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Fr. William D. Lum – Diocese of Rochester

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Father William D. Lum
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1969
Administrative leave: 1997, 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970-1973: St. Margaret Mary, Rochester, NY
  • 1974-1975: St. Louis Church, Pittsford, NY
  • 1976-1990: Newman Community University of Rochester, Inc., Rochester, NY
  • 1986-1990: NY Office of Campus Ministry, Rochester, NY
  • 1991: Holy Cross, Rochester, NY
  • 1992-1996: Our Lady of Mercy, Rochester, NY
  • 1997-1999: Absent on Leave, Diocese of Rochester
  • 2000-2001: Graduate Studies, Diocese of Rochester
  • 2002: Special Assignment, Diocese of Rochester

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William D. Lum:

Father William D. Lum was placed on leave by the Diocese of Rochester in 1997 after allegations of child sexual abuse were made against him.

That same year, Lum was arrested and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse of a 16-year-old-old boy that occurred in 1992. Lum admitted that he touched the genitals of the victim in the rectory of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Greece.

Rather than receive prison or probation time, he was given conditional discharge and ordered to stay away from the victim, who was 21 at the time of the plea.

Despite the conviction, Lum was allowed to continue to perform administrative duties for the Diocese of Rochester until 2002 when he was again placed on leave without privileges because a civil suit was filed against him and the Diocese of Rochester.

The suit was filed by the same victim from 1997 and was dismissed by the Appeals court in 2002 as to Diocese and church but not Lum due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. On behalf of Lum, the Diocese of Rochester settled for counseling fees.

Lum never returned to ministry and was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance by the Diocese of Rochester, likely in lieu of his forced laicization. Although Lum no longer works as a parish priest, his last known location was in the rectory of a Rochester church and he was splitting his time between Rochester and Ottawa, Canada, where he was studying for a graduate degree.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Father Carsten P. Martensen – Diocese of Rochester

Father Carsten P. Martensen
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1977
Suspended: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Fordham Preparatory School, Bronx, NY
  • Ithaca College at Cornell, Ithaca, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Carsten P. Martensen:

In 2019, the Diocese of Rochester received an allegation that Father Carsten P. Martensen, a Jesuit priest, sexually abused a minor in the 1970s. There are no further details regarding the allegation.

Martensen had been a campus minister since 2007 at Ithaca College at Cornell. He also taught in the South Bronx at a summer day camp and was chaplain at Fordham Prep.

Martensen was suspended pending an investigation by the Jesuits. He currently lives in Freeville, New York.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rochester. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Rochester now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

Call us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Sister Janice Nadeau – Diocese of Rochester

Sister Janice Nadeau
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: n/a

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Sister Janice Nadeau:

In 2018 an allegation was made to the Diocese of Rochester that Sister Janice Nadeau violently sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in 1977, while she was principal of St. Margaret Mary School in Irondequoit.

Nadeau was described by many who knew and worked with her as harsh, stern, aggressive, and heavy-handed and she took it upon herself to single out the victim regarding the length of the victim’s kilt worn as part of the green and yellow school uniform, saying it was too short.

The victim relayed the concern to her mother, who measured the kilt, determined it was an appropriate length and wrote a letter to Nadeau stating so.

When the victim presented the letter to Nadeau in the school cafeteria, the nun read the letter, flew into a rage and hauled the victim’s to the principal’s office by the ear.

Nadeau Commits Violent Assualt on Female Student

Once there, Nadeau slammed the door shut and slapped the victim’s face twice, knocking her first into a wall, then onto the floor. The victim recalled Nadeau straddling her, yelling, ‘You’re a slut,’ and, ‘You’re inviting rape and you’re going to get raped.’”

Then Nadeau reached under the victim’s kilt and penetrated her.

From there, Nadeau picked the victim up by her shirt, tossed her into an empty waiting room where a secretary normally sat and slammed the door shut, where the victim waited for someone to find and help her.

When no one did, she eventually got up and went to the bathroom to clean herself. When she did so, the victim remembers seeing handprints on her face and using the toilet being painful and seeing blood in her urine.

The Diocese of Rochester’s victims’ reconciliation program deemed the allegations “completely credible,” and Nadeau’s accuser was offered a five-figure settlement.

Nadeau retired at some point to Wilton, Connecticut, and, as of March 2019, reportedly has advanced dementia and is living a nursing facility.

