Sexually Abused by a Priest in the Archdiocese of Newark? We Can Help.
Our law firm is offering free, confidential evaluations of clergy sexual abuse claims involving priests of the Archdiocese of Newark. We have been handling clergy abuse cases for decades and have the experience you need to seek justice for what happened to you. Contact us today at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out your legal options.
Recent developments in the State of New Jersey, including the Attorney General’s announcement of a comprehensive investigation of sexual abuse allegations against New Jersey clergy, have changed the legal landscape for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark. The Attorney General investigation, which is only in its infancy, could very well reveal abuse and cover-up patterns similar to those found in New York and Pennsylvania in their groundbreaking grand jury investigations.
For a very limited time, survivors of childhood sexual abuse can file civil lawsuits seeking justice for the lifetime of hurt and shame that is caused by childhood sexual abuse – even if their statute of limitations previously expired.
Due to the recent passage of legislation in New Jersey, people whose statute of limitations previously expired can now file a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Newark and any other entities responsible for their sexual abuse.
A short “window” of time, as it is often called, will allow anyone sexually abused as a child in New Jersey to file lawsuits against their perpetrators and the institutions that protected and enabled the abusers, even if the statute of limitations had previously run out. The window is now open but will only be open for a very limited time. Once the window has expired, many clergy sexual abuse claims will be forever barred.
Therefore, it is very important that you contact us today to determine your legal options against the Archdiocese of Newark and anyone else who has hurt you.
Our lawyers are among the most experienced in the country in cases of clergy sexual abuse – and experience matters when bishops have the toughest lawyers in America working hard to protect their secrets.
Sexual abuse by any member of the clergy is an egregious breach of trust. Adam Horowitz is among the most experienced attorneys in the country in representing persons sexually abused by priests from the Catholic church and clergy of many other faiths. Since 2000, the lawyers of Horowitz Law have handled thousands of clergy sexual abuse cases involving various religious institutions, including Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders nationwide. These cases have arisen in religious school, churches/parishes, seminaries, religious counseling, retreats, schools and other activities sponsored by religious institutions.
In these cases, the lawyers of Horowitz Law have often prevailed on complex issues involving statutes of limitations, the First Amendment, and the discovery of “confidential” records that the Catholic Church has tried to conceal for nearly a century in some cases. In fighting these battles, our attorneys have became very familiar with the church’s unique hierarchy, record-keeping policies, terminology, and defense tactics, and are often called upon by colleagues to consult on these matters.
Most importantly, we have become familiar with the unique challenges and needs of survivors of clergy sexual abuse – and their families – during the legal process. Your safety and well-being are always our first priority.
Through Our Own Investigation, We Have Identified 123 Catholic Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Newark, and that Number is Expected to Grow.
In February 2019, Cardinal Tobin released the names of 63 men that the Archdiocese of Newark said were “credibly accused” of child sexual abuse since 1940. Such a determination was made after internal investigation by the Archdiocese, not independent third parties. The Archdiocese of Newark had exclusive control over the criteria determining which priests are identified, which makes an independent grand jury investigation that much more important.
Through our our investigative efforts, we have identified 123 Catholic clergy assigned in the Archdiocese of Newark who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing parishioners. We believe it to be the most comprehensive list of accused clergy publicly available today. In many cases, the men listed below were the subject of multiple allegations, or were moved to a new parish after allegations arose.
The accused clergy we have identified are:
- Fr. Reuben Abaya
- Fr. Robert Alcamo
- Fr. Michael Barber (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. Jorge Batista
- Fr. John F. X. Bellwoar (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. James T. Benedetto
- Fr. John X. Bergeur
- Br. Richard Berryman (Christian Brothers)
- Fr. Vincent Bonelli
- Fr. John Bouton
- Fr. Kevin Bray
- Fr. Michael Campanalonga
- Fr. John Capparelli
- Fr. James A. Carey
- Fr. Cornelius Carr (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. Robert Chabak
- Br. John Chaney (Christian Brothers)
- Fr. Peter Cheplic
- Br. Robert “Edmund” Coakley (Franciscan Friars)
- Fr. Dennis Cocozza
- Fr. Leo Courcy Jr.
