Tag: Rockville Centre Sexual Abuse

Fr. John Vitsas – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father John Vitsas

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1946-1959:          St. John of God (Central Islip, NY)
  • 1959-1973:           St. Ignatius Loyola (Hicksville, NY)
  • 1973-1989:           St. John The Baptist (Wading River, NY)
  • 1989:                    Church of St. John the Baptist (Wading River, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John Vitsas:

The date of Fr. John Vitsas’ ordination to the priesthood is unknown. His name is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Fr. Vitsas worked at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hicksville, where he served for 14 years before his transfer to St. John’s, sometime between 1959-1973. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

In April 2021, a bankruptcy court filing by the Diocese of Rockville Centre “documents allegations against some former local priests who hadn’t previously been publicly accused of abuse and offers new details about locations where incidents occurred.” Fr. Vitsas was one of those credibly accused priests whose name had not been previously reported.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Theodore Tsiakalos (Tziakalos) – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Theodore Tsiakalos

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Theodore Tsiakalos Diocese of Rockville Centre Horowitz Law

 

Ordained: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1948-1949:      St. Stephen (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • 1951:                St. Jerome (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1959:               Church of the Immaculate Conception (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1960-1963:      St. Anthony (Oceanside, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Theodore Tsiakalos:

The date of Fr. Theodore Tsiakalos’ ordination to the priesthood is unknown. His name is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Fr. Tsiakalos worked at St. Anthony Church in Oceanside, NY, sometime between 1960-1963. The priest reportedly abused his victim(s) in his car. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

It is important to note that the list, released in March 2021, is not exhaustive. “It is a list of all priests and deacons that the Diocese knows have been the subject of an adverse determination by the Diocesan Review Board of the Debtor that an allegation of clergy abuse against such priest was credible or against whom an allegation of clergy abuse was made through the Diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”) and the Debtor made a payment in settlement of such allegation through the IRCP.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Anthony Trapani – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Anthony Trapani

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1973

Died: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1974:      St. Bernard (Levittown, NY)
  • 1977-1984:      St. Martha (Uniondale, NY)
  • 1984-1987:      St. Rose of Lima (Massapequa, NY)
  • 1987-2007:      Military Ordinariate, Active Duty, US Navy
  • 2007-2012:      Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Lindenhurst, NY)
  • 2012-2013:      St. Patrick (Bay Shore, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Anthony Trapani:

Fr. Anthony Trapani was ordained a priest in 1973 at St. Agnes Cathedral. He served in multiple parishes, and spent 20 years of active duty as a chaplain in the United States Navy. He then returned to serve in Long Island, NY. He was A veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, and served at Bremerton Naval Hospital for two-and-a-half years.

Fr. Trapani’s name is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Fr. Trapani worked at St. Martha Church in Uniondale, NY, sometime between 1977-1984. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. He died in 2013 at the age of 71.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Walter Ladislaus Swietek – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Walter Ladislaus Swietek

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1973-1979:      St. Hedwig (Floral Park, NY)
  • 1979-1983:      Blessed Sacrament (Valley Stream, NY)
  • 1983-1985:      St. Bernard (Levittown, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Walter Ladislaus Swietek:

Fr. Walter Ladislaus Swietek is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Swietek worked at St. Bernard Church in Levittown, NY, sometime between 1983-1985. The list also says that Swietek abused his victim(s) at his private residence in Levittown. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

It is important to note that the list, released in March 2021, is not exhaustive. “It is a list of all priests and deacons that the Diocese knows have been the subject of an adverse determination by the Diocesan Review Board of the Debtor that an allegation of clergy abuse against such priest was credible or against whom an allegation of clergy abuse was made through the Diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”) and the Debtor made a payment in settlement of such allegation through the IRCP.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. James Smith – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father James Smith

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: Unknown

Died: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1951-1969:      St. Brigid (Westbury, NY)
  • 1969-1974:      St. Mary (East Islip, NY)
  • 1975:                Immaculate Conception Seminary (Huntington, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Smith:

Fr. James Smith is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred at a private home in Long Island, NY, sometime between 1951-1975. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when the abuse took place or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. 

It is important to note that the list, released in March 2021, is not exhaustive. “It is a list of all priests and deacons that the Diocese knows have been the subject of an adverse determination by the Diocesan Review Board of the Debtor that an allegation of clergy abuse against such priest was credible or against whom an allegation of clergy abuse was made through the Diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”) and the Debtor made a payment in settlement of such allegation through the IRCP.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. William V. Singleton – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father William Singleton

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1950

Retired: 1996:

Died: 2012

Assignment History:

  • 1950-1969:         Our Lady of Lourdes (Malverne, NY)
  • 1969-1970:         St. Martha (Uniondale, NY)
  • 1970-1977:         St. Luke (Brentwood, NY)
  • 1974-Unknown:  Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Deanery
  • 1977-1978:         St. Raymond (East Rockaway, NY)
  • 1978-1981:         Our Lady, Star of the Sea Deanery
  • 1995-1996:         St. Raymond (East Rockaway, NY)
  • 1997-1998:         St. Therese of Lisieux (Montauk, NY)
  • 2000:                  St. Matthew (Dix Hills, NY)
  • 2002-2004:        Our Lady of Peace (Lynbrook, NY)
  • 2004:                  St. Frances (Wantagh, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Singleton:

Fr. William Singleton was a priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. According to media reports,  Fr. Singleton was elevated to the rank of monsignor in 2005. He is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Singleton worked at St. Raymond Church in East Rockaway, NY, sometime between 1977-1996. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Singleton died in 2012 at the age of 88.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Daniel P. Sheridan – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Daniel Sheridan

