Priest Clergy Sexual Abuse in Connecticut

Connecticut Legislative Updates

The Connecticut legislature has wrestled with proposed legislation that would open a “revival window” enabling older victims of clergy and other child sexual abuse to file lawsuits against their abusers and responsible institutions. Each time, the Catholic Church, Boy Scouts, insurance companies and others have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying lawmakers to oppose such legislation. The most recent effort was defeated in May 2019. Another effort appears to be taking shape in 2019 but its future remains uncertain.

Here is a summary of what has occurred in each of the three Connecticut Dioceses concerning priests who have been “credibly accused” of child sexual abuse and settlements which have been paid:

Hartford Archdiocese Releases List of Accused Priests

On January 22, 2019, the Archdiocese of Hartford released the names of priests/clergy who have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children while serving in the ministry of the Archdiocese. The entire list appears below.

As of that date, the Archdiocese has paid $50.6million to settle 142 individual lawsuits claiming of child sexual abuse was perpetrated by priests of the Archdiocese or under its control at the time of the abuse. This equates to an average settlement amount of $356,338. Individual settlements ranged from $3,000 to $1.6million.

The Archdiocese also announced that it had hired retired Connecticut Superior Court Judge Antonio Rubaina to conduct a review of the Archdiocese’s clergy files dating back to 1953, the year in which the Archdiocese was established. The purpose of the review is to identify any other priests or clergy against whom allegations of child sexual abuse were made.

Bridgeport CT Diocese Releases Report

In October 2019, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut issued a report detailing child sexual abuse by priests serving the Diocese since its formation in 1953. The report was compiled by a retired Connecticut Superior Judge. The report is based upon the existing files and records of the Diocese so there are likely to be many more incidents of abuse that occurred but went unreported.

Among the findings set forth in the report are the following:

  • The documented abuse involved 281 individuals were sexually abused as children by priests serving in the Diocese
  • The documented abuse was perpetrated by 71 priests
  • Based on the Diocese’s documents, the abusive priests represent 4.7% of the priests that served in the Diocese since 1953
  • “Due to the destruction of records by Bishop Curtis, and inadequate record-keeping for much of the Diocese’s history, it is possible that there have been more victims and abusive priests...”
  • 75 percent of the victims are male, 16% are female and the gender of 9% could not be ascertained
  • The age of victims ranged from 5 to 18 years of age
  • The nature of the abuse ranged from exhibitionism to fondling to oral, vaginal and anal rape
  • The diocese has paid out almost $56 million in settlements of claims of child abuse by Diocesan priests. Of this, $45.4million was paid for settlement of 172 claims of abuse perpetrated by 10 serial abuser priests (an average of $264,093 per claim).

UPDATE: On March 22, 2019, the Diocese of Bridgeport released the names of ten (10) additional priests who have been “credibly accused” of child sexual abuse. The 10 priests were identified in a letter issued by the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, the Bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese. Of the 10 priests, eight were diocesan priests who are now deceased, one is a retired diocesan priest who is alive and is on Permanent Administrative Leave and one is a Venezuelan priest who was present in the Diocese for one summer in 1991. Their names have been added to the existing list of credibly accused clergy below.

Norwich Diocese Identifies “Credibly Accused” Priests

On Sunday, February 10th, 2019, the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut released the names of 43 priests who have been credibly accused of the sexual abuse of children. According to a statement issued by the Diocese, the standards used for the identification of the priests was that of an “Allegation of Substance” which can be identified by any combination of the following:

  • An allegation in which the accused has pled guilty or nolo contendere or been prosecuted and found guilty in a civil criminal court of any incident of sexual misconduct of a minor
  • An allegation has been investigated and has been determined to be reasonable, plausible, probable, and bearing the semblance of truth
  • An allegation that is corroborated with other evidence or another source
  • An allegation that has been acknowledged or admitted to by the accused

According to the Diocese, the list was compiled by “a team of volunteer lay people with law enforcement and canonical experience” that conducted a “review of all clergy records” spanning 65 years, “since the establishment of the diocese on August 6, 1953...” The Diocese’s statement also reports that:

“The list of clergy includes 22 diocesan priests incardinated in the Diocese of Norwich, 7 priests who were members of religious orders, 2 priests who were from another diocese but working in the Diocese of Norwich, and 12 priests who served or resided in the Diocese of Norwich but who had allegations brought forward elsewhere from outside the diocese, in total 43 priests, roughly 2.8 percent of all clergy affiliated with the Diocese of Norwich since 1953.”

Over the years, the Diocese settled nine lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse committed by clergy who served in the Diocese. In the aggregate, the Diocese paid $7,681,646 to settle the nine lawsuits – an average of ~$854,000 per case. According to the Diocese, the sources of the settlement funds were:

  • $4,894,146 – insurance reimbursement
  • $1,000,000 – diocesan general fund
  • $1,787,500 – payments made by others (i.e. religious orders, individuals accused, other dioceses, etc.)

Catholic Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut Filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

On July 15, 2021 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich Connecticut filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The Norwich Diocese claims liabilities of between $50 and $100 million and reports assets of between $10 and $50 million. In announcing the filing, the Diocesan Bishop, Michael R. Cote asserted that the bankruptcy filing is the most equitable way to resolve liabilities stemming from allegations of child sexual abuse as well as liabilities asserted by other creditors.

As part of the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy process, a “Bar Date” will be set by the Court. This Bar Date will be the last date that child sex abuse and other claims against the Norwich Diocese may be filed. After the Bar Date, no further claims will be accepted in the Bankruptcy proceeding and, if the Bankruptcy Court approves a Plan of Reorganization for the Diocese, all other claims against the Norwich Diocese for child sexual abuse committed prior to July 15, 2021 will be extinguished.

A Bar Date has not been set by the Court.

As of July 19, 2021, no Bar Date has been established by the Bankruptcy Court. However, if you or a loved one suffered childhood sexual abuse committed by a priest or other person working for or affiliated with the Norwich Diocese, the Bar Date (once established) will operate against any potential claim you may have.

Clergy Members Credibly Accused of Abusing Children in Connecticut

The following lists include current or former priests who have been sued and/or suspended following allegations of sexual abuse of minors or have claims against them in the state of Connecticut. We are actively pursuing cases against Catholic priests and clergy as well as figures from other religious institutions. The list below includes priest, clergy, nuns and religious educators from 4 different Connecticut dioceses.

Important note: If the name of a priest or other member of clergy you are searching for does not appear in the lists below, it does not mean that you do not have a potential claim against that individual. These lists of credibly accused individuals are always expanding as more information is brought forth to the dioceses and to authorities. Please contact us if you or a loved one has been abused by a priest or other clergy member, regardless of whether they appear in the lists below or not.

Archdiocese of Hartford48 Named Priests
Diocese of Bridgeport42 Named Priests
Diocese of Norwich43 Named Priests

Archdiocese of Hartford

The following is a list of Archdiocese of Hartford Clergy who have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor from 1953 to the present:

Priests/Transitional Deacon of the Archdiocese of Hartford (36)

  • Stephen Gregory Altermatt
  • Joseph Buckley
  • Bzdyra
  • Herbert Clarkin
  • Stephen Crowley
  • Robert Doyle
  • Ivan Ferguson
  • Stephen Foley
  • Thomas Glynn
  • Paul Gotta
  • John Graham
  • Philip Hussey
  • Edward Hyland
  • Joseph Lacy
  • Robert Ladamus
  • Felix Maguire
  • Terry Manspeaker
  • Richard McGann
  • Daniel McSheffery
  • Peter Mitchell
  • Edward Muha
  • Howard Nash
  • John T. O'Connor
  • Louis Paturzo
  • Raymond Paul
  • Arthur Perrault
  • William Przybylo
  • George Raffaeta
  • Edward Reardon
  • Adolph Renkiewicz
  • Joseph Rozint
  • Robert E Shea
  • Kenneth Shiner
  • (Wamakulasuriya) Edward Tissera
  • Felix Werpechowski
  • Peter Zizka

Religious Order Priests and Priests from other Dioceses who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor that took place in the Archdiocese of Hartford from 1953 to the present.

Externs (Priests belonging to another Archdiocese/Diocese) (6)

  • Edward Franklin
  • Roman Kramek
  • Lucien Meunier
  • Bruno Primavera
  • John B. Ramsay
  • Jose Rivera

Religious order priests (6)

  • William Izquierdo
  • Michael Miller (OFM)
  • Robert Leo Pelkington
  • John Pryor (OAR)
  • John Rudy
  • John Szantyr

Diocese of Bridgeport

Bridgeport Priests Accused of Abuse

  • Kieran T. Ahearn
  • Henry A. Albeke
  • Jose Daniel Alberran
  • Stanley Banaszek
  • Alfred J. Bietighofer
  • Laurence F. X. Brett
  • Charles T. Carr
  • John Castaldo
  • W. Phillip Coleman
  • Jean Marie DeGraff
  • Stephen J. DeLuca
  • Joseph DeShan
  • William Donovan
  • John Draper
  • Martin J. Federici
  • William Fletcher
  • James A Gay
  • William A. Genuario
  • James Gildea
  • Joseph H. Gorecki
  • Richard J. Grady
  • Sherman Gray
  • Martin Hitchcock
  • Larry Jensen (Maronite Catholic Church)
  • Stanley Koziol
  • Bartholomew Laurello
  • Joseph Malloy
  • James McCormick
  • Albert McGoldrick
  • L. Luke Meunier
  • Joseph P. Moore
  • Robert Morrissey
  • William R. Nagle (Not to be confused with a similar named priest, Monsignor William Aloysius Nagle, who had a long-distinguished career with no sexual abuse allegations)
  • Gavin O'Connor
  • Raymond S. Pcolka
  • Boleslaus “Bill” Rarus
  • Martin Ryan
  • Gregory M. Smith
  • Paul Spodnick
  • Charles W. Stubbs
  • Vincent Veich
  • Frank Wissel

Diocese of Norwich

Clergy with Allegations of Substance of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in Norwich

Incardinated Priests of the Diocese of Norwich

  • Robert W. Barnes
  • Bernard W. Bissonnette
  • Richard T. Buongirno
  • Salvatore L. Busca
  • Dennis G. Carey
  • Anthony R. Caron
  • Santino A. Casimano
  • Roger M. Comtois
  • James A. Curry
  • Edward F. Frigault
  • Denis Galipeau
  • Roman S. Gromala
  • Paul L. Hebert
  • Raymond J. Jean
  • John A. Kozon
  • Vincent F. Marino
  • R. Thomas McConaghy
  • Joseph P. Murphy
  • John C. Nash
  • J. Lawrence Ouimet
  • John B. Ramsay
  • Thomas W. Shea

Priests Incardinated in Another Diocese Who Served in the Diocese of Norwich

  • Louis Paturzo
  • Bruno Primavera

Priests Belonging to a Religious Order Who Served in the Diocese of Norwich

  • Richard Cardarelli (OFM)
  • Thomas J. Doyle (SM)
  • Charles Many (SSE)
  • Eugene Orteneau (SJ)
  • Thomas Paschal (OSB)
  • Robert Leo Pelkington (OP)
  • Patrick Sullivan (OCSO)

Priests Who Served in the Diocese of Norwich Who Had Allegations in Other Dioceses But Not in the Diocese of Norwich

  • Joseph Buckley
  • William J. Cullen
  • Joseph Gorecky
  • Michael Krol
  • Felix Maguire
  • Edward P. McGrath
  • Frank J. McManus
  • Peter Mitchell
  • Paul Pinard (SSE)
  • Edward Reardon
  • Robert E. Shea
  • Felix Werpechowski


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