Tag: New York Sexual Abuse

Fr. Thomas Devery – Archdiocese of New York

Father Thomas Devery

Archdiocese of New York

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Assignment History:

  • Our Lady of Pity R.C. Church (Bulls Head, NY)
  • 2014-2021: Our Lady Star of the Sea (Staten Island, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas Devery:

In August 2019, a lawsuit was filed in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan against the Archdiocese of New York, alleging that Fr. Thomas Devery sexually abused an altar boy at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Shrub Oak, Westchester County, in 1984. According to the suit, the boy was 15-years-old when Devery engaged in unpermitted sexual contact with him.

According to bishop accountability, Devery said in the letter that about four years ago, one person filed an unsuccessful claim against him through the Archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) “alleging that nearly four decades ago I had committed an act of abuse with a minor”.

Devery is the former director of priest personnel for the Archdiocese and was himself likely involved in the investigation of allegations of priest sexual abuse during that time.

In March 2021, the advocacy group, SNAP, called upon the Archbishop of New York to remove Devery from ministry and parochial vicar at Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Given the Archdiocese of New York’s unwillingness to abide by its promises of “zero tolerance,” it is not surprising the pleas fell upon deaf ears.  Devery remained in active ministry until he voluntarily stepped down in late July 2021, according to a letter read to his parishioners during mass.

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

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

Mr. Rudy Tremaroli – Archdiocese of New York

Mr. Rudy Tremaroli

Archdiocese of New York/Lay Teacher

Rudy Tremaroli Horowitz LawOrdained: N/A

Died: 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1992: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Bronx, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Mr. Rudy Tremaroli:

In late 2019, five former students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and School in the Bronx, New York filed lawsuits against the school and the Archdiocese of New York, claiming they were sexually abused by their former basketball coach, Rudy Tremaroli.

One of the victims that filed is a Connecticut state senator. He claims that he was sexually assaulted by Tremaroli in the 1980s when he was 9 to 12 years old. The lawsuit states that Tremaroli, who died in 1992, received multiple reports that he abused and molested hundreds of boys while working at a Catholic community center before leaders moved him to work exclusively at the school.

According to media reports, Tremaroli was hired as a janitor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the 1960s, then later ran a youth program, summer camp, and community center, where he hosted movie nights. Tremaroli became the assistant basketball coach and facilities manager for Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the 1970s, using his private office to isolate and abuse kids, the suits say. Allegedly, Tremaroli would befriend boys, talk to them about girls and teach them how to masturbate. The suits also claim that Tremaroli amassed a large collection of nude photographs of his victims over the years.

Tremaroli’s alleged abuse stretched into the early 1990s, and neither school officials nor the Archdiocese of New York did anything about it. Tremaroli died in 1992.

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

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

Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Archdiocese of New York

Father Leo Courcy Jr.

Archdiocese of New York

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Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965-1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967-1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967-1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968-1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969-1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1974-75  Marist High School  (Bayonne, NJ)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School (believed to be Msgr. McClancy High School)
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America. You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida. His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey. It is documented that he served in the Archdiocese of New York beginning in the late 70s until the mid-1990s. 

Here is what we do know for certain: Courcy worked in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked in the diocese after 1967. According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear. However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

The Beginning of the End for Fr. Leo Courcy Jr.

Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the Diocese of Burlington, while working in NYC. It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit. For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse. The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time. It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico, treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Courcy and Fr. Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

In September 2017, Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants of the Paraclete sent Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

In 2021, Courcy was named in a sexual abuse and coverup lawsuit filed by Horowitz Law against the Diocese of Burlington in Vermont.

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area. To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and is not a registered sex offender.

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

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

Fr. John J. Sheehan – Archdiocese of New York

Father John J. Sheehan  

Archdiocese of New York/Marianist

John J. Sheehan Horowitz LawOrdained: 1961

Laicized: 1997

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1974: Cardinal Gibbons High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • Chaminade High School (Mineola, NY)
  • Marianist Family Retreat Center (Cape May, NJ)
  • St. James High School (Chester, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John J Sheehan:

Fr. John J Sheehan professed religious vows as a Marianist in 1950. He was ordained a priest in 1961. He worked in multiple parishes in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. In 1997, he was laicized.

