr. Alfonso Madrid – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Alfonso Madrid

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1950

Death: 1982

Settlement with Victim: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1954-1959: St. Ignatius of Loyola (El Paso, TX)
  • 1959-1960: Escuela Pereyra (Torreon, Mexico)
  • 1960-1961: Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1961-1966: San Felipe de Neri (Albuquerque, NM)
  • 1961-1966: Mission in Los Duranes, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1966-1970: Our Lady of Guadalupe (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1970-1982: Sacred Heart (El Paso, TX)

Summary of Sexual Assault Abuse against Father Alfonso Madrid

In December 2018, the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province publicly named Fr. Alfonso Madrid on its list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. While the Jesuits have not stated any additional details about the scope and nature of the abuse, they have deemed the allegations credible.

A credible allegation exists if the “provincial believes, with moral certitude, after careful investigation and review by professionals that an incident of sexual abuse of a minor or a vulnerable adult occurred . . .  with the possibility that it did not occur being highly unlikely,” according to the Jesuits’ website.

The Jesuits list does not refer to any specific allegation, but it’s known through lawsuits and reports that Fr. Madrid has allegedly abused numerous minors throughout his service.

1968 Allegation: Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Antonio, Texas

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In 1968, it was reported that Fr. Madrid had inappropriate contact with a nine-year-old boy while at Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is unclear if any action was taken in response to the allegation, but it has become apparent that a pattern of misconduct existed.

In 2014, the Archdiocese of San Antonio revealed that five additional survivors alleged Fr. Madrid abused them in the late 1960s. The archdiocese has since deemed the allegations credible.

According to reports, Our Lady of Guadalupe had a school of around 270 students during the late 1960s.

2011 Lawsuit: Sacred Heart in El Paso, Texas

In 2011, a man (the Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against the El Paso Diocese, alleging Fr. Alfonso Madrid molested him in the 1970s. Fr. Madrid “sexually abused [the Plaintiff] . . . for a period of approximately five years, beginning when [the Plaintiff] was 8 years old,” the complaint reads.

Furthermore, the Plaintiff argued that Fr. Madrid had mental health challenges the church knew about when they continued to place him in parishes throughout Texas and Louisiana. The mental health challenges were documented by church officials in records given to the Plaintiff, a news report says.

Ultimately, the lawsuit was settled on July 11, 2013. Details about the settlement amount are not publicly available.

2013 Lawsuit: Sacred Heart Church in El Paso, Texas

Shortly after the 2011 lawsuit was settled, another victim filed suit. According to the victim’s lawyer, “this [victim] was eight years old when he was sexually abused by [Fr.] Madrid at Sacred Heart Church in the El Paso Diocese.”

Until 1973, Sacred Heart had a school that enrolled more than 70 boys and 68 girls.

Fr. Alfonso Madrid’s Career

Ordained in 1950, Fr. Alfonso Madrid served for approximately 32 years. Throughout his career, Fr. Madrid worked at schools and churches. One of his first documented assignments was St. Ignatius of Loyola, which had nearly 700 students enrolled.

According to sources Fr. Madrid also served at Jesuit High School in the early 1960s, where nearly 1,000 all-male students were enrolled. Fr. Madrid’s last assignment was at Sacred Heart in El Paso; it had a school until 1973.

Fr. Alfonso Madrid died of natural causes in 1982.

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

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

 

 

Fr. Thomas Hatrel – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Thomas Hatrel

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1952

Death: 1988

Settlement with Victim: 2007

Assignment History

  • 1952-1953: St. Mary’s College (St. Mary’s, KS)
  • 1953-1954: Xavier Hall (Pass Christian, MS)
  • 1954-1957: Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1957-1979: Jesuit High School (Tampa, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Monroe High School (Fairbanks, AK)
  • 1980-1983: Immaculate Conception (Fairbanks, AK)
  • 1983-1988: St. Mary’s/St. Peter’s (Sheldon Point/Nunam Iqua, AK)

Summary of Sexual Abuse against Father Thomas Hatrel

In December 2018, the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province named Fr. Thomas Hatrel on its list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Hatrel allegedly abused a minor in the 1980s “while applied to the Oregon Province.” The Jesuits did not provide any further details about the nature or scope of the abuse.

2007 Lawsuit Against the Jesuits

In a lawsuit filed in 2007, it is maintained that Fr. Hatrel abused a minor between 1985 and 1987 while serving the St. Ignatius parish in Alaska. The Jesuits settled with the victim, but additional information about the abuse and the size of the settlement remains unknown.

Fr. Thomas Hatrel’s Career

Although not much is known about the allegations against Fr. Thomas Hatrel, it is widely documented that Fr. Hatrel was directly involved with children throughout his career.

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Fr. Thomas Hatrel with the Jesuit High Baseballers in 1965. Fr. Hatrel is pictured third row (standing), second from left.

While working at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, sources say the school enrolled more than 900 all-male students. When he transferred to the Jesuit High School in Florida, sources say the school enrolled more than 200 all-male students. News reports also reveal he worked with the high school baseball team.

Furthermore, reports indicate that during his tenure at Immaculate Conception—which had a grade school—Fr. Hatrel received a recommendation highlighting his close relationship with the students.

Fr. Thomas Hatrel died on May 7, 1988.

