Tag: Philadelphia Sex abuse

Fr. Charles Engelhardt (Oblates) – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Monsignor Charles Engelhardt

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1977

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1983      Salesianum School (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1983-1992      Northeast Catholic High School Faculty House (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1992-2000      Fr. Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1998-2000      St. Jerome’s (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2000-2005      Mater Dolorosa (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2005-2007      St. Anthony of Padua (Wilmington, DE)
  • 2007-2010      Resurrection of Our Lord (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2009-2011      Villa De Sales Oblate Residence (Wyndmoor, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Charles Engelhardt:

Monsignor Charles Engelhardt, a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales, had been Secretary of Clergy for the archdiocese under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. According to media reports, in February 2011, as a result of a Philadelphia District Attorney’s investigation, he was charged along with another priest and a teacher, with orally sodomizing and molesting a 10 year-old altar boy in 1998 and 1999 at St. Jerome’s sacristy in Philadelphia. He was also accused also of giving the boy altar wine and showing him pornography. He denied the accusations. 

Monsignor Engelhardt was named in a report and included in a presentation made by the Philadelphia Grand Jury. He was also arrested for knowingly putting children in harm’s way, and was convicted January 2013. He was sentenced to six to twelve years in prison. He died in November 2014.

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 Philadelphia, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 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.

Dn. Charles Ginn – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Deacon Charles Ginn

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 2001

Removed: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • St. Katharine of Siena (Wayne, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Deacon Charles Ginn:

Deacon Charles Ginn was ordained a deacon in 2001. He taught history at the prestigious Jesuit St. Joseph’s Prep School for 29 years. According to media reports, in November 2005, he was removed from his position following allegations that he had inappropriately kissed and hugged three students in 1996 while he was a counselor. At the time, he had admitted the misconduct to the school, which forced him to undergo psychiatric evaluation and treatment. He was deemed not to be a threat to students, and was not reassigned. 

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 Philadelphia, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 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.

Fr. David Lawlor (Norbertine) – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father David Lawlor

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1971

Died: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Daylesford Abbey (Paoli, PA)
  • St. John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Mercy Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father David Lawlor:

Father David Lawlor, a priest of the Norbertine order, In addition to several years of teaching at Bishop Neumann High School, he also functioned as a chaplain at Mercy Hospital and served in many parishes in the Harrisburg and Trenton dioceses. He was certified Addictions counselor and spent much of his later years ministering and supporting those in the AA program. He also served as kitchen director at the Daylesford Abbey.

According to media reports, in 2002, Father Lawlor was arrested and charged with groping two men in a whirlpool at a suburban YMCA. He denied the allegations and was placed on leave. In October 2003, a jury found him innocent. He died in December 2017.

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 Philadelphia, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 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.

Fr. Ed Smith – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Ed J. Smith 

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Ordained: 1973

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975      St. John Neumann High School (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1982      Archmere Academy (Claymont, DE)
  • 1997      Archmere Academy (Claymont, DE)
  • 1996      Immaculate Conception Priory (Claymont, DE)
  • 1997      Claymont School Board of Trustees

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ed J. Smith:

Father Ed J. Smith, a priest of the Norbertine order, was an English teacher, dean of student life, and later principal of St. John Neumann High School in South Philadelphia. According to media reports, in 2002, he was put administrative leave after a former student filed a complaint with the District Attorney’s Office against him. The student claimed Father Smith sexually abused him as a 13-year-old freshman in 1976. He said he had also watched the priest molest two other boys in the presence of another priest. 

The former student wrote in a letter to Abbot Thomas De Wane, the administrator of the Norbertine Fathers, “Father Smith committed two additional criminal acts by sexually molesting me on two separate occasions, once on an elevator at the [faculty] dormitory attached to the school and the other time after school in the conference room. Edward Smith molested me physically, raped me spiritually, and slaughtered my childhood.”

After his removal from the school, Father Smith was assigned to a Salisbury, MD., parish for a year and then to Archmere Academy in Claymont, DE in 1982. There he taught religion, English and served as Archmere’s campus minister until he left the school in 1984.

In November 2005, Father Smith was named in a civil suit filed by a former Navy officer alleging the priest raped him as a 14-year-old boy more than 230 times over a three-year period in the 1980s while he was a student at Archmere Academy.

In March 2007, a U.S. District Court jury awarded the victim $41 million in damages. 

“The jury spoke out very loudly that all Delaware officials must do everything in their power to hold these persons accountable for their past crimes,” the victim said at a news conference. “I want to thank the judge and jury for allowing me to expose the truth about matters which have been hidden away for far too long, and for seeing that justice was done not only for me, but also for all the many other victims who have been denied their day in court by armies of lawyers and church bureaucrats who are more interested in a cover-up than in protecting innocent children and revealing the truth of what happens behind closed doors in their church.”

The victim settled with the Diocese Wilmington in January 2008 and with the Norbertines and school in September 2008.

“Now that the child’s victim act is law, I have filed suit against those whose ‘I don’t care attitude,’ reckless attitude caused my rape by a renegade priest,” Whitwell said at a press conference. “I want them held fully accountable by a civil jury and punished for their role in my child abuse.”

In July 2019, Father Smith’s name appeared on the St. Norbert Abbey’s in WI list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations, and that Smith was restricted from ministry.

