Tag: Salvatorian

Fr. David Brusky – Diocese of Santa Rosa

Father David Brusky

Diocese of Santa Rosa/Salvatorian Order

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Ordained: 1952

Suspended: 1988

Dead:  2014

Assignment History:

  • 1952-1954: Doctoral Studies (Rome, Italy)
  • 1956-1970: Missionary Priest (Tanzania, Africa)
  • 1970-1972: Leave of Absence from Priesthood
  • 1972-1973: Our Lady of Snows (Reno, NV)
  • 1974-1974: St. Teresa of Avila (Carson City, NV)
  • 1974-1975: St. Albert the Great (Reno, NV)
  • 1977-1977: Mother of Good Counsel (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1982-1983: Sonoma State University (Sonoma, CA)
  • 1985-1987: Holy Cross Church (West Sacramento, CA)
  • 1989-1995: Salvatorian Foreign Missions (New Holstein, WI)
  • 1996-1997: Foreign Mission (Tanzania, Africa)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David Brusky:

Fr. David Brusky was accused of the molestation and rape of at least six young girls from the ages of 10-13 in Reno, NV, in the 1960s and 70s. While not criminally charged, Fr. Brusky received several anonymous reports of sexual misconduct with young females. While he never admitted to any wrongdoings, Brusky reportedly stated to the Reno Gazette that he was sent to a treatment center for “sexaholics” in the late 1980s.

According to the Reno Gazette, one of Brusky’s victims met Fr. Brusky at her baptism, and her life began to revolve around the church. He became very involved with her family, she recalled, “but soon weird things began to happen,” she states.

Another one of Brusky’s survivors claims she was molested and raped by Fr. Brusky in the 1970s at two Reno churches. She filed a claim in 1989 after undergoing therapy, but the charges were beyond the statute of limitations and were dropped. She didn’t approach the Diocese of Reno about the abuse until 2001, after her younger sister told her for the first time that she had been molested by Brusky, as well. She received a $50,000 settlement from the Diocese of Reno but felt she was misled about the priest’s condition and his access to other children. The bishop she spoke to told her the priest had suffered several strokes, was incapacitated, lived in a secured extended-care facility, and couldn’t communicate. She stated the bishop said Brusky would never be sent to prison “because of his ill health and that his mind was gone.”

A mother of several young women who claim the priest molested them called the facility where Brusky was living. He answered the phone and said he was doing well. Brusky told her that he had gone through rehab and was even able to drive. When asked about allegations made by another woman, who said Brusky molested her in an apple orchard when she was in 5th grade, and another woman who said he molested her in the rectory, Brusky said he could not recall those incidents. He said he remembered the girls but couldn’t recall any molestations. He said his religious Order sent him to a treatment center for “sexaholics” in the 1980s, but he said he didn’t believe he needed help.

The Diocese of Reno first learned of the claims against Brusky in 2001 from the Washoe District Attorney and contacted the woman and her lawyer. The diocese “extended an offer of counseling and spiritual or pastoral assistance” to the woman, and she did not hear from them again until March 2004.

Fr. David Brusky spent much of his adult life in Africa missions before moving into an assisted-living facility in Milwaukee following a stroke in 1997. Reports say he has no recollection of such claims and that he never heard of a settlement. He died in 2014 while in the facility at the age of 87. Fr. Brusky is listed on the Diocese of Santa Rosa’s 2019 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, as well as the Diocese of Las Vegas and Sacramento’s 2019 lists.

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

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Fr. Vernon Petrich – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Vernon Petrich

Diocese of Sacramento/SalvatorianVernon Petrich Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1980

Removed: 1983

Assignment History:

  • 1980-1983: St. Basil (Vallejo, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Vernon Petrich:

Fr. Vernon Petrich was removed from ministry in 1983 after serving at St. Basil in Vallejo, CA, from 1980-1983. Petrich then returned to his Salvatorian community in Wisconsin. Allegations were received to the Sacramento Diocese in 1987 and again in 1992 of sexual abuse by Fr. Petrich to boys under the age of 18 in the 1980s. Petrich left the Society of the Divine Savior in 1994. The allegations were deemed credible and Petrich was named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Sacramento on its list in 2019. There has been no information reported as to whether he is still working near children.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Robert Marsicek – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Robert Marsicek

Diocese of Sacramento/Salvatorian OrderRobert Marsicek Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1968