In June 2020, his name appeared on the Marianists’ list of clergy “found to have sexually abused a minor”. In 2020, Sheehan’s name also appeared on the Archdiocese of Baltimore list of priests and brothers accused of child sexual abuse.

In 2021, a lawsuit was filed which alleges abuse by Sheehan and Br. Al Koch. According to media reports, the victim was a 14-year-old girl and the abuse is said to have taken place summer of 1974. The girl was a volunteer camp counselor at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point.

His current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown. 

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

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

Fr. John P. McDonagh – Archdiocese of New York

Father John McDonagh

Archdiocese of New York

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Ordained: 1981

Removed: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • SS. Peter and Paul (Mount Vernon, NY)
  • Our Lady of Victory (Mount Vernon, NY)
  • St. Sylvester’s (Staten Island, NY)
  • St. Margaret of Cortona (Bronx, NY)
  • St. Thomas of Canterbury (Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY)
  • St. Teresa of Avila (Sleepy Hollow, NY)
  • St. Anthony’s (West Harrison, NY) 
  • Blessed Sacrament (New Rochelle, NY)
  • St. Anthony’s (Nanuet, NY)
  • St. Ann’s (Yonkers, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John P McDonagh:

Fr. John P McDonagh served in multiple parishes in New York as an administrator and parochial vicar. In 2015, he celebrated his 75th birthday, and by the archdiocesan policy that means mandatory retirement for active priests. According to media reports, he was removed from ministry after a child sexual abuse allegation was found credible and substantiated by the Archdiocesan Review Board. The canonical process of laicization is pending. 

Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or McDonagh’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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

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

Fr. Francis Stinner – Archdiocese of New York

Father Francis Stinner

Archdiocese of New York

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Ordained: 1967

Removed: 1997 

Laicized:  2005

Died: 2017 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1972: Immaculate Conception (Port Jervis, NY)
  • 1972-1980: John S. Burke Catholic High School (Goshen, NY)
  • 1980-1989: John F. Kennedy Catholic High School (Somers, NY)
  • 1991-1997: St. Joseph’s (Bronxville, NY)
  • 1997-2002: Saint John and St. Mary (Chappaqua, NY)
  • 2003-2004: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Stinner: 

Fr. Francis Stinner spent most of his career as an educator. He was initially assigned to Immaculate Conception in Port Jervis as Associate Pastor. According to media reports, while there, he sexually abused multiple children. He remained in ministry and went on to teach at two high schools, where he also coached soccer at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School. He then went on to serve at St. Joseph’s in Bronxville and St. John’s and St. Mary’s in Chappaqua, New York.

In 1988, the Archdiocese received a letter from the parents of a child sexual abuse survivor alleging that Stinner had abused their son in the early 1980s. Stinner denied the allegations and he remained in ministry. However, the Archdiocese assured the survivor’s parents that he would get treatment. In 1995, though, the survivor learned that Stinner was still active and working at St. Joseph’s Church in Bronxville, and complained to Archdiocese officials again. The survivor settled with the Archdiocese for $35,000 and signed a release, but church officials never turned over the investigative report to police. 

In 1997, three men accused Stinner of sexually abusing them in the 1960s and 1970s in Orange County, New York. According to media reports, the Archdiocese bought one of the alleged survivors a car and paid for a semester of school and two months of therapy, but denied that this represented an admission of the priest’s guilt. Stinner was then removed from his position at St. Joseph’s. The Archdiocese hired a firm to investigate the allegations, which subsequently confirmed that Stinner had sexually abused the men. 

In 2002, Stinner’s name was included on the Archdiocese list of priests accused of abuse. The list was turned over to prosecutors in Orange County, but again, not the investigative firm’s report confirming the priest’s abuse. In 2005, Stinner was laicized. 

In May and October 2017, settlements with alleged victims were reached as part of the archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). In April 2019, Stinner’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of New York’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted he abused at least 10 victims, with the abuse to have included rape. 

Stinner died in 2017.

