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Fr. Michael Hansen – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Michael Hansen

  Archdiocese of Newark

Michael Hansen   Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1979: Sacred Heart Church (Bloomfield, NJ)
  • 1980-1999: Our Lady of Lourdes Church (West Orange, NJ)
  • 2000-2009: Church of the Assumption (Emerson, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Hansen:

Father Michael Hansen was ordained a priest in 1967 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served as parochial vicar at multiple parishes, and was a former volunteer firefighter for the Glen Ridge Fire Department and fire chaplain for the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association.

According to media reports, in 2003, an adult male filed a complaint with the Archdiocese of Newark stating that he repeatedly sexually abused a 14 to 15-year-old boy from 1980 to 1981.  At the time of the alleged abuse, Father Hansen was serving at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Orange, New Jersey. Father Hansen reportedly fondled the boy’s penis and testicles, both over the boy’s clothing and inside the boy’s clothing, skin-on-skin.

The claimant died before the resolution of his case, which was later settled.

Father Hansen retired from his role at Church of the Assumption in Emerson in 2009,. He died in August 2012.

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

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

CardinalJoseph Tobin Sexual Abuse

Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin: You Call This ‘Transparency?

If you relied on Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin (Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark), here’s what you would know about one of New Jersey’s most prominent and prolific child molesting clerics:

Fr. Carmen Sita faced ‘multiple’ victims, was defrocked, worked at one parish in Jersey City and inexplicably also went by the name Fr. Jerry Howard.

That’s all that the information that Cardinal JosephTobin provides on his archdiocesan website.

But the Cardinal didn’t mention that Sita

–pleaded guilty to giving drugs to and abusing a New Jersey kid

–was accused of molesting at least four others there

–was sent to a New Mexico church facility for ‘treatment’

–while there, legally changed his name to Jerry Howard

–was sent, without warning, to a parish in the Jefferson City Missouri diocese

–molested several boys there, again, also giving them drugs

–was charged with abusing three kids

–was removed from his parish

–went on to work at two secular jobs in Missouri – Charter Hospital in Columbia and as a counselor in Fulton (again, apparently with no warning to others),

–pleaded guilty and

–is behind bars now.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Sita_Carmen_aka_Gerald_Howard.htm

https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/former-boonville-priest-pleads-guilty-to-sexual-abuse-charges/article_4fcacc0c-69c9-5a43-b160-51b1f751a731.html

So Cardinal Tobin left out far more information about Fr. Sita (or Fr. Howard) than he provided.

This egregious misrepresentation of course led us to spend a few more minutes looking at the Newark Archdiocese ‘credibly accused” list.

We found more of the same deceit:

Fr. Michael Charles Fugee faced one accuser, has been defrocked, and worked at five locations (a hospital chaplaincy and parishes in Newark, Rochelle Park, Wycoff and Short Hills), according to Tobin.

Tobin deliberately leaves out these facts about Fr. Fugee:

–he worked at a second Newark parish,

–he worked a parish in Colt’s Neck,

–he held several other Newark church assignments (the Holy Childhood Association, Missionary Union of Priests & Religious, Continuing Education and Ongoing Formation of Priests),

–he was found guilty of aggravated sexual contact, was sentenced to a lifetime of parole and was ordered to register as a sex offender,

–when that conviction was overturned on appeal, Fugee signed an agreement that he would never again work unsupervised with children and would undergo sex offender therapy,

–but a few years later Fr. Fugee was back in ministry, as a hospital chaplain,

–was then ousted when hospital officials complained they’d not been told of his past,

–was also given chancery assignments,

–years later, he had been helping with overnight teen retreats and hearing teens’ confessions, and

–after parishioners’ expressed outrage, finally resigned from active ministry.

http://www.bishopaccountability.org/assign/Fugee_Michael_Charles.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Newark/2019_02_13_Newark_Clergy_Credibly_Accused_List.pdf

As if these two horrific cases aren’t enough, consider these two:

Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, who faces “multiple” credible allegations and has been “permanently removed” from ministry, Tobin tells us.

