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Fr. Leo Courcy Jr. – Diocese of Trenton

Father Leo Courcy

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: 1962

Leaves of Absence/Sick Leave: 1965-1966, 1979-1980

Inpatient Evaluation/Treatment: 1967-1970

Removed: 1993

Laicized: 2009 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962-1965: St. Anthony (Burlington, VT)
  • 1965-1967: Absent from Burlington Diocese on “Sick Leave”
  • 1966Don Bosco Home (Burlington, VT)
  • 1966St. Francis Xavier (Winooski, VT) 
  • 1966: St. Mark (Burlington, VT)
  • 1967-1970: Servants of the Paraclete (Santa Fe, NM) (inpatient treatment)
  • 1967-1969Holy Ghost (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1968-1969St. Pius X High School (Albuquerque, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1969-1970St. Francis Xavier (Clayton, NM)  (during treatment)
  • 1970: Unidentified parish(Amarillo, Texas) (during treatment)
  • 1969/1970: St. Anthony (Questa, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1970: Clayton High School (Clayton, NM) (during treatment)
  • 1971: St. John Vianney (South Burlington, VT) 
  • 1971: St. Mary (Cambridge / Johnson, VT)
  • 1971: St. George (Ottawa, ONT Canada)
  • 1971-1979: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1973-1974: Ottawa Archdiocese, Director of Education
  • 1974: Our Lady of Visitation (South Gloucester, ONT Canada)
  • 1975: Bayonne, NJ (per his father’s obituary)
  • 1977: St. Mary of the Assumption (Deal, NJ)
  • 1977-1979: Various assignments in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1978-1979: Pensacola Catholic High School (Pensacola, FL)
  • 1979-1980: Leave of Absence
  • 1979: Chaplain, unknown Queens, NY High School
  • 1980-1984: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1984-1985: St. Frances de Chantal (Bronx, New York)
  • 1986-1989: On Duty Outside Burlington Diocese (whereabouts unclear)
  • 1988-1990: New York Archdiocese Parish Mission Team (Suffern, NY)
  • 1991-1992: St. Mary (Fishkill, NY)
  • 1992-1993: St. Augustine (New York, NY)
  • 1993-1997: Listed in Official Catholic Directory as “On Duty Outside Diocese”

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leo Courcy Jr.:

The saga of Fr. Leo Courcy is a complicated one and, after an extended investigation, we have done our best to reconstruct what we believe is his trial of abuse across America. You may notice some assignments that are not listed and that is likely because there are big gaps in the publicly available information, particularly in the 1970s. For example, Courcy appears in a 1970 high school yearbook in New Mexico and then again in a 1978 yearbook in Pensacola, Florida. His whereabouts during that time are not entirely clear but he may have worked at other parishes and high schools in Canada or New Jersey, including in the Diocese of Trenton in the late 70s. 

Here is what we do know for certain: Leo Courcy Jr. served in Vermont for only approximately 3½ years. He remained a priest of the Burlington Diocese even though he rarely worked there after 1967. According to the Diocese of Burlington, Bishop Kenneth A. Angell revoked Courcy’s priestly faculties in February 1993, though the exact reason is not clear. However, media reports show him celebrating a funeral mass in the New York area well after that date. 

Courcy was laicized in June 2009, according to the Diocese of Burlington, while serving in NYC. It is not clear what prompted this action more than 15 years after the Diocese said Courcy was not able to work as a priest. 

There are numerous “red flags” in Courcy’s assignment history that would merit further investigation in a sex abuse lawsuit. For example, Courcy has several leaves of absence, which may be indicative of temporary removals and quiet transfers following allegations of sexual abuse. The assignment to the Servants of the Paraclete in 1967 very likely means that Courcy was the subject of at least one allegation of abuse around that time. It could also mean that he was the subject of repeated allegations as of 1967, because, in our firm’s experience, shipping an accused priest to the Jemez Springs, New Mexico treatment facility typically came only after repeated allegations and an inability to handle the matter quietly within the diocese. Of course, these questions would be answered with more certainty if either the Burlington Diocese or Archdiocese of Santa Fe provided full and complete disclosure of Courcy’s history, rather than the limited ones they each published in response to public pressure.

In 1994, according to media reports, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Burlington Diocese and Archdiocese of Santa Fe alleging that Courcy and Fr. Joseph Anthony Gallegos sexually abused an altar boy in New Mexico after Courcy’s treatment at the Servants of the Paraclete facility in Jemez Springs. According to media reports, the lawsuit alleged that Courcy left treatment at the facility and returned to ministry against the advice of at least one psychologist. 