Contact us today.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rochester. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Rochester now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

Call us at (954) 641-2100 (or toll-free at (888) 283-9922) or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Charles J. McCarthy – Diocese of Rochester

Father Charles J. McCarthy
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1940
Died: 1971

Assigned as follows:

  • 1940-1942: St. Bridget; Rochester, NY
  • 1943-1947: Holy Rosary; Rochester, NY
  • 1948-1959: St. Bernard’s Seminary; Rochester, NY
  • 1951-1959: St. Andrew’s Seminary & College; Rochester, NY
  • 1960-1964: St. Patrick; Macedon, NY
  • 1965-1971: St. Andrew; Rochester, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Charles J. McCarthy:

Father Charles J. McCarthy’s name was one of eight included in a 2018 lawsuit against the Diocese of Rochester. Allegations again McCarthy had not previously been reported.

According to the lawsuit, McCarthy abused the plaintiff in 1965.  According to his assignment history, McCarthy was assigned to St. Andrew’s in Rochester from 1964 until his death in 1971.

McCarthy died in 1971, while still serving as a priest at St. Andrew’s Church.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Robert F. O’Neill – Diocese of Rochester

Father Robert F. O’Neill
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1962
Retired: 2001
Removed from ministry: 2002
Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963-1967: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Brockport, NY
  • 1968-1973: Holy Cross; Rochester, NY
  • 1974: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester; Rochester, NY
  • 1975-1979: St. Boniface’s; Rochester, NY
  • 1980-1987: St. John Evangelist; Rochester, NY
  • 1988-1998: Church of the Annunciation; Rochester, NY
  • 1999-2001: St. Christopher Church; North Chili, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert F. O’Neill:

In 1973, Father Robert F. O’Neill was removed from a Diocese of Rochester parish, Holy Cross, sent for treatment, and appointed to Marriage Tribunal due to complaints from parents about O’Neill’s behavior and drinking over the course of several years.

He was not assigned to a parish until 1980, but that did not stop O’Neill from victimizing young boys. In 2002, 10 men came forward stating that the priest had abused them when they were young teens between 1977 and 1986, including on trips to his Jefferson County cottage.

O’Neill retired due to health reasons in 2001 but continued working at the tribunal. When the lawsuit was filed, the Diocese of Rochester removed all of O’Neill’s privileges.

The lawsuit was dismissed due to the statute of limitations in 2003 and 2004.

O’Neill died in 2005 before canonical proceedings were completed.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Richard J. Orlando – Diocese of Rochester

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Father Richard J. Orlando
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1947
Retired: 1993
Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1947-1954: St. Francis Xavier; Rochester, NY
  • 1955: Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Rochester, NY
  • 1956-1958: St. Anthony of Padua; Rochester, NY
  • 1959-1963: Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Rochester, NY
  • 1964-1966: Holy Rosary; Rochester, NY
  • 1967-1968: St. Helen; Gates, NY
  • 1969-1993: St. Michael; Lyons, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Richard J. Orlando:

Father Richard J. Orlando was one of eight priests accused of sexually abusing minors in a lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Rochester in 2018. At the time, the Diocese of Rochester said Orlando had no other allegations against him.  No details were made public by the Diocese about the allegation, such as the age/gender of his alleged victim or Orlando’s assignment at the time of the abuse.

Orlando died in 2006.   At the the time of his death, he was residing in the rectory of St. Thomas More.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Vincent Panepinto – Diocese of Rochester

Father Vincent Panepinto
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1967
Administrative leave: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1972: St. Philip Neri; Rochester, NY
  • 1973-1977: St. Anthony’s; Elmira, NY
  • 1978-1982: Beckett Hall High School; East Rochester, NY
  • 1983-1991: St. Michael’s; Rochester, NY
  • 1992: St. Thomas; Elmira, NY
  • 1992-1996: Elmira Correctional Facility, Center, and Camp Monterrey; Elmira, NY
  • 1997-2001: NY Drug Treatment Center; Willard, NY
  • 1999: St. Francis de Sales; Geneva, NY
  • 2001: Five Points Correctional Facility; Romulus, NY
  • 2002-2007: Corpus Christi; Rochester, NY
  • 2004-2007: Monroe County Jail; Rochester, NY
  • 2006-2008: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; Rochester, NY
  • 2006-2009: Holy Redeemer – St. Francis Xavier; Rochester, NY
  • 2008-2010: Our Lady of the Americas of Rochester; Rochester, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Vincent Panepinto:

In 2011, the Diocese of Rochester announced that it placed Father Vincent Panepinto on administrative leave from St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Rochester after it received an allegation that Panepinto sexually abused a child in the late-1960s.

There are no details available regarding the allegation, only that the Diocese of Rochester deemed the accusations credible.  The Diocese has not released any information about the allegation such as the age/gender of the victims or the nature of the abuse.

In addition to the allegation of sexual abuse, Panepinto was charged with theft of $10,000 from the diocese. The priest claimed he was being blackmailed, which is why he took the money.