- Fr. Absalom Coutinho
- Fr. Arturo Crespo
- Fr. William Crouse (Sons of the Sacred Heart)
- Fr. John H. Dagwell (Xaverian Brothers)
- Fr. Paul Daleo (Capuchin Friars)
- Fr. Hadmels R. DeFrias
- Fr. Thomas Denny (Jesuits)
- Fr. Joseph DiPeri
- Fr. Sal DiStefano
- Fr. Yusaf Dominic
- Fr. Donato Cabardo
- Br. George Donnelly (Xaverian Brothers)
- Fr. John J. Donohue
- Fr. William J. Dowd
- Fr. Thomas Duffy
- Fr. Edward J. Eilert
- Fr. David Ernst
- Fr. Joseph Fagan
- Fr. Joseph Fitzpatrick (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. John Flanagan
- Br. Thomas C. Ford (aka Thomas Cuthbert) (Christian Brother)
- Fr. Donal Fox (Benedictines)
- Fr. Michael C. Fugee
- Fr. Raymond Fullam (Jesuits)
- Fr. Lawrence Gadek
- Fr. Richard Galdon
- Fr. Manuel Gallo Espinoza
- Fr. William Giblin
- Fr. Augustine “Gus” Giella
- Fr. Robert Gibney
- Fr. Randal (James) Gillette (Passionists)
- Fr. Wladyslaw Gorak (a/k/a Walter Fisher)
- Fr. James Gould (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. Charles P. Granstrand
- Fr. Alan Guglielmo
- Fr. Kevin Gugliotta
- Fr. Bruce Harger
- Fr. Charles Hartling
- Fr. Robert Hermley (Oblates)
- Br. Jerome “Jerry” Heustis (Christian Brothers)
- Fr. John Hewetson
- Br. Andrew Hewitt (Christian Brothers)
- Fr. Eugene Heyndricks
- Br. Ronald Howe (Christian Brothers)
- Fr. Charles Hudson
- Br. Charles Irwin (Christian Brothers)
- Br. Vincent Jerome (Marist Brothers)
- Fr. Donald Keenan (Passionists)
- Fr. John E. Komar
- Fr. Kevin Kortina
- Fr. James Kuntz (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. John J. Laferrera
- Fr. Joseph Maffei (Salesians)
- Fr. Francis Maione
- Fr. Robert Marotta
- Fr. Kenneth Martin
- Deacon John R. McAulay
- Fr. Kevin McBrien (Carmelites)
- Fr. William McCann
- Archbishop Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
- Br. Michael Sean McElhatton (Christian Brothers)
- Br. Eugene McKenna (Christian Brothers)
- Fr. Horatio Daniel Medina
- Fr. Daniel Meehan
- Fr. Richard J. Mieliwocki
- Fr. John Morel
- Fr. Robert Morel
- Deacon Thomas Mousley
- Fr. John P. Nickas
- Br. Frank Nugent (Salesians)
- Fr. Eugene O’Brien (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. Michael O’Brien
- Br. Timothy J. O’Sullivan (Christian Brother)
- Fr. Contardo Angelo Omarini (Paulist Father)
- Fr. Caesar Orrico
- Fr. Anthony Paone (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. Keith F. Pecklers (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. Carlos Peralta (Salesians)
- Fr. Victor Phelan (Society of Missionaries in Africa)
- Fr. Thomas H. Reilly
- Fr. Jesus Orlando Rengifo
- Fr. Joseph P. Rice
- Fr. Sean Leo Rooney (Salesians)
- Fr. Gerald Ruane
- Fr. Mario Salazar
- Fr. William Scanlon (Jesuit priest)
- Br. Jerome Shannon (Christian Brothers)
- Br. J.P. Siebert (Christian Brothers)
- Fr. Carmen Sita (a/k/a Gerald Howard)
- Fr. Leonard Spanburgh
- Fr. Thomas Stanford (a/k/a Thomas Stamford)
- Fr. Edward Stanley
- Fr. Robert Stauffer
- Fr. Gerard Sudol
- Fr. Robert Svec
- Msgr. George Trabold
- Br. Gerald Waldron (Christian Brothers)
- Br. Donald Walsh (Christian Brothers)
- Fr. Leonard T. Walsh (Franciscan)
- Fr. Peter Walsh (Franciscan Friar)
- Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters
- Fr. Jim Weiner
- Fr. Benedict Worry (Benedictine priest)
- Fr. Robert Zasacki
In addition, Mr. Michael Hogan, a lay employee and/or volunteer of the Archdiocese of Newark has been accused of sexual misconduct during his affiliation with the Archdiocese.
Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Newark 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 Archdiocese of Newark 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 email@example.com to discuss your options today.