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FAMU Professor Gari Tookes Arrested On Three Counts of Child Molestation

According to a Leon County Sheriff’s Office press releaseon April 29, 2021, Professor Gari Tookes was arrested on three counts of child molestation charges (sexual battery, lewd and lascivious battery, and lewd and lascivious molestation) in Tallahassee, Florida.  

Gari Tookes, age 36, a prominent professor at Florida A&M University and Social Worker, was charged with sexually abusing a minor.  Investigators say the abuse began when the child was in elementary school and continue until the boy was a teenager. 

Media reports indicate that on February 23, 2021, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Florida Department of Children and Families stating that they received a report through the state hotline detailing the sexual abuse and battery of a minor allegedly made by Gari Tookes. The Sheriff’s Office stated, “Through investigative means, LCSO Violent Crimes detectives learned Tookes had criminal sexual contact with the victim for several years before the report. Detectives also learned Tookes had communicated through text messages about the sexual contact with the victim, which corroborated the victim’s initial report.”

The victim told investigators that Tookes touched him inappropriately and that the abuse “literally happened all the time.” Tookes was arrested and transported to the Leon County Detention Facility. 

Tookes has been an assistant professor at the Florida A&M University’s College of Social Sciences and a research grantee at FAMU’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative. In a March 2020 announcement from the university, he was listed as the school’s Master of Social Work program director. The university originally hired him in August 2018. His relationship with the university is under review.

According to Florida Department of Health records, Tookes is also a clinical social worker, with a license issued in 2016 and valid through 2023. 

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential teachers and protect their students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped, or sexually molested by a principal, teacher or another school employee, contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

 

Fr. Michael Wever – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Michael Wever

Diocese of Pensacola-TallahasseeMichael Wever Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1983

Assignment History:

  • 1978-1981: Sacred Heart Cathedral (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1981: Co-Cathedral (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1982: St. Stephen the Protomartyr Mission (Woodville, FL)
  • 1982: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Crawfordville, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Michael Wever:

Fr. Michael Wever is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee’s 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Wever status as a priest, whereabouts, and assignments, after he permanently withdrew in 1983, are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Arthur Terminiello – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Arthur Terminiello

Diocese of Pensacola-TallahasseeArthur Terminiello Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1939

Died: 1962

Assignment History:

  • 1947-1953: St. Stephen (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1953-1962: St. Anne (Pensacola, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Arthur Terminiello:

Fr. Arthur Terminiello was arrested in 1946 for giving an anti-Semitic speech that broke into riots. In 1949, the Supreme Court overturned on First Amendment grounds a disorderly conduct conviction against a suspended Catholic priest for making inflammatory public comments. He resumed his duties at St. Stephen in Pensacola.

Fr. Terminiello is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Terminiello died in 1962.

 Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Louis Reczek – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Louis Reczek

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1974

Died: 1986

Assignment History:

  • 1971-1972: Holy Cross (Chattahoochee, FL)
  • 1971-1972: St. Ann (Marianna, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Louis Reczek:

Fr. Louis Reczek was a priest of LaSalette Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas Missionaries. He worked in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in the 1970s.

Fr. Reczek is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Reczek’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and assignments, until he was permanently removed by the Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas Missionaries in 1974, are unknown. Reczek died in 1986.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Timothy Pathe – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Timothy Pathe

Diocese of Pensacola-TallahasseeTimothy Pathe Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Retired: 1975

Died: 1977

Assignment History:

  • 1962-1967: St. John the Evangelist (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1968-1974: Sacred Heart Hospital (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1975-1977: Retired in Residence, Nativity (Pensacola, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Timothy Pathe:

Fr. Timothy Pathe was ordained in the Archdiocese of Mobile in 1962 and worked in the Diocese of St. Augustine and Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

Fr. Pathe is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Pathe’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and assignments until his retirement in 1975 are unknown.  Fr. Pathe died in 1977.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Sebastian Naslund – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Sebastian Naslund

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1997

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1979: Tyndal Air Force Base (Panama City, FL)
  • 1982-1983: Eglin Air Force Base (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
  • 1990: Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More and FAMU (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1997: St. Eugene (Tallahassee, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Sebastian Naslund:

Fr. Sebastian Naslund is named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Naslund’s status as a priest, whereabouts, and assignments until his removal in 1997 are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. David McCreanor – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father David McCreanor

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

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Ordained: 1975

Removed: 1997

Assignment History:

  • Christ the King Parish (Jacksonville, FL)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Seminary (Boynton Beach, FL)
  • 1975-1976: St. Mary (Ft. Walton Beach, FL)
  • 1976-1977: St. John (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1977-1979: Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1979-1997: Good Shepherd (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 1979-1997: St. Louis (Tallahassee, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father David McCreanor:

Fr. David McCreanor is from Ireland and he was ordained for the Diocese of St. Augustine in 1975. 

In 1997, McCreanor was accused by three sisters of seducing them in the 1980s when they were teenagers. The sisters claimed they came forward to his current diocese at least a year prior to the time they went public. 

