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Br. Kurt Munn – Diocese of Trenton

Br. Kurt Munn

Diocese of Trenton 

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Assigned as Follows:

  • Holy Assumption School (Roebling, NJ)

 

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Kurt Munn:

Kurt Munn was originally a Franciscan brother who transferred to New Jersey from Michigan in 1972. He worked under the Diocese of Trenton, but returned back to DeWitt, Michigan in 1979. 

In April of 2019, Kurt Munn was publicly accused of sexually abusing a boy from 1972-1979 while being assigned to Holy Assumption School in Roebling, NJ. The victim who came forward claimed that Brother Munn began raping him when he was a 7-year-old altar boy and continued on until he was 17. He filed a report against Kurt Munn with the New Jersey State Police in 1996. 

Kurt Munn admitted to abusing the boy as well as over a dozen other unnamed victims, but the statute of limitations would not allow prosecution. 

The Diocese of Trenton confirmed in 2019 that they had received multiple allegations in 1998 and again in 2007 against Brother Munn that related to his time at Holy Assumption. 

In December of 2019, six men total came forward with allegations of childhood sex abuse by Catholic clergy in South Jersey. They were able to sue the dioceses of Camden and Trenton under a new state law that allows civil actions for sex-abuse claims previously barred by a statute of limitations. This new state law made it possible for the man who Kurt Munn victimized from 1972-1979 to open a new civil suit against him. 

Kurt Munn was able to leave the Franciscan order. In April of 2019, it was reported he was back living in DeWitt, Michigan and has been active with the Knights of Columbus.

 

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 as a child 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. John H. Wadeson – Diocese of Trenton

Father John H. Wadeson (Society of the Divine Word)

Diocese of Trenton

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) 
  • 1980                Unknown 
  • 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 H. Wadeson:

Father John H. Wadeson worked in multiple parishes in New York and Brooklyn, Trenton, New Jersey, as well as the Diocese of Portland Oregon. According to a report from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in 1992, Father 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 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. Father Wadeson denied all allegations. The day after his removal, he left Guam, possibly to San Francisco. The Archdiocese of San Francisco withdrew privileges later that month.

In April 2015, the Archdiocese of Agana fully reinstated Father Wadeson after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reviewed his case and said, since there was no settlement or conviction Father 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 ministry is just cause for 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.

Father 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.  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.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Reuben Abaya – Diocese of Trenton

Father Reuben Abaya

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1977

Removed: N/A 

Assigned as follows:

  • 1977-1978      Our Lady Help of Christians (East Orange, NJ) 
  • 1978-1980      Holy Cross (Rumson, NJ) 
  • 1978-1980      Holy Rosary (Rumson, NJ)   
  • 1980                St. Philomena (Carson, CA) 
  • 1980-1983      St. Mary’s (Perth Amboy, NJ)  
  • 1984-2019      (Philippines)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Reuben Abaya:

Father Reuben Abaya was a Filipino priest who worked in New Jersey from 1977 to 1982. According to media reports, in 1984, he was one of seven priests accused of sexual abuse of a 16-year old girl. Father Abaya was visiting the other priests at St. Philomena in Carson, CA in April 1980, when the alleged abuse occurred. 

The girl was first seduced by Father Santiago (Henry) Tamayo, then by Father Abaya and five other Filipino priests. The girl became pregnant by one of the other priests (not Father Abaya). The priests secretly sent her to the Philippines where she endured a difficult pregnancy and nearly died giving birth.

In 1984, a lawsuit was filed. With support from the Archdiocese, all the priests fled the country and returned to the Philippines. The suit was dropped soon after. In 1991, Father Tamayo, the priest who first raped the girl, publicly apologized to the victim in a news conference, for his crimes and for involving the other priests in her abuse.  In 2007, the victim’s case was settled for $500,000, part of a $660-million settlement between the church and hundreds of people alleging abuse by priests.

It is believed that Father Abaya is currently the Spiritual Director at St. Mary’s Seminary in Laoag City, Philippines.

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.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. John Lugowski – Diocese of Trenton

Father John Lugowski

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1976

Resigned: 1989

Assigned as follows:

  • 1976-1978 Unknown
  • 1979-1980 Immaculate Conception (Trenton, NJ)
  • 1981 Unknown
  • 1982-1984 St. Joseph (Endicott, NY)
  • 1985-1987 St. Peter (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Lugowski:

Father John Lugowski was a Franciscan order priest. According to media reports, in 1987, he pleaded guilty to felony counts of sexual abuse and sodomy of a 10-year-old boy from Binghamton, NY. The Franciscan order sent him to The Southdown Institute, a psychiatric counseling center for clergy near Toronto, for 11 months before he was sentenced to one year in county jail. He served 8 months. 

