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Fr. Robert Yurgel – Archdiocese of New York

Father Robert Yurgel 

Archdiocese of New York/Capuchin Friar

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Ordained: 1996

Laicized: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1992: Catholic Conference Center (Hickory, NC)
  • 1992-1993: St. Felix Friary (Wilmington, DE) 
  • 1993-1996: Our Lady of Lourdes Friary (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1996-1997: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 1997-1999: St. Matthew’s (Charlotte, NC); Our Lady of Consolation (Charlotte, NC); St. Michael’s (Gastonia, NC); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)  
  • 1999-2001: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY) 
  • 2001-2003: Our Lady of Lourdes (Paterson, NJ); Immaculate Conception Friary,  (New York, NY)
  • 2003-2006: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2006-2008: St. Mary’s Hospital (Passaic, NJ); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Passaic, NJ); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY); St. Francis (Passaic, NJ)
  • 2008-2009: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2010-2020: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Yurgel:

Fr. Robert Yurgel was a priest for the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis. He was assigned in 1997 to the Diocese of Charlotte North Carolina, where he worked in several area parishes. In October 1999, he was transferred out of the diocese and returned to his order in New York. He was then assigned to the Diocese of Paterson New Jersey. 

According to media reports, in 2008, a 23-year-old man reported to police that Yurgel sexually abused him beginning in 1999 when he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Matthew’s in Charlotte, while Father Yurgel was an assistant priest. The man said the abuse occurred at St. Matthew’s, Our Lady of Consolation, in a car in the parking lot of St. Michael’s in Gastonia, and at the boy’s home when his parents were out. Yurgel was a close friend of the boy’s family.

The priest was arrested in New Jersey in April 2008, and extradited to North Carolina. At the time of his arrest, he was chaplain at St. Mary’s in Passaic, NJ. He pleaded guilty, and in February 2009 was sentenced to a minimum of seven years and eight months in prison, and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

“For the past decade, I have lived in fear of you. You made me believe my family would be mad at me. But … my family did believe me. My family did not get mad at me. My family still loves me,” the victim said in court.

In 2008, Yurgel’s victim filed a suit against the Diocese of Charlotte and Capuchin Franciscans, claiming they covered up his case, and that the diocese knew of his sexual misconduct in 1999. The suit was settled in 2010 for $1.23 million. He was laicized the same year.

Yurgel was released from prison in August 2016. He is believed to live in Clinton, New Jersey. 

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Fr. Robert Yurgel – Diocese of Charlotte

Father Robert Yurgel

Diocese of Charlotte (Capuchin Franciscans)

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Ordained: 1996

Removed: 2008

Convicted: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1992:  Catholic Conference Center (Hickory, NC)
  • 1992-1993:  St. Felix Friary (Wilmington, DE)
  • 1993-1996:  Our Lady of Lourdes Friary (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1996-1997:  Immaculate Conception Friary (Bronx, NY)
  • 1997-1999:  St. Matthew’s (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1997-1999:  Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church (Charlotte, NC)
  • Unknown:    St. Michael’s (Gastonia, NC)
  • 1999-2001:  Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2001-2003:  Our Lady of Lourdes (Paterson, NJ)
  • 2003-2005:  Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2005-2008:  St. Mary’s Hospital (Passaic, NJ)
  • Unknown:    St. Francis (Hackensack, NJ)
  • 2006-2008:  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Passaic, NJ)
  • 2008-2009:  Immaculate Conception Friary (Bronx, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Yurgel:

According to media reports, in April 2008, the Diocese of Charlotte received abuse allegations against Father Robert Yurgel when he was arrested in Passaic, New Jersey. A man reported to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police that he had been repeatedly abused by Yurgel almost a decade earlier. Yurgel had been assigned by the New Jersey-based Capuchin Franciscans religious order to work at St. Matthew Church in Charlotte from 1997 to 1999. The abuse occurred when the victim was a 14-year-old altar boy and reportedly took place at several locations including St. Matthew and Our Lady of Consolation churches in Charlotte, North Carolina and St. Michael Church in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Yurgel was extradited to Charlotte following his arrest. In February 2009, he pleaded guilty to a felony, second-degree sexual offense, and served nearly eight years in prison. 