Tobin doesn’t mention, however, that Fr. Walters was also accused of being part of a ‘sex ring’ with former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Or that at least five men have settled lawsuits charging that Fr. Walters molested them as kids.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2020/07_08/2020_07_23_Yellin_ExcardinalTheodore.htm

Fr. Peter M. Walsh is ‘credibly accused,’ Cardinal Joseph Tobin reveals, but insists that people refer to the Order of Friars Minor for more information.”

With a few clicks on a keyboard, we find that Fr. Walsh was in fact:

–convicted on five counts of child endangerment – for exposing himself to children – in Lyndhurst NJ and

–is on the New Hampshire diocese’s ‘credibly accused’ list.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/NH-Manchester/2009_03_07_Audit_Records/individual/NH_91_A_000286_000295_File_049.pdf

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/diocesan_lists/Manchester/2019_08_01_Manchester_Publication_of_Names.pdf#page=21

Can the deception get worse? Sadly, yes. These two priests can be found nowhere on Archbishop Tobin’s website:

–Fr. Harry Dean Walker, who has been defrocked for reportedly abusing in Maryland but went on to become the Director of the Youth Action Center in Newark and youth pastor at Faith City.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Walker_Rev_Harry_Dean.htm

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/news555/1972_12_08_Spraker_Ex_Priest_joins.pdf

–Fr. Kevin Bray, who is accused of abuse and twice worked in the Newark archdiocese (East Orange, and Elizabeth). He also worked in two other dioceses (Paterson NJ and Wilmington DE), lived in Florida and was a military chaplain.

https://www.bishop-accountability.org/assign/Bray_Kevin_OSB_Anderson_assg_rec.pdf

We at Horowitz Law won’t hold our breath waiting on Cardinal Joseph Tobin to make these corrections or additions to his ‘credibly accused’ list.

It’s a rare day when a Catholic official says “Oops. Sorry. We forgot to tell you about a few predator priests.”

And it’s even more rare when one says “Yea, you caught us. We thought we could keep a few predator priests hidden. But now that you’ve pointed out my deception, I’ll promptly add them to our ‘credibly accused’ list.”

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

Fr. Sal DiStefano – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Sal DiStefano

Archdiocese of Newark

Sal DiStefano Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Sal DiStefano:

Father Sal DiStefano was ordained a priest and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He spent more than 30 years in education, as well as several years in law enforcement. He holds doctorates in education and psychology. According to media reports, in January 2020, the Archdiocese of Newark announced that he was suspended from ministry pending investigation of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Details regarding the nature of the allegations, such as the age/gender of the alleged victims or the time period during which the abuse is alleged to have occurred were not disclosed.

On October 1, 2020, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office announced that it arrested DiStefano following an investigation into allegations of misconduct at Oratory Prep. DiStefano, 61, was charged with five counts of second-degree use of a juvenile to commit a crime and six counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

According to media reports, the law enforcement investigation revealed that DiStefano would frequently attempt to speak with the students about sex and instructed a student to masturbate in order to relieve stress. He also allegedly made repeated attempts to entice a student to accompany him away from the school alone, telling the student to leave his cell phone at school so that his true location would be hidden from his parents while DiStefano met with the child off-campus.

According to the charging documents, “Father Sal,” as he was known to students, would allow his teenaged victims to consume edible items infused with marijuana in his office. He also allegedly purchased tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cartridges, which students would smoke in DiStefano’s office while he was present, and provided students money so they could purchase such items for themselves.

DiStefano also took actions designed to maintain his control over the group, according to one report. At one point, DiStefano attempted to convince multiple students to harass and otherwise intimidate a former’ Knights of Malta’ member who had been dismissed from the club, ordering them to make the victim’s daily life so difficult that he would quit school. These alleged efforts included convincing one student to post false negative information about the other student on social media. In another instance, when DiStefano learned that the former club member was hosting a party, he allegedly instructed current club members to plan a party for the same night, ordering them to make a list of alcohol they wanted so he could buy it for them.

When students or others expressed concerns about his conduct to DiStefano, he also allegedly took steps to cover up his activities, such as telling one victim to delete all text messages between them from his phone.

