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Fr. Thomas Morrin – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Thomas Morrin 

Diocese of Rockville Centre/OMI

Thomas Morrin  Diocese of Rockville Centre Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1939

Died: 1967

Summary of Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas Morrin: 

Fr. Thomas Morrin was a member of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, and ordained in 1939. He served in multiple states including Maine, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and New York. His name is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred at Fr. Morrin’s private home in Long Island, NY. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when the abuse occurred or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Morrin died in 1967.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre 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 New York and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. William McCandless – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father William McCandless

Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Oblates)

William McCandless Archdiocese of Philadelphia Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 2005-2010: Salesianum High School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 2010-2017: St. Charles (Monaco)
  • 2017:           De Sales University (Center Valley, PA)
  • 2018-2020: Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William McCandless:

Father William McCandless was ordained a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1994 and served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was a former principal of a Catholic all-boys high school in Wilmington. According to media reports, in December 2020, McCandless was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of collecting thousands of images of child pornography while serving overseas and bringing them with him to the United States. He was charged with three counts of child pornography, with possession of child pornography for importation into the US, transporting child pornography in interstate and foreign commerce, and attempting to access with intent to view child pornography.

According to charging documents, McCandless amassed a collection of thousands of images of child pornography, including some involving torture, while he was working overseas in Monaco. He brought them back to the United States when he returned in January 2017. During the investigation, records show that he also conducted internet searches for child pornography and things like how to get “off the grid, “how-to disappear,” and “how to erase items from the cloud.”

McCandless pleaded not guilty to the counts during an initial court appearance in Philadelphia. If convicted, he faces as many as 60 years in prison. Fr. McCandless was ordered to be placed on home incarceration with electronic monitoring and to surrender his passport because he has frequently traveled overseas.

The investigation into Fr. McCandless has been going on for more than three years, which isn’t his first allegation. In October 2010, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) called for his suspension when his name surfaced in court proceedings after McCandless allegedly admitted to the abuse of a 14-year-old French boy during a church camp.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia may have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so please do not delay in reaching out to us.

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Fr. James McSorley – Diocese of Oakland

Father James McSorley

Diocese of Oakland/Oblates

James McSorley Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1946

Died: 2005

Assignment History:

  • 1955-1961: Oblate Mission (Lagao, Cotabato)
  • 1961-1963: Oblate Mission House and Procure (Oakland, CA)
  • 1963-1967: St. Ferdinand’s (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1964-1965: St. Alice (Springfield, OR)
  • 1967-1969: Oblate Mission House and Procure (Oakland, CA)
  • 1971-1972: Sacred Heart (Boise, ID)
  • 1972-1975: Our Lady of the Lake (McCall, ID)
  • 1977-1978: Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA)
  • 1978-1979: St. Joseph’s (Pinole, CA)
  • 1979-1981: Holy Cross (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • 1981-1982: St. Mary’s (Aberdeen, WA)
  • 1982-1983: Little Flower (Billings, MT)
  • 1983-1985: Nativity (Hollywood, FL)
  • 1984-1986: St. Thomas Center (Bothell, WA)
  • 1985-2005: Oblate Mission House and Procure (Oakland, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James McSorley:

A Philippines missionary of 15 years, James P. McSorley moved back to the US in the early 1960s. He started at the Diocese of Oakland and moved to the Diocese of Monterey, CA, then Boise City, ID, Great Falls-Billings, MT, and Archdioceses of Los Angeles CA, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Miami FL, and as an Army chaplain in Germany.

According to media reports, in a 2002 lawsuit, McSorley was accused of molesting a boy in 1964 at St. Alice’s in Springfield, OR. He was also accused of abuse in the 1960s while in Germany. The Archdiocese of Portland paid $100K to settle a claim in 2003. In 2018, a man told reporters that McSorley molested him and other boys at Sacred Heart in Boise from 1971-1972. He said he reported it to the Diocese of Boise in 1993 and again in 2000, but they never contacted the police.

His name was included on the Seattle Archdiocese’s list of credibly accused in 2016 and on the Diocese of Oakland list and Diocese of Boise’s list in 2019.

In 2003, McSorley was moved to the Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland, where he died in 2005.

