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Fr. John F.X. Bellwoar – Archdiocese of New York

Father John F.X. Bellwoar

Archdiocese of New York/JesuitsJohn Bellwoar

Ordained: 1933

Removed: 2008

Died: 2018

Assignment History:

  • 1934-1935: College of the Sacred Heart (Woodstock, MD)
  • 1935-1936: St. Andrew-on-Hudson (Poughkeepsie, NY)
  • 1936-1937: St. Peter’s College (Jersey City, NJ)
  • 1937-1938: Fordham University (Bronx, NY)
  • 1939-1940: Church of the Gesu (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1941-1971: Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1971-1978: St. Patrick’s (Washington, DC)
  • 1979-1991: Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)
  • 1992-1993: The Jesuit Community at Georgetown University (Washington, DC)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John F.X. Bellwoar:

Fr. John F. X. Bellwoar was ordained a Jesuit priest.  According to media reports, in December 2018, his name appeared on the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus list of Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. It noted multiple abuse allegations, occurring from the 1950s to the 1960s in Prince George’s County, MD, and Washington, DC. The allegations were also reported to the Archdiocese of New York. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the abuse occurred, are unknown.

In February 2019, his name was included in the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. Fr. Bellwoar died in November 1993, 25 years before allegations came to light.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of New York.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or other Catholic clergy in New York State, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of New York now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York and nationwide. We can help.

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

 

Washington D.C. Priest Urbano Vazquez Sentenced to 15 Years for Sexually Abusing Girls

Washington D.C Priest Sentenced to 15 Years for Sexually Abusing Young Girls

Urbano Vazquez Horowitz Law

Washington D.C. Catholic priest Urbano Vazquez, age 47, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday, November 22 after he was found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls. In August of 2019, he was found guilty on one count of second-degree child sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl, and two counts of second-degree child sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse of a child against a 9-year-old girl. Both girls were his parishioners. The crimes were committed between 2015 and 2017, while he was an assistant pastor at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart.  This parish belongs to the Archdiocese of Washington.  Vazquez is a priest from a Religious Order of Friars known as the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

Vazquez groped the 13-year-old and kissed and groped the 9-year-old. He denied the charges and has maintained his innocence. Earlier in the week, he submitted a nine-page written letter to the judge asking for mercy at his sentencing saying he “was too busy to do a crazy thing.” He never mentioned his victims, or the crimes he was convicted of committing.

Both victims testified at the trial. The younger girl testified that her desire to be a nun died when Vazquez kissed her in 2016 and groped her “a lot of times,” including in the church’s sacristy.

Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Matt Williams wrote, in his own letter to the judge, that “each victim testified that when the defendant was touching them, he acted like there was nothing unusual or wrong with what was going on. He did not speak, did not apologize, and did not react.”

When Vazquez took the stand in his own defense and did not acknowledge his criminal behavior, Williams added, “he swore that the young girls whose lives he changed forever were liars. It takes a depraved — and dangerously manipulative — person to do that.”

Urbano Vazquez’s abuse of these children is a disgraceful example of abuse of power.  Unfortunately, all too often, we see men with depraved sexual interests, gravitate to the clergy and other professions where they will have opportunity and access to molest children.   The victims of this crime should be commended for having the courage to report these crimes and stand up to their perpetrator in Court and hold him accountable.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Washington. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a priest or other clergy, please 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. Timothy Slevin – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Timothy Slevin

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1965

Removed: 1974

Laicized: 1978

Assigned as follows:

  • Nativity Catholic Church (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Timothy Slevin:

According to media reports, in 1972,  Father Timothy Slevin underwent treatment for fondling children connected with the Nativity Catholic Church in Washington, DC. He abandoned the priesthood in 1974 and was laicized in 1978. 

In 1980, he was hired to coach the basketball team at Sacred Heart Catholic School. In August 1985, he was arrested for sexually abusing a fourth-grader at Sacred Heart Elementary School from 1983-1986. Court documents state that the incidents took place at Father Slevin’s apartment, and that at times he paid the boy money. The boy’s grades suffered and he became increasingly morose, the sentencing memo states, adding that the boy has enrolled in another school.

