Priests and Clergy Sexual Abuse in New York

New York Dioceses Where Documented Abuse Occurred

Governor Cuomo Signs New York Child Victims Act

On February 14, 2019, New York Governor Cuomo signed the New York Child Victims Act into law. The Childhood Victims Act was passed by the New York State legislature on January 28th and then awaited Governor Cuomo’s signature. With Governor Cuomo’s signature, the Childhood Victims Act is now the law in New York and provides for the following:

  • Extends the time within which civil claims can be brought for childhood sexual abuse. Under previous law, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse could bring claims only up until the date of his/her 23rd birthday. Now, under the Childhood Victims Act such claims can be brought up until the survivor’s 55th birthday.
  • Opens a one-year period of time within which survivors of child sexual abuse, whose claims are beyond the statute of limitations, can bring civil claims for harm and damages suffered as a result of the childhood sexual abuse.

This latter provision of the Childhood Victims Act will take effect six months from February 14th, 2019. So beginning in mid-August, 2019, and continuing for a period of one year, survivors of childhood sexual abuse can file lawsuits in New York to compensate them for the harm and damages they suffered as a result of the childhood sexual abuse.

We are currently working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse that was perpetrated in New York - reviewing and evaluating claims and providing legal representation. The following list includes current or former priests who have been sued, suspended following allegations of sexual abuse of minors or have claims against them in the state of New York. We are actively pursuing cases against Catholic priests and clergy as well as figures from 8 different New York dioceses.

Archdiocese of New York166 Named Priests
Diocese of Albany46 Named Priests
Diocese of Brooklyn87 Named Priests
Diocese of Buffalo90 Named Priests
Diocese of Ogdensburg29 Named Priests
Diocese of Rochester32 Named Priests
Diocese of Rockville Centre62 Named Priests
Diocese of Syracuse57 Named Priests

Archdiocese of New York

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

  • Joseph Adamo
  • John C. Albino
  • Sister Mary Andrew
  • Joseph Ansaldi
  • Linda Baisi
  • Peter Barjacoba
  • Juan Bazalar
  • Martin Betances-Torres
  • Dominic Bokulich (Brother Leopold)
  • Laurence Boschetto
  • George Boxelaar
  • Francis V. Boyle
  • John Joseph Brady
  • Timothy Brady
  • Robert J. Brennan
  • Harry J. Byrne
  • Daniel A. Calabrese
  • Richard Carbo
  • Robert Carden
  • Cornelius Carr
  • Maurice Carroll
  • David L. Carson
  • John F. Carson
  • Daniel Cassiero
  • Joseph M. Clark
  • Vincent Clyne
  • Charles P. Coen
  • Kevin Colleran
  • John W. Coppinger
  • Daniel Croston
  • Bernard Cullen
  • Thomas Cunningham
  • Herbert D’Argenio
  • Herbert D'Argenio
  • Donald Dickson (Deacon)
  • Edward Dobransky
  • Daniel M. Dougherty
  • Roy A. Drake
  • Jaime (James) Duenas
  • Anthony Joseph Eremito
  • Keith Fennessy
  • Joseph Fitzgerald
  • John Flaherty
  • John D. Flanagan
  • Vincent Fox
  • Albin D. Fusco
  • Thomas J. Gaffney
  • Kevin Gallagher
  • Alfred F. Gallant
  • Damian Galligan
  • Gennaro Gentile
  • Kenneth Gerathy
  • Thomas Gibbons
  • Anthony J. Giuliano
  • Matthew Golden
  • Lawrence Gordon
  • Richard Gorman
  • William T. Greene
  • John Harrington
  • Wallace A. Harris
  • Robert Harrison
  • John Haverty
  • Herman Heide
  • Paul Kevin Hennessy
  • Jorge Patricio Pintado Herrera
  • Joseph Hickey
  • Eugene Hicks
  • Raymond A. Hyland
  • Lawrence C. Inzeo
  • Robert A. Jeffers
  • John Joseph Jenik
  • Kenneth A. Jesselli
  • Charles M. Kavanagh
  • Walter Kearns
  • Kevin Kelly
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Timothy Kelly
  • Jack Kennington
  • Peter Kiarie
  • Peter J. Kihm
  • Thomas L. Kreiser
  • Morgan J. Kuhl
  • Ralph W. LaBelle
  • James LeBar
  • John W. Lennon
  • Arthur Leone
  • James A. Liguori (Ligouri)
  • Francis Logue
  • Robert V. Lott
  • Bernard Lynch
  • John J. Lynch
  • Joseph Maffei
  • Stephen Maguire
  • Donald T. Malone
  • Eugene Mangan
  • Arthur Manzione
  • Umberto Marino
  • Patrick H. Martin
  • Stanley Mathews
  • Albert J. Mazza
  • Theodore McCarrick (Cardinal)
  • James F. McCarthy (Bishop)
  • Richard J. McCormick
  • Charles McDonagh
  • Charles McGirr
  • Robert B. McGovern
  • Lawrence McNeill (Deacon)
  • John T. Meehan
  • Mortimer Melican
  • Henry Mills
  • Arthur E. Murphy
  • Edmund W. Netter
  • Randolph Nowak
  • Edward J. O’Brien
  • William B. O’Brien
  • Kenneth O’Connell
  • Michael O’Herlihy
  • John O’Keefe
  • Eugene J O'Brien
  • John Francis O'Brien
  • Kenneth F. O'Connell
  • John Justin O'Connor
  • Michael D. O'Herlihy
  • John O'Keefe
  • John P.
  • Edmond A. Parrakow
  • Harold Parsons
  • James Pfeiffer
  • Thomas Phillips
  • Edward Pipala
  • Christopher Pliauplis
  • Robert Post
  • Dominic Quigley
  • Patrick W. Quigley
  • Lawrence J. Quinn
  • Michael Raimondo
  • George Reinheimer
  • Louis (Luis) J. Rios
  • Bruce Ritter
  • Esteban Rodriguez
  • Ruben Rodriguez
  • Sean Leo Rooney
  • Edward Roos
  • Joseph Ryan
  • John Sardy
  • Alan Scheneman
  • Raymond Shine
  • Francis Stinner
  • Daniel J. L. Sullivan
  • Paul Sullivan
  • Vincent Taglienti
  • James Tamburrino
  • Samuel Taylor
  • Joseph L. Theisen (Thiesen)
  • Donald G. Timone
  • Robert A. Titone
  • Aldo Tos
  • John Voglio
  • James Walsh
  • Joseph Weckbach (Deacon)
  • James Welby
  • Donald J. Whelan (Whalen)
  • William T. White
  • John Wilkinson
  • William E. Williams
  • Casper G. Wolf

Diocese of Albany

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

  • David G. Bentley
  • John Patrick Bertolucci
  • John W. Broderick
  • Neil Cawlings
  • Charles R. Celeste
  • John F. Connolly
  • Anthony Curran
  • Ralph Di Pasquale
  • Louis E. Douglas
  • Raymond J. Ethier
  • John F. Fitzpatrick
  • Angel Garcia
  • Frank M Genevive
  • Mark Haight
  • William J. Heim
  • Howard J. Hubbard (BP)
  • Alan D. Jupin
  • James E. Kelly
  • John Klebie (Klebauskas)
  • Robert J. LeFevre
  • Edward N. Leroux
  • Daniel J. Maher
  • Joseph A. Mancuso
  • Richard (Philip) Mataconis
  • James J. McDevitt
  • Sean McMahon
  • James C. McNerney
  • John Mea
  • Gary J. Mercure
  • Michael J. Miller
  • Jeremiah Nunan
  • Donald J. Ophals
  • Lawrence Pizzutti
  • Edward C. Pratt
  • George Puello
  • Robert H. Purcell
  • Salvatore ("Sam") A. Rodino
  • Joseph R. Romano
  • James J. Rosch
  • Robert S. Shinos
  • William M. Slavin
  • Donald Starks
  • Carl Stone
  • James (Michael) Taylor
  • Carl A. Urban
  • Dozia J. Wilson

Diocese of Brooklyn

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

  • John L. Abrams
  • Anthony Acciarito
  • Joseph V. Agostino
  • Bennet Akuzie
  • Louis Aufiero
  • William L. Authenrieth
  • John Bals
  • Hugo F. Bedoya
  • Thomas F. Brady
  • Edward C. Brennan
  • Joseph P. Byrns
  • Roberto Antonio Cadavid
  • Brian Callahan
  • Francis (Frank) J. Capellupo
  • Nicholas J. Capua
  • Christopher Lee Coleman
  • James P. Collins
  • Eugene A. Connolly
  • Augusto Cortez
  • Harold T. Cox
  • Michael J. Dempsey
  • John R. Dwyer
  • Anthony J. Failla
  • Romano J. Ferraro
  • Robert A. Ferro
  • William E. Finger
  • Vincent Gallo
  • Robert Guiry
  • Joseph Hassan
  • John Hauser
  • Edward J. Huckemeyer
  • James I. J.
  • Enrique Diaz Jimenez
  • Howard J./H. Joseph
  • George Kayser
  • Brian Keller
  • James (Jaime) R. Lara
  • Richard Lewkiewicz
  • Andrezj Lukianiuk
  • Charles M. Mangini
  • Francis J. Manzo
  • Edward L. Maurer
  • Henry J. McCloud
  • Robert J. McConnin
  • Herbert J. McElroy
  • John G. McLoughlin
  • John McLoughlin (Brother)
  • Edward J. McNicholas
  • Arthur Minichello
  • Thomas O. Morrow
  • Francis X. Mulhall
  • Cornelius T. Neil
  • Francis X. Nelson
  • Thomas Nohilly
  • James T. O’Brien
  • Anthony Ocloo
  • Ben O'Reilly
  • Thomas J. O'Rourke
  • Robert P. Petekiewicz
  • Ronald P. Petroski
  • Stephen Placa
  • Charles Plock
  • Adam Prochaski
  • Joseph Pugliese
  • Arthur D. Purcell
  • Ricardo Raveneau
  • Brother/Salvador J. Romanus/Brocato
  • James E. Russo
  • Barry E. Ryan
  • Michael J. Salamone
  • Michael Salerno
  • Joseph Schuck
  • Patrick O. Sexton
  • Vincent Sforza
  • Daniel J. Sheehan
  • James G. Sickler
  • James T. Smith
  • Protasio Soares
  • George J. Stack
  • John Thompson
  • Robert A. Titone
  • Paul Vazhappily
  • George Voiland
  • Joseph J. Weber
  • Kenneth Wicks
  • George F. Zatarga
  • Vincent A. Zollo