In 2010, the related civil lawsuit against the Capuchin Franciscans and the Charlotte diocese was settled for a total of $1.23 million. Yurgel was dismissed from the order and the clerical state in 2010. According to his most recent sex offender registry, he is residing in the Clifton, New Jersey area.

In August 2016, Yurgel was released from prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender. Records show that he moved from North Carolina and is currently living in New Jersey.

In 2019, Yurgel was included on the Diocese of Charlotte list named as being credibly accused of child sex abuse.

In December 2020, a second accuser has come forward with sexual abuse allegations against Yurgel. According to media reports, the accuser said that Yurgel abused him as a child at St. Matthew’s in Ballantyne, North Carolina in the 1990s. Reports state that the lawsuit was filed in Mecklenburg County and that the accuser was 5-7 years old when the abuse took place in 1997 and lasted about two years.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in North Carolina law. Contact us at (888) 283-9922. Email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Robert Yurgel – Diocese of Paterson

Father Robert Yurgel 

Diocese of Paterson

Robert Yurgel Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1996

Laicized: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1992: Catholic Conference Center (Hickory, NC)
  • 1992-1993: St. Felix Friary (Wilmington, DE) 
  • 1993-1996: Our Lady of Lourdes Friary (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1996-1997: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 1997-1999: St. Matthew’s (Charlotte, NC); Our Lady of Consolation (Charlotte, NC); St. Michael’s (Gastonia, NC); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)  
  • 1999-2001: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY) 
  • 2001-2003: Our Lady of Lourdes (Paterson, NJ); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2003-2006: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2006-2008:  St. Mary’s Hospital (Passaic, NJ); Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Passaic, NJ); Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY); St. Francis (Passaic, NJ)
  • 2008-2009: Immaculate Conception Friary (New York, NY)
  • 2010-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Yurgel:

Fr. Robert Yurgel was a priest for the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis. He was assigned in 1997 to the Diocese of Charlotte NC, where he worked in several area parishes. In October 1999, he was transferred out of the diocese and returned to his order in New York. He was then assigned to the Diocese of Paterson NJ. 

According to media reports, in 2008, a 23-year-old man reported to police that Yurgel sexually abused him beginning in 1999 when he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Matthew’s in Charlotte, while Yurgel was an assistant priest. The man said the abuse occurred at St. Matthew’s, Our Lady of Consolation, in a car in the parking lot of St. Michael’s in Gastonia, and at the boy’s home when his parents were out. Yurgel was in fact a close friend of the boy’s family.

Yurgel was arrested in New Jersey in April 2008, and extradited to North Carolina. At the time of his arrest, he was chaplain at St. Mary’s in Passaic, NJ. He pleaded guilty, and in February 2009 was sentenced to a minimum of seven years and eight months in prison, and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

“For the past decade, I have lived in fear of you. You made me believe my family would be mad at me. But … my family did believe me. My family did not get mad at me. My family still loves me,” the victim said in court.

In 2008, Yurgel’s victim filed a suit against the Diocese of Charlotte and Capuchin Franciscans, claiming they covered up his case, and that the diocese knew of his sexual misconduct in 1999. The suit was settled in 2010 for $1.23 million. He was laicized the same year.

According to media reports, in 2020, a lawsuit was filed accusing Yurgel of sexual abuse of a boy between the ages of 5 and 7 years old. The abuse began in 1997 and went on for approximately 2 years at the Ballantyne Church in North Carolina.

Yurgel was released from prison in August 2016. He reportedly moved from North Carolina to New Jersey in November 2016. 

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