Panepinto is believed to be residing in the Rochester, New York area.  He is believed to have been laicized by the Vatican in 2013.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Foster P. Rogers – Diocese of Rochester

Father Foster P. Rogers
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1966
Resigned: 2002
Voluntarily laicized: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1967-1969: Christ the King; Rochester, NY
  • 1970-1973: St. Patrick’s; Elmira, NY
  • 1974-1975: St. John the Evangelist; Rochester, NY
  • 1976-1979: Assumption Church; Fairport, NY
  • 1980-1998: St. Alphonsus Church; Auburn, NY
  • 1999-2002: St. Pius X Church; Rochester, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Foster P. Rogers:

Father Foster P. Rogers was suspended from duties at St. Pius X Church in Chili, New York in 2002 and he resigned from his parish. That year, a man came forward and alleged that Rogers had molested him in 1975 when the man was a 16 year old boy.

When the allegations surfaced, another man also came forward to say that he had complained to the Diocese of Rochester in1993 about earlier abuse by Rogers, but nothing was done about the complaint.

Rogers was voluntarily laicized in 2012, according to a statement from Diocese of Rochester.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Paul R. Schnacky – Diocese of Rochester

Father Paul R. Schnacky
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1953
Retired: 2005
Leave without privileges: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1954-1958: St. Michael Church; Rochester, NY
  • 1959: Holy Family Church; Auburn, NY
  • 1961-1964: Sts. Peter and Paul; Rochester, NY
  • 1965: St. Salome; Irondequoit, NY
  • 1966-1975: Most Holy Redeemer; Rochester, NY
  • 1976: St. Patrick Church; Cato, NY
  • 1977-1979: St. Philip Neri; Rochester, NY
  • 1980-1998: St. Joseph Church; Wayland, NY
  • 2000-2004: St. Ann; Hornell, NY
  • 2005-2010: In Residence at Our Lady of the Valley; Hornell, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Paul R. Schnacky:

In 2010, Father Paul R. Schnacky was placed on leave without privileges after allegations of improper contact with minors in the 1970s. He was serving at St. Philip Neri in Rochester, New York at the time of his removal.

The Diocese of Rochester review board said an investigation of the allegation confirmed the complaint. Schnacky retired in 2005 but was still in residence at Our Lady of the Valley. After he was placed on leave, he was no longer allowed to exercise public ministry.

Schnacky still lives in the Rochester area and is awaiting the results of canonical proceedings.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Dennis R. Sewar – Diocese of Rochester

Father Dennis R. Sewar
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1983
Leave without privileges: 2005
Arrested: 2005
Involuntarily dismissed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1984-1988: St. Helen’s; Rochester, NY
  • 1989-1991: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Fairport, NY
  • 1992-1995: St. James; Rochester, NY
  • 1996-1997: St. Lawrence Church; Rochester, NY
  • 1998: St. Mary Church; Waterloo, NY
  • 1999-2003: Church of the Annunciation; Rochester, NY
  • 2004-2005: St. John the Evangelist; Spencerport, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Dennis R. Sewar:

In 2005, Father Dennis R. Sewar was charged with abuse of 14-year-old boy from 1999-2001. Sewar was on sabbatical at the time of the allegations, and the Diocese of Rochester immediately placed him on administrative leave.

According to court documents, the alleged incidents of abuse took place between October 1999 and August 2001, during which time Sewar was the pastor of Rochester’s Church of the Annunciation.

The victim, who was an adult when the claims were filed, claimed Sewar touched his clothed genitals about 50 times while he and Sewar watched baseball on a big-screen television in Sewar’s private quarters in the church rectory. He also stated that the alleged abuse stopped when the boy turned 16.

Rochester police charged Sewar with a class B misdemeanor, sexual abuse in the third degree; and a class A misdemeanor, endangering the welfare of a child. However, a Rochester City Court Judge said the prosecution failed to show sufficient evidence that Sewar committed the misdemeanor of forcible touching of a boy in October 1999.  The judge also said that the charge wasn’t valid because the law under which Sewar was charged didn’t take effect until Feb. 1, 2001, more than a year after the incident allegedly occurred.

Sewar was still charged with a lesser misdemeanor of third-degree sexual abuse, which alleges that he touched the boy’s genitals through clothing.

Sewar eventually pleaded guilty to attempted endangering the welfare of a child, also a misdemeanor, and sentenced to 1 year of probation.

Sewar is Found Working with Children in Hong Kong

Only a few years later, Sewar was discovered working in a primary school in Hong Kong for more than a year to design curriculum and tell stories at the school library. The school was alerted by a parent who wanted to search for Sewar’s doctoral thesis online but was shocked to discover numerous websites detailing his arrest in 2005 for sexual charges.

The school terminated Sewar and he was involuntarily dismissed from the church in 2011. He is believed to be living in Rochester, New York once again.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Rochester.  The Diocese of Rochester in New York filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Rochester Diocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.    Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.