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

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

Fr. Ruben Martinez – Diocese of Oakland

Father Ruben Martinez

Diocese of Oakland/Oblates

Ruben Martinez Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1969-1970: Unknown
  • 1971-1972: St. Ferdinand (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1973-1974: Holy Family (Wilmington, CA)
  • 1975-1982: Mary Immaculate (Pacoima, CA)
  • 1983-1992: Holy Family (Wilmington, CA)
  • 1993-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Ruben Martinez:

Fr. Ruben Martinez is a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate religious order. Martinez has been accused of sexually abusing at least seven people and was named in at least eight civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. The alleged sexual abuse occurred at St. Ferdinand, Holy Family, and Mary Immaculate with dates of abuse ranging from 1970 to 1982. In 1991, Martinez was sent to Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse.

According to media reports, in 2005, Martinez admitted to abusing as many as 100 boys, including his younger brother. As of 2013, Martinez was reportedly living at a Catholic center for troubled clergy in Missouri. His files were released by Order in 2013 and showed some allegations written in Japanese characters to disguise references to the acknowledgment of homosexuality and admitting to relations with boys.

Martinez was included in the Diocese of Oakland 2019 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list.

In 1993, Martinez was removed from active ministry.

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

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

Fr. Joseph L. Murphy – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Joseph Murphy

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Oblates)

Joseph Murphy Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1936

Died: 1975

Assignment History:

  • 1936-1956: Unknown
  • 1957-1960: St. Ferdinand’s (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1961: Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Mission House (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1962-1963: St. Ferdinand’s (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1964-1974: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Murphy:

Fr. Joseph Murphy was a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Order who served in the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, in September 2019, he was accused of sexually abusing a child from 1957 to 1960, while he worked at St. Ferdinand’s in San Fernando.

Fr. Murphy was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Addendum 2005 list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He died in 1975.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Ruben Martinez – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Ruben Martinez

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Oblates)

Ruben Martinez Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 1993

Assignment History:

  • 1969-1970: Unknown
  • 1971-1972: St. Ferdinand (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1973-1974: Holy Family (Wilmington, CA)
  • 1975-1982: Mary Immaculate (Pacoima, CA)
  • 1983-1992: Holy Family (Wilmington, CA)
  • 1993-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Ruben Martinez:

Fr. Ruben Martinez, a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate religious order, was ordained a priest in 1968, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to media reports, he has been accused of sexually abusing at least seven people and was named in at least eight civil lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. The alleged sexual abuse occurred at St. Ferdinand, Holy Family, and Mary Immaculate with dates of abuse ranging from 1970 to 1982.

In 1991, Fr. Martinez was sent to Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. In 1993, Fr. Martinez was removed from active ministry.

In 2005, he admitted to abusing as many as 100 boys, including his younger brother. As of 2013, Fr. Martinez was reportedly living at a Catholic center for troubled clergy in Missouri. His files were released by Order in 2013 and show some allegations written in Japanese characters to disguise references to the acknowledgment of homosexuality and admitting to relations with boys.

Fr. Martinez was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and the Oakland Diocese’s list in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Robert Koerner – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Robert Koerner

Archdiocese of Los Angeles (Oblates)

Robert Koerner Archdiocese of Los Angeles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1937

Died: 1999

Assignment History:

  • 1937-1940: Unknown
  • 1941: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mission, TX)
  • 1941: St. Anthony’s (Penitas, TX)
  • 1941-1942: The Guardian Angel (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1942-1944: St. Ferdinand’s (Old Mission) (San Fernando Valley, CA)
  • 1942-1944: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Newhall, CA)
  • 1944-1956: Guardian Angel (Pacoima, CA)
  • 1956-1963: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Billings, MT)
  • 1963-1990: St. Patrick’s (Calipatria, CA)
  • 1991: Unknown
  • 1992-1994: Mount Mary Immaculate, Center for Spiritual Growth, (Lafayette, CA)
  • 1995: Unknown
  • 1996-1999: Oblate Madonna Residence (San Antonio, TX)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Koerner:

Fr. Robert Koerner was ordained a Oblate priest in 1937, who served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, San Diego, Texas, and Montana. According to media reports, in 2002, the San Diego bishop learned that Fr. Koerner had molested several minors during his 27-year tenure at St. Patrick’s in Calipatria, CA. His personal file, released in 2013, showed that Fr. Koerner admitted fondling and kissing boys and girls. He was named in three lawsuits in 2003 and four other settlements. One of the suits in 2020 was by five men, each alleging abuse by Fr. Koerner from 1965-late 1980s.

