Sexually Abused by a Priest in the Diocese of Trenton? We Can Help.
Our law firm is offering free, confidential evaluations of clergy sexual abuse claims involving priests of the Diocese of Trenton. 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 Trenton. 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 Trenton has established a voluntary compensation fund for survivors of sexual abuse in Trenton, but you must act soon.
Recently, the Bishop of Trenton, David M. O’Connell, c.m., announced that the Diocese of Trenton 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 Trenton, 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 54 Catholic Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse in the Diocese of Trenton, and that Number is Expected to Grow.
In February 2019, Bishop O’Connell released the names of 30 men that it said had been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors in the Diocese of Trenton. 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. This makes an independent grand jury investigation that much more important.
Through our own investigative efforts, we have identified 54 Catholic priests assigned in the Diocese of Trenton 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 priests listed below were the subject of multiple allegations, or were moved to a new parish after allegations arose.
The accused priests we have identified are:
- Fr. Ruben Abaya
- Fr. Romannilo (Nilo) Apura
- Fr. Edward Balestrieri (Trinitarian)
- Fr. Ronald Becker
- Msgr. Richard C. Brietske
- Fr. Gerard J. Brown
- Fr. Francis (Frank) D. Bruno
- Marcin Burek (Seminarian)
- Fr. Michael J. Burns
- Fr. John Butler (Diocese of Rockville Centre)
- Deacon Charles J. Comito
- Fr. Benjamin R. Dino
- Fr. Andrew Dittrich (Jesuit)
- Fr. Jean-Level Eliscard
- Fr. Anthony Joseph Eremito
- Fr. Manuel Fernandez
- Fr. Thomas J. Frain
- Fr. Michael Garry
- Br. Kenneth Ghastin (Franciscan)
- Fr. J. Gerard Griffin
- Fr. Douglas Hermansen
- Fr. Harold Hermley (Franciscan)
- Fr. Robert Hermley (Franciscan)
- Fr. Frank J. Iazetta
- Fr. Vincent Inghilterra
- Fr. Francis J. C. Janos
- Fr. Leo A. Kelty
- Fr. Jose Ignatius Kuruthukulaugara
- Fr. John Lugowski (Franciscan)
- Fr. Patrick F. Magee
- Fr. Terrance O. McAlinden
- Fr. M. Francis McGrath
- Fr. Joseph McHugh
- Msgr. William J. McKeone
- Fr. Richard Milewski
- Fr. Liam Minogue
- Fr. Sebastian Muccilli
- Br. Kurt Munn (Franciscan)
- Fr. Charles O’Donoghue (Irish Spiritans/Holy Ghost Father)
- Fr. Eusebio (“Fr. Chevy”) Pantoja (Claretian Missionaries)
- Fr. Robert J. Parenti
- Deacon Joseph J. Prioli
- Msgr. Joseph Punderson
- Fr. Matthew Riedlinger
- Fr. Thomas Rittenhouse
- Fr. James Selvaraj
- Fr. John E. Sullivan
- Fr. Michael Teta
- Fr. Vance Zebulon Thorne (Society of the Divine Word)
- Fr. Florencio Peneda Tumang
- Msgr. Gregory Vaughan
- Fr. Velanmarukudiyil Christudas (a/k/a Chris Christudas) (Benedictine priest)
- Fr. John Wadeson (Society of the Divine Word)
- Fr. Benedict Worry (Bendictine priest)
- Fr. H. Brendan Williams
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 (954) 641-2100 or email@example.com to discuss your options today.