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Hope Haven New Orleans Horowitz Law

Horowitz Law Files Sex Abuse Lawsuit for Abuse at Hope Haven Boys Home in Marrero, Louisiana

 The Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse by a Salesian Priest and a Notre Dame Sister Working at Hope Haven

The Suit was Filed Under a New Louisiana Law that Temporarily Suspends the Time Limits for Sexual Abuse Survivors to File Suit 

Attorneys Jessica Arbour (Horowitz Law, Ft. Lauderdale) and Jacques Bezou, Jr. (The Bezou Law Firm, Covington) announce the filing of a new child sexual abuse and coverup lawsuit in Louisiana.  The suit was recently filed on behalf of a man sexually abused as a child at Hope Haven, a church-run home for orphans and troubled children near New Orleans, Louisiana.

According to the lawsuit papers, the plaintiff was repeatedly sexually abused by Fr. Sean Leo Rooney, a Salesian priest, and Sr. Alvin Marie Hagan, during a court-ordered stay at Hope Haven in approximately 1976.  He was 14 years old.

The history of sexual abuse at Hope Haven is well documented by the media.  In 2008, 59 men filed suit against the facility (and its sister facility, Madonna Manor) for sexual abuse.  Those cases were eventually settled, as were others filed in the years that followed.  Some of those cases involved allegations of abuse by Hagan.

Rooney’s name appears on the Salesians’ list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.  He has also been named in lawsuits filed in New York and New Jersey.

This is believed to be the first lawsuit filed against the Salesians and School Sisters of Notre Dame under a new Louisiana law that temporarily lifted the statute of limitations in childhood sexual abuse cases. In June 2021, Louisiana lawmakers joined states across the country by opening a three-year window for survivors of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against those responsible for their abuse. The window remains open until 2024.

Horowitz Law attorney Jessica Arbour, said, “Our client has waited a very long time for the opportunity for justice and accountability for those responsible for him when he was a vulnerable child in their care. Thanks to the dedication and action of Louisiana’s lawmakers, he finally has a chance to seek justice in a court of law.  This is an important step in his healing journey.”

For more information, click here to watch the WGNO (ABC) story on the lawsuit filing.

The case is now pending in the 19th Judicial District of Louisiana.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in Louisiana now have legal options 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 Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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

 

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney

Archdiocese of New Orleans/Salesians

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Ordained: 1966

Laicized: 2008

Settlement: 2014

Assignment History

  • 1959-1968: St. Dominic Savio High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1968-1971: Salesian Day High School for Boys; Salesian Resident Junior Seminary; Camp Salesian for Boys; Salesian Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club (Cedar Lake, IN)
  • 1971-1975: Don Bosco Technical High School (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1975-1979: Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, LA)
  • 1979-1981: Salesian Junior Seminary (Goshen, NY)
  • 1981-1983: Don Bosco High School for Boys (Ramsey, NJ)
  • 1983-2003: St. John Bosco Church (Birmingham, AL)
  • 1983-2003: Holy Rosary (Birmingham, AL)
  • 2003-2008: Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Sean Leo Rooney

In March 2020, the Salesians publicly listed Fr. Sean Leo Rooney on its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. While the list does not mention any allegations specifically, there are at least two known allegations of sexual abuse lodged against Fr. Sean Leo Rooney—one made in 2013 and another in 2020.

2013 Lawsuit and Allegation

In December 2013, a former student of Fr. Sean Leo Rooney filed a lawsuit alleging the priest repeatedly abused him when he was a student at Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen, NY. According to the complaint, the victim was 14 years old when Fr. Rooney “repeatedly engaged in explicit sexual behavior” with him.

Ultimately, the victim received a settlement in 2014. The size of the settlement, however, is unknown.

2020 Lawsuit and AllegationFr. Sean Leo Rooney Horowitz Law

In February 2020, another former student (the Plaintiff) of Fr. Sean Leo Rooney alleged the priest abused him more than 100 times in the 1970s—which started when the Plaintiff was 13 years old.

In his complaint against the Diocese of Paterson, N.J., the Plaintiff says Fr. Rooney abused him in various locations on the campus of Don Bosco Technical High School. The Plaintiff also states that Fr. Rooney groomed him and gave him alcohol.

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney’s Career and Assignment History

Although Fr. Sean Leo Rooney professed his vows as a Salesian brother in 1958, he was not ordained until 1966. During that time, sources indicate Fr. Rooney was working at St. Dominic Savio High School, which had around 300 all-male students.

In the mid-to-late 1970s, Fr. Rooney’s assignment history reveals that Fr. Rooney worked at high schools with more than 400 all-male students, including Don Bosco Technical High School and Archbishop Shaw—which had nearly 1,000 all-male students.

In 2002, while working in a low-income community in Birmingham, Alabama, sources say Fr. Rooney served as administrator of a ministry outreach program that targeted youth in the local housing projects.

According to sources, Fr. Sean Leo Rooney served for nearly 40 years before he was removed in 2008. At the time of his removal, Fr. Rooney was assigned to the Salesian Provincial House in New York.

