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Fr. Dennis J. Shaw – Diocese of Rochester

Father Dennis J. Shaw
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1974
Leave without privileges: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1977: Blessed Sacrament; Rochester, NY
  • 1978-1987: St. Francis Assisi; Rochester, NY
  • 1988-2005: Our Lady of Mount Carmel; Rochester, NY
  • 1994-2002: St. Michael Church; Rochester, NY
  • 1994-2005: Holy Redeemer-St. Francis Xavier; Rochester, NY
  • 2006-2010: Holy Family; Auburn, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Dennis J. Shaw:

In 2010, Father Dennis J. Shaw was placed on leave without privileges by the Diocese of Rochester from his position Holy Family Church in Auburn after allegations were made that he abused a child in late 1970s at St. Francis of Assisi in Rochester.

The victim alleged that Shaw abused two boys under 16 years old and, in one of the cases, the victim said the alleged abuse occurred multiple times over a period of several years.

The Diocese of Rochester’s internal review board, composed of laymen and clergy members, was tasked with reviewing an earlier investigation into alleged abuse against Shaw dating to the late 1970s and early 1980s when he was the pastor at the now-closed St. Francis of Assisi Church in Rochester.

The board unanimously found the allegations to be “credible and true,” according to a release from the Diocese of Rochester.

At the time of the decision, Shaw was living and working in Auburn, New York, but was fired from his part-time job at the YMCA in 2012 when they learned of the review board findings.  He is believed to be residing in the Auburn area still.

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. Gary P. Shaw – Diocese of Rochester

Father Gary P. Shaw
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1972
Resigned: 1977
Dispensed from the clerical state: 1978

Assigned as follows:

  • 1973: St. John’s; Clyde, NY
  • 1974-1977: St. Margaret Mary; Rochester, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Gary P. Shaw:

Father Gary P. Shaw was listed among eight other priests named in a 2018 civil lawsuit against the Diocese of Rochester.

Shaw had a very short tenure with the Diocese of Rochester. He was assigned to St. John the Evangelist in Clyde in 1973 briefly.  He then transferred to St. Margaret Mary in Irondequoit in 1974, where the alleged abuse occurred.

Shaw resigned from the ministry in 1977 and was dispensed from the clerical state (laicized) in 1978, thus ending his career in the priesthood.

According to public records, Shaw still resides in Rochester, New York.

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. David P. Simon – Diocese of Rochester

Father David P. Simon
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1967
Leave without privileges: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • 1968-1971: St. Patrick’s; Victor, NY
  • 1972-1975: St. Francis de Sales; Geneva, NY
  • 1976-1977: St. Augustine’s; Rochester, NY
  • 1978: St. Mary Church; Dansville, NY
  • 1979-1983: Holy Name of Jesus; Rochester, NY
  • 1984-1999: St. Margaret Mary Church; Apalachin, NY
  • 2000-2002: St. Paul Church; Webster, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father David P. Simon:

Father David P. Simon has admitted to sexually abused several teenage boys from 1973 to 1982.

The incidents of abuse were reported to the Diocese of Rochester at the time they happened, so the Diocese was aware of Simon’s history when his victims came forward publicly in 2002 to protest the fact that Simon was still in ministry after all the time that had passed.

Simon was placed on leave without privileges in 2002 after allegations resurfaced in the media. According to the Diocese of Rochester, Simon lives a life of prayer and penance.  He remains, technically, a priest without faculties.

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. John J. Steger – Diocese of Rochester

Father John J. Steger
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1951
Leave without privileges: 2006
Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1951: Sacred Heart Cathedral; Rochester, NY
  • 1952-1953: St. Joseph Parish; Wayland, NY
  • 1954: St. Alphonsus Parish; Auburn, NY
  • 1955-1969: St. Theodore Parish; Gates, NY
  • 1970-2006: St. Jude the Apostle; Gates, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John J. Steger:

In 2006, Father John J. Steger was placed on leave by the Diocese of Rochester after allegations that he had sexually abused a 12-year-old girl inside the church rectory on two separate occasions in 2006.

Steger was charged criminally with two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Steger pleaded not guilty to all charges, However, prosecutors and defense counsel began trying to reach a plea agreement due to Steger’s age (80) and poor physical condition at the time of his arrest.

Steger died in 2008, before the criminal proceedings concluded.

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. Conrad Sundholm – Diocese of Rochester

Father Conrad Sundholm
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1955
Retired: 1999
Leave without privileges: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1960: Blessed Sacrament; Rochester, NY
  • 1961-1965: Sacred Heart Cathedral; Rochester, NY
  • 1966-1971: St. Mary Church; Auburn, NY
  • 1972-1974: St. Cecilia; Rochester, NY
  • 1975-1982: St. Salome; Irondequoit, NY
  • 1983-1999: Holy Family/St. Aloysius; Auburn, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Conrad Sundholm:

In 2009, Father Conrad Sundholm had his privileges removed by the Diocese of Rochester after allegations that he sexually abused a minor in the mid-1970s while he was assigned to St. Salome Church in Irondequoit.

The Diocese of Rochester review board found the allegations to be credible and the matter was sent to the Vatican. No details about the allegation are publicly available, such as the age/gender of the victim or the nature of the misconduct.

Sundholm retired to Florida in 1999 and is believed to be living in Springhill, Florida.