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

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

Fr. George Reinheimer – Archdiocese of New York

Father George Reinheimer

Archdiocese of New York

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Ordained: 1950

Died: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951-1956: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Tuxedo, NY)
  • 1957: St. John the Baptist (Yonkers, NY)
  • 1958-1959: St. Joseph’s (New Paltz, NY)
  • 1960-1965: St. Jerome’s (New York, NY)
  • 1966-1969: Our Lady of Refuge (New York, NY)
  • 1970-1973: St. Valentine’s (Bronx, NY)
  • 1974: Unknown
  • 1975-1979: Lavelle School for the Blind (New York, NY)
  • 1980-1985: St. Ann’s (Nyack, NY)
  • 1986: Unknown
  • 1987: Holy Name of Mary (Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
  • 1988: Unknown
  • 1989-1990: St. Dominic (Bronx, NY)
  • 1991-1999: Director of Family Consultation Service (New York, NY) 
  • 2000: Unknown
  • 2001: St. Bernard (New York, NY)
  • 2002-2009: Retired; Our Lady of Consolation Residence (Bronx, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George Reinheimer:

In April 2019, Fr. George Rienheimer’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of New York’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. The details of the allegations, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Reinheimer’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown. Claims against him are eligible to be settled through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP).

Reinheimer died in 2010.

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

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

Fr. Edmond Parrakow – Archdiocese of New York

Father Edmond Parrakow

Archdiocese of New York

Edmond Parrakow Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1968

Laicized: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1969: Assumption (Tuckahoe, NY) 
  • 1969-1973: St. Peter’s (Yonkers, NY)
  • 1973-1985: St. Martin of Tours (Bronx, NY) 
  • 1970s: Aquinas High School (for girls) (Bronx, NY)
  • 1985-1986: Unknown 
  • 1986-1988: St. Pius X (Mt. Pleasant, PA) 
  • 1988-1994: Absent on Sick Leave 
  • 1992-1993: Green Haven Correctional Facility (Stormville, NY) 
  • 1994-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Edmond Parrakow:

According to media reports, in 1985, Fr. Edmond Parrakow was accused of sexually abusing a minor boy in the early 1970s. He was sent for treatment at the Foundation House, operated by the Servants of the Paraclete, in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. While in treatment, he admitted to molesting approximately 35 male children during his 17 years as a priest and was diagnosed with pedophilia. The doctor who conducted the July 22, 1985, interview with Parrakow reached the following conclusion:

“My impression is that he [Parrakow] certainly has pedophilia. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind. The real issue with treating him is going to be giving him insight and helping to motivate him to change his behavior. I am not sure the level of motivation that is within him right now [sic]. Basically, if he had not got caught he would be continuing the behavior without really thinking that it was really not that harmful [sic].”

In 1986, at the request of the Archdiocese of New York, Parrakow was transferred without restrictions, to the Diocese of Greensburg. In January 1989, a second allegation of child sexual abuse was made against him, and he returned to New York that February. 

In February 2004, a lawsuit alleged he sexually abused two brothers at St. Peter’s in the early 1970s, when one of the boys was 10 years old. The suit said that Parrakow plied them with alcohol and porn and the abuse included oral rape. It also accused him of transporting a third boy to Pennsylvania in 1975 and abusing him there. Parrakow was laicized in 2004. 

In August 2018, Father Parrakow’s name was Included in the PA Grand Jury report. In April 2019, his name appeared on the Archdiocese of New York’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. Claims against him are eligible to be settled through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). His current whereabouts are unknown.

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

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

Fr. Donald G. Timone – Archdiocese of New York

Father Donald G. Timone

Archdiocese of New York

Donald G. Timone Horowitz LawOrdained: 1960

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1961-1965: Holy Rosary (New York, NY)
  • 1966-1970: St. Joseph’s (Millbrook, NY) 
  • 1971-1974: Our Lady of Lourdes High School (Poughkeepsie, NY) 
  • 1975-1976: Regina Coeli (Hyde-Park-on-Hudson, NY)
  • 1977-1982: St. Mary Church (Newburgh, NY)
  • 1983: Mt. St. Mary College (Newburgh, NY) 
  • 1984: Regina Coeli Church (Hyde Park-on-Hudson, NY) 
  • 1985: Mount St. Alphonsus (Esopus, NY)
  • 1986: Department of Education (New York, NY)
  • 1987: Regina Coeli (Hyde-Park-on-Hudson, NY)
  • 1989-2001: Sacred Heart (Newburgh, NY) 
  • 2005-2009: St. Joseph (Middletown, NY)
  • 2015-2018: Retired; St. Joseph (Middletown, NY) 
  • 2019-2020: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald G.Timone:

Fr. Donald G.Timone was a longtime chaplain for Courage and Encourage International, an apostolate to help homosexuals “live chaste lives.” He had also worked at times as a chaplain, spiritual advisor, and teacher at John Paul the Great Catholic University in California, and assisted at a Rancho Santa Fe parish. 

