Priests and Clergy Sexual Abuse in New Jersey

New Jersey Enacts Independent Victims Compensation Program (IVCP)

On February 13, 2019, the five Catholic Dioceses serving New Jersey’s Catholics released the names of priests who have been credibly abused of child sexual abuse. The release of the list of names follows an announcement of the establishment of an Independent Victims Compensation Program (IVCP) by the five Dioceses. The IVCP will administer claims on behalf of all five Dioceses, using uniform standards. The IVCP is intended to provide compensation to survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by priests ordained within one of the five Dioceses without having to engage in a lawsuit which can take years to conclude and generally involves sworn deposition testimony. It will not consider claims of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by adults and others serving churches within the Dioceses.

The IVCP will be administered by Camille Biros and Kenneth Feinberg, who currently oversee and manage similar funds established in New York and Pennsylvania. Survivors who participate in the IVCP will release their rights to bring further claims against the Dioceses. Claims will likely be evaluated on a case-by-case basis using certain criteria to distinguish claims from one another.

New Jersey Dioceses Extend the Deadlines for Compensation Program

On January 3, 2019, the New Jersey Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Trenton and Paterson, and the Archdiocese of Newark, extended the deadlines for the registering and filing of clergy childhood sexual abuse claims under their IVCP. The new deadlines are:

Registration Deadline: January 31, 2020

Claim Filing Deadline: February 15, 2020

The IVCP was launched on February 11, 2019 and became effective June 15, 2019. It is intended to provide CONFIDENTIAL financial compensation to eligible survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by Diocesan priests. The Dioceses will have no appeal rights with regard to compensation decisions made by the IVCP. According to the New Jersey’s Catholic Star Herald, “Important features of the Compensation Program include:

  • 1. The complete independence of the two Administrators in determining eligibility and the amount of compensation.
  • 2. The Program is completely voluntary; no individual claimant is required to participate.
  • 3. All payments authorized by the Administrators will come from Diocese funds; no public money will be used to compensate victims.
  • 4. Only if the individual victim accepts the amount offered by the Administrators will a signed Release be required, in which the victim agrees not to engage in any further litigation against the particular Diocese.
  • 5. The IVCP will first give a priority to claimants who previously complained to Church officials about the sexual abuse. Phase II of the Program will permit new claimants – who did not previously file a complaint with the Diocese – to register for consideration for eligibility to participate in the Program. Their claims will similarly be reviewed and subsequently processed by the two independent Administrators.

It is important to understand that victims also have the option to file a lawsuit if they do not wish to enter into, or accept an offer from, the Independent Victims Compensation Program.

Clergy Members Credibly Accused of Abusing Children in New Jersey

The following list includes 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 New Jersey. We are actively pursuing cases against Catholic priests and clergy as well as figures from 5 different New Jersey 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 Newark49 Named Priests
Diocese of Camden41 Named Priests
Diocese of Metuchen16 Named Priests
Diocese of Paterson30 Named Priests
Diocese of Trenton22 Named Priests

Diocese of Camden

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Joseph P. Barber
  • Claude J. Bender
  • John P. Bernard
  • R. Henry Blaszczynski
  • Marjan L. Bober
  • John D. Bohrer
  • Joseph J. Brennan
  • Gerald P. Clements
  • Norman T. Connelly
  • John P. Connor
  • Michael H. D'Amico
  • Charles J. Davis
  • Francis J. Flemming
  • Roy T. Hardin
  • Thomas M. Harkins
  • James Francis Hopkins
  • Francis "Frank" X. Hudson
  • Edward A. Igle
  • John P. Kelly
  • Anthony J. Manuppella
  • Philip A. Mathews
  • Francis A. McCloskey
  • John J. McElroy,
  • Joseph McGarvey
  • James P. McIntyre
  • Daniel F. M. Millard
  • John J. Morel
  • Laserian Nwoga
  • Joseph Orsini
  • Peter J. Osinski
  • John J. O'Sullivan
  • Timothy E. Pisik
  • Dennis J. Rigney
  • Philip T. Rigney
  • James R. Ryan
  • Augustus Scott
  • Augustine J. Seidenberg
  • Joseph E. Shannon
  • Brendan V. Sullivan
  • William D. Titmas
  • Patrick J. Weaver

Diocese of Metuchen

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • John M. Banko
  • John J. Casey
  • Michael J. Cashman
  • Raymond L. Cole
  • Eugene D. Corbesero
  • Mark Dolak
  • Kevin P. Duggan
  • George A. Farrell
  • Thomas P. Ganley
  • John C. Giordano
  • John Huels
  • Patrick J. Kuffner
  • Gregory J. Littleton
  • Michael P. Santillo
  • John B. Spalding
  • Tomasz Adam Zielinski

Archdiocese of Newark

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Sister Andre
  • Michael G. Campanalonga
  • John M. Capparelli
  • Robert H. Chabak
  • John B. Chaney
  • Peter A. Cheplic
  • Robert "Br. Edmund" Coakley
  • Dennis E. Cocozza
  • William S. Crouse
  • John H. Dagwell
  • Hadmels R. Defrias
  • Yusaf Dominic
  • William J. Dowd
  • Edward J. Eilert
  • David A. Ernst
  • Manuel Gallo Espinoza
  • Thomas Cuthbert Ford
  • Michael C. Fugee
  • Richard Galdon
  • William Giblin
  • Robert G. Gibney
  • Charles P. Granstrand
  • Kevin A. Gugliotta
  • Jerome "Jerry" Heustis
  • Andrew Hewitt
  • Eugene P. Heyndricks
  • Vincent Jerome
  • John E. Komar
  • James F. Kuntz
  • John J. Laferrera
  • Kenneth L. Martin
  • Horacio Daniel Medina
  • Richard J. Mieliwocki
  • Robert Morel
  • John P. Nickas
  • Contardo Angelo Omarini
  • Timothy Joseph O'Sullivan
  • Keith F. Pecklers
  • Victor Phelan
  • Sister Regina
  • Joseph P. Rice
  • Gerald P. Ruane
  • Carmen (Gerald) Sita (Howard)
  • Thomas Stanford (Stamford)
  • Gerard J. Sudol
  • Peter M. Walsh
  • Michael (Mitch) Walters
  • Benedict Worry
  • Robert E. Zasacki

Diocese of Paterson

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Jose Alonso (Alonzo)
  • Charles V. Bradley
  • Timothy J. Brennan
  • Justin J. Capato
  • Absalom Coutinho (Continuho)
  • William N. Cramer
  • Francis X. Dennehy
  • John Henry Dericks
  • Jose Lopez Durango
  • Malachy Flavin
  • Donal Fox
  • Carlos Guzman
  • James T. Hanley
  • Richard E./Edward Lott
  • William McCarthy
  • Joseph W. Molloy
  • Francis "Frank" E. Nugent
  • Marcin Nurek
  • Andrew T. Perretta
  • John G. Pisarcik
  • Thomas G Rainforth
  • Donald J. Sella
  • Eileen Shaw
  • James A.D. Smith
  • Ralph H. Sodano
  • Allen F. Stepien
  • Luke Travers
  • Ronald J. Tully
  • Julian B. Varettoni
  • William L. Winston

Diocese of Trenton

The following list contains Priests and Clergy from the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey have been the objects of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor:

  • Romannilo (Nilo) Apura
  • Edward Balestrieri
  • Ronald Becker
  • Franci "Frank" D. Bruno
  • Marcin Burek
  • Michael J. Burns
  • Jean-Level Eliscard
  • Manuel Fernandez
  • Michael M. Garry
  • Vincent Inghilterra
  • Leo A. Kelty
  • Jose Ignatius Kuruthukulaugara
  • Patrick Francis Magee
  • Terence O. McAlinden
  • Joseph McHugh
  • Richard Milewski
  • Charles O'Donoghue
  • Robert J. Parenti
  • Matthew Riedlinger
  • James Selvaraj
  • Florencia Peneda Tumang
  • Marukudiyil (Chris) Velan (Christudas)

Catholic Star Herald “Two Renowned Administrators Announce State-wide New Jersey Compensation Program for Victims of Church Sexual Abuse of Minors” February 11, 2019. Article

http://bishop-accountability.org


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