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. Thomas J. Valenti – Diocese of Rochester

Father Thomas J. Valenti
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1976
Leave of absence: 2003
Removed from ministry: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1976: St. Mary of the Lake; Ontario, NY
  • 1977: Holy Apostles; Rochester, NY
  • 1978-1980: Blessed Sacrament; Rochester, NY
  • 1984-1989: St. Louis; Pittsford, NY
  • 1990-1993: Beckett Hall; East Rochester, NY
  • 1994-1997: Catholic Community College of Ithaca; Ithaca, NY
  • 1998-2014: Notre Dame; New York City, NY, Archdiocese of New York
  • 1998-2014: St. John the Baptist; Yonkers, NY, Archdiocese of New York
  • 2015: Blessed Trinity; Owego, NY
  • 2015: St. Patrick; Owego, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas J. Valenti:

Before Father Thomas J. Valenti was even ordained in 1976, he was already a predator, according to media reports. In the late 1970s, Valenti was first accused of sexual abuse of a minor aged 15-17 years old. The abuse allegedly began in 1975, when Valenti was only a deacon and continued after his ordination into 1977.

In 2018, a local attorney brought the past allegations to the media, accusing the Diocese of Rochester of a system of transferring problem priests from parish to parish, rather than punishing them.

The Diocese of Rochester stated that the allegation was investigated, reviewed and determined to be unsubstantiated. However, the Diocese of Rochester removed Valenti from ministry, stating that, per the Review Board, Valenti had engaged in objectionable and inappropriate behaviors with minors in the 1970s even if it was not “sexual abuse” per se.

Valenti is believed to be residing in Oswego, New York.  His status as a priest is unclear.

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. Francis H. Vogt – Diocese of Rochester

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Father Francis H. Vogt
Diocese of Rochester

Ordained: 1938
Retired: 1982
Died: 2006

Assigned as follows:

  • 1939-1942: St. Anthony’s; Elmira, NY
  • 1943-1946: Chaplain to the US Army
  • 1947-1950: St. Francis Assisi; Rochester, NY
  • 1951-1953: St. Salome’s; Point Pleaant, NY
  • 1954-1977: St. Bridget’s; Rochester, NY
  • 1978-2002: St. Anne’s; Palmyra, NY
  • Following 1983, served as Pastor Emeritus
  • 1983-2003: Retired; Palmyra, NY
  • 1990: Canandaigua Veterans’ Hospital; Canandaigua, NY
  • 1997-2002: Canandaigua Veterans’ Hospital; Canandaigua, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Francis H. Vogt:

In 2002, the Diocese of Rochester revealed it had received two credible complaints against Father Francis H. Vogt: one in 1993 and the other in 2002. In addition to the two earlier allegations, four other men have made allegations since the 2002 complaints.

One of the victims stated that Vogt repeatedly molested pre-teen boys for years when he was assigned to St. Bridget Church, a city-parish made up largely of immigrant families in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

When the second set of allegations were made in 2002, Vogt, then 90, was living in Convent Infirmary, reportedly frail and unable to remember some events, making it difficult for the Diocese of Rochester to interview the priest about the allegations.

Vogt died in 2006.

In 2019, a lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of Rochester and several other local Catholic organizations over allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of Vogt.  According to the lawsuit, in 1969, the victim was taken by Vogt to the Catholic Charities Catholic Youth Organization facility on Chestnut Street to swim. The victim was 5-years-old at the time. For two years, allegations detailed in the lawsuit claim Vogt sexually assaulted, abused and had sexual contact at both the Chestnut Street facility and at the victim’s home.

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. Michael Volino – Diocese of Rochester

Father Michael Volino
Diocese of Rochester

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Ordained: 1992
Arrested: 2005
Administrative leave: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • St. John the Evangelist Church, Greece, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Volino:

When Father Michael Volino brought his computer to a technician for repair in 2005, the Diocese of Rochester priest likely did not realize that act would lead to a conviction of child pornography.

The child pornography was discovered by a technology specialist at the Diocese of Rochester who was repairing Volino’s computer. Upon discovering the material, officials at the Diocese then contacted authorities.

FBI officials found over 600 images of child pornography on Volino’s computer, some including children between the ages of 10-12. Additionally, Volino had frequented many sites with names that obviously suggested that graphic pictures of underage boys would be found.

Volino admitted to possessing the material in his interview with FBI agents, and stated that he had sexual issues for which he was seeking professional help for approximately three years. The priest stated that he had told his counselor about his desire to view sexually explicit pictures of boys younger than eighteen years old.

He also admitted that, concurrent with the counseling, he had continued to view images of boys under the age of 18 years, knowing that it was wrong.

Counselors Recommended Restrictions

In 2002, counselors at a Maryland psychiatric center for priests recommended to the Diocese of Rochester that Volino should be restricted from ministry involving children. They also cautioned against allowing Volino to work in schools and recommended that he have no unsupervised contact with children.

These recommendations apparently did not deter the Diocese of Rochester from permitting Volino to continue as a practicing priest within the Monroe County community.

Volino pleaded guilty to the charges in 2005 and was sentenced to 15 months in prison and was released in 2007.  He completed his probation in 2017.

However, he is not a registered sex offender.  He is believed to be residing in the Rochester, New York area.

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 J. Winterkorn – Diocese of Rochester

Father Robert J. Winterkorn
Diocese of Rochester

 

Ordained: 1956
Resigned: 1993

Assigned as follows:

1957-1961: St. Thomas the Apostle; Rochester, NY
1962-1969: St. John Evangelist; Rochester, NY
1970-1973: St. James; Rochester, NY
1974-1975: Guardian Angels; Rochester, NY
1976-1994: St. John the Evangelist; Spencerport, NY

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert J. Winterkorn:

In 1993, Father Robert J. Winterkorn resigned from his position at St. John the Evangelist Church in Spencerport after allegations of abuse surfaced against the priest.  Winterkorn admitted to a long-term sexual relationship with an adult female parishioner that began when she was a minor.

Upon receipt of the accusations, the Diocese of Rochester removed Winterkorn’s privileges. After canonical process, he was assigned to a life of prayer and penance per a 2012 notice from the diocese.

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.