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Seton Hall Preparatory School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at Seton Hall Preparatory School

Essex County, New Jersey

Founded:1856

Location: West Orange, New Jersey

Grades: 9 through 12

Founded in 1865, Seton Preparatory School is the oldest Catholic college prep school in New Jersey. It is an all-boys school that is under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Newark, with its origins on the campus of Seton Hall University. The Prep School now has an average enrollment of about 900 students and almost 80 classroom teachers.

In May 2017, a former member of Sacred Heart Parish who attended Seton Hall Preparatory School sued both institutions and the Archdiocese of Newark. The lawsuit claimed that the school failed to protect him from repeated sexual abuse by two priests in the 1970’s. The lawsuit named Fr. William Giblin as an alleged abuser; at the time he was the headmaster of the school. Giblin has also been charged in Canada in 2002 for soliciting sex from a minor.

Rev. Robert Gibney was the other priest who was named in the lawsuit against Seton Hall Prep.  Gibney also worked at Oratory Prep in Summit.  

Records show William Giblin died in 2011.  Gibney died in 2012. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis. 

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Oratory Preparatory School

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Sexual Abuse Allegations at Oratory Preparatory School

Union County, New Jersey

Founded: 1907

Location: Summit, New Jersey

Grades: 7 through 12

Oratory Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic college prep school for boys in 7th through 12th grades. It has an average annual enrollment of 350 students and 38 classroom teachers. The school was founded in 1907 as Carlton Academy, a boarding school educating grades 4 through 12. In 1964 , the school limited its focus on the older children and became a day school. 

In February 2019, the Archdiocese of Newark released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse at some point in their career. Four priests on the list had ties to Summit, New Jersey. They were listed as working in schools, churches and hospitals. John Capparelli and Joseph DiPeri were two of the priests assigned to Oratory Prep and Arturo Crespo and Robert Gibney were at other assignments near the school campus. 

Not long after the Archdiocese’s list was released, Capparelli was found shot to death in his Las Vegas home.

Gibney and DiPeri are also deceased.  Crespo is believed to be residing in the Tampa, Florida area.  He is 57 years old.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis. 

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.

Fr. Robert Gibney – Archdiocese of Newark

Father Robert Gibney

Archdiocese of Newark

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Ordained:1954

Died: 2012

Assigned as Follows:

  • 1991-2005 Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Ridgewood, NJ)
  • 1985-1991 Chaplain at Overlook Hospital (Summit, NJ)
  • 1978-1985 St. Catherine of Siena (Cedar Grove, NJ)
  • 1975-1978 St. Mary’s Church (Dumont, NJ)
  • 1965-1975 Military Chaplain (US Navy)
  • 1961-1965 Sacred Heart (Valisburg, NJ)
  • 1957-1961 Immaculate Conception Seminary (South Orange, NJ)
  • 1954-1957 St. Cecilia (Kearny, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Gibney:

While working at a parish in Vailsburg, New Jersey, Father Robert Gibney was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a child from 1961-1963. The case was quietly settled in 2014 and included the names of two other priests who worked at Sacred Heart Parish and Seton Hall Prep School. All of the victims included in the lawsuit were between the ages of 11-14 when the abuse occurred.

In 1997, Gibney retired and moved to a residence for retired priests in Caldwell, New Jersey. Since then, a second man has come forward to accuse Father Gibney, only this time at St. Catherine’s in Cedar Grove. 

Gibney’s name appears on the Archdiocese of Newark’s February 2019 list of credibly accused priests.  According to the Archdiocese, Gibney was the subject of “multiple” credible allegations but the Archdiocese has not released any details about the abuse.  For example, it has not disclosed the age/gender of his victims, nor his assignments at the time of the abuse.

Gibney died in 2012.

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 New Jersey, 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. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.