Fr. Rooney is believed to be residing in Prescott, Arizona.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in Louisiana now have legal options 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 Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney – Archdiocese of New York

Father Sean Leo Rooney

Archdiocese of New York/Salesians of Don Bosco

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Ordained: 1966

Laicized: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1968: St. Dominic Savio High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1968-1971: Salesian Day High School for Boys; Salesian Junior Seminary; Camp Salesian for Boys; Salesian Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club,  (Cedar Lake, IN)
  • 1971-1975: Don Bosco Technical High School (Paterson, NJ) 
  • 1975-1979: Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, LA)
  • 1979-1981: Salesian Junior Seminary (Goshen, NY) 
  • 1981-1983: Don Bosco High School for Boys (Ramsey, NJ) 
  • 1983-2003: St. John Bosco (Birmingham, AL) 
  • 1983-2003: Holy Rosary (Birmingham, AL) 
  • 2003-2012: Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Sean Leo Rooney:

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney was ordained a priest of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He served in the Boston, Gary, Paterson, New Orleans, New York, Newark, and Birmingham (arch)dioceses during his 50-year career. He was laicized in 2008, but his name is listed in the Official Catholic Directory for another four years. 

According to the suit, in December 2013, Rooney was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a 14-year-old male student in 1980, at Salesian Junior Seminary in Goshen, New York where Rooney was a theology and physics teacher. The alleged abuse included removing the boy’s clothing, touching and fondling the boy’s naked buttocks and genitals skin-on-skin, and masturbating on the boy on multiple occasions at the seminary and during a school bus trip to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Ipswich, Massachusetts. A settlement was reached in 2014.

In February 2020, Rooney was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a 13-year-old male at Don Bosco Technical High more than 100 times from 1973 to 1975 at the school. He was a chemistry teacher and soon after the boy enrolled, he began “grooming him and giving him special treatment,” and gave the boy alcohol along with showing him pornography, the suit said.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of New York now have legal options, 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 New York and nationwide. We can help.

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

Fr. Sean Rooney – Archdiocese of Newark

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney (Salesians of Don Bosco)

Archdiocese of Newark / Diocese of Paterson

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Ordained: 1959

Laicized:  2008

Assignment History:

  • 1959-1968: St. Dominic Savio High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1968-1971: Salesian Day High School for Boys; Salesian Resident Junior Seminary; Camp Salesian for Boys; Salesian Retreat House for Boys; Salesian Boys Club (Cedar Lake, IN)
  • 1971-1975: Don Bosco Technical High School (Paterson, NJ)
  • 1975-1979: Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, LA)
  • 1979-1981: Salesian Junior Seminary (Goshen, NY)
  • 1981-1983: Don Bosco High School for Boys (Ramsey, NJ)
  • 1983-2003: St. John Bosco Church (Birmingham, AL)
  • 1983-2003: Holy Rosary, Birmingham (Gate City, AL)
  • 2003-2008: Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Sean Rooney:

Fr. Sean Rooney was ordained a priest in 1959 and served in the Archdiocese of Newark. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career. According to media reports, in 2013, he was named in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged that Rooney sexually abused him as a fourteen-year-old student at Goshen Junior Seminary in Goshen, New York. Rooney was a teacher at the time. The case was settled in 2014.

In New Jersey, Rooney also had assignments in the Archdiocese of Newark and the Diocese of Paterson.

Rooney was laicized in 2008 according to a statement by the Salesians. The reasons leading up to his laicization were not made public, but we do not rule out that they related to allegations of sexual abuse received by the Order.

According to media reports, in February 2020, Rooney was named in a new lawsuit filed against the Salesians and Diocese of Paterson. According to media reports, the Plaintiff alleges he was sexually abused by Rooney on 100 occasions during Rooney’s assignment to Don Bosco High School in the 1970s.

Rooney’s last assignment as a Salesian, before his 2002 removal, was to a low-income community in the Birmingham, Alabama area. He served as administrator of a ministry outreach program designed for the youth in local housing projects. Rooney is listed on the Salesian’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Rooney is believed to be residing in the Prescott, Arizona area.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Newark, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark now have legal options, 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 New Jersey and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Don Bosco Preparatory School

 

Don Bosco Prep School Horowitz Law

Sexual Abuse Allegations at The Don Bosco Prep School

Bergen County, New Jersey

Founded: 1915

Location: Ramsey, New Jersey

Grades: 9 through 12

Don Bosco Preparatory High School is a private, all-boys Roman Catholic School founded in 1915 for Polish boys by the Salesians of Don Bosco. It currently has an enrollment of over 870 students and approximately 60 classroom teachers. 

Fr. Francis Nugent, s.d.b., who has been accused of sexually abusing of children, was assigned to Don Bosco Prep from 1974 to 1978.  In 1994, the Salesians were informed by an adult woman that two of her brothers were sexually abused by Nugent, which resulted in a lawsuit that was later settled. Nugent died in 2011 while residing in Italy.

Fr. Sean Leo Rooney was assigned to Don Bosco Prep from 1981 to 1983.  Rooney was the subject of a six-figure settlement in 2014 following a lawsuit by a man who was abused by Rooney at a junior seminary from 1979 to 1981, immediately before Rooney’s assignment to Don Bosco.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused by teachers, coaches, and administrators in New Jersey private schools now have legal options to get justice and compensation, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our law firm offers free consultations and always works on a contingency basis.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your case today.