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Easton Allentown Diocese Horowitz Law

The Shocking History of Priest Abuse in Easton, Pennsylvania

Easton, Pennsylvania, located on the Delaware River across from New Jersey, is a town of about 30,000 people.  It is home to five Catholic parishes, a surprisingly large number given the small size of the town.  It is also the home of Notre Dame High School, one of the largest schools operated by the Diocese of Allentown.  The parishes and schools draw people from the surrounding Lehigh River Valley and northern New Jersey.

Easton also has the dubious distinction of being “ground zero” of the child sexual abuse crisis in the Diocese of Allentown.  The August 2018 grand jury report identified more than a dozen priests who have been assigned to the parishes of Easton throughout the history of the Diocese, which was formed in 1961.

Through our own investigation, we have identified 54 priests accused of abuse in the Diocese of Allentown – and discovered that almost half of those men were assigned to one or more parishes in Easton at some point during their career, and as recently as 2014.  Most of these 26 men appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests.

St. Anthony of Padua

St. Bernard

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

St. Joseph

St. Michael

Notre Dame High School

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

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

Notre Dame Allentown Horowitz Law

Notre Dame High School (Easton, PA)

Easton, Pennsylvania, is home to one of the Diocese of Allentown’s largest schools, Notre Dame High School.  Established in 1957, Notre Dame has educated countless children in Eastern Pennsylvania and even parts of New Jersey.

Notre Dame also has the dubious distinction as an assignment held by a staggeringly high number of priests accused of sexually abusing children.  The following men, most of whom appear on the Diocese of Allentown’s list of credibly accused priests, were all assigned as teachers or administrators at Notre Dame High School at some point during their careers:

Easton, a town of approximately 30,000 people, is also home to five Catholic parishes. For more information on accused priests assigned to Easton’s parishes, click here

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

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.

 

Msgr. William E. Jones (Diocese of Allentown)

Msgr. William E. Jones

Diocese of Allentown (Pennsylvania)

Ordained: 1960

Elevated to Monsignor: 1991

Removed from ministry: 2002

Named in civil lawsuit: 2004

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1963            Annunciation B.V.M. (Shenandoah, PA)
  • 1963-1968            St. Ambrose (Schuylkill Haven, PA)
  • 1968-1969            St. Francis of Assisi (Allentown, PA)
  • 1969-1975            St. Jane Frances de Chantal (Easton, PA)
  • 1970-1972            Notre Dame High School (Easton, PA)
  • 1974-1975            St. Mary (St. Clair, PA)/Nativity B.V.M. High School (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1975-1978            St. Joseph (Summit Hill, PA)
  • 1978-1981            St. Vincent de Paul (Minersville, PA)
  • 1981-1983            Diocesan Board of Education (West Schuylkill, PA)
  • 1983-1984            St. Patrick (Pottsville, PA)
  • 1984-1996            Various diocesan administrative positions
  • 1996-1999            Dean of South Schuylkill Deanery
  • 1999-2002            Various diocesan administrative positions, including Vicar Forane
  • April 2002            Resigned

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Msgr. William Jones:

The Diocese of Allentown was sued in 2004 by a man who claimed he was one of several boys molested by Jones during a trip, and on other occasions, from 1978 until 1980.  The lawsuit was dismissed by the Court in 2005 due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.

Very little is mentioned about the allegations against Jones in the most recent grand jury report.  However, our experience tells us that, from his assignment history alone, there are several red flags that the Diocese of Allentown may have become aware that Jones was acting inappropriately with minors at some point in his career.  For example, his assignments to so many high schools in such a short amount of time suggests that trouble quickly arose when he arrived in a new place. Those transfers, and the reasons for them, would absolutely be the subject of additional investigation in any lawsuits filed against the Diocese of Allentown by victims of Jones.

Jones 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 Allentown.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options against the Diocese of Allentown.

Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com today.