DiStefano was the fourth priest arrested by the New Jersey Clergy Abuse Task Force, which was formed by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in September 2018 to investigate allegations of clergy abuse following the release of the landmark grand jury investigation report in Pennsylvania in August 2018.

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

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

Fr. Sean Rooney – Archdiocese of Newark

Fr. Sean Rooney (Salesians of Don Bosco)

Archdiocese of Newark / Diocese of Paterson

Sean Leo Rooney Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1959

Laicized:  2008

Assignment History:

  • 1959-1968: St. Dominic Savio High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1968-1971: Salesian Day High School for Boys; Salesian Resident Junior Seminary; Camp Salesian for Boys; Salesian Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club (Cedar Lake, IN)
  • 1971-1975: Don Bosco Technical High School (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1975-1979: Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, LA)
  • 1979-1981: Salesian Junior Seminary (Goshen, NY)
  • 1981-1983: Don Bosco High School for Boys (Ramsey, NJ)
  • 1983-2003: St. John Bosco Church (Birmingham, AL)
  • 1983-2003: Holy Rosary, Birmingham (Gate City, AL)
  • 2003-2008: Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Sean Rooney:

Fr. Sean Rooney was ordained a priest in 1959 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 2013, he was named in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged that Rooney sexually abused him as a fourteen-year-old student at Goshen Junior Seminary in Goshen, New York. Rooney was a teacher at the time. The case was settled in 2014.

In New Jersey, Rooney also had assignments in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson.

Rooney was laicized in 2008 according to a statement by the Salesians. The reasons leading up to his laicization were not made public, but we do not rule out that they related to allegations of sexual abuse received by the Order.

According to media reports, in February 2020, Rooney was named in a new lawsuit filed against the Salesians and Diocese of Paterson. According to media reports, the Plaintiff alleges he was sexually abused by Rooney on 100 occasions during Rooney’s assignment to Don Bosco High School in the 1970s.

Rooney’s last assignment as a Salesian, before his 2002 removal, was to a low-income community in the Birmingham, Alabama area. He served as administrator of a ministry outreach program designed for the youth in local housing projects. Rooney is listed on the Salesian’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Rooney is believed to be residing in the Prescott, Arizona area.

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

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

Fr. Carmen Sita – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Carmen Sita (a/k/a Gerald Howard)

Archdiocese of Newark

Fr. Carmen Sita Horowitz Law Gerald Howard

Ordained: 1976

Removed: 1984

Laicized: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Aloysius (Jersey City, NJ)  
  • SS. Peter and Paul (Boonville, MO)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Carmen Sita (a/k/a Gerald Howard):

Father Carmen Sita (a/k/a Gerald Howard) was ordained a priest in 1976 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. According to media reports, in September 1982, he was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a teen boy multiple times and giving him liquor.  In 1983, he pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to five years probation in exchange for an agreement that the Archdiocese of Newark would send for treatment at a notorious pedophile treatment facility in New Mexico.

Less than a year later, with the permission of the Archdiocese of Newark, Father Sita legally changed his name to Gerald Howard and moved to Missouri. He was then incardinated into Diocese of Jefferson City and assigned to a parish with a school.

In 2007, Father Sita was accused of abusing another boy from 1983 through 1988, and giving him drugs to facilitate the abuse.

In 2009, the claim was settled by the three defendants, including the Archdiocese of Newark, for $600,000 and an agreement that Father Sita would seek laicization. 

In April 2010, Father Sita was charged and arrested on charges of forcible sodomy, attempted sodomy, and the kidnapping of three MO boys in the 1980s. In June 2014, Father Sita pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible sodomy and one count of attempted forcible sodomy against the three teenage boys. The other counts were dropped. He was sentenced to serve three concurrent twelve-year sentences and to register as a sex offender when released.

In October and November 2012, Father Sita was investigated for the sexual abuse of children at a Missouri hospital where he worked as a counselor in the 1980s.

In 2013, five more abuse claims were settled by the Archdiocese of Newark for $650,000.00. 

In September, 2012, Father Sita was laicized (removed from the priesthood), but it was not announced until 2014.

In November 2018, Father Sita’s name appeared on the Diocese of Jefferson City’s list of credibly accused priests. In February 2019, his name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, which indicated only that he had been the subject of “multiple” credible allegations.  No additional details were provided. 

Father Sita lives in the Farmington, Missouri, area as “Gerald Howard.”  He is 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 Newark in New Jersey.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 Jersey and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Thomas Stanford – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Thomas Stanford (a/k/a Thomas Stamford)

Archdiocese of Newark

Thomas Stanford Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1979

Removed: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Oakland, NJ)   
  • St. Margaret of Cortona (Little Ferry, NJ)   
  • St. Luke (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas Stanford:

Father Thomas Stanford was ordained a priest in 1979 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. According to media reports, in a December 2010 testimony before the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee, an adult man said he was abused by Father Stanford (also spelled Stamford), while a teenager in 1977 at St. Paul’s in Jersey City. He was a deacon at the time, prior to his ordination to the priesthood. The man said he told Father Stanford about being sexually abused by the church’s young music director. “I thought I could trust him,” he said.

Father Stanford did not report the boy’s abuse by the music director. Instead, the man says, Father Stanford also abused the boy, often plying him with drugs and alcohol, over the course of the next four years.

In 2008, the plaintiff settled with the Archdiocese of Newark for an undisclosed six-figure sum, according to media reports.

Father Stanford left the priesthood in the mid-1980s. He worked as lay employee for the Diocese of Paterson as manager of the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totowa and as a part-time music manager for Holy Cross Parish in Wayne until he was fired and permanently removed from the ministry (laicized) after the settlement in 2008.

In February 2019, Father Stanford’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, with an indication that Stanford was credibly accused “multiple” times. 

He is believed to be residing in the Manchester, New Jersey, area.

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

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

Fr. Robert Svec – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Robert Svec

Archdiocese of Newark

Robert Svec Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1954

Died: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Henry (Bayonne, NJ)    
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Jersey City, NJ)    
  • St. Mary, Star of the Sea (Bayonne, NJ)    
  • St. John the Baptist (Jersey City, NJ)    
  • IHM/St. Patrick (Elizabeth, NJ)    
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Montclair, NJ)    
  • St. Vincent De Paul (Bayonne, NJ)    
  • St. Columba (Newark, NJ)    
  • St. Charles Borromeo (Newark, NJ)   

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Svec:

Father Robert Svec was ordained a priest in 1954 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. According to media reports, in February 2019, his name was included on its list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. The only specifics provided were the parishes and schools each priest served under and the number of victims known. Father Svec was listed as having “multiple” alleged victims, and that Father Svec is deceased.

“This list of names is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement agencies. The Archdiocese of Newark has a zero-tolerance policy for any type of mistreatment or misconduct involving children and young adults. No member of the clergy with a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor remains in ministry.”

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

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

Fr. Jim Weiner – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Jim Weiner

Archdiocese of Newark

Jim Weiner Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1989

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Andrew’s (Westwood, NJ)
  • St. Luke’s (Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ)
  • St. Elizabeth’s (Wyckoff, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Jim Weiner:

Father Jim Weiner was ordained a priest in 1989 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in August 2018, he took a leave of absence amid a renewed sexual misconduct investigation. In a sexual misconduct probe, priests said that Father Weiner “had a reputation among the clergy, dating back to his time in the seminary, for active homosexuality.” Cardinal Tobin told clergy in his diocese not to speak to the press after the news report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct appeared on Catholic News Agency (CNA).

According to CNA, it was all part of a subculture that existed while former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was the archdiocese’s archbishop, as well as under his successor, Archbishop John Meyers, six anonymous priests said in independent interviews.

One priest alleged that Father Weiner sexually abused him while they were classmates at a seminarian in Newark in the late 1980s. Now with the Diocese of Albany, the victim said he agreed to a $35,000 settlement in 2004 that covered the cost of counseling after the Archdiocese of Newark’s Review Board deemed the claims credible.

Cardinal Tobin said Father Weiner’s case had been examined by a review board in 2003 “even though it did not involve an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor”. He said he had ordered a new investigation in July 2018 due to “new information and out of an abundance of caution in these most difficult times.” The internal investigation remains open.

It is unclear if Weiner has ever been accused of sexually abusing a minor child, or if the investigation is limited to allegations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with adult males only.

In February 2019, Father Weiner’s name was not included on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of  priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

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

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

Fr. Robert Zasacki – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Robert Zasacki

Archdiocese of Newark

Robert Zasacki Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Incardinated into St. Paul and Minneapolis: 1987

Removed: 2002

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph (West Orange, NJ)  
  • St. Francis De Sales (Lodi, NJ)  
  • St. Leo’s (Irvington, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Ridgewood, NJ)  
  • St. Brigid (North Bergen, NJ)
  • Immaculate Conception (Mahwah, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Zasacki:

Father Robert Zasacki was ordained a priest in 1967 and served in the in Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. In November 1980, he was sent to Minnesota for the treatment of alcoholism. He began ministering in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and in 1987, he incardinated there.

According to media reports, in May 2002, Father Zasacki was permanently removed from the ministry after the Archdiocese of Newark received an allegation from an adult man that Father Zasacki had sexually abused him as a youth in the early 1970s, in Newark. The Archdiocese’s internal review board determined that the allegation was credible.

In March 2008, Father Zasacki died.

In February 2019, Father Zasacki’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, which indicated he was the subject of one credible allegation of abuse.

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

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

Fr. Michael Walters – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Michael “Mitch” Walters

Archdiocese of Newark

 Michael Walters Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady Of Sorrows (South Orange, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Orange, NJ)  
  • Holy Spirit/Our Lady Help of Christians (East Orange, NJ)  
  • St. Matthew (Ridgefield, NJ)  
  • St. John Nepomucene (Gutttenberg, NJ)  
  • Sacred Heart (Haworth, NJ)  
  • Our Lady of All Souls (East Orange, NJ)  
  • St. Cassian (Upper Montclair, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael “Mitch” Walters:

Father Michael “Mitch” Walters was ordained a priest in 1965 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in August 2015, allegations were reported that he abused two minors in the early 1980s while assigned to St. Cassian in Montclair. Father Walters was accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy in 1982 and a 13-year-old girl in 1982 and 1983. One accuser said Walters fondled and kissed him repeatedly as an altar boy; the other claimed Father Walters molested her when she was ages 13-14.  Walters denied the accusations.

In October 2015, Father Walters was suspended from ministry.

Another woman publicly accused Father Walters of molesting her twice during the same time period when she was between the ages of 12 and 14 at St. Cassian.  

In July 2016, investigators conducted a criminal investigation of allegations that Father Walters sexually abused a boy in the 1990s at St. John Nepomucene in Guttenberg.  In August 2016, the accuser filed suit. His attorney said he was representing five other alleged victims of Father Walters.  The victim said the alleged abuse occurred between about 1982 and 1994, when his clients were approximately 8-14 years old.

In September 2016,  the Archdiocese of Newark received a protective order shielding the personnel files of Father Walters from being disclosed to the public as part of several civil lawsuits filed by alleged victims of clergy abuse.  The public would never know what the Archdiocese of Newark knew about Father Walters’ history of abuse. 

In October 2017, a judge found probable cause to file criminal charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault against Father Walters.

In January 2019, five cases were settled with the Archdiocese of Newark for a total of $400,000, with a sixth case against him still in court at the time.

In defense of its conduct, the Archdiocese of Newark raised the defense of “contributory negligence,” meaning that the victims contributed to their own abuse and therefore were ultimately at fault for what happened to them.

In February 2019, Father Walters’ name appeared on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of credibly accused priests, which indicated that he was the subject of “multiple” allegations of sexual abuse. He was permanently removed from the ministry.

It is not clear where Father Walters is currently residing, and the Archdiocese refuses to say.  It is likely that he is living in a retirement home for accused priests located near Rutherford.

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

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