Sexually Abused by Catholic Clergy in the Diocese of Paterson? We Can Help.
Our law firm is offering free, confidential evaluations of clergy sexual abuse claims involving priests of the Diocese of Paterson. 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 (954) 641-2100 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 Diocese of Paterson. 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.
The Diocese of Paterson has established a voluntary compensation fund for survivors of sexual abuse in Paterson, but you must act soon.
Recently, the Bishop of Paterson, Arthur J. Serratelli, announced that the Diocese of Paterson will participate in a confidential, voluntary compensation settlement fund for victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the State of New Jersey. The fund, which is modeled after similar funds in New York and Pennsylvania, will compensate victims in a shorter, more cursory process than full-blown litigation. Respected attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who administered the New York and Pennsylvania claims and other high profile, sensitive claims like the 9/11 Fund, and his business manager, Camille Biros, will review each claim as a neutral third party and award compensation. We have extensive experience handling claims in the compensation funds and are very familiar with the process and expectations of Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros.
There will be a deadline by which all claims must be filed with the Diocese of Paterson, so it is important that you act today to protect your rights under the fund. Contact us today to discuss your options.
Through Our Own Investigation, We Have Identified 41 Catholic Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Paterson, and that Number is Expected to Grow.
In February 2019, Bishop Serratelli released the names of 28 men that it said had been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors in the Diocese of Paterson. The Diocese defined the term “credibly accused” itself, and had total control over the investigation into the credibility of the underlying allegations, just as it had exclusive control over the criteria determining which priests were identified on its list. By its own admission, the Diocese of Paterson’s disclosure included mostly men whose allegations were already public due to criminal and civil legal proceedings. In addition, according to a deposition taken in a civil lawsuit, former Bishop Frank Rodimer ordered all secret archive files, where the most scandalous sexual abuse allegations are kept according to Canon law, destroyed in 1978. Therefore, it is possible that the Diocese of Paterson’s list will never be complete, since there are no documents relating to those allegations in existence to review.
Through our our investigative efforts, we have identified a staggering 41 Catholic clergy – including religious brothers and even a nun – assigned in the Diocese of Paterson who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing minors. We believe it to be the most comprehensive list of accused priests publicly available today. In many cases, the people 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. Jose Alonso (a/k/a Jose Alonzo)
- Fr. Charles V. Bradley
- Fr. Timothy J. Brennan (Benedictine priest)
- Fr. Justin J. Caputo (Benedictine priest)
- Fr. George Costigan
- Fr. Absalom Coutinho
- Fr. William Cramer
- Fr. Francis X. Dennehy
- Fr. John Henry Derricks
- Fr. Stanislaus Durka
- Fr. Patrick Erwin
- Br. Malachy Flavin (Benedictine brother)
- Fr. Donal Fox (Benedictine priest)
- Fr. Carlos Guzman
- Fr. James T. Hanley
- Fr. John Heekin
- Fr. Jose Lopez Durango
- Br. Richard E. Lott (Benedictine brother)
- Fr. Peter McBride
- Fr. William McCarthy
- Fr. William Mockus
- Fr. Joseph W. Molloy
- Br. Francis (Frank) Nugent (Salesian brother)
- Fr. Marcin Nurek
- Fr. Andrew Perretta
- Fr. John G. Pisarcik
- Fr. Walter Pruschowitz
- Fr. Thomas Rainforth
- Fr. James Scott
- Fr. Donald Sella
- Sr. Eileen Shah (Sisters of Charity)
- Fr. James A. Smith
- Fr. Ralph Sodano
- Fr. Allen Stepien
- Fr. John Sutton
- Fr. Luke Travers (Benedictine priest)
- Fr. Ronald Tully (Augustinian priest)
- Fr. Julian Varettoni
- Fr. John Wall
- Fr. Gregory White
- Fr. William Winston
Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Paterson 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 Paterson 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 (954) 641-2100 or email@example.com to discuss your options today.