According to media reports, the women allege that McCreanor had sex with two of the sisters when they separately sought counseling decades ago. The third sister said she was propositioned by McCreanor when she sought counseling a few years after her sisters.

McCreanor was not removed from his parish until the news was public. According to the diocese, at least five more women have come forward to claim that he had made sexual advances towards them. However, McCreanor denied all allegations, and no charges were filed. 

In 2020, McCreanor was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. The abuse is said to have occurred between 1973-1975. He is also named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee’s 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. 

As of 2019, McCreanor lived in north Florida. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Edward W. Jungquist – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Edward W. Jungquist

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Ordained: 1980

Leave of absence: 1990 – 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1980 – 1981: St. Paul’s (Erie, PA)
  • 1981 – 1982: Beloved Disciple (Grove City, PA)
  • 1982 – 1984: St. Stephen’s (Oil City, PA)
  • 1984 – 1989: St. Titus (Titusville, PA)
  • 1989 – 1990: Nativity of Our Lord (Pensacola, FL)

Summary of Allegations Against Father Edward W. Jungquist:

Father Edward W. Jungquist served the Diocese of Erie after his ordination in 1980. Between this time and 1984 Jungquist assisted in parishes across Pennsylvania including Erie, Grove City, and Oil City. The father also took on a five-year commitment to a congregation in Titusville. Jungquist left the Diocese in 1989 to serve in Pensacola, Florida. After this time, church documents hold no record of further assignments for Jungquist. The last known documentation of his whereabouts spotted Jungquist on a Leave of Absence in 1990.

In 1998, Jungquist was the subject of controversy when he authored a letter to the editor of a Tucson newspaper criticizing Pope John Paul II for “cracking down” on dissenters in the Church who advocated for changes, including eliminating the vow of chastity and ordaining women to the priesthood.  According to one educated parishioner who responded to the letter with a criticism of Jungquist, he was not listed in the 1998 edition of the Official Catholic Directory, which is supposed to list all active and retired clergy in the country. A call to the Tucson chancery by the parishioner also revealed that there was no priest in the Diocese of Tucson by that name.  These are certainly red flags that his removal from ministry was not voluntary, and they merit additional investigation.

Ironically, in 2001, he wrote another letter to the editor of the same Tucson newspaper calling for the criminal prosecution of the bishops who covered up allegations of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston and nationally.

Jungquist was not identified as an accused priest in the 2018 grand jury report.  He was first identified as an accused priest in the Diocese of Erie’s April 2018 list of credibly accused priests.  The Diocese of Erie provided no information about the allegation(s) against Jungquist.

The exact details of his alleged misconduct have not been released.  According to the Diocese of Erie’s statement regarding priests identified on its list, “Every person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify that person from working with children.  Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.  Allegations were corroborated by secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”

Initially, the Diocese of Erie told media and the public that Junquist was deceased when it released its list of credibly accused priests in 2018.  However, in April 2019, the Diocese of Erie amended that information.  According to the Diocese of Erie’s April 2019 statement to media, “Fr. Edward W. Jungquist was thought to be deceased. He is now listed as  “whereabouts unknown,” and is forbidden to function as a priest.”  It is not clear that was due to allegations of sexual abuse (unlikely since it claims it had no allegations until after his death) or because of his criticism of Pope John Paul II and philosophical differences about celibacy.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Edward Jones – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Edward Jones

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

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Ordained: 2003

Removed: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 2003-2007: Blessed Sacrament (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 2007-2010: St. Thomas More (Tallahassee, FL)
  • 2010-2018: Elizabeth Ann Seton (Crawfordville, FL)
  • 2010-2018: St. Stephen Protomartyr (Woodville, FL)
  • 2011-2018: Sacred Heart (Lanark, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Edward Jones:

Fr. Edward Jones of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee was removed from ministry at two Big Bend churches after he was accused of inappropriate contact with an underage girl in 2004. Fr. Jones was serving at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Tallahassee when the victim was studying to convert to Catholicism.

According to Diocese records released as part of the Democrat’s records request, the victim first emailed the church on August 13, 2018, about the incident, 14 years earlier. She was undergoing spiritual counseling with Jones, meeting every couple of weeks. One evening in the fall of 2004, Jones escorted her into the room where they usually sat across from each other. This time he said they should sit together so he could try a “new direction of guidance for spiritual direction and intimacy in God’s healing.” They sat on a sofa, and he put his head in her lap, then had her put her head in his lap. The victim realized that he was getting sexually aroused. She immediately got up and left. When questioned, Fr. Jones, who took full responsibility for his actions. He was removed from ministry and any future ministry as a priest. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Todd Hevia – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Father Todd Hevia

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Todd Hevia

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1997

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1981: Sacred Heart Cathedral (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1982-1997: St. Rose of Lima (Milton, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Todd Hevia:

 Fr. Todd Hevia was named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown. Fr. Hevia was permanently removed in 1997.

 Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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