In April 1986, Father Slevin, pleaded guilty to four counts of sodomizing a minor and admitted to police he sexually abused six other boys more than 50 times in the past six years. The boys ranged in age from 10 to 16 when the incidents occurred. Charges relating to these acts were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea on four counts of abusing the other boy from 1983-1986.

In May 1986, Father Slevin was sentenced to three to twelve years in prison by a judge who said the man’s actions had produced “incalculable harm.”

“After reviewing everything, I’ve come down to the conclusion that this is not a case for probation,” said Superior Court Judge Robert Mencher.

In December 1986, the mother of one of the boys sued the Archdiocese of Washington and Father Slevin for $200 million. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

In October 2018, Father Slevin’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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

Father Joseph Skelton, Jr.

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 2001

Removed: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Vincent Ferrer (Calape, Philippines)
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Calape, Philippines)
  • St. John Provincial Seminary (Detroit, MI)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Skelton, Jr.:

According to media reports, in 1988, Father Joseph Skelton, Jr. pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in his room while serving at St. John Provincial Seminary in Detroit. He was given three years probation and dismissed from seminary.

In 2001, he was incardinated into the Diocese of Tagbilaran in Bohol province of the Philippines. After learning that Father Skelton had been ordained, the Archdiocese of Detroit sent a letter about his conviction to the Tagbilaran diocese in early 2003. Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak, who ordained Father Skelton said he wouldn’t have made him a priest if he had known about the criminal conviction. Bishop Leonardo Medroso, an expert on Canon Law,  said he would investigate. But he added: “He was convicted, and that means to say he has served already the conviction. So what obstacle can there be if he has already served his punishment or penalty?”

In a 2008 civil suit, a man alleged that in the summer of 1984, he was abused by Father Skelton, and by Father George Stallings when he was a 14-year old seminary student. The boy was helping Father Stallings remodel the rectory at St. Teresa of Avila. He stayed in the rectory’s attic to avoid a long commute.  

In November 2009, Skelton was removed from ministry in central Tagbilaran city.

In October 2009, the civil case was settled for $125,000.

As of February 2019, Father Skelton is still active and working with young people in the Philippines.

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

Father Alphonsus Smith

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1956

Removed: 1995

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1990-1995      St. Bernardine of Siena Parish, (Suitland, MD)  
  • 1982-1990      Our Lady of Sorrows Parish (Takoma Park, MD)  
  • 1975-1982      Church of St. Matthias the Apostle (Lanham, MD)
  • 1972-1975      St. John the Evangelist Parish (Clinton, MD)
  • 1970-1972      St. Francis Xavier Parish (Newtowne, MD)
  • 1964-1970      St. Hugh Parish (Greenbelt, MD)
  • 1964-1964      St. John the Evangelist Parish (Silver Spring, MD)
  • 1956-1964      St. Martin Parish (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Alphonsus Smith:

According to media reports, in March 1995, Father Alphonsus Smith was one of four priests who admitted to molesting the same altar boy in the 1970s. He was criminally charged in another four indictments with abusing four boys, aged 11-17, in the 1970s and 1980s. The abuse occurred at St. Matthias, St. John’s, and Our Lady of Sorrows, where he admitted to sexually abusing one boy for five years, beginning in 1988.

Father Smith pleaded guilty in 1996, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. One year later, his sentence was reduced to five years of supervised probation, which required that he remain in a treatment facility. He remained under care at the Vianney Center until his death in 2005.

At least one claim was included in the $1.3M settlement with Archdiocese of Washington in December 2006.

In October 2018, Father Smith’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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

Deacon Dan P. Stallings

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1986

Removed: 2007

Laicized: 2009

Died: 2015

Assigned as follows:

  • St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (Silver Spring, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Deacon Dan P. Stallings:

According to media reports, Deacon Dan P. Stallings was arrested in December 2007 and charged with having a sexual relationship with his stepdaughter. The abuse began in 1963 when the girl was 8 years old, and continued through the girl’s high school years. Deacon Stallings was removed from ministry.

The victim told police that over a period of six years, Deacon Stallings sexually assaulted her more than 60 times in the bedroom and bathroom of the Stallings family home. At the time the girl asked Deacon Stallings why he was doing this. He told her “it was because he loved her, and it would be their secret,” the prosecutor told the judge.