According to media reports, in 2003, he was accused of sexually abusing a minor teenage boy he was counseling from 1966 to 1970. This was similar to an allegation that had been reported in 2002. Timone was suspended temporarily. After an internal investigation, he was cleared to return to work and he served until his retirement in 2015.

In 2015, one of Timone’s alleged victims died by suicide. In 2017, at least two settlements were awarded through the Archdiocese’s compensation program (IRCP). Despite this knowledge, Timone remained in his assignment at St. Joseph in Middletown, New York. 

On December 4, 2018, the Archdiocese certified in a letter to the Diocese of San Diego that Timone had never been accused of child sexual abuse, and that he was fit to work in the Diocese of San Diego. Timone worked there until December 20, 2018, when Diocesan authorities learned about his history of sexually abusing minors from a news article. Timone was once again suspended by the Archdiocese of New York, and its review board is set to revisit the case. 

In April 2019, Timone’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of New York’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. Claims against him are eligible to be settled through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP).

In July 2019, Timone was named in a lawsuit filed by a man claiming the church had covered up the child sexual abuse histories of Timone and Msgr. John Paddack while keeping them in ministry.

Timone’s current whereabouts and whether he has access to children are unknown. 

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

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

Msgr. John N. Paddack – Archdiocese of New York

Monsignor John N. Paddack

Archdiocese of New York

John N. Paddack Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1984 

Removed: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • 1985-2002: Incarnation (New York, NY) 
  • 1993-1998: Cardinal Hayes High School (New York, NY)
  • 1999-2003: St. Joseph by the Sea High School (New York, NY) 
  • 2004-2010: Monsignor Farrell High School (Staten Island, NY) 
  • 2011-2012: Church of Notre Dame (New York, NY) 
  • 2013: St. Vincent de Paul (New York, NY) 
  • 2014-2020: Church of Notre Dame (New York, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor John N Paddack:

In 2012, the Archdiocese of New York received a report that Msgr. John N Paddack sexually abused a minor child. Following an investigation, the Archdiocese’s Lay Review Board deemed the accusation as unsubstantiated. 

According to media reports, in March 2019, he was publicly accused by one of five men who alleged that he abused them as children in churches and schools in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island between 1988 and 2002. The man said he was a 14-year-old freshman at Cardinal Hayes High School in 1996 when Paddack repeatedly molested him during counseling sessions. 

“He took advantage of me when I was at my weakest point,” the alleged victim said. “I believe he should be removed. I don’t know if he is still [abusing] anyone else or any kids out there.”

Paddack denied all of the allegations. No action was taken and he was allowed to remain in ministry. In early July 2019, after at least eight survivors accused Paddack of child sexual abuse, he “resigned” from his position at the Church of Notre Dame in New York. One week later a public nuisance lawsuit was filed alleging the Archdiocese of New York had knowledge of and concealed a public hazard by keeping Paddack in ministry despite multiple allegations of child sexual abuse.

In August 2019, he was accused in a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, of sexually abusing a 16-year-old male student of St. Joseph by the Sea High School on Staten Island from 2001 to 2002. 

In July 2020, Paddack was accused of child sexual abuse in four new lawsuits filed under the NY Child Victims Act. One suit alleges abuse at Monsignor Farrell High School in Oakwood on Staten Island from 2002 to 2003, when the accuser was about 14 to 15 years old. A second suit alleges abuse at Incarnation School in Washington Heights from 1995 to 1997 when the plaintiff was 13 to 14 years old. A third suit alleges abuse at both Incarnation and Cardinal Hayes High School in Concourse Village in The Bronx from 1990 to 1993 when the student was 13 to 16 years old. A fourth suit alleges abuse at Incarnation from about 1987 to 1990, when the plaintiff was 11 to 14 years old.

As of August 2020, Paddack is still the pastor of Notre Dame Church in Morningside Heights, New York.

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

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