Fr. Koerner died in 1999 in San Antonio, TX. He is listed on the Diocese of San Diego’s 2007 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. James McSorley – Diocese of Sacramento

Father James McSorley

Diocese of Sacramento/OblatesJames McSorley Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1946

Died: 2005

Assignment History:

  • 1955-1961: Oblate Mission (Lagao, Cotabato)
  • 1961-1963: Oblate Mission House and Procure (Oakland, CA)
  • 1963-1967: Ferdinand’s (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1964-1965: St. Alice (Springfield, OR)
  • 1967-1969: Oblate Mission House and Procure (Oakland, CA)
  • 1971-1972: Sacred Heart (Boise, ID)
  • 1972-1975: Our Lady of the Lake (McCall, ID)
  • 1977-1978: Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, CA)
  • 1978-1979: St. Joseph’s (Pinole, CA)
  • 1979-1981: Holy Cross (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • 1981-1982: St. Mary’s (Aberdeen, WA)
  • 1982-1983: Little Flower (Billings, MT)
  • 1983-1985: Nativity (Hollywood, FL)
  • 1984-1986: St. Thomas Center (Bothell, WA)
  • 1985-2005: Oblate Mission House and Procure (Oakland, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James McSorley:

A Philippines missionary for 15 years, Fr. James P. McSorley moved back to the US in the early 1960s. He started at the Diocese of Oakland and moved to the Diocese of Monterey, CA, then Boise City, ID, Great Falls-Billings, MT, and Archdioceses of Los Angeles CA, Portland OR, Seattle WA, Miami FL, and as an Army chaplain in Germany.

According to media reports, in a 2002 lawsuit, McSorley was accused of molesting a boy in 1964 at St. Alice’s in Springfield, OR. He was also accused of abuse in the 1960s while in Germany. The Archdiocese of Portland paid $100K to settle a claim in 2003. According to media reports, in 2018, a man told reporters that McSorley molested him and other boys at Sacred Heart in Boise, ID from 1971-1972. He said he reported it to the Diocese of Boise in 1993 and again in 2000, but they never contacted the police.

In 2003, McSorley was moved to the Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland until his death. His name was included on the Archdiocese of Seattle list of credibly accused in 2016 and on the Diocese of Oakland, Diocese of Boise, and Diocese of Sacramento list in 2019.

McSorley died in 2005.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Robert Hermley – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Robert Hermley

Archdiocese of Newark / Oblates

Robert Hermley Archdiocese of Newark Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1955

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955:                De Sales Hall (Washington, DC)
  • 1956:                St. Francis de Sales (Toledo, OH) 
  • 1958-1965:      Father Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1966:                Mission House of the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales (Toledo, OH)  
  • 1967-1978:      Father Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)  
  • 1979-1980:      Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Seaside Heights, NJ)  
  • 1981-1982:      Padua Academy Residence (Wilmington, DE)  
  • 1983-1988:      Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Vienna, VA)  
  • 1989:                Unknown
  • 1990-1991:      Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Vienna, VA) 
  • 1992:                St. Mary (Fredericksburg, VA) 
  • 1993-2000:      Seton Home Study
  • 2001:                Little Sisters of the Poor (Newark, NJ)  
  • 2003-2006:      Oblates of St. Francis De Sales Retirement and Retreat Center  (Childs, MD)  
  • 2007-2008:      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Hermley:

Father Robert Hermley was a priest of Oblates of St. Francis De Sales religious order and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in June 1982, he was convicted in Pennsylvania of indecent assault of two minor boys age 13 and 14 while on assignment at Padua Academy in  Wilmington, Delaware.  He was arrested for watching pornographic film with the boys in a parked car at a drive-in theater. Nineteen pornographic magazines were confiscated from his car. 

He was sentenced to three years probation. Johns Hopkins University physicians examined Father Hermley and determined he did not need help. In December of the same year he was reinstated to ministry in Vienna, Virginia. 

In May 1987, a woman reported to the Oblates that Father Hermley sexually abused her son when he was 10 or 11-years old in the early 1980s while serving at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Seaside Heights, in New Jersey. Local authorities were not contacted. The allegation was handled by the Oblates. 

In September 2003, Father Hermley was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while on assignment at Father Judge High School for Boys, in Philadelphia between 1976 and 1980. This time, the DA’s Office and law enforcement were contacted. 

Father Hermley retired in 2003. He was named in the extensive Philadelphia Grand Jury report released in 2005. He died in August 2009. 

In August 2011, his name was released as part of the Oblates’ settlement of $24.8M reached with 40 plaintiffs.

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 Newark, 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.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.