According to media reports, in September 2017, Courcy was named in a lawsuit alleging that he sexually abused an altar boy in 1969 while serving as a priest at St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico. That same month, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In May 2019, Courcy was named in another lawsuit against the Servants of the Paraclete, alleging that Courcy sexually abused two boys during an overnight stay at the rectory of St. Anthony’s in Questa, New Mexico, in 1969. According to the suit, one boy was raped and the other molested. According to the lawsuit, the Servants had sent Courcy to St. Anthony’s as a supply priest four days after his arrival for his second round of treatment for child sexual abuse. 

In August 2019, Courcy‘s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Burlington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. While the Diocese included certain information about Courcy’s background in its disclosure, we have found that much of it is inaccurate and overall it is totally incomplete.  

Courcy is now in his 80s and believed to be living in the Syracuse, New York, area. To our knowledge, he has never been criminally charged for his sexual misconduct and is not a registered sex offender.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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. 

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Fr. John Wadeson – Diocese of Trenton

Father John Wadeson

Diocese of Trenton/Society of the Divine Word

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Ordained: 1969

Removed: 2014

Reinstated: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970: Divine Word Seminary (St. Mary’s) (Techny, IL)
  • 1971: St. Peter Claver (Ashbury Park, NJ) 
  • 1972-1973: Verbum Dei High School (Boys) (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1974: St. John the Evangelist (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1975-1978: Notre Dame High School (Riverside, CA)
  • 1979: Divine Word Seminary (Riverside, CA) 
  • 1981: Casa Guadalupe (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1982-1983: St. John the Evangelist (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1984-1986: Verbum Dei High School (Boys) (Los Angeles, CA)  
  • 1987-1995: St. Peter Claver (Ashbury Park, NJ)
  • 1996-2005: Unknown
  • 2006-2014: St. Charles Borromeo (San Francisco, CA)   
  • 2015-2017: On Duty Outside the Archdiocese 
  • 2018-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Wadeson:

Fr. John Wadeson worked in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, the Diocese of Brooklyn (New York), and the Diocese of Portland in Oregon. According to a report from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in 1992, Wadeson was accused of sexually abusing two children from 1973 to 1977, while he was working as a priest with the Divine Word Missionaries religious order. In February 2014, he was named in church records as a twice accused predator priest and was banned from working in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

In 2014, he was found working as a priest in Guam, reportedly since at least 2000. He had identified himself as an “Australian priest of the Archdiocese of Agana in Guam, Micronesia.” The Archdiocese of Guam directory indicated he was incardinated in the archdiocese but assigned to Neocatechumenal Center in San Francisco. Following the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) exposing his past in California, he was removed from active ministry in July 2014. The archdiocese admitted knowledge of the priest’s past allegations in 2000. Wadeson denied all allegations and the day after his removal, he left Guam, possibly to San Francisco. The Archdiocese of San Francisco withdrew privileges later that month.

According to media reports, in April 2015, the Archdiocese of Agana fully reinstated Wadeson after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reviewed his case and said since there was no settlement or conviction Wadeson was “a priest in good standing”.

“Although Fr. Wadeson has not been convicted of abuse, the fact that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has banned him from the ministry is just causing Apuron to remove the cleric immediately. We fear that Apuron is putting Guam’s children at direct risk and protecting a credibly accused predator instead of protecting his flock,” a SNAP press release stated.

Wadeson’s 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 Trenton in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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. 

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Fr. Benedict Worry – Diocese of Trenton

Father Benedict Worry

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: 1987

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-1988: Unknown
  • 1989-2017: St. Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) 
  • 1996-1997:  Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Trenton (Princeton, NJ)
  • 1997: St. James Church (Pennington, NJ) 
  • 1998-2010: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (Linden, NJ) 
  • 2004-2008: Deanery: Little Flower Parish (Union County Southeast, NJ) 
  • 2012: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church (Linden, NJ) 
  • 2013-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Benedict Worry:

Fr. Benedict Worry was a member of the Brothers of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (F.S.R.). He worked in the Diocese of Reno in Nevada and taught at Manogue High School from 1974 to 1978 as director of the CYO program. In 1987, he was ordained a Benedictine priest and taught at Delbarton School, a private college prep school for boys, run by the Benedictine monks, in Morristown, New Jersey for 18 years. He was also the chaplain for the Linden Police Department.

According to media reports, in January 2012, Worry was removed from assignment and sent to St. Mary’s Abbey after an allegation of sexual misconduct with an individual was reported in the 1990s. In March 2012, four alleged abuse victims filed a civil lawsuit against Delbarton School and St. Mary’s Abbey. In June 2012, another man joined the existing lawsuit to allege abuse in the 1980s by Worry. 

According to media reports, the amended complaint said Worry “sexually assaulted, sexually abused and/or had sexual contact” with the accuser “on numerous occasions”. In one instance, after a night of heavy drinking with the monk, the accuser said he woke up to find Worry fondling him. At the time, the victim was 16 years old. 

No criminal charges were filed due to the statute of limitations.

In 2020, Worry was accused in a lawsuit against the Delbarton School filed under the NJ Child Sexual Abuse Act of abusing a 15-year-old boy from 1978-79.

As of 2020, Worry is believed to still be residing on campus. Worry’s 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 Trenton in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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.

Fr. Velanmarukudiyil Christudas – Diocese of Trenton

Father Velanmarukudiyil Christudas (Chris) 

Diocese of Trenton/Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict

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Ordained: 1986

Removed: 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • 1987-2000: (San Francisco, Australia and India)
  • 2001-2014: Church of the Visitation (Brick Town, NJ)
  • 2015-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Velanmarukudiyil Christudas (a/k/a Chris Christudas):

Fr. Velanmarukudiyil Christudas, more commonly known as Chris Christudas, is a native of India. He reportedly spent three years traveling through India with Mother Teresa ministering to lepers. He served as visiting priest at Church of the Visitation in Brick Town, New Jersey, a parish operated by the Diocese of Trenton, beginning in 2001.

According to media reports, in July 2012, Christudas was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact (improper touching) of both an adult woman, as well as her minor child, and with endangering the welfare of the child. He was accused of grabbing the 13-year-old boy’s genitals and fondling his mother’s breast during a visit with the family.

The woman reported the incident to police as soon as the priest left her home. An investigation concluded Christudas befriended the family before his visit. Detectives found probable cause to make the arrest and file charges. He denied the allegations. The Diocese of Trenton removed his ministry privileges. 

In July 2014, the woman filed a civil suit. In January 2015, a jury convicted Christudas of having criminal sexual contact with the mother but acquitted him of all charges related to her children. Criminal sexual contact is a fourth-degree crime and carries no assumption of incarceration. The priest maintained his innocence before receiving his sentence of two years probation. 

“The reality is, that you did do something wrong,” Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney said. “You were in a position of trust, a sacred trust, a spiritual trust. … You took advantage of your position as a priest and violated that trust. That’s wrong.”

The civil suit is still pending.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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.

Fr. Vance Zebulon Thorne – Diocese of Trenton

Father Vance Zebulon Thorne

Diocese of Trenton/Society of the Divine Word

Vance Zebulon Thorne Horowitz LawOrdained: 1954

Removed: 1987

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1954: Unknown 
  • 1955-1957: Holy Ghost (Jackson, MI) 
  • 1958-1959: St. Leo’s (Los Angeles, CA) 
  • 1960-1961: St. Mary’s (Vicksburg, MI)
  • 1962-1971: St. John the Baptist (Waco, TX)
  • 1972-1980: St. Bartholomew’s (Little Rock, AK)
  • 1981-1986: Holy Ghost (Jackson, MI) 
  • 1987: Tougaloo College (Tougaloo, MS) 
  • 1988: Unknown
  • 1989: Divine World Seminary (Bay St. Louis, MS)
  • 1990-2004: Society of the Divine World (Bordentown, NJ) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Vance Zebulon Thorne:

Fr. Vance Zebulon Thorne was a priest of the Society of the Divine Word. He worked in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as well as the dioceses of Austin, Jackson, and Trenton. According to media reports, at least three civil suits and two criminal indictments were filed in Mississippi in 1986 and 1987. One plaintiff claimed abuse by Thorne from 1980 through 1986 beginning when he was 14 years old. The alleged abuse occurred at Holy Ghost church in Jackson, Mississippi. Another plaintiff alleged abuse at the same parish when he was a 9-year-old student at Holy Ghost School. 

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ report in 2004, Thorne was accused of sexual abuse in the early 1970s.

In March 2019, Thorne’s name appeared on the Diocese of Jackson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted an allegation reported in 1986, and that he was removed from the diocese in 1987.

Thorne died in 2004.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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.

Fr. Michael Teta – Diocese of Trenton

Father Michael Teta 

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: 1974

Laicized: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1977: St. Joseph Church (Bound Brook, NJ)
  • 1978-1980: Our Mother of Sorrows (Tucson, AZ) 
  • 1978-1980: Absent on Sick Leave
  • 1980-1982: St. Rose of Lima Parish (Safford, AZ)
  • 1984-1986: St. Francis Church (Superior, AZ) 
  • 1987-1988: St. Francis de Sales (Tucson, AZ) 
  • 1989-1994: Absent on Leave 
  • 1996-2002: Absent on Leave
  • 2003-2004: Administrative Leave of Absence
  • 2004: Laicized

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Teta:

Fr. Michael Teta was ordained a priest in 1974. According to media reports, Teta came to Tucson, Arizona from the Diocese of Trenton in 1978. He became a member of the Diocese of Tucson in 1982. In 1997, a Catholic Church tribunal found Teta guilty of molesting two boys, ages 7 and 9, in the confessional as they prepared for their First Communion. It was found to be “almost a satanic quality in Teta’s mode of acting toward young men and boys.” 

The alleged abuse occurred during his first assignment as associate pastor at Our Mother of Sorrows in Tucson, AZ from 1978 to 1980. However, Teta denied the allegations. The tribunal said the evidence in the case against him showed that his ‘‘insidious ‘rape’’ of his victims was ‘‘so heinous that the only solution is that he take up some other occupation’’.  A civil court later awarded about $2 million to the two victims.

The case was referred to the Vatican (Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith) by the Bishop of Tucson in the early 1990s. At the time, these types of matters were being handled by then-Carinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005, yet no action was taken. According to media reports, it took 12 years from the time Ratzinger assumed control of the case in a signed letter until Teta was formally removed from ministry.

Teta was accused of child abuse in several of the 11 lawsuits filed between 1999 and 2002 which were settled by the Tucson Diocese before January 2002. The flood of cases involving Teta factored into the Diocese of Tucson’s decision to file bankruptcy in 2004. 

According to media reports, in 2021, Teta was accused in a lawsuit alleging abuse of a minor while assigned to St. Joseph’s in Bound Brook, New Jersey from 1974-77.

He is believed to still be alive and has never been criminally convicted of the allegations against him. 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 Trenton in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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. 

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Fr. Eusebio Pantoja – Diocese of Trenton

Father Eusebio Pantoja (“Fr. Chevy”)

Diocese of Trenton/Claretian Missionaries

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Ordained: 1969

Removed: 1980/2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1970: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Chicago, IL) 
  • 1971-1973: Our Lady of Fatima (Perth Amboy, NJ)
  • 1974: St. Timothy (San Antonio, TX) 
  • 1975-1977: St. Anthony (Robstown, TX)
  • 1978-1979: Sacred Heart (Mathis, TX) 
  • 1980: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Corpus Christi, TX) 
  • 1991: (Mexico)
  • 1991-2019: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Eusebio Pantoja:

Fr. Eusebio Pantoja, more commonly known to his parishioners as “Fr. Chevy,” was a priest of the Claretian Missionaries ordained in Mexico. He lived in the Archdiocese in the early 1970s and assisted with the Spanish Cursillo. He left the Claretians in 1973. After working in Chicago, he had assignments in New Jersey (Diocese of Trenton) and Texas. He then spent almost a decade working as a priest in Mexico. In 1980, he was removed from ministry in the Diocese of Corpus Christi. That same year, he was expelled from the Claretian order. 

According to media reports, in 2002, a man alleged that Pantoja had abused him as a child in the early 1970s. One year later, in 2004, he was placed on leave by the Diocese of Claya in Mexico after a lawsuit was filed alleging that he “repeatedly sexually abused” a 14-year-old boy in the 1970s at the priest’s home and in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Chicago. The Archdiocese found the survivors to be credible, and the lawsuit was later settled. 

Pantoja’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors released in November 2018. His name appeared on the Diocese of Corpus Christi’s list, as well as on the Diocese of San Antonio’s list in January 2019. It noted that in 2002 he was accused of sexually abusing two children in the archdiocese in the early 1970s. 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 Trenton. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Trenton, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims. 

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Fr. Harold Hermley – Diocese of Trenton

Father Harold Hermley

Diocese of Trenton/Oblates of St. Francis de Sales

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Ordained: 1957

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • 1958-1964: Father Judge High School (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1964-1967: Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria, VA) 
  • 1967-1972: Salesianum High School (Wilmington, DE) 
  • 1973-1976: Northeast Catholic High School (Philadelphia, PA)  
  • 1977-1981: St. Teresa (Tuckerton, NJ) 
  • 1982: Father Judge Community (Philadelphia, PA)  

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Harold Hermley:

Fr. Harold Hermley was a priest of the Oblate of St. Francis de Sales religious order. According to the lawsuit, in 1967 he was removed from his position as a teacher from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia after possible child sexual abuse allegations surfaced. He was transferred to Wilmington, Delaware.

In April 2009, a man filed a civil lawsuit alleging that Hermley sexually abused him more than 100 times starting at age 15, between 1971 and 1973. The alleged abuse occurred while he was a student at Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware, and during overnight visits to New Jersey and Philadelphia.

In August 2011, the Oblates reached a $24.8 million settlement after seven years of legal proceedings with 40 victims who filed suits under the Delaware Child Victim’s act. According to media reports, one of the terms of the settlement was the release of names of 12 Oblate priests who have either admitted to sexual abuse or had allegations of sexual abuse substantiated against them. Hermley was on that list.

Hermley died in 1983.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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.

Fr. Robert Hermley (Franciscan) – Diocese of Trenton

Father Robert Hermley

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: 1955

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • 1955: De Sales Hall (Washington, DC)
  • 1956: St. Francis de Sales (Toledo, OH) 
  • 1958-1965: Father Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 1966: Mission House of the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales (Toledo, OH)  
  • 1967-1978: Father Judge High School for Boys (Philadelphia, PA)  
  • 1979-1980: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Seaside Heights, NJ)  
  • 1981-1982: Padua Academy Residence (Wilmington, DE)  
  • 1983-1988: Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Vienna, VA)  
  • 1990-1991: Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (Vienna, VA) 
  • 1992: St. Mary (Fredericksburg, VA) 
  • 1993-2000: Seton Home Study
  • 2001: Little Sisters of the Poor (Newark, NJ)  
  • 2003-2006: Oblates of St. Francis De Sales Retirement and Retreat Center  (Childs, MD)  
  • 2007-2008: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Hermley:

Fr. Robert Hermley was a priest of Oblates of St. Francis De Sales religious order. According to media reports, in June 1982, he was convicted in Pennsylvania of indecent assault of two minor boys age 13 and 14 while on assignment at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. He was arrested for watching a pornographic film with the boys in a parked car at a drive-in theater. Nineteen pornographic magazines were confiscated from his car. Hermley was sentenced to three years probation. Johns Hopkins University physicians examined Hermley and determined he did not need help. In December of the same year, he was reinstated to ministry in Vienna, Virginia.

In May 1987, a woman reported to the Oblates that Hermley sexually abused her son when he was 10 or 11-years old in the early 1980s while serving at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Local authorities were not contacted and the allegation was handled by the Oblates. 

In September 2003, Hermley was accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy while on assignment at Father Judge High School for Boys, in Philadelphia between 1976 and 1980. This time, the DA’s Office and law enforcement were contacted. 

In August 2011, his name was released as part of the Oblates’ settlement of $24.8 million reached with 40 plaintiffs.

Hermley retired in 2003. He was named in the Philadelphia Grand Jury report released in 2005. He died in August 2009. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Trenton in New Jersey. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in New Jersey, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Trenton 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.

Br. Kenneth Ghastin – Diocese of Trenton

Brother Kenneth Ghastin

Diocese of Trenton/Franciscan

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Ordained: 1959

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959: Simple Vows (Hungarian Franciscans); Holy Land Monastery (Washington, DC); (Detroit, MI); Holy Assumption (Roebling, NJ); Holy Cross High School (Trenton, NJ)
  • 1977-1978: (Lansing, MI) 
  • 1979-1983: Christopher Columbus Catholic High School (Boston, MA) 
  • 1983-1991: Serra Catholic High School (McKeesport, PA)
  • 1992: Dusquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) 
  • 1992-1993: St. Ann (Marlborough, MA) 
  • 1993-2005: Mount Alvernia Friary (Wappinger Falls, NY)
  • 2005-2012: (Clearwater, FL) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Brother Kenneth Ghastin:

Br. Kenneth Ghastin was a brother of the Franciscan Order. According to media reports, his personnel file released in December 2002, revealed allegations that Ghastin molested two brothers at Christopher Columbus High in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1970s. According to the files, Ghastin allegedly used the death of the boys’ father as an excuse to get close to them. The boys were in their early to mid-teens, but neither brother told the other what had happened for years. 

Ghastin was removed from St. Ann’s and removed from contact with children in December 1993, when the archdiocese was informed of the allegations against him from 1974. The Archdiocese of Boston settled the case for $30,000 in 1994. The oldest brother later committed suicide. 

In 2005, he is said to have retired to his Florida friary due to poor health. In October 2009, he was honored in the Diocese of St. Petersburg for celebrating 50 years as a Franciscan brother. 

Ghastin’s name was not included in the Archdiocese of Boston’s database from 2011. He died in 2013.

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