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

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

Fr. Norman Rogge – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Norman Rogge

Diocese of Alexandria

Fr. Norman Rogge Horowitz Law Ordained: 1956

Convicted: 1967; 1985

Removed: 2002

Death: 2009

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1957: St. Mary’s College (Saint Mary’s, Kansas)
  • 1957-1958: St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, Connecticut)
  • 1958-1960: Jesuit High School (Dallas, Texas)
  • 1960-1979: Sacred Heart (Tampa, Florida)
  • 1960-1979: Juvenile Detention Home (Tampa, Florida)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius (Mobile, Alabama)
  • 1981-1982: Jesuit Theological Union (Berkeley, California)
  • 1982-1985: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Campti, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: St. Joseph’s Chapel (Trichel) (Natchitoches, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Black Lake, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: St. Patrick’s (Montgomery, Louisiana)
  • 1988-1989: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • 1989-2002: St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
  • 1998-2002: St. Charles Borromeo (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
  • 1998-2002: Christ the King (Bellevue, Louisiana)

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Norman Rogge

In December 2018, the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province named Fr. Norman Rogge on its list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The province based the list on completed investigations.

The Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province did not provide any additional details about the nature and scope of the allegations against Fr. Rogge. However, it is known that Fr. Rogge has allegedly abused numerous children and was convicted twice for child abuse.

Fr. Norman Rogge’s 1985 Allegation and Conviction

While the diocese did not provide more information about the nature and scope of the 1985 allegation in Fr. Rogge’s file, Fr. Rogge was convicted of lewdness with a minor that year.

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News clipping about Fr. Norman Rogge’s arrest in 1985.

While visiting Tampa in July 1984, Fr. Rogge and two other men took an eleven-year-old boy to a country cabin for a weekend. Police reports say the men walked around the cabin naked and performed inappropriate acts in the child’s presence. One of the men, a convicted child molester, allegedly threatened to kill the child if he told anyone about his experience.

Fr. Rogge—identified as Anthony J. Rogge, a.k.a. Norman J. Rogge, in police reports—was later arrested and charged with the Sexual Battery of a Minor. Records indicate Fr. Rogge pleaded nolo contendere or no contest, which means Fr. Rogge accepted the punishment of a guilty plea without admitting guilt. The court sentenced him to probation and confinement at Servants of Paraclete in New Mexico. Once Fr. Rogge completed probation, the conviction was removed from his record.

Altogether, it is unclear if this is the same allegation the Diocese of Alexandria referenced in its 2019 list. However, the Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, investigated the allegation and determined it was credible.

1967 Conviction and Subsequent Allegations

1985 was not Fr. Norman Rogge’s first conviction. Police records indicate that two decades prior, he was convicted of molesting a fourteen-year-old boy in Tampa.

In 1967, Fr. Rogge served as a counselor in a juvenile group home when he groped the child’s genitals at a movie theatre. Police reports also reveal that Fr. Rogge admitted to asking a male minor for oral sex. Much like the outcome of his 1985 conviction, the court placed Fr. Rogge on probation and sent him to a treatment center. His criminal record was also cleared after his probation ended.

While some of Fr. Rogge’s abuses are documented in police reports and court documents, sources indicate more allegations exist outside of official documentation. In 2002, a former resident of the juvenile group home where Fr. Rogge worked said Fr. Rogge repeatedly fondled him in 1963. Multiple residents of the group home told investigators that Fr. Rogge touched them inappropriately during nude swimming lessons near a cottage Rogge owned.

Fr. Rogge’s Continued Career and Assignment History

Despite two probation sentences and two known visits to treatment centers, Fr. Norman Rogge was in ministry for nearly 50 years. Ordained in 1956, Fr. Rogge worked in parishes, schools, and youth detention centers throughout the South.

Shortly after his ordination, Fr. Rogge was assigned to the Jesuit High School in Dallas, Texas. Sources say that Jesuit High School had about 590-613 male students at the time. After his conviction in 1967, he was sent to St. Ignatius in Mobile, Alabama. According to BishopAccountability.com, St. Ignatius had nearly 500 students.

Sources say Fr. Rogge then left Alabama and moved to Florida. In Florida, records show Fr. Rogge worked at least high schools—one being Sacred Heart that had anywhere from 400-600 students. Shortly after his conviction in 1985, Fr. Rogge worked at St. Charles Borromeo, which had over 300 students.

The Diocese of Lafayette removed Fr. Rogge in 2002 after journalists highlighted his criminal record and assignment history. After his removal, Fr. Rogge lived at Ignatius Residence until his death in February 2009.

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

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

 

Fr. John Asare-Dankwah – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father John Asare-Dankwah

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1995

Assignment History:

  • Blessed Trinity Catholic Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Asare-Dankwah:

Fr. John Asare-Dankwah was accused of sexually abusing and assaulting a minor during a church retreat in 2008. According to media reports, the victim served as a youth minister and lector at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in New Orleans, Louisianna where Asare served as a pastor at the time.

The victim attended a 7-day church retreat that took place in Montgomery, Alabama in which Asare attended as well. Media reports state that according to the victim, on the fifth day of the seven-day retreat, Asare approached the boy during penance inside of the chapel. The priest allegedly pulled his pants down and exposed himself before directing the victim to come to him. The victim says they refused the advances twice before Asare grabbed him and pulled the victim into contact with his body. Asare then allegedly held the victim down and raped the youth and then the following morning, beat him for his “sins”.

Asare has denied all of the allegations against him. However, the organization has removed Asare from service and it is said that there will be an investigation pending.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

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