Father Lugowski admitted to sexual contact with a total of five boys between 1981 and 1987. He resigned from the priesthood in 1989. He said he met all of his victims through the YMCA and not his parish. None of the victims filed lawsuits against him or the order.

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.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Charles O’Donoghue – Diocese of Trenton

Father Charles O’Donoghue

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969 St. Dominic (Brick Town, NJ)
  • 1977-2019 Unknown
  • 1970-1976 St. Catherine (Spring Lake, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles O’Donoghue:

Father Charles O’Donoghue was a member of a religious order based in Ireland known as the Irish Spiritans, also known as Father of the Holy Ghost. According to media reports in July 2009, a civil suit was filed alleging the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old girl and her 8-year-old old brother by a John O’Donoghue at St. Catharine Parish in Spring Lake, from 1972 to 1974. The Diocese of Trenton said that Charles O’Donoghue was assigned there from 1969 to1974, but there were no record of a “John.” In 2002, the Diocese of Trenton received a letter informing them of the alleged abuse by Charles O’Donoghue. In July 2009, another letter was received regarding John. Both letters were turned over to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Charles O’Donoghue returned to Ireland in 1975 and is believed to have 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 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.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. H. Brendan Williams – Diocese of Trenton

Father H. Brendan Williams

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1965

Named in civil lawsuit: 2009

Retired (voluntarily): 2012

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Joan of Arc (Marlton, New Jersey)
  • Holy Angels (Hamilton, New Jersey)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Chaplain (Edison, New Jersey)
  • St. Veronica, Pastor (Howell, New Jersey)
  • Retirement, Villa Vianney (Lawrenceville, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father H. Brendan Williams:

In February 2019, the Diocese of Trenton published a list of priests who were the subjet of credible allegations of child sexual abuse.  The list included Fr. H. Brendan Williams. Other than to say that he was the subject of multiple credible allegations, the Diocese of Trenton did not provide any details about the allegations, such as the age/gender of his victims, or Williams’ assignments at the time of the abuse.

In 2009 the Diocese of Trenton removed Father H. Brendan Williams from ministry due to negligence while head pastor at St. Veronica’s church. Williams was Father Milewski’s supervisor while at St. Veronica’s and it was during this period that Milewski sexually abused multiple young boys. Milewski’s victim listed Williams in a subsequent lawsuit filed by the families of several victims.  That lawsuit did not accuse Williams of committing sexual abuse himself.

In September 2019, Williams was arrested for sexually abusing a girl under the age of 13 during his assignment at St. Veronica in Howell.  According to law enforcement, alleged criminal acts occurred between 1997 and 1999.  Williams is alleged to have touched the victim’s intimate parts with his hands on at least three occasions during that time period – twice in Colts Neck and once at a location in Ocean County.

At the time of his arrest, Williams was living in Villa Vianney, a facility for retired priests, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

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 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Florencio Peneda Tumang – Diocese of Trenton

Father Florencio Peneda Tumang

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1948

Fled the country: 1993

Died: Unknown

Assigned in Diocese of Trenton as follows:

  • St. John Vianney (Colonia, NJ)
  • St. Catherine (Middletown, NJ)
  • St. Mary of the Lakes (Medford, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Florencio Peneda Tumang:

In 1993, four families of the Trenton Diocese filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Trenton, St. Mary’s parish, several Diocesan officials and Father Florencio Peneda Tumang, claiming that Father Florencio Peneda Tumang of sexually abused four of their daughters. After the allegations became public Tumang fled to the Philippines and never returned to the United States.

According to the lawsuit, three of the four families claimed that they approached the Diocese in 1990 to report the molestation of their daughters. The Diocese did nothing, and the fourth girl was molested as a result, according to the lawsuit.

According to court documents, the assaults occurred between the late 1980s and early 1990s.  The girls were in their early teens at the time the abuse began.

Shortly after the families sued the church, Father Joseph LaForge allegedly gave Tumang $5,000 from a parish account to flee the country. LaForge was later indicted on charges of helping Tumang escape, and the charges were dismissed after he completed a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders.  

