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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

Fr. Sal DiStefano

Archdiocese of Newark


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Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Sal DiStefano:

In January 2020, the Archdiocese of Newark announced that Fr. Sal DiStefano was suspended from ministry pending investigation of multiple allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.  The Archdiocese did not release any information about 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.

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 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.

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

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney – Archdiocese of Newark/Diocese of Paterson

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Fr. Sean Leo Rooney, S.D.B.

Salesians of Don Bosco

Archdiocese of Newark/Diocese of Paterson

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 Leo Rooney:

In 2013, Fr. Sean Leo Rooney was named in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged that Rooney sexually abused him as was a fourteen-year-old student at Goshen Junior Seminary in Goshen, New York. Rooney was a teacher at the time. The case 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.

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.  He is now approximately 82 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson 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 and the Diocese of Paterson 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Carmen Sita (Gerald Howard) – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Carmen Sita

(a/k/a Gerald Howard)

Archdiocese of Newark

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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):

According to media reports, in September 1982, Father Carmen Sita was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a teen boy multiple times and giving him liquor.  In 1983, he pled 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, 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 Sita would seek laicization. 

In April 2010, 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, 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, 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, Sita’s name appeared on the Diocese of Jefferson City’s list of credibly accused priests.

In February 2019, Sita’s 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. 

Sita is still living and now resides in the Farmington, Missouri, area as “Gerald Howard.”  He is 74 years old.  He is also 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.  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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

Fr. Thomas Stanford – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Thomas Stanford

(a/k/a Thomas Stamford)

Archdiocese of Newark

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:

In a December 2010 testimony before the NJ Senate Judiciary Committee, an adult man said he was abused by Father Thomas Stanford (also spelled Stamford), while a teenager in 1977 at St. Paul’s in Jersey City. Father Stanford 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.

Stanford did not report the boy’s abuse by the music director. Instead, the man says, 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.

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. 

Stanford is believed to be residing in the Manchester, New Jersey, area.  He is approximately 70 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

Fr. Robert Svec – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Robert Svec

Archdiocese of Newark

Ordained: 1954

Died: Date 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’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Newark’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  The Archdiocese released almost no information on the allegations against each priest, including age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse.  However, according to the Archbishop of Newark, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Archdiocese of Newark received information concerning possible misconduct by the individual, investigated the matter for corroborating evidence and determined that the report was credible. Accordingly, while those individuals may deny having engaged in illegal behavior involving a minor and they are entitled to be presumed innocent in a criminal court of law, the Archdiocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

According to its list, Svec was accused of the sexual abuse of “multiple” minors.

The Archdiocese of Newark says that Svec is deceased.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

Fr. Jim Weiner – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Jim Weiner

Archdiocese of Newark

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:

According to media reports, in August 2018, Father Jim Weiner 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.  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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

Fr. Robert Zasacki – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Robert Zasacki

Archdiocese of Newark

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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:

According to media reports, Father Robert Zasacki worked as a priest for 13 years in Newark, but 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.

In May 2002, 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, Zasacki died.

In February 2019, 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.  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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Michael “Mitch” Walters

Archdiocese of Newark

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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:

According to media reports in August 2015, allegations were reported to the Archdiocese of Newark that Father Michael “Mitch” Walters abused two minors in the early 1980s while assigned to St. Cassian in Montclair. 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 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 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 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, Walters’s 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 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.  Walters is now 65 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

Fr. Peter Walsh – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Peter Walsh

Archdiocese of Newark/Franciscan Friars

Ordained: 1982

Arrested: 1993

Convicted: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Anthony’s Shrine Church (Troy, NJ)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Peter Walsh:

According to media reports, in August 1993, Father Peter Walsh was arrested for exposing himself and masturbating in front of five young boys, ages 7-13, on two different occasions in Lyndhurst, NJ.  After his arrest, Father Walsh was reassigned to the Franciscan order’s Manhattan office and lived in a monastery there.

In March 1994, Father Walsh pleaded guilty and was convicted on five counts of child endangerment. He was sentenced to five years probation, and ordered to receive psychological counseling with a professional trained in the treatment of sex offenders.  Additionally, he was ordered to have an adult chaperone whenever he was in a car.

Citing psychiatric reports, Judge George Parsons said Father Walsh’s compulsive sexual disorder was caused by “extreme tension with no available outlet.” Parsons ordered that Walsh be permitted to perform “limited” priestly duties.

In June 2004, an adult man reported to the Diocese of Manchester New Hampshire that Father Walsh fondled then masturbated him for 3-4 months between 1987-1988. Father Walsh was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas in Derry at the time. Walsh denied the allegations.

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released its list of credibly accused priests in the Archdiocese of Newark.  Walsh’s name does not appear on that list.

Walsh’s current location is unknown.  He is not a registered sex offender.  He is believed to be approximately 70 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark.  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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.