Oratory Prep in Summit, New Jersey placed their chaplain on indefinite leave pending an investigation. Law enforcement authorities and the Archdiocese of New York will conduct the investigation although they have not disclosed the nature of the allegations. In the past few days, the Oratory Prep received several complaints regarding the chaplain. The Archdiocese emphasized that they take complaints regarding sexual misconduct and child sex abuse very seriously despite not confirming what this particular investigation entails.
Since the release of the New Jersey Attorney General’s report identifying priests credibly accused of clergy abuse, abuse survivors gained the courage to come forward with their complaints. Seeing the list may have spurred survivors to demand that both law enforcement officials and Roman Catholic dioceses must investigate any claims filed and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions if they indeed committed them. In December 2019, New Jersey granted survivors the ability to sue their alleged abusers for older claims that were previously dismissed within a two-year window.
If you or someone you love endured the trauma of clergy abuse in their youth, our New Jersey clergy abuse lawyers at Williams Cedar will work on your case and see that justice is served. Please call us today at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of our skilled and compassionate attorneys. We provide legal guidance to clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide from our offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.