Tumang’s name appears on the Diocese of Trenton’s list of credibly accused priests, published in February 2019.

Tumang is dead but was never formally removed from the priesthood before his death.

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 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. John Sullivan – Diocese of Trenton

Father John E. Sullivan

Diocese of Trenton

Ordained: 1949

Death: unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Victories (Sayreville, New Jersey)
  • St. Agnes (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey)
  • Holy Spirit (Asbury Park, New Jersey)
  • Incarnation (Trenton, New Jersey)
  • Mary Mother of God (Hillsborough, New Jersey)
  • St. Joseph (Beverly, New Jersey)
  • St. Gabriel (Marlboro, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John E. Sullivan:

The Diocese of Trenton recently released a list naming each of the priests within their ministry who have credible allegations of child sexual abuse against them. The Diocese included Father John E. Sullivan on that list. While the Diocese of Trenton did state that Sullivan was the subject of multiple credible allegations of abuse, it did not provide any information about the allegations, such as the age/gender of his victims or his assignments at the time of the abuse.

Sullivan passed away in good standing with the Diocese of Trenton, but exactly when he died is not clear.

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 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. James Selvaraj – Diocese of Trenton

Father James Selvaraj

Diocese of Trenton

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Arrived in Trenton: 1998

Removed of Priestly Faculties: 2005

Assigned in Diocese of Trenton as follows:

  • 1998 – 2005 St. Raphael-Holy Angels (Hamilton, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father James Selvaraj:

Father James Selvaraj transferred from an Indian Diocese to gain experience from the Diocese of Trenton in 1998. In 2005 Selvaraj was accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old girl at St. Raphael in Hamilton.

Immediately after the allegation came out the Diocese of Trenton removed Selvaraj from his priestly duties and attempted to force Selvaraj to return to India. According to the Diocese, the church officials repeatedly warned Selvaraj of his “overly friendly personality” prior to the allegation being made.

While prosecutors initially charged Selvaraj with a third degree felony, in 2006, a grand jury reviewed and ultimately dismissed the charges.  

Selvaraj has denied any wrongdoing, and called the motives of the alleged victim’s mother into question.

Selvaraj refused to return to India, having become a U.S. citizen by that point, and he appealed his removal from ministry to the Holy See.   In 2012, Vatican officials denied his request to return to ministry as the Diocese of Trenton followed proper internal Church protocol in his removal. The Diocese no longer pays Selvaraj a salary. However, they still pay for his health and car insurance. According to a local news publication, a small group of parishioners gathered to raise money to sustain Selvaraj’s living expenses.

Selvaraj’s name does not appear on the Diocese of Trenton’s list of credibly accused priests, published in February 2019.

Selvaraj’s current location is unknown.  He was last believed to be residing in New Jersey, though without faculties to minister 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 Trenton. 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

 

Fr. Thomas Rittenhouse – Diocese of Trenton

Father Thomas A. Rittenhouse

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: 1976

Died: 2006

Assignment History:

  • 1977: St. Denis (Manasquan, New Jersey)
  • 1978-1979: St. James (Woodbridge, New Jersey)
  • 1980: St. Anthony (Trenton, New Jersey)
  • 1981-1988: Holy Cross (Rumson, New Jersey)
  • 1989: St. Anthony of Padua (Hightstown, New Jersey)
  • 1998-2002: St. Clement (Matawan, New Jersey)
  • 2002: St. Agnes (Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey)
  • 2002-2006: St. Peter (Riverside, New Jersey)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas A. Rittenhouse:

The Diocese of Trenton listed Father Thomas A. Rittenhouse on a roster of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse published in February 2019. The Diocese of Trenton indicated that Rittenhouse was the subject of one credible allegation, but did not provide any additional details, such as the age/gender of the victim or Rittenhouse’s assignment at the time of the abuse.

In January 2021, Fr. Thomas A. Rittenhouse was accused of sexually abusing a minor while assigned to Holy Cross Church in Rumson, NJ from 1981 to 1982. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Rittenhouse left Rumson in 1988 for St. Anthony of Padua in Hightstown, where he stayed for about a year. He retired roughly three times between 1996 and 2002 and took a leave of absence in 1997 from an unknown congregation.

Rittenhouse passed away in 2006 in good standing as a priest. According to Diocese files, Rittenhouse once reported a priest, Father Paul Hurley for inappropriate conduct with teenage boys in the early 1990s.

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 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 to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims, but filing deadlines 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 (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.