Diocese of Buffalo

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

  • John R Aurelio
  • Benedict P Barszcz
  • Donald W. Becker
  • David W Bialkowski
  • Robert J Biesinger
  • James Burson
  • Robert P. Conlin
  • J. Peter Conroy
  • Paul R. Coppola
  • James H Cotter
  • Denman Dewey
  • Donald S Fafinski
  • Douglas F Faraci
  • Fred G Fingerle
  • Michael R Freeman
  • Joseph P Friel
  • Mark M Friel
  • Dennis A. Fronczak
  • James C. Gould
  • Gerard Leo Green
  • Thomas G Gresock
  • John P Hajduk
  • Michael J Harrington
  • Brian M. Hatrick
  • James P Hayes
  • Louis J Hendricks
  • Linus Hennessy
  • Roy Herberger
  • J Grant Higgins
  • Francis T Hogan
  • Sylvester J. Holbel
  • Stanley Dominic Idziak
  • Fred D Ingalls
  • Pascal D. Ipolito
  • Florian A Jasinski
  • Gerald C Jasinski
  • Richard P Judd
  • Michael P. Juran
  • Paul M. Keeling
  • Timothy J Kelley
  • Thomas L Kemp
  • Richard J Keppeler
  • Theodore Kocian
  • Linus E. Kopczewski
  • Frederick D. Leising
  • John D Lewandowski
  • Michael M. Lewandowski
  • Bernard M Mach (Corky)
  • Loville N Martlock
  • Fabian Maryanski
  • Rene Maynard
  • Thomas J McCarthy
  • Francis McKenna
  • Ronald Mierzwa
  • Vincent Mooney
  • Robert D. Moss
  • Basil A Ormsby
  • Norbert F Orsolits
  • Daniel J. Palys
  • Martin L Pavlock
  • Joseph Rappl
  • Dennis G. Riter
  • Roy K Ronald
  • Ronald Sajdak
  • John J. Sardina
  • Joseph E Schieder
  • Joseph A. Schuster
  • Gerald P. Sheehan
  • Ronald T. Silverio
  • Howard B. Slack
  • Arthur J. Smith
  • Gerard A Smyczynski
  • James Smyka
  • Clatus E. Snyder
  • James A. Spielman
  • Bernard Splawski
  • Chester S Stachewicz
  • William George Stanton
  • Robert A. Stolinski
  • Harry Richard Strassberger
  • Pauline Terese, (O.S.F.)
  • Edward Townsend, (C.J.M.)
  • Samuel J. Venne
  • Joseph J. Vogel
  • Edward J Walker
  • William G Ward
  • Charles Werth
  • William F J White
  • Mark Wolski
  • Robert W Wood

Diocese of Ogdensburg

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

  • Fay W. Ager
  • Joseph Conti
  • Joseph A. Degen/Degan
  • Robert O. Duford
  • John J. Fallon
  • Ronald J. Farchette
  • Bruce T. Favreau
  • Edward L. Franklin
  • Theodore M. Gillette
  • John Hunt
  • Edwin A. Kennedy
  • John M. Kennedy
  • Emile G. LaLonde
  • James M. Larche
  • Roger M. Martin
  • Gerald McGrath
  • Roland V. Menard
  • Liam O'Doherty
  • Albert R. Plante
  • Thomas W. Rogers
  • Gerald Sharland
  • Robert M. Shurtleff
  • Thomas Squires
  • George W. Tobin
  • Michael A. Toth
  • Clark S. White
  • John F. Wiley
  • David E. Wisniewski
  • Paul F. Worczak

