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Fr. Gerald Lyons – Diocese of Trenton

Father Gerald Lyons

Diocese of Trenton

Gerald Lyons Diocese of Trenton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1967

Died: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • 1962: Serving in the Diocese of Trenton
  • 1962: “On Duty Outside the Diocese,” North American College (Rome, Italy)
  • 1963-1965: St. Anthony’s Church (Trenton, NJ)
  • 1966-1969: “On Duty Outside the Diocese,” North American College (Rome, Italy)
  • 1970-1973: St. Veronica’s Church (Howell Township, NJ)
  • 1974: “On Leave of Absence”

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Gerald Lyons:

Fr. Gerald Lyons was ordained a priest in approximately 1967 and served in the Diocese of Trenton. He is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory after 1974. According to a list maintained by Bishop Accountability.org, he was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl when she was 4 to 5 years old from approximately 1964 to 1965.

At the time of the alleged sexual abuse, Lyons was assigned to St. Anthony’s Church in Trenton, New Jersey. The abuse occurred in the rectory affiliated with St. Anthony’s Church. Lyons reportedly would have the girl sit on his lap, and then he would reach into the front of her underwear, fondling her vagina.

The case was later settled in 2020 in the low six figures.

Lyons died in 1987.

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. Joseph Farrell – Diocese of Trenton

Father Joseph Farrell

Diocese of Trenton

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Ordained: 1974

Leave of Absence: 2021

Assignment History:

  • 1974: St. Joseph (Toms River, NJ)
  • Unknown: St. Bonaventure  (Lavalette, NJ)
  • 1983-1987: St. Mary of the Lakes (Medford, NJ)
  • 1987-1989: St. Ann (Keansburg, NY)
  • 1989-1995: Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)
  • 1996: Holy Eucharist (Tabernacle, NJ)
  • 1999 – 2021: St. Isidore the Farmer (New Egypt, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Farrell:

In April 2021, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of Trenton, alleging that Fr. Joseph Farrell sexually abused a minor in 1989 while working at Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. The victim, now a 44-year-old-man, claims that Farrell groomed him for sexual abuse and then abused him on more than 50 occasions while he was a student at the now-closed St. Agnes Catholic School.

According to media reports, the victim states that Farrell would massage his shoulders after basketball games and offered to write letters of recommendation so he could get into a good high school. Farrell served as Pastor at the time of these alleged incidents. The Pastor allegedly rubbed the D.A.’s genitals when he was assigned to bring paperwork to the rectory and on at least one occasion performed oral sex on the boy, who was then 13 or 14 years old, according to the civil complaint.

The lawsuit then documents a series of incidents that Farrell allegedly groped him, performed oral sex on him, masturbated in front of him, and then raped him. Farrell allegedly told him that this is how boys get what they wanted and that he could help “fix” his grades. The man claims that when in 7th grade, he went to the school’s principal and told him that Farrell made him feel uncomfortable, but no reports were ever written up or dealt with.

In April 2021, Farrell, a pastor at St. Isidore the Farmer Parish in New Egypt, was placed on leave by the Diocese of Trenton after the suit was received.

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. 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 Brother Kurt Munn:

Br. 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. 

According to media reports, 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, New Jersey. The victim who came forward claimed that 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 Munn with the New Jersey State Police in 1996. 

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 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 Munn victimized from 1972-1979 to open a new civil suit against him. 

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 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. 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. 

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

Fr. Reuben Abaya – Diocese of Trenton

Father Reuben Abaya

Diocese of Trenton

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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:

Fr. 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. 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 Fr. Santiago (Henry) Tamayo, then by Abaya and five other Filipino priests. The girl became pregnant by one of the other priests (not 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, 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 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 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. John Lugowski – Diocese of Trenton

Father John Lugowski

Diocese of Trenton

John Lugowski Horowitz Law

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:

Fr. 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, New York. 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. 

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 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. Charles O’Donoghue – Diocese of Trenton

Father Charles O’Donoghue

Diocese of Trenton

Charles O’Donoghue Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969: St. Dominic (Brick Town, NJ)
  • 1970-1976: St. Catherine (Spring Lake, NJ)
  • 1977-1986: Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Charles O’Donoghue:

Fr. 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, New Jersey from 1972 to 1974. The Diocese of Trenton said that Charles O’Donoghue was assigned there from 1969 to 1975, but there was 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 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. H. Brendan Williams – Diocese of Trenton

Father H. Brendan Williams

Diocese of Trenton

H. Brendan Williams Horowitz LawOrdained: 1965

Named in a civil lawsuit: 2009

Retired (voluntarily): 2012

Assigned as follows:

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

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 subject of credible allegations of child sexual abuse. The list included Fr. H Brendan Williams. Other than stating 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 Williams from ministry due to negligence while head pastor at St. Veronica’s church. Williams was Fr. 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, New Jersey. According to media reports, 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.

In July 2021, Williams was acquitted in a bench trial, rather than a jury trial.  When issuing her finding of not guilty, the judge noted that the charges against Williams required the State to prove that she was under the age of 13 during the incidents beyond a reasonable doubt.  The judge cited prior statements made by the alleged victim during the police investigation that she was 14 when the incidents occurred, which raised enough doubt in the judge’s mind to enter a not guilty verdict on that technical point.  She also cited testimony by the alleged victim that she was molested by Williams in a restaurant, where Williams hid his actions under a tablecloth; defense witnesses testified that the restaurant did not have tablecloths.

According to media reports, Judge Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor stated: “Is it possible [the restaurant incident occurred]? Of course. Has the state proven that happened beyond a reasonable doubt? No, I cannot say that. The inconsistencies in testimony just further undermine that confidence.”

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. Florencio Peneda Tumang – Diocese of Trenton

Father Florencio Peneda Tumang

Diocese of Trenton

Florencio Peneda Tumang Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1948

Incardinated in Diocese of Trenton: March 1984

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 Fr. Florencio Peneda Tumang, claiming that Tumang 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 media reports, 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, Fr. 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 was reportedly incardinated into the Diocese of Trenton in March 1984 but worked in Diocese of Trenton parishes and schools prior to his incardination date.

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 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. John Sullivan – Diocese of Trenton

Father John E. Sullivan

Diocese of Trenton

John E. Sullivan Horowitz LawOrdained: 1949

Death: unknown

Assigned as follows:

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

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 Fr. 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 died 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 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.