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Fr. William Winston – Diocese of Paterson

Father William Winston

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained (as a Catholic priest): 1986

Removed: 2004

Laicized: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • Corpus Christi (Chatham, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Chatham, NJ)
  • Assumption (Morristown, NJ)
  • St. Virgil (Morris Plains, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William Winston:

According to media reports, Fr. William Winston was a married Episcopal priest with children when he was allowed by the Vatican to convert to Catholicism almost 20 years earlier.

In 2005, Winston was charged with the sexual abuse and neglect of a young boy, presumably his own son.  In February 2006, Winston pleaded guilty to the abuse and neglect of a young boy. He told the judge he could not refute the sexual abuse charge because his memory was blurred by his alcoholism and subsequently admitted that he touched the child’s genitals on several occasions when the boy was between 1999 and 2002, starting when the boy was 4 years old. At the time, he was serving at St. Virgil’s in Morris Plains.

During his prosecution, a prior history of domestic violence came to the public’s attention.  According to news reports, Winston was arrested and charged with domestic violence in 2004.  He later admitted in court as part of that case that he had severely beaten his wife on at least two occasions in the rectory at St. Virgil while in an alcohol-fueled rage.  

Winston’s defense to the charge of sexual abuse was that he could not handle the demands of the church and his family and compounded his problems with alcohol. His attorney revealed that Winston had applied to the Vatican for laicization, the formal process of removal from priesthood, as a result of the allegation.

In May 2006, Winston was sentenced to jail for six months.

In August 2007, he was laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Holy See.

Winston’s name was included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.

Winston is now in his mid sixties and is believed to be residing in Arlington, VA.  He is not 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 Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. Gregory White – Diocese of Paterson

Father Gregory White

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1996

Died: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • Blessed Kateri (Sparta, NJ)
  • St. Anthony (Hawthorne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gregory White

Father Gregory White’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  It 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 Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson 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 Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

White died in May 2002, at the age of 32, the same month the Diocese of Paterson says he was removed from ministry.  This removal presumably followed an allegation of sexual abuse.

At the time of his death, he was teaching European History in Emerson High School in Emerson.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. John Wall – Diocese of Paterson

Father John Wall

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1954

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Virgil (Morris Plains, NJ)
  • Chaplain (St. Mary Hospital, Passaic, NJ)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (Branchville, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Wall

Father Wall’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  The Diocese of Paterson 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 Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson 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 Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

According to the Diocese of Paterson, Wall died in 1983.  At the time of his death, he was a priest in good standing. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. James Scott – Diocese of Paterson

Father James Scott

Diocese of Paterson

 

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Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • Faculty, Paul VI High School (Clifton, NJ)
  • Our Lady Star of the Sea (Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
  • Faculty, Pope John High School (Sparta, NJ)
  • Faculty, DePaul High School (Wayne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Scott

Father Scott’s name first appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019.  The Diocese of Paterson 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 Bishop of Paterson, in the case of each priest on the list, “the Diocese of Paterson 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 Diocese has determined that the information it received was credible and it has thus included their names on this disclosure.”

He was removed from the ministry in 1995.

According to the Diocese of Paterson, Scott is still alive.  He is believed to be residing in New Jersey.  He is now 70 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. William McCarthy – Diocese of Paterson

Father William McCarthy

Diocese of Paterson

Fr. William McCarthy Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1963

Removed: 2003

Reinstated: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1980-2003 St. Rose of Lima (East Hanover, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William McCarthy:

In April 2002, Father William McCarthy was accused of the sexual abuse of two sisters. The girls, ages 6 and 8 when the abuse began, were allegedly molested between 1981-1983 during McCarthy’s assignment to St. Rose of Lima. McCarthy denied all allegations.

In 2003, Bishop Frank Rodimer suspended McCarthy from active ministry following an internal review board investigation of the allegations.

McCarthy retired voluntarily in March 2003, just before the allegation became public, about three months before his already-planned retirement.

In May 2008, the three canon lawyers ordered by the Vatican concluded that the allegation was not proved to the canonical standard of guilt, and therefore McCarthy could not be laicized (removed from the priesthood). The Holy See ordered the Diocese of Paterson to return McCarthy to ministry as a priest in good standing.  

The allegations were not investigated by law enforcement due to the expiration of the criminal statute of limitations.

In August 2010, Father McCarthy’s memoir “The Conspiracy: An Innocent Priest” was published. He is currently Pastor Emeritus at St. Rose of Lima in East Hanover.

His name was not included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors despite the initial findings to the contrary.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. Julian Varettoni – Diocese of Paterson

Father Julian Varettoni

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained: 1955

Elevated to Monsignor: 1984

Accused: 2004

Retired voluntarily: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Anthony Parish (Hawthorne, NJ)
  • St. Mary Parish (Dover, NJ)  
  • St. George Parish (Paterson, NJ)
  • Morris Catholic High School (Denville, NJ)  
  • DePaul Catholic High School (Wayne, NJ)  
  • St. Joseph Hospital (Paterson, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Clifton, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Julian Varettoni:

According to media reports, in 2004, an adult male alleged that Father Julian Varettoni had molested him as a young boy in the 1960’s. The Diocese of Paterson review board found there was insufficient information to determine whether the allegation was “credible” within the internal diocesan policies, so Varettoni was never removed from ministry. The board, however, found the victim’s testimony credible, which is a disconnect from its ultimate finding: the board members believed the victim’s allegation, but concluded that the abuse did not occur as alleged.

