Tag: Norwich sexual abuse

Fr. Joseph Gorecki – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Joseph Gorecki

Diocese of Norwich 

Joseph Gorecki Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1959

Died: 1988

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1964: St. Cyril & Methodius (Bridgeport, CT)
  • 1965-1966: Outside of Diocese
  • 1967-1970: St. Joseph (Shelton, CT)
  • 1971: St. Theresa (Trumbull, CT)
  • 1972-1973: Holy Name (Stamford, CT)
  • 1974: Assumption (Westport, CT)
  • 1975: St. Vincent’s Hospital (Bridgeport, CT)
  • 1976-1978: St. Mary (Norwalk, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Joseph Gorecki:

Fr. Joseph Gorecki, who served in the Diocese of NorwichAccording to media reports, in 1995, Gorecki was accused of molesting two minors over several years. A civil suit was filed on behalf of the alleged victims. The details of the alleged abuse are unknown; however, by 1999 five more plaintiffs joined the suit. The suit was settled in March 2001, when the Diocese of Bridgeport settled a series of lawsuits filed by 26 plaintiffs who allege child sexual abuse by six priests who worked in the diocese. Fr. Gorecki was among the accused.

In 2002 more than 25 former altar boys and members of Catholic youth organizations alleged sexual abuse by 10 priests in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Gorecki was among the accused.

The Diocese of Bridgeport agreed to pay $21 million in 2003 to 40 individuals who allege that they were sexually abused by 16 diocesan priests. Gorecki was one of the accused clergy members named in the settlement. One of the accusers claims that Gorecki sexually abused him over a three-year period in the early 1960’s beginning when he was six years old. When the boy was in fourth grade, he told his mother about the abuse. She reported the abuse to a nun at St. Cyril & Methodius, and shortly thereafter, Fr. Gorecki was “gone.”

Another lawsuit was filed in 2006 by a man who says he was sexually abused by Fr. Gorecki and a landscaper who worked at St. Theresa in Trumbull, CT. The alleged incident occurred in the winter of 1971 in the boy’s bathroom at St. Theresa’s school. The boy was 12 years old at the time of the incident. The Diocese of Bridgeport reached a settlement with the victim’s family in 2011.

According to a 2019 report commissioned by the Diocese of Bridgeport, Fr. Joseph Gorecki is accused of child sexual abuse involving 20 minors ages 7-17. The alleged abuse occurred between 1960-1978.

His name was included in the Diocese of Norwich’s 2019 list of credibly accused clergy under the heading “priests who served in the Diocese of Norwich who had allegations in other places but not it the Diocese of Norwich. Gorecki was also publicly named on the Diocese of Bridgeport’s list of credibly accused in March 2019.

Gorecki died in 1988.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection. The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Denis Galipeau – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Denis Galipeau

Diocese of Norwich 

Denis Galipeau Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1961

Removed: 1964

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. John Church (Plainfield, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Denis Galipeau:

Fr. Denis Galipeau was ordained a priest in 1961. He was excardinated from the Diocese of Norwich in 1970, and  incardinated into the Archdiocese of Montreal. According to media reports, in February 2019, the Diocese included Fr. Galipeau’s name on its “list of clergy with allegations of substance of sexual abuse of a minor.” The details of the allegations, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, and Galipeau’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown. Fr. Denis Galipeau was excardinated from the Diocese of Norwich in 1970; he was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Fr. Denis Galipeau was removed from ministry in 1964. 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 Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Edward Francis Frigault – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Edward Francis Frigault

Diocese of Norwich 

Edward Francis Frigault Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1949

Retired: 1997

Died: 2008

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1973-1986: St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Baltic, CT)
  • 1989-1997: St. Joseph (Willimantic, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Edward Francis Frigault:

Fr. Edward Francis Frigault, was ordained to the priesthood in 1949, who served in the Diocese of Norwich. He served in several parishes in the northeastern region of the Diocese of Norwich, including St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Baltic from 1973 to 1986 and St. Joseph Church in Willimantic, where he served as Pastor from 1989 until he retired in 1997.