Removed: 2013

Assignment History:

  • 1968-1969: Divine Savior (Lanham, MD)
  • 1969-1973: St. Gregory’s (St. Nazianz, WI)
  • 1973-1974: St. Mark’s and Arizona State Hospital (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1973-1974: Maricopa Children’s Hospital (Maricopa, AZ)
  • 1974-1987: St. Joseph’s (Huntsville, AL)
  • 1983-1987: St. John the Baptist (Madison, AL)
  • 1987-2000: Divine Savior (Sacramento, CA)
  • 2000-2001: Salvatorian Provincial Residence (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2001-2011: St. Pius X (Wauwatosa, WI)
  • 2006-2012: Archdiocesan Consultors (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2008-2013: Mother of Good Counsel (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2011-2013: Wauwatosa Catholic School (Wauwatosa, WI)
  • 2013-2017: Provincialate of the Society of the Divine Savior (Milwaukee, WI)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Marsicek:

Robert “Bob” Marsicek was ordained a priest of the Milwaukee-based Salvatorian Order in 1968. He ministered in parishes in the Dioceses of Green Bay, WI, Phoenix, AZ, Birmingham, AL, Sacramento, CA, and Milwaukee, WI. In 2013, Fr. Marsicek was suspended from active ministry when a teacher reported questionable behavior with a student at Wauwatosa Catholic School, where Marsicek was working. The teacher had told Wauwatosa police that she witnessed three incidents in recent days of Marsicek inappropriately touching one of her male students.

On April 13, 2013, the pastor of Marsicek’s former parish in Orangedale, CA read a letter at Masses revealing that Marsicek allegedly had sexually abused two children in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Diocese of Sacramento had reported the allegations to the Milwaukee archdiocese and the Salvatorians in May 2012, but they still allowed Fr. Marsicek to remain pastor of the two parishes with access to grade-school children.

In mid-April 2013, after the Milwaukee district attorney announced that he would not be charging Marsicek, Wauwatosa police released a detailed investigative report to local media. The report revealed numerous complaints and “red flags” about Marsicek dating back years. A mother had told the St. Pius X principal in approximately 2006 that her daughter, then in kindergarten or first grade, had complained of Marsicek touching her genitalia. Marsicek himself admitted to police that parents had complained about his behavior around 2007 and 2012. The police report also summarized the personnel files that had been maintained by the Milwaukee archdiocese and by the Salvatorians. These revealed repeated complaints by parents, teachers, and day-care providers about Marsicek’s inappropriate behavior with children. The archdiocesan file included a 2005 letter to then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan from his chancellor citing parents’ concern about “possible boundary issues.”

In April 2013, a woman from Manitowoc County WI (Green Bay Diocese) told the Journal Sentinel and the Salvatorians of allegations against Marsicek from when he served in a parish there in the 1970s.

On February 22, 2017, Marsicek was criminally charged with three counts of felony sexual assault of a young girl, beginning when she was six years old at St. Pius X Parish and Wauwatosa Catholic School from 2007 to 2010. Marsicek pled guilty for a reduced sentence and received one year in House of Corrections. He was recently released.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Robert Casper – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Robert Casper

Diocese of Sacramento/Salvatorian Order


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Ordained: 1944

Laicized: 1986

Dead: 1998

Assignment History:

  • 1959-1961: St. Pius X Seminary Annex (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1961-1967: St. Pius X Seminary (Galt, CA)
  • 1967-1978: Holy Cross, Bryte (West Sacramento, CA)
  • 1979-1986: St. Thomas More (Paradise, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Robert Casper:

According to the list of accused clergy published by the Sacramento Diocese, Fr. Robert Casper was accused of sexually abusing an underage boy in 1962, while assigned at St. Pius X Seminary in California.

The claims were reported to the Sacramento Diocese in 1986, and the Order states that the allegations were deemed credible after investigation. Fr. Casper was laicized later that same year. No details have been reported as to how he lived the remainder of his life. Casper died in 1998.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. David Brusky – Diocese of Sacramento

Father David Brusky

Diocese of Sacramento/Salvatorian Order

David Brusky Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1952

Suspended: 1988

Dead: 2014

Assignment History:

  • 1952-1954: Doctoral Studies (Rome, Italy)
  • 1956-1970: Missionary Priest (Tanzania, Africa)
  • 1970-1972: Leave of Absence from Priesthood
  • 1972-1973: Our Lady of Snows (Reno, NV)
  • 1974-1974: St. Teresa of Avila (Carson City, NV)
  • 1974-1975: St. Albert the Great (Reno, NV)
  • 1977-1977: Mother of Good Counsel (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1982-1983: Sonoma State University (Sonoma, CA)
  • 1985-1987: Holy Cross Church (West Sacramento, CA)
  • 1989-1995: Salvatorian Foreign Missions (New Holstein, WI)
  • 1996-1997: Foreign Mission (Tanzania, Africa)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David Brusky:

Fr. David Brusky was accused of the molestation and rape of at least six young girls from the ages of 10-13 in Reno, NV, in the 1960s and 70s. While not criminally charged, Brusky received several anonymous reports of sexual misconduct with young females. While he never admitted to any wrongdoings, Brusky reportedly stated to the Reno Gazette that he was sent to a treatment center for “sexaholics” in the late 1980s.

According to the Reno Gazette, one of Brusky’s victims met Fr. Brusky at her baptism, and her life began to revolve around the church. He became very involved with her family, she recalled, “but soon weird things began to happen,” she states.

Another one of Brusky’s survivors claims she was molested and raped by Fr. Brusky in the 1970s at two Reno churches. She filed a claim in 1989 after undergoing therapy, but the charges were beyond the statute of limitations and were dropped. She didn’t approach the Diocese of Reno about the abuse until 2001, after her younger sister told her for the first time that she had been molested by Brusky, as well. She received a $50,000 settlement from the Diocese of Reno but felt she was misled about the priest’s condition and his access to other children. The bishop she spoke to told her the priest had suffered several strokes, was incapacitated, lived in a secured extended-care facility, and couldn’t communicate. She stated the bishop said Brusky would never be sent to prison “because of his ill health and that his mind was gone.”

A mother of several young women who claim the priest molested them called the facility where Brusky was living. He answered the phone and said he was doing well. Brusky told her that he had gone through rehab and was even able to drive. When asked about allegations made by another woman, who said Brusky molested her in an apple orchard when she was in 5th grade, and another woman who said he molested her in the rectory, Brusky said he could not recall those incidents. He said he remembered the girls but couldn’t recall any molestations. He said his religious Order sent him to a treatment center for “sexaholics” in the 1980s, but he said he didn’t believe he needed help.

The Diocese of Reno first learned of the claims against Brusky in 2001 from the Washoe District Attorney and contacted the woman and her lawyer. The diocese “extended an offer of counseling and spiritual or pastoral assistance” to the woman, and she did not hear from them again until March 2004.

Fr. David Brusky spent much of his adult life in Africa missions before moving into an assisted-living facility in Milwaukee following a stroke in 1997. Reports say he has no recollection of such claims and that he never heard of a settlement. He died in 2014 while in the facility at the age of 87.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Joseph Henn – Diocese of Phoenix

Father Joseph Henn

(Salvatorian)

Diocese of Phoenix 

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Ordained: 1978

Removed from ministry: 2006

Assigned in the Diocese of Phoenix as Follows: 

  • 1978-1982 St. Mark Parish (Phoenix, AZ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Henn:

Father Joseph John Henn was assigned by the Salvatorian order to serve at St. Mark parish in Phoenix from 1978 to 1982. He was later indicted on sexual abuse charges in 2003 for serially molesting an altar boy between the ages of 12 and 15.

Henn was eventually arrested in Italy in 2005, but escaped police custody before he could be extradited to the United States to stand trial. In May 2019, he was re-arrested by Italian police and extradited.  The criminal matter is now ongoing in the Arizona courts. 

As of July 2019, another man came forward with allegations against Father Joseph Henn of molestation. The victim attend St. Mark’s Catholic School at the time of the alleged abuse. Father Henn was his priest and sexual education teacher while assigned to the school. The man claimed that the abuse began when he was only in sixth grade. The alleged victim said he reported the abuse to the church about ten years later in 1991, but Henn wasn’t arrested and indicted on charges of abusing children until 2003.

In 2006, the Church defendants settled a civil lawsuit with the victim’s family.  

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 Phoenix. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Arizona, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix now have legal options to recover damages due to a change in Arizona laws. Contact us toll-free at (888) 283-9922 or email us at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.