Diocese of Rochester

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

  • David L. Bonin
  • Thomas W. Burr
  • Albert H. Cason
  • Bernard Casper
  • Paul I. Cloonan
  • Thomas Corbett
  • John M. Costello
  • Eugene G. Emo
  • John Gormley
  • David N. Gramkee
  • Gerard J. Guli
  • Robert W. Hammond
  • John Laurence Heathwood
  • G. Stuart Hogan
  • Joseph E. Larrabee
  • William D. Lum
  • Charles J. McCarthy
  • Robert F. O'Neill
  • Richard J. Orlando
  • Vincent Panepinto
  • Foster P. Rogers
  • Paul R. Schnacky
  • Dennis R. Sewar
  • Dennis J. Shaw
  • Gary P. Shaw
  • David P. Simon
  • John J. Steger
  • Conrad Sundholm
  • Thomas J. Valenti
  • Francis H. Vogt
  • Michael Volino
  • Robert J. Winterkorn

Diocese of Rockville Centre

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

  • Peter A. Allen
  • Daniel G. Babis
  • James J. Bergin
  • William G. Breslawski
  • Brian J. Brinker
  • Robert L. Brown
  • William Michael Burke (Rockville Ctr)
  • John R. Butler
  • Michael A. Carroll (In New York)
  • Peter Charland
  • Gerard J. (Jerry) Chasse
  • Basil Peter Congro
  • Damian Lawrence Cooper
  • Gloria Czarniewicz
  • Edward R. D'Andrea
  • Thomas F. Devita
  • Angelo J. Ditta
  • Peter L. Duvelsdorf
  • Matthew Fitzgerald
  • Priest G (Name Withheld)
  • Michael R. Hands
  • Kenneth C. Hasselbach
  • Robert D. Huneke
  • Priest K (Name Withheld)
  • Richard Kammerer
  • Priest L (Name Withheld)
  • William R. Logan
  • Finian (Robert) Magee
  • John E Mahoney
  • Gabriel Massaro
  • Joseph C. McComiskey
  • R. Thomas McConaghy
  • John J. McGeever
  • Brian A. McKeon
  • George J. Michell
  • Andrew L. Millar
  • James C. Miller
  • Salvatore J. Miraglia
  • John D. Mott
  • Joseph T. Mundy
  • Howard Murphy
  • Priest N (Name Withheld)
  • Kenneth T. Nee
  • Louis I. Newman
  • Frank J. Parisi
  • Alan J. Placa
  • Priest Q (Name Withheld)
  • Priest R (Name Withheld)
  • Charles A. Ribaudo
  • Brendan P. Riordan (Reardon)
  • Priest S (Name Withheld)
  • Robert J. Saccacio
  • Thomas G. Saloy
  • Richard Schaefer
  • Alfred B Soave
  • Raymond V. Stegmann
  • Gerald Twomey
  • Priest U (Name Withheld)
  • Nicholas Unterstein
  • Eugene Vollmer
  • James C. Williams
  • Gregory Yacyshyn

Diocese of Syracuse

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

  • Thomas S. Bayley
  • Robert J. Birchmeyer
  • Robert F. Bogan
  • Roger A. Bowen
  • Paul A. Brigandi
  • Daniel W. Casey, Jr.
  • Felix R. Colosimo
  • Donald J. Crosby
  • John H. Donovan
  • Edmund J. Durr
  • Charles H. Eckermann
  • Francis J. Furfaro
  • Luke V. Gallagher
  • Bernard A. Garstka
  • Donald L. Gorman
  • Thomas F. Guyder
  • John F. Harrold
  • Ferdinand A. Hattala
  • James C. Hayes
  • Donald J. Hebert
  • Leo J. Heizman
  • Edgar M. Holihan
  • Edgar P. Humphrey
  • David J. Jutton
  • Thomas F. Keating
  • Edward X. Kieley
  • Robert J. Kloster
  • C. Vincent Lane
  • Steven J. Litz, Jr.
  • William A. Lorenz
  • John Lugowski
  • William J. Lynch
  • Edward C. "Ted" Madore
  • George F. Mattice
  • John A. McCarthy
  • Chester A. Misercola
  • William J. Morris
  • John J. "Jack" Morse
  • Thomas E. Neary
  • Robert A. Ours
  • Joseph A. Pace
  • Thomas M. Powell
  • Albert J. Proud
  • Edward George Quaid
  • James F. Quinn
  • James A. Quinn
  • Francis L. Sammons
  • H. Charles Sewall
  • Walter A. Sinnott
  • Paul J. Slavetskas
  • Martin J. Tracy
  • Thomas Trane
  • John P. Wagner
  • David J. Walker
  • Jerome F. Weber
  • Thomas J. Zedar
  • John M. Zeder


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