According to media reports, in February 2019, the Diocese of Norwich included Fr. Frigault’s name on its “list of clergy with allegations of substance of sexual abuse of a minor.” The details of the allegations, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, and Frigault’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

Fr. Frigault was removed from ministry in 2002. He died in August 2008, at the age of 86.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Ivan Ferguson – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Ivan Ferguson

Diocese of Norwich

Ivan Ferguson Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Incardinated into Archdiocese of Hartford: 1979

Removed: 1993

Died: 2002

Assigned as Follows:

  • Auxiliary priest in Diocese of St. Joseph of the Amazon (Peru)
  • Northwest Catholic High School (Hartford, CT)
  • St. Bernard “in residence” (Tariffville, CT)
  • St. Mary (Derby, CT)
  • Academy of Our Lady of Mercy (Milford, CT)
  • St. Matthew (Forestville, CT)
  • Chaplain Hartford Hospital (Hartford, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Ivan Ferguson:

Fr. Ivan Ferguson was ordained a priest in 1970, who served in the Diocese of NorwichAccording to media reports, in 1993, he was accused in three civil suits of sexually abusing three male students while he was a chaplain at Northwest High School in Hartford, CT. The alleged abuse occurred at the school and during school events, and, in the case of one victim, outside of school activities. One suit was withdrawn and the other two were settled.

A New Milford man filed a lawsuit in 2007 against the Archdiocese of Hartford alleging that he was sexually abused by Fr. Ferguson beginning in 1977 when he was 16 years old. The abuse continued for one year, and it took place in a bedroom in the rectory of St. Bernard in Tariffville, CT. Ferguson silenced the alleged victim by threatening to fire his mother who the director of religious education for the church. Later in 2007, the alleged victim’s two younger brothers filed two separate suits against the Archdiocese of Hartford claiming sexual abuse by Father Ferguson in 1977-1978. The younger brothers were 15 and 12 at the time, and Ferguson threatened to fire their mother if they revealed the abuse.

In 2008, lawsuits were filed by two former St. Mary’s altar boys who allege that Fr. Ferguson sexually abuse them between 1981-1983 beginning when they were 13 years old. The alleged abuse involved viewing pornography, masturbation, oral sex, and sodomy. The incidents occurred during sleepovers at the rectory at a condominium in Fairfield, CT. One plaintiff was awarded a $1 million settlement in February 2012.

At least two claims against Father Ferguson were included in a $14 million settlement with the Archdiocese of Hartford involving 14 priests.

In 2019, Fr. Ferguson’s name is listed on the Diocese of Norwich’s list of credibly accused clergy under the heading, “priests who served in the Diocese of Norwich who had allegations in other places but not in the Diocese of Norwich.”

The Archdiocese of Hartford publicly named Ferguson in 2019 on its list of clergy “who have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor from 1953 to the present.”

Fr. Ivan Ferguson died in 2002.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Br. Stephen DeMatteis – Diocese of Norwich

Br. Stephen DeMatteis

Diocese of Norwich (Order of Friars Minor)

Stephen DeMatteis Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: N/A

Assigned as Follows:

  • N/A

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Stephen DeMatteis:

Br. Donald Alford, a native of Brooklyn, NY, was a member of the Order of Friars Minor, who served in the Diocese of NorwichAccording to media reports, in 1994, a civil suit was filed against Fr. Thomas Doyle, the Marianist Society, and the Diocese of Norwich on behalf of two brothers who allege that they were sexually abused for several years by Fr. Thomas Doyle beginning in 1977. Br. Stephen DeMatteis is named as a defendant.

According to the suit, the plaintiffs informed Br. Stephen DeMatteis about the alleged abuse during a Marianist retreat in New Jersey in July of 1983. Both Br. DeMatteis and another defendant failed to report the abuse, which is required by law. DeMatteis is also accused of making a “sexual advance” towards one of the brothers during the retreat.

The details of his assignment history and 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 Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. William Cullen – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. William Cullen

Diocese of Norwich 

William Cullen Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2005

Died: 2010

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1959-1961: Boston College High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1967-1978: Bishop Connelly (Fall River, MA)
  • 1979-1988: Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT)
  • 1989-1990: Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, CT)
  • 1989-1999: Nativity Prep (Boston, MA)
  • 1999-2000: St.Francis (Charlestown, MA)
  • 2000-2005: St. Thomas More (Oakdale, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. William Cullen:

Fr. William Cullen was ordained a Jesuit priest ordained in 1965, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. He worked as teacher in several schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut and taught classes in history, theology, sociology, English, and theater.

According to media reports, in January 2019, Fr. Cullen was named on the Northeast Province of Jesuits list of Jesuits with “credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.” The list notes that the allegation of child sexual abuse in 1995-1996 against Fr. Cullen was received in 2016. The alleged abuse occurred when Cullen was assigned to Nativity Prep in Boston, MA. The details of the allegation, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse are unknown.

In 2019, the Diocese of Norwich included Fr. Cullen’s name on its list of “priests who served in the Diocese of Norwich who had allegations in other places but not in the Diocese of Norwich.” Cullen’s name also appears on the Diocese of Fall River’s list of publicly accused clergy.

Fr. William Cullen died in 2010.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. James Curry – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. James Curry

Diocese of Norwich 

James Curry Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1949

Removed: 1981

Died: 1986

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Thomas Church (Fairfield, CT)
  • Sts. Peter and Paul (Norwich, CT)
  • St. Joseph (Noank, CT)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Groton, CT)
  • St. Mary’s Home (West Hartford, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. James Curry:

Fr. James Curry was ordained to the priesthood in 1949, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in 1981 a housekeeper filed a complaint with Groton police against Fr. Curry alleging that he raped her 11-year-old daughter several times between 1980-1981 while he was assigned to St. Mary’s Church. Following the allegation, Curry resigned from the church. The mother initially decided not to press charges because she did not want to expose her daughter to court proceedings; however, in 1983, the mother and her daughter refiled the complaint with police and filed a civil suit against Fr. Curry and the Diocese of Norwich. The suit was settled in 1986.

In February 2008, a lawsuit filed by a plaintiff under the pseudonym “Mary Doe” alleges that Fr. James Curry sexually abused the then 8-year-old girl hundreds of times over an eight-year period beginning in 1966. The alleged abuse took place when Curry was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Groton. According to the suit, Fr. Curry assaulted “Mary Doe” in the church sacristy, rectory, church center, and his car. Curry silenced the girl by telling her that if she disclosed the abuse she would “burn in hell for eternity.”

In April of 2019, A 60-year-old man testified before a Connecticut Judiciary Committee that he had been sexually assaulted by Curry over a four-week period when he was 8 years old. The alleged abuse took place at St. Joseph in Noank, CT in 1967.

In February 2019, the Diocese of Norwich publicly named Fr. James Curry on its list of “clergy with allegations of substance abuse of a minor.”

Fr. James Curry died in 1986.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Roger Comtois- Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Roger Comtois

Diocese of Norwich 

Roger Comtois Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: 1955

Resigned: 1988

Died: 1998

Assigned as Follows:

  • All Hallows (Moosup, CT)
  • St. Mary (Willimantic, CT)
  • St. Patrick Church (East Hampton, CT)
  • St. Patrick (Mystic, CT)
  • “In residence” St. Bernard Church (Rockville, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Roger Comtois:

Fr. Roger Comtois was ordained to the priesthood in 1955, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in February of 2019, The Diocese of Norwich included Fr. Comtois’s name on its “list of clergy with allegations of substance of sexual abuse of a minor.” The details of the allegations, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, and Fr.  Comtois’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

In 1988, Fr. Comtois resigned from ministry and took a leave of absence. In 1992, he was in residence at St. Bernard Church in Rockville, CT until he died in 1998.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Santino Casimano – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Santino Casimano

Diocese of Norwich 

Santino Casimano Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1975

Removed: 2004

Died: 2005

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1975-1976: St. Paul (Crownpoint, NM)
  • 1978: St. Barbara (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 1979-1980: St. Anthony Claret (Anaheim, CA)
  • 1981-2000: Navy Chaplain (CA, RI, and CT)
  • 2000: Incardinated in Diocese of Norwich
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Waterford, CT)
  • 2000-2004: St. Bernard High School (Uncasville, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Santino Casimano:

Fr. Santino Casimano was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Gallup in 1975. He moved to the Diocese of Orange in 1976, on loan from Gallup and also served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in 2004, after being accused of sexual abuse occurring 26 years earlier, Father Casimano resigned from St. Bernard High School. In 2004, he was listed as Father Casamino, on the Diocese of Orange’s list of priests accused of sexual abuse and removed from ministry.

Father Casimano denied charges in a 2004 lawsuit that he sexually abused two brothers in a parish in the Diocese of Orange in the late 1970s. The Diocese of Orange paid the brothers $4.2 million in a 2005 settlement.

Father Casimano died in August 2005. In 2004, the Diocese of Orange named Casimano as a priest “accused and removed from ministry.” In December 2018, his name appeared on the Diocese of Gallup’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, as well as on the Diocese of Norwich’s list in February 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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Fr. Anthony Caron – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Anthony Caron

Diocese of Norwich 

Anthony Caron Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1935

Removed: 1959

Died: 1969

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Laurent Church (Meriden, CT)
  • All Hallows (Moosup, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Anthony Caron:

Fr. Anthony Caron was ordained to the priesthood in 1935, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in February 2019, his name was included on its “list of clergy with allegations of substance of sexual abuse of a minor.” The details of the allegations, including the information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, and Caron’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

Fr. Anthony Caron was removed from ministry in 1959, and died in 1969.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Norwich in Connecticut.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Connecticut, contact our office today. In July 2021, the Norwich Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Connecticut and nationwide. We can help.

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