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Jewish Protest in Brooklyn, New York

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 21, 2017

A SIX-FIGURE FINANCIAL SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN A CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM OF FORMER FESSENDEN SCHOOL TEACHER, J. BEACHAM TREDENNICK, AND THE FESSENDEN SCHOOL, WEST NEWTON, MA, FOR SEXUAL ABUSE THAT OCCURRED FROM APPROXIMATELY 1974 TO 1975

FORMER FESSENDEN SCHOOL TEACHER, J. BEACHAM TREDENNICK, WILL BE NAMED FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A SEXUAL ABUSER OF A CHILD

What
A press conference announcing the six-figure settlement of a claim against The Fessenden School of West Newton, MA, and former teacher, J. Beacham Tredennick, who allegedly sexually abused “John Doe” from approximately 1974-1975 at The Fessenden School. “John Doe” will be available for interviews by telephone

When
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside The Fessenden School, 250 Waltham Street, West Newton, MA

Who
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
“John Doe,” approximately 50 years of age currently, was a child of approximately 11 years of age in 1974-1975 when he was a student of former teacher, J. Beacham Tredennick, at The Fessenden School, West Newton, MA, and sexually abused by J. Beacham Tredennick in his social studies and history classroom. J. Beacham Tredennick was supervised by previously-named sexual abuser Arthur Preston Clarridge, II, an administrator at The Fessenden School. It is believed that J. Beacham Tredennick also taught at the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA, from 1980-2013. It will be announced that “John Doe” has reached a six-figure financial settlement with J. Beacham Tredennick and The Fessenden School for the sexual abuse he endured at The Fessenden School.

Contacts
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Demonstration outside Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN
June 14, 2017

   

   

 

Demonstration outside the 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
JW Marriott Hotel, 10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

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Media Release – June 14, 2017

Organizations dedicated to the protection and safety of children in the Catholic Church; namely, the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, Catholic Whistleblowers, and Road to Recovery, Inc. will call on Pope Francis and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to fulfill a promise made by Pope Francis in 2015 that he would establish a Vatican commission “with teeth” that would hold accountable those bishops who mishandled and covered up cases of childhood sexual abuse by priests and deacons.  Pope Francis’ refusal to set up the commission to hold bishops accountable and instead allow members of the Vatican bureaucracy to determine the culpability of fellow bishops is outrageous and unacceptable.

What
A demonstration by advocates for victim/survivors of childhood, teenage, and vulnerable adult sexual abuse protesting Pope Francis’ suspension of the commission he promised to establish in order to hold bishops accountable for their mishandling of sexual abuse cases in their dioceses.  

When
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from Noon until 1:30 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the JW Marriott Hotel, headquarters of the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 
10 South West Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Who
Members of the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, Catholic Whistleblowers, and Road to Recovery, Inc.

Why
Demonstrators will call on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, President of the Vatican commission on child protection, to support the Catholic Whistleblowers requests of 2015 and 2016, contained in extensive credible documentation, that it act in a timely manner on the removal of four American bishops who were particularly egregious in their handling of childhood sexual abuse cases:  Cardinal Raymond Burke (formerly of St. Louis, MO, and La Crosse, WI;  Archbishop Justin Rigali (formerly of Philadelphia, PA); and, Archbishop John Myers (formerly of Peoria, IL, and Newark, NJ).  Added to this list for the first time is Bishop W. Francis Malooly, currently bishop of Wilmington, DE, who was exposed recently for covering up and mishandling cases in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, MD, including the unsolved murder of a Catholic nun as featured recently in the Netflix seven-episode series, “The Keepers.”  

Contacts
Kristine Ward (Ohio), Chairperson, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, 937-272-0308
Ginny Hoehne (Ohio), Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, 937-726-9360
Mary Heins (Indianapolis), Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition, 317-359-7128
Robert  Hoatson (New Jersey), President, Road to Recovery, Inc., and Member, Catholic Whistleblowers

 

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MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 13, 2017

Three national organizations dedicated to the protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults unite to call on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to re-open and re-assess the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.  The USCCB is meeting from June 14-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 What
A press conference featuring the National Survivor Advocates Coalition, Catholic Whistleblowers, and Road to Recovery, Inc. which will call on the Catholic Bishops of the United States to place on its November, 2017, meeting agenda the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People that was developed in 2003 as “The Dallas Charter” and has not been fully complied with or implemented by dioceses and eparchies throughout the country.

When
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 1347 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Who
Kristine Ward (Ohio), Chairperson, National Survivor Advocates Coalition; Ginny Hoehne (Ohio) Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition;  Mary Heins (Indianapolis), Member, National Survivor Advocates Coalition; Rev. James Connell (Wisconsin), Member, Catholic Whistleblowers; and Dr. Robert M. Hoatson (New Jersey), President, Road to Recovery, Inc., and Member, Catholic Whistleblowers

Why
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has used the nearly two decades-old “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” as its guide for handling allegations of sexual abuse of children and young people, but the “Charter” has not been faithfully or successfully followed or implemented.  Children, young people, and vulnerable adults continue to be at risk across the country.  Several serious “issues” with the “Charter” will be exposed and discussed, including the fact that the “Charter” generally has “no teeth” to it.  Advocates for victim/survivors, including a Church canon lawyer, will call on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to strengthen its commitment to and protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

Contacts
Kristine Ward, 937-272-0308

Ginny Hoehne, 937-726-9360

Fr. Jim Connell, (414) 940-8054

Robert M. Hoatson, 862-368-2800

Mary Heins, 317-359-7128

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Demonstrators in front of NY State Senate Chambers
Albany, New York
Monday, June 12, 2017

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.President and Co-Founder of road to Recovery

 

A Group of Demonstrators in front of the NY State Senate Chambers

 

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of Road to Recovery (second from right)

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Demonstration outside Fordham University, Bronx, NY of the Ordination Mass of the Jesuits on behalf of Neal Gumpel a victim of Fr. Roy Drake, SJ.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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March Across The Brooklyn Bridge to promote the NY Child Victims Act

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. (left) President & Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., (center)

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Demonstration outside St. Paul Parish, Ramsey, NJ at Don Bosco prep graduation Mass
Saturday, June 3, 2017

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45 years later, a measure of justice for Navy Vet in priest sex-abuse case

Peter Marghella, 56, was abused as a child by Father Kenneth O’Connell in the 1970’s

VIDEO

http://www.fios1news.com/lowerhudsonvalley/sex-abuse-victim-reaches-settlement-archdiocese-of-new-york#.WTARX3m1t9A

Peter Marghella was just 12 years old in 1973 when he attended “Camp Spes Mundi” in Hope Falls, New York. It was there that Marghella was raped and sexually abused by Father Kenneth O’Connell, the Boy Scout Chaplain of the camp and pastor of Saints John and Paul Parish in Larchmont until his death in 1984.

“He raped me, he sodomized me. It was the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life,” Marghella told FiOS1 News.

Marghella is just one of hundreds of victims who have come forward, taking his claims to the Independent Reconciliation Compensation program, created by Timothy Cardinal Dolan in 2016, for victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

However, Marghella’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of victims of sex abuse, says that the program is simply a step in the right direction, not a solution to