New Names Added to List of Credibly Accused Priests | Clergy Abuse Law

New Names Added to List of Credibly Accused Priests

Metuchen Clergy Abuse Lawyers discuss new names added to the growing list of credibly accused priests. Earlier this month, a newly released 116-page report identified Catholic priests, nuns, deacons and other church officials credibly accused of sexual abuse in New Jersey. Calling the report indicative of an “institutional cover-up of an enormous magnitude,” the list includes the names and parishes of workers affiliated with the Church as recently as last year.

In early 2019, New Jersey’s Roman Catholic Dioceses published their list of nearly 200 priests and deacons with credible accusations of sexual abuse against them. This new report includes more than 100 new men and women from the Archdiocese of Newark and Dioceses of Camden, Metuchen, Paterson, and Trenton.

Both lists include brief work histories and current whereabouts and status of the accused, if known. The recent report includes more in-depth information about specific allegations of abuse against certain church officials that spans decades. A New Jersey-based law firm compiled the report using data from survivor testimony, public sources, and legal settlements. Church officials named in the report include:

  • A nun accused of giving a 15-year-old girl drugs before abusing her for a period that lasted into adulthood. The nun received church-sponsored treatment and was reported to be serving the church as recently as this year.
  • A priest working as Junior Guidance Director at a North Jersey High School who was transferred to a New York school after being accused of molesting three students. He was later accused of abusing a student at the second school. His whereabouts are unknown.
  • A priest and Scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts accused of molesting siblings enrolled in boy scouts at the time.
  • A priest who pled guilty to abusing a teen boy in New Jersey, was sentenced to probation, and transferred to a multiple church-run family shelters where he was again accused of inappropriate behavior toward minors.
  • A priest arrested for abuse in England who was later hired by the Diocese of Newark where he reportedly worked for just two months.

The report claims the Church’s decades-long policy of secrecy has made accessing victim data and allegations challenging, further victimizing those who have come forward to share their trauma and seek justice against their abusers. The new statute of limitations in New Jersey, as well as increasing transparency gives them new hope for holding their abusers accountable in a court of law.

Metuchen Clergy Abuse Lawyers at Williams Cedar Advocate for Survivors of Priest Sex Abuse

Attorneys at Williams Cedar are intent on ending the cycle of abuse and holding those responsible accountable. If you have been the victim of priest sex abuse at any point in your life, know that it is safe to speak up now. We will take the time and care your case deserves, evaluate your situation, and explain all your legal options for justice. Our job is to empower you with knowledge and legal guidance to pursue the validation you deserve and put this chapter behind you. Contact us online or call 856-470-9777 or 215-557-0099 to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Metuchen clergy abuse lawyer at our Haddonfield, New Jersey office or our Philadelphia office. We represent clients in Cherry Hill, Camden, Metuchen, and Trenton, New Jersey and throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide.