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Fr. Dennis Carey – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Dennis Carey

Diocese of Norwich 

Dennis Carey Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1998

Resigned: 2012

Died: 2013

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. John the Evangelist (Old Saybrook, CT)
  • Most Holy Trinity (Pomfret, CT)
  • St. Joseph (New London, CT)
  • St. Paul in Chains (Waterford, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Dennis Carey:

Fr. Dennis Carey was ordained to the priesthood in 1998, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in June 2012, Connecticut State Police raided the rectory at St. Paul in Chains in Waterford, CT and found suspected child pornography on a computer belonging to Fr. Dennis Carey. He was charged with first degree possession of child pornography and was ordered to have no contact with children and not to use computers.

Investigators found 338 files of suspected pornography involving male and female minors: several videos included children between the ages of 2 and 3 years old. Fr. Carey admitted to police that he was addicted to pornography and had been viewing it for two years. Following his arrest and release on bail, Fr. Carey was sent to St. John Vianney, a treatment center for Catholic clergy in Downington, PA.

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

Fr. Carey died from a stroke in May 2013 prior to his sentencing.

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. Salvatore Busca – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Salvatore Busca

Diocese of Norwich 

Salvatore Busca Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

  • Ordained: 1955
  • Removed: 1961
  • Excardinated: 1969
  • Died: 2006

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Sebastian Church (Middletown, CT)
  • St. Patrick Church (Hartford, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Salvatore Busca:

Fr. Salvatore Busca was ordained to the priesthood of the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete in 1955, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in 2019, he was publicly named on the Diocese of Norwich’s 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 Busca’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

Fr. Busca was removed from ministry in 1961, and excardinated from the Diocese of Norwich in 1969. He perpetually professed into the Servants of the Paraclete, meaning he renounced his goods either partially or totally according to the norm of proper law and with the permission of the supreme moderator is to do the same. He died in 2006.

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. Richard Buongirno – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Richard Buongirno

Diocese of Norwich 

Richard Buongirno Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1984

Removed: 1998

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1984: St. Joseph (New London, CT)
  • 1986: St. Mary (Portland, CT)
  • 1988: St. Philip the Apostle (Ashford, CT)
  • 1990: St. Matthias (East Lyme, CT)
  • 1993-1994: St. Johns (Old Saybrook, CT)
  • 1994: Received treatment at Institute for Living (Hartford: CT)
  • 1994: St. John (Cromwell, CT)
  • 1995-1999: St. Francis of Assisi (Middletown, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Richard Buongirno:

Fr. Richard Buongirno was ordained to the priesthood in 1984, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in 1991, a mother accused Fr. Buongirno of sexually abusing her 9-year-old son beginning in 1990 when the priest was assigned to St. Matthias where her son served as an altar boy. This first incident of abuse involving “John Doe” took place in the rectory of St. Matthias and continued for one year. Social services investigated the allegation and could not substantiate it.

Fr. Buongirno was arrested and charged with four counts of “felony risk of injury to a minor” in June of 1999 based on the 1991 allegation involving “John Doe.” In 2000, “John Doe” filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Norwich alleging that Fr. Buongirno sexually abused him over several years beginning in 1990 when he was an altar boy at St. Matthias through 1998 when he was a high school student. The Diocese of Norwich settled the suit with “John Doe” in 2003.

In 1994 a Massachusetts man notified the Diocese of Norwich that he had a three-year homosexual relationship with Buongirno that began when he was a 16-year-old high school student at St. Thomas More High School, where Buongirno was working as a lay teacher. When the diocese confronted Fr. Buongirno, he admitted to molesting the boy, and he was sent to the Institute for Living in Hartford, CT for treatment. After Fr. Buongirno completed treatment, he was reassigned to another parish where he was found with a boy in his bedroom. He was reassigned to a second parish where he was again found with a boy in his bedroom. Bishop Hart of the Diocese of Norwich released Buongirno from all priestly duties in 1998.

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

The current whereabouts of Richard Buongirno 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. Joseph Buckley- Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Joseph Buckley

Diocese of Norwich 

Joseph Buckley Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1932

Retired: 1970

Died: 1975

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Vincent (East Haven, CT)
  • St. Agnes (Niantic, CT)
  • St. Therese (Stony Creek, CT)
  • St. Marys Church (Newington, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Joseph Buckley:

Fr. Joseph Buckley was ordained to the priesthood in 1932, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in 2003 a Connecticut man filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Hartford. The suit alleges that Fr. Joseph Buckley began sexually assaulting the boy when he was 14 years old in 1971. The accuser claims that Buckley gave him soda spiked with alcohol and took him into the shower where he sexually assaulted him. This pattern of abuse continued for four months, and Fr. Buckley frequently gave the accuser money to silence him. The suit was settled as part of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s $22 million sex abuse settlement in 2005.

In May of 2019 the Archdiocese of Hartford publicly named Fr. Buckley on its list of “clergy who have been the object of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of minor from 1953 to present.”

The Diocese of Norwich included Fr. Buckley’s name on its 2019 list of “priests who served in the Diocese of Norwich who had allegations in other places but not it the Diocese of Norwich.”

Fr. Buckley died in 1975.

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. Kenneth Bonadies – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Kenneth Bonadies

Diocese of Norwich

Kenneth Bonadies Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1966

Retired: 2004

Removed from ministry: 2018

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1965: Ordained in the Diocese of Steubenville, OH
  • 1966: Not indexed
  • 1967: Blessed Sacrament Church (Wintersville, OH)
  • 1968: St. Peter’s Church (Steubenville, OH)
  • 1969: St. Agnes Church (Mingo Junction, OH)
  • 1969-1974: St. John Vianney Seminary, College and Theology (Bloomingdale, OH)
  • 1970: St. Peter’s Church (Steubenville, OH)
  • 1971: St. Agnes Church (Mingo Junction, OH)
  • 1972: Daughters of the Holy Mary of the Heart of Jesus Church (Steubenville, OH)
  • 1973-1975: Our Lady of Fatima Church (Brilliant, OH)
  • 1973-1975: Catholic Central High School (Steubenville, OH)
  • 1976-1979: Absent on Leave
  • 1980: Begins serving in the Archdiocese of Hartford
  • 1980-1985: St. Bartholomew’s Church (Manchester, CT)
  • 1983-1985: East Catholic High School (Manchester, CT)
  • 1986: Not indexed
  • 1987-2004: St. Ann’s Church (Hamden, CT)
  • 2005: Retired – St. Ann’s Church (Hamden, CT)
  • 2006-2020: Retired – (Pinellas Park, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Kenneth Bonadies:

Fr. Kenneth Bonadies was ordained a priest in 1966 for the Diocese of Steubenville, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, in May 2021, the Archdiocese of Hartford paid a six-figure settlement to a Connecticut man who credibly accused Fr. Bonadies of sexually abusing him hundreds of times over a four-year period beginning in 1981. At the time of the abuse, the victim was 14-17 years old. The abuse occurred in the rectory of St. Bartholomew’s Church, East Catholic High School, and in the priest’s car. The suit also alleges that after Fr. Bonadies left the Diocese of Steubenville, he was sent for treatment for pedophilia and then incardinated to the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The Diocese of Norwich included Fr. Bonadies’s name on its 2018 list of “priests who served in the Diocese of Norwich who had allegations in other places but not it the Diocese of Norwich.”

In May of 2021, the Archdiocese of Hartford publicly named Bonadies on its list of “clergy who have been the object of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of minor from 1953 to present.”

According to media reports, Bonadies currently resides in Pinellas Park, FL.

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. Bernard Bissonnette – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Bernard Bissonnette

Diocese of Norwich

Bernard Bissonnette Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1958

Laicized: 2005

Died: 2009

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1958: Christ the King (Old Lyme, CT)
  • 1958-1959: St Michael (Pawcatuck, CT)
  • 1959-1962: All Hollows (Moosup, CT)
  • 1959-1962: St. Joseph (Sterling, CT)
  • 1962-1963: St Mary (Putnam, CT)
  • 1963-1965: Sick leave
  • 1965-1966: St. James (West Duluth, MN)
  • 1966-1968: St Anne’s (Santa Fe, NM)
  • 1968:           Via Coeli (Jemez Springs, NM)
  • 1968-1979: On duty outside the diocese
  • 1960s-1970s: St. Alice (Mountainair, NM)
  • 1960s-1970s: New Mexico Boys School (Springer, NM)
  • 1979-1981: St. Bernadette (Albuquerque, NM)
  • 1981-1982: On duty outside the diocese
  • 1982-1984: St. Eleanor (Ruidoso, NM)
  • 1982-1983: San Patricio (Picacho, NM)
  • 1983-1984: St. Jude Thaddeus (San Patricio, NM)
  • 1983-1984: St. Joseph (Picacho, NM)
  • 1984-1985: Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart (Las Cruces, NM)
  • 1985-1987: St. Jude (Alamogordo, NM)
  • 1987-1992: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Truth or Consequences, NM)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Bernard Bissonnette:

Fr. Bernard Bissonnette, also known as “Father Barney,” was ordained in the the Diocese of Norwich in 1958. According to media reports, a few months after his ordination, he became the subject of his first child sexual abuse allegation. He was removed from five assignments in the Diocese of Norwich, each time because of abuse allegations.

In 1963, Bishop Vincent j. Hynes sent Fr. Bissonnette to the Servants of the Paracletes in Jemez Spring, NM for treatment. Bishop Hynes would not allow Bissonnette back in the Diocese of Norwich; however, the diocese continued to support him financially. Fr. Bissonnette went on to serve as a priest in Michigan, Minnesota, and New Mexico and was accused of child sexual abuse almost everywhere he was assigned.

At least nine men have publicly accused Fr. Bernard Bissonnette of child sex crimes, and he is the subject of several lawsuits. In 1963 a young boy told his family that he had been molested and raped by Bissonnette repeatedly between 1962-1963 when Bissonnette was assigned to St. Mary in Putnam, CT. The family reported the abuse to the church, and Bissonnette was sent to New Mexico for treatment. This alleged victim died by suicide in 1991.

In 1998, a New Mexico man filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Norwich for abuse he suffered between 1966-1968 after Bissonnette was assigned to St. Annes in Santa Fe, NM. In 2015 lawsuit, Bissonnette is accused of raping an altar boy, age 7-12, hundreds of times between 1968-1972 when he was assigned to St. Alice Church in Mountainair, NM.

In November 2019, the Diocese of Las Cruces publicly named Fr. Bissonnette on its list of “priests and religious credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors who have served within the current territorial boundaries of the Diocese of Las Cruces.” The list notes that the allegation of child sexual abuse in 1983 against Fr. Bissonnette was received in 1989.

Fr. Bissonnette’s name listed again in 2018 on the Diocese of Norwich’s list of “clergy with allegations of substance of sexual abuse of a minor.” The diocese did not provide any additional information regarding the allegation.

In March of 2019, The Archdiocese of Santa Fe named Bissonnette on its list of “priests, deacons, religious, and seminarians accused of abuse of children.” 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 Bissonnette’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

Fr. Bissonnette’s last known location was Belen, NM. He died in 2009

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. Normand Boulanger – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Normand Boulanger

Diocese of Norwich 

Normand Boulanger Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1957

Left diocese: 1972

Dismissed from clerical state: 1973

Died: 1996

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. John the Evangelist (Montville, CT)
  • St. Mary Church (Willimantic, CT)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Groton, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Normand Boulanger:

Fr. Normand Boulanger was ordained to the priesthood in 1957, and served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. According to media reports, multiple child sexual abuse allegations were reported in the early 1960s through 2003. Fr. Boulanger repeatedly admitted to the abuse and was sent to therapy and returned to active ministry multiple times. He also received treatment for alcohol abuse.

In 2000, Fr. Boulanger retired from active ministry. He was placed on leave in February 2002 when three additional accusations surfaced. He died a few months later in July 2002.  At least one claim was included in a November 2002 settlement involving 28 priests.

In 2018,  was publicly named on the Diocese of Norwich’s 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. Boulanger’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

In July 2019, his name was included on the Diocese of Manchester list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Fr. Boulanger died in 1996.

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. Robert W. Barnes – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Robert W. Barnes

Diocese of Norwich (De La Salle Christian Brothers)

Robert W. Barnes Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 2002

Died: 2008

Assigned as Follows:

  • Cathedral of St. Patrick (Norwich, CT)
  • Principal of St. Bernard High School (Uncasville, CT)
  • St. Mary’s Church (Coventry, CT)
  • St. John Roman Catholic Church (Middleton, CT)
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (Fishers Island, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Robert Barnes:

Prior to his ordination to the priesthood, Fr. Robert Barnes was a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers for thirty years. He was ordained in 1980, and throughout his career, served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. A lifelong educator, in 1982, he was named principal of St. Bernard High School in Uncasville.

According to media reports, in February 2019, the Diocese of Norwich included Fr. Barnes’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 Barnes’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

Fr. Barnes died in 2008.

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. Norbert E. Belliveau – Diocese of Norwich

Fr. Norbert Belliveau

Diocese of Norwich

Norbert Belliveau Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1956

Died: 1989

Assigned as Follows:

  • Christ the King (Old Lyme, CT)
  • St. Andrew Church Catholic Church (Colchester, CT)
  • St. John the Apostle Church (Plainfield, CT)
  • St. Mary Church of the Visitation (Putnam, CT)
  • St. Luke Church (Ellington, CT)
  • St. Philip the Apostle (Warrensville, CT)
  • St. Bernard (Rockville, CT)
  • St. Mary Church (Portland, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Norbert Belliveau:

Fr. Norbert Belliveau was ordained to the priesthood in May 1956, and throughout his career, served as pastor and assistant pastor in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Norwich. He also served as dean of the Vernon Deanery for five years from 198- to 1985. According to media reports, in March 2021, the Diocese of Norwich included his 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.  Belliveau’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse are unknown.

Fr. Belliveau died in 1989 at the age of 62.

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Br. Donald P. Alford – Diocese of Norwich

Br. Donald Alford

Diocese of Norwich (Congregation of Christian Brothers)

Donald Paschal Alford Diocese of Norwich Horowitz Law

Final vows: 1959

Died: 2004

Assigned as Follows:

  • St. Augustine’s Boys Orphanage (Geelong, Victoria, AU)
  • Academy of Mount Saint John (Deep River, CT)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Donald Alford:

Br. Donald Alford was a member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers from Australia, who served in the Diocese of Norwich. He arrived in the U.S. in 1993 where he worked for 10 years at the Academy at Mount Saint John for at risk children in Deep River. 

According to media reports, Br. Donald Alford was implicated in the sexual abuse of young boys while assigned to St. Augustine’s Boys Orphanage in Geelong, Victoria. In November 2018, he was named in lawsuits filed against the Diocese of Norwich by 24 plaintiffs who alleged they were sexually assaulted when they were 10–15-year-old residents at the Academy of Mount Saint John during the years 1986-2000. Br. Alford who was the school’s music teacher and its Boy Scout troop leader, is named in two suits. In one suit, he is accused of forcing a 13-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him.

Br. Donald Alford died in 2004.

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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