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 Philadelphia, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 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. Stephen M. Garrity – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father Stephen M. Garrity

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Stephen M. Garrity Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 2007 

Died: 2014

Assigned as follows:

  • 1971-1979      St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1980-1982      Jesuit Community at St. Joseph’s Univ. (Merion Station, PA)
  • 1982-1985      Loyola High School (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1982-1985      Province Office (Baltimore, MD)
  • 1985-1991      Scranton Preparatory School (Scranton, PA)
  • 1991-2001      Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House (Faulkner, MD)
  • 2001-2007      Holy Cross Parish (Durham, NC)
  • 2007-2008      Jesuit Fathers and Brothers Provincial Curia (Baltimore, MD)
  • 2008-2011      Jesuit Center – Jesuit Community (Wernersville, PA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Stephen M. Garrity:

Father Stephen M. Garrity, a Jesuit priest, was assigned to high schools in Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD and Scranton PA. He served also as the Province’s vocations director, as director and rector of a Faulkner MD retreat house and as a college chaplain and parish pastor in Durham NC. 

According to media reports, in 2007, he was removed from ministry by the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus from Holy Cross Church in Durham, NC. The decision for removal came after Father Garrity admitted “inappropriate sexual contact” with five young adults, ages 18-23, in the early 1980s while in Baltimore and Philadelphia. He was sent for evaluation and received therapy. 

In January 2013, the Jesuits told the Philadelphia district attorney that they received a credible allegation that Father Garrity had sexaully abused a male student at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in North Philadelphia in the 1970s. He was sent to a monitored community residential treatment facility run by the Jesuit community in Pennsylvania. 

The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus said that Father Garrity, a graduate of the school, engaged in inappropriate sexual touching while teaching at the school from 1971 to 1979.

He died in 2014.

In October 2018, Father Garrity’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Raleigh’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted a sexaul abuse allegation in 1970 reported in 2018.

In December 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Scranton’s list. It noted a sexaul abuse allegation in 1970 reported in 2018. That same month, his name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.  It noted multiple allegations. 

In February 2019, Father Garrity’s name was added to the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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 Philadelphia, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 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. George Costigan – Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Father George Costigan

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Fr. George Costigan Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1974

Removed: 1994

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1947-1948      Ammendale Normal Inst., Bros. of the Christian Schools (Ammendale/Beltsville, MD)
  • 1948-1952      De La Salle College (Washington, DC)
  • 1952-1953      Philadelphia Protectory for Boys (Phoenixville, PA)
  • 1953-1954      St. John’s College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1954-1956      Holy Family Community (Ammendale / Beltsville, MD)
  • 1956-1957      Philadelphia Protectory for Boys (Phoenixville, PA)
  • 1957-1958      St. Francis Vocational School (Eddington, PA)
  • 1958-1961      Holy Family Community (Ammendale / Beltsville, MD)
  • 1961-1965      West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1965-1970      Holy Family Community (Ammendale / Beltsville, MD)
  • 1970-1971      St. Bartholomew’s parish (San Manuel, AZ)
  • 1970-1971      St. Helen’s (Oracle, AZ)
  • 1971-1974      Immaculate Conception Seminary (Darlington, NJ)
  • 1974-1975      St. Cecilia’s (Rockaway, NJ)
  • 1975-1993      Dover General Hospital (Dover, NJ)
  • 1993-2001      Felician Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Convent (Mt. Arlington, NJ)
  • 2002-2004      (Puentenansa, Spain)
  • 2004                Felician Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Convent (Mt. Arlington, NJ)
  • 2006                 Hurricane Katrina relief (Huntsville, AL)

Summary of Allegations against Father George Costigan:

Father George Costigan has worked and lived in at least five dioceses in at least two countries. In 1948, he took vows as a Christian Brother, and called himself Brother Daniel Eliseus. He left the Christian Brothers in 1971. After training at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington NJ, in the Archdiocese of Newark he was ordained a diocesan priest in 1974, and was incardinated in the Diocese of Paterson NJ. He lived  for one year in a parish with a school, and then worked as a hospital chaplain. He was also assigned as priest among members of a women’s religious order running a retreat center catering to diocesan youth groups. 

According to media reports, in November 1993, an adult female accused Father Costigan of sexually abusing her multiple times, starting when she was eight years old in 1965 through 1972. Father Costigan denied the accusation. At the time of the alleged abuse, Father Costigan was a close friend of the victim’s father and a Christian Brother teaching at West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The alleged abuse, which is said to have included rape, continued until she attempted suicide as a sophomore in high school.

That same year, Bishop Rodimer of Paterson changed Father Costigan’s status to “retired” and re-assigned him as a chaplain to the Felician sisters convent in Mount Arlington, NJ, where the nuns ran a youth retreat house next door. He was removed from ministry in April 1994. 

From approximately 2002 through 2004, Father Costigan lived in Puentenansa, Spain, where he had previously gone on pilgrimage in 1994. He later returned to Mount Arlington. 

In 2006, Father Costigan was named auxiliary contract chaplain. He worked at the Army’s Redstone Arsenal doing Katrina relief work in Huntsville, AL. despite restricted status in Paterson.

In 2007, Father Costigan violated the terms of his suspension passing himself off as a priest at a Pennsylvania parish. Bishop Serratelli sent him a letter warning him that he could lose benefits. The Diocese of Paterson also sent alert letters in August 2007 to various places where Father Costigan worked or lived throughout the years, including St. Clare’s Hospital, Sacred Heart parish in Rockaway, the Felician Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi Convent in Mount Arlington, NJ, and to the Diocese of Birmingham.

In 2009, Father Costigan presented himself again as an active priest. He died in September 2015. 

In August  2011, Father Costigan’s name appeared on the Diocese of Tucson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In February 2019, his name appeared on the Diocese of Paterson’s list.

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 Philadelphia, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia 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.