In February 2005, the Diocese of Paterson settled with the victim and others for $5 million. According to Varettoni’s canon lawyer, the Holy See later cleared him of the allegations as well. 

Varettoni continued as pastor of Sacred Heart in Clifton until he retired in 2007.

Varettoni’s name was not included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.

He is now 89, and believed to be residing in Hackettstown, NJ as a retired priest in good standing.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. Allen Stepien – Diocese of Paterson

Father Allen Stepien

Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained: 1965

Removed: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Rose of Lima (East Hanover, NJ)
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Morristown, NJ)
  • St. Anthony (Hawthorne, NJ)
  • St. Philip the Apostle (Clifton, NJ)
  • St. Mark the Evangelist (Long Valley, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Allen Stepien:

According to media reports, in April 2002, Father Allen Stepien was placed on administrative leave, due to multiple accusations that he had sexually abused several minors in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In 2003, the Diocese of Paterson review board deemed the accusations against Stepien to be credible, recommending his removal from ministry.  The Diocese then sent the case to the Vatican, requesting a church trial to remove Stepien from the priesthood.

In 2009, according to the the Official Catholic Directory, Stepien is listed as a retired priest.

Stepien’s name appears on the February 2019 list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors published by the Diocese of Paterson.  Stating only that Stepien was the subject of “multiple” allegations of abuse, the Diocese of Paterson has not released any details about the allegations, including the exact number of allegations and Stepien’s assignments at the time of the abuse.

Stepien, now in his eighties, is believed to be residing in Clifton, NJ.  His current status as a priest is unknown – the Diocese of Paterson has not said if he was ever laicized.  

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. Ralph Sodano – Diocese of Paterson

Father Ralph Sodano

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1967

Removed: 2002

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Brendan (Clifton, NJ)
  • Diocesan Director of Catholic Scouting
  • Pope Pius XII High School (Passaic, NJ)
  • St. Rose of Lima (East Hanover, NJ)
  • Chaplain, United States Navy
  • Sacred Heart (Dover, NJ)
  • Our Lady of the Mountain (Long Valley, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ralph Sodano:

According to media reports, in 2002, Father Ralph Sodano was placed on administrative leave, due to accusations he abused two boys in the 1970s. One victim said Sodano drove him to another priest’s Long Island home in 1976 and that other boys were at the house, wearing only their underwear while watching television. He said Sodano and the other priest told the boy to remove most of his clothes.

In 2003, the Diocese of Paterson deemed the accusations credible and sent the case to the Vatican, requesting a church trial to remove Sodano from the priesthood.

As of April 2008, a total of four accusations were made publicly against Father Sodano. Two came by way of civil lawsuits filed against the Diocese of Paterson.  

Sodano’s name appears on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests. While the Diocese of Paterson confirmed that Sodano has been the subject of “multiple” credible allegations, it did not say how many allegations had been made against him, nor his assignments at the time of the abuse.

Sodano 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 Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. James A. Smith – Diocese of Paterson

Father James A. Smith

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Anthony (Hawthorne, NJ)
  • Holy Family (Florham Park, NJ)
  • St. Joseph Hospital ( NJ)
  • St. Monica (Sussex, NJ)
  • Our Lady of Victories (Paterson, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Clifton, NJ)
  • St. Monica (Sussex, NJ)
  • St. Christopher (Parsippany, NJ)
  • St. Rose of Lima (East Hanover, NJ)
  • St. Patrick (Chatham, NJ)
  • St. George (Paterson, NJ)
  • St. Therese (Succasunna, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James A. Smith:

In 2002, Father James A. Smith was placed on leave after allegations that he repeatedly abused a boy from 1962-1965. At the time, he was serving as a priest at Our Lady of Victories in Paterson and Sacred Heart Church in Clifton. Father Smith denied the allegation. The Diocese of Paterson deemed the allegations credible.

In 2003, a civil suit was filed against the Diocese of Paterson by one of Smith’s victims.  It was later settled in early 2005. The case was then referred to the Vatican for Smith’s removal from the priesthood.

In February 2005, the Vatican sent the case back to the Diocese of Paterson for a church trial. A Diocese tribunal found Smith guilty of abuse of at least one act of sexual abuse of a minor and decided and should be permanently suspended from priestly duties, but it did not recommend he be formally removed from the priesthood. Smith said he would appeal. Smith’s canonical trial or church trial was believed to be the first in New Jersey for a priest accused of sexually abusing a child.

Smith’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Paterson’s list of accused priests published in February 2019. It noted multiple allegations, but the Diocese of Paterson did not provide details as to the number of allegations it has received nor Smith’s assignments at the time of abuse. 

Smith died in January 2015.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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. Donald Sella – Diocese of Paterson

Father Donald Sella

Diocese of Paterson

Fr. Donald Sella Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1983

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Anthony (Hawthorne, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Sella:

In January 2004, Father Donald Sella was named in a civil lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Paterson by 27 people claiming to have been abused by priests of the Diocese, including Sella.

In February 2005, the claim against Sella was settled as part of a $5 million global settlement of the lawsuit. Sella was still serving in a parish in 2005 because “the diocese found no evidence of wrongdoing during an internal review.”  He remained in ministry for several more years after the settlement.

Father Sella retired from the ministry, voluntarily and in good standing, some time after the 2005 settlement. He died in 2018.

Sella’s name was not included on the Diocese of Paterson’s February 2019 list of priests it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson.  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 Diocese of Paterson 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.