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1978

Assignment History:

  • 1978-1979:      Maria Regina (Seaford, NY)
  • 1979-1982:      St. Aloysius (Great Neck, NY)
  • 1982-1985:      St. Barnabas (Bellmore, NY)
  • 1985-1988:      St. Pius X (Plainview, NY)
  • 1988-1996:      St. Martin of Tours (Amityville, NY)
  • 1996-1998:      Sts. Philip and James (St. James, NY)
  • 1998-2002:      St. Vincent de Paul (Elmont, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Daniel Sheridan:

According to media reports, Fr. Daniel Sheridan is accused of sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1983 to 1984 at St. Barnabus Apostle in Bellmore, New York. Fr. Sheridan is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that abuse also occurred while he worked at Maria Regina Church in Seaford, NY, sometime between 1978-1979, and at a hotel in Rome, Italy. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when the abuse took place or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. 

It is important to note that the list, released in March 2021, is not exhaustive. “It is a list of all priests and deacons that the Diocese knows have been the subject of an adverse determination by the Diocesan Review Board of the Debtor that an allegation of clergy abuse against such priest was credible or against whom an allegation of clergy abuse was made through the Diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”) and the Debtor made a payment in settlement of such allegation through the IRCP.”      

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Augustine Sheehan – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Augustine Sheehan

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1955

Suspended: 2002

Died: 2016

Assignment History:

  • 1964-1966:             St. Joseph (Ronkonkoma, NY)
  • 1966-1970:             St. John the Baptist (Wading River, NY)
  • 1970-1976:             St. Martha (Uniondale, NY)
  • 1976-1981:             Our Lady of Lourdes (West Islip, NY)
  • 1981-1982:             Good Shepherd (Holbrook, NY)
  • 1982-1983:            St. Gertrude (Bayville, NY)
  • 1983-1986:            St. Martin of Tours (Bethpage, NY)
  • 1986-1991:            St. Francis of Assisi (Greenlawn, NY)
  • 1991- Unknown:    St. Philip Neri (Northport, NY)
  • 1993-Unknown:      Veterans’ Administration Medical Center (Northport, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Augustine Sheehan:

According to media reports in 2004, a former Catholic school teacher held a press conference stating she was raped by Fr. Augustine Sheehan in 1965 when she was 26-years old. She alleges that the Long Island priest drove her home after a party for Irish immigrants in Stony Brook. Sheehan pulled the car over, then sexually abused her and raped her.

The victim said she was too ashamed to tell anyone, but after having physical pain for about two weeks, she told the Mother Superior of the school, who then took her to Huntington Hospital, where she received a “D&C” that would have prevented pregnancy. The ex-nun said she wrote to the bishop about the incident, but church officials swept her claims “under the rug.”

The victim told officials at the Diocese of Rockville Centre about the rape in 2002 but says she was not given a chance to speak before the review board. Although Fr. Sheehan was retired at the time, he was suspended from ministry. He denied the allegations, claiming they did have sex, but it was consensual.

Fr. Sheehan is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. He died in 2016.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Donald R. Shane – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Donald Shane

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1954

Died: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1954-1956:            Mary Immaculate (Bellport, NY)
  • 1956-1966:            St. Martin (Bethpage, NY)
  • 1966-1969:            Sacred Heart (Cutchogue, NY)
  • 1969-1971:            St. James (Seaford, NY)
  • 1971-Unknown:    Our Lady of Good Counsel Deanery
  • 1974-1985:            St. Kilian (Farmingdale, NY)
  • 1985-1986:            St. Andrew (Sag Harbor, NY)
  • 1986- 1987:           St. Martha (Uniondale, NY)
  • 1988-1993:            St. Joseph (Ronkonkoma, NY)
  • 1999:                      St. Pius X residence (Uniondale, NY)
  • 2002:                      Our Lady of Fatima (Manorhaven, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Donald Shane:

Fr. Donald Shane was ordained a priest in 1954. Twenty years later in 1974, he was was appointed sixth pastor of St. Kilian in Farmingdale, New York. His name is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Shane worked at St. Kilian in Farmingdale, NY, sometime between 1974-1985. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. It is believed that Fr. Shane died in 2003.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Thaddeus J. Semla – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father Thaddeus Semla

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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Ordained: 1963

Died: 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1972-1978: St. Boniface (Sea Cliff, NY)
  • 1978-1979: St. Ladislaus (Hempstead, NY)
  • 1979-1982: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Lindenhurst, NY)
  • 1982-1984: Holy Name of Jesus (Woodbury, NY)
  • 1984-1986: St. Hedwig (Floral Park, NY)
  • 1986-1990: Our Lady of Peace (Lynbrook, NY)
  • 1990-1992: St. Dominic (Oyster Bay, NY)
  • 1992: St. Hyacinth (Glen Cove, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thaddeus Semla:

Fr. Thaddeus Semla is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. The list states that the alleged sexual abuse occurred while Selma worked at St. Dominic Parish High School in Oyster Bay, NY, sometime between 1990-1992. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Selma died in 1992.

It is important to note that the list, released in March 2021, is not exhaustive. “It is a list of all priests and deacons that the Diocese knows have been the subject of an adverse determination by the Diocesan Review Board of the Debtor that an allegation of clergy abuse against such priest was credible or against whom an allegation of clergy abuse was made through the Diocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”) and the Debtor made a payment in settlement of such allegation through the IRCP.”

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New York, contact our office today. In October 2020, the Rockville Centre Diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection.  The Court will resolve all claims of sexual abuse in this process but strict filing deadlines will apply and no late claims will be considered, so contact us today.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.