The victim also told police Deacon Stallings had abused her cousin. Prosecutors told the judge that Stallings acknowledged that abuse, but he was not charged with those crimes.

In January 2008, additional charges were filed after a woman alleged Deacon Stallings abused her in 1998, when she was 15 or 16 years old. In March 2008, he pleaded guilty to five counts of incest and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault. In May 2008, he was sentenced to twenty years in prison.

Deacon Stallings was laicized in 2009, and died in 2015.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington 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. George A. Stallings, Jr. – Archdiocese of Washington

Father George A. Stallings, Jr.

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1974

Excommunicated: 1990

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (Washington, DC)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (Washington, DC)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George A. Stallings, Jr.:

According to media reports, in 1986, the Archdiocese of Washington received a signed letter from a parishioner who alleged that Father Stallings was having sex with a boy in her family. No action was taken because church officials were not able to substantiate it as anything other than hearsay.

In September 1989, an adult man alleged that Father George A. Stallings, Jr. sexually abused him when he was a 16-year old altar boy at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. The alleged victim said he and Father Stallings repeatedly had sexual relations in the church rectory for several months in 1977. He said the abused ended when he refused further advances, and he never reported it to authorities.

In the summer of 1989, Cardinal Hickey confronted Father Stallings with concerns about his lifestyle, including whether he had engaged in any homosexual behavior. Cardinal Hickey asked him to seek treatment at a church-owned facility specializing in treating pedophilia. Father Stallings refused and formed his own breakaway congregation as a Black Catholic church. In 1990, Father Stallings was excommunicated from the church, but claimed he left because of racism.

In April 1990, a second adult second man came forward alleging sexual abuse by Father Stallings when he was an altar boy at Our Lady Queen of Peace. The man said that he and Father Stallings continued a sexual relationship from 1976-1984, starting when he was 11 years old. He said Father Stallings “was a father-type figure to me. I looked up to him, being that he was a priest.”

According to media reports, a priest who knew Father Stallings and the young man during the late 1970s confirmed the sexual relationship with the child. The young man “would spend nights at the St. Teresa’s rectory” after Stallings moved there in 1976, the priest said.

In 2008, a third adult man filed a civil suit that claimed he was sexually abused as a teenager by Father Stallings at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church from 1976-1984. In October 2009, the case was settled out of court.

Father Stallings currently serves at the Imani Temple African-American Catholic Congregation that he founded in 1990.

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

Father William McSherry Stock

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1969

Abandoned: 1985

Assigned as follows:

  • 1969 – 1973         St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Bethesda, MD)
  • 1973 – 1974         Mt. Calvary (Forestville, MD)  
  • 1974 – 1983         St. Peter’s  (Olney, MD)
  • 1984                    Our Lady Queen of Peace (Middle River, MD)
  • 1984 to 1985       St. Paul’s (Damascus, MD)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father William McSherry Stock:

According to media reports, in March 2006, an adult man reported to police that Father William McSherry Stock, sexually abused him in 1980, while an associate pastor at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Olney, Maryland. The man was 17 at the time and had sought counseling from Father Stock.  

In May 2006, Father Stock was arrested and charged with custodial child abuse. A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington said Father Stock served five area churches before leaving the priesthood in 1985.

In the fall of 2003, Father Stock became a substitute teacher for the Montgomery County Public School system.

In September 2006, he was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a boy in 1978. The victim was allegedly abused by Father Stock when he was 14 years old. The victim reported that during a face-to-face confession at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Father Stock touched him inappropriately.  According to police reports, approximately two weeks later, Father Stock drove the victim and other altar boys to the movies. During the movie, Father Stock sat next to the victim and touched him inappropriately.

After the movie, the other boys were dropped off and the victim was left alone with Father Stock. The victim was then driven to the church, and Father Stock again inappropriately touched and sexually assaulted the victim in the cloakroom, police said.  According to the charging document, after the victim resisted Father Stock in the cloakroom, Father Stock stopped touching him and “told him that this would be their little secret.” 

In October 2007, pleaded guilty last to two counts of unnatural and perverted sexual practices. The following month in November, Father Stock was sentenced to 19 months in prison.

In October 2018, Father Stock’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

Stock is believed to be residing in Rockville, Maryland.

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

Father Ronald J. Tully

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1966

Removed: 2004

Laicized: 2016

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • Pope Pius XXII High School in (Passaic, NJ)
  • Sacred Heart Church (Dover, NJ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Ronald J. Tully:

According to media reports, Father Ronald J. Tully was ordained for the Augustinian Order. In the 1960s, he taught in Washington, DC. In 1970, he left the Order and became became a Diocese of Paterson priest.

In April 1979, Father Ronald J. Tully  was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of child endangerment in Riverhead, NY. Two boys, ages 14 and 15 alleged Father Tully sexually abused them when they were teenagers, while attending Pope Pius XII High School. They said Father Tully took them to his summer home on Long Island and got them drunk. He fondled one boy, and pulled down the pants of the other boy and molested him. They said they locked themselves in a bedroom, and jumped out a window while Father Tully banged on the door. The boys, ran to a nearby house and the police were called.

In 1980, the charges were dismissed. According to court papers, Bishop Rodimer told the families of the alleged victims that if they did not pursue charges, Father Tully would be punished and not allowed access to children. A nun, then principal of the school, was accused of threatening family members to keep them quiet.

In 2004, both alleged victims came forward after learning Father Tully had been assigned to Sacred Heart parish since 1983 and had been promoted to monsignor. Church officials laicized Father Tully. Subsequently, the allegations raised questions about why he was not removed earlier. The national Catholic bishops’ conference approved a measure in 2002 that allowed the church to remove priests after one instance of child abuse.

In January 2007, a third claim was settled by the Diocese of Paterson with a Boston area man who said he was sexually assaulted by Father Tully in 1984. The man was 14 at the time and said the abuse occurred over a period of six months, with Father Tully fondling him occasionally before sexually assaulting him in the Sacred Heart rectory.

On one occasion, Father Tully became irate when the boy refused to give him oral sex, said the victim’s lawyer. “He’s suffered enormous emotional damages.”

In April 2008, two more claims were settled by the Diocese of Paterson. Later that year in December, a claim was settled with a man who said he was 14 years old and a student at Pope Pius XII High School in Passaic when Father Tully fondled him in 1977. At the time, Father Tully was an assistant principal at the school.

In March 2012, a claim was settled with a man who claimed he was 16 years old and a student at Pope Pius XII High School in Passaic, in 1976 when the alleged abuse took place.

In September 2015, a claim was settled with a woman who claimed that Father Tully fondled her 20 times in 1977 when she was a 16-year-old student at Pope Pius High School in Passaic. Father Tully was the high school’s vice principal at the time.

The Diocese of Paterson paid a total of $2.1 million in settlements with at least 9 claims of sexual abuse by Father Tully. Father Tully denied all charges.

In 2011, allegations of sexual abuse were reported to the Archdiocese of Washington DC. Father Tully was laicized in January 2016, .

In October 2018, Father Tully’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died one month later in November.

In February 2019, Father Tully’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Paterson’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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

Father Paul T. Twiddy

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1952

Died: 2009

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (Washington, DC)
  • St. Jerome’s (Hyattsville, Maryland)
  • St. Matthew’s Cathedral (
  • St. Mark’s (Hyattsville, Maryland)
  • St. Matthew’s Cathedral (Washington, DC)
  • Diocese of Monterey (California)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Paul T. Twiddy

According to media reports, in 1968, the Archdiocese of Washington first received a report of sexual abuse by Father Paul T. Twiddy in 1965. He was removed, sent for evaluation and treatment. In 1968, he returned to ministry.

From 1968 -1971, he worked in the Diocese of Monterey in California. In 1971, additional allegations of sexual abuse by Father Twiddy in California from 1971-1979 were reported.

In 1980, he was sent to treatment and cleared for return to limited ministry.

From 1980-1986, Father Twiddy was in residence in a Washington, DC parish with limited responsibilities while in out-patient treatment. Father Twiddy retired in 1986. He moved moved to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in 1993, and lived there until his death in July 2009.

In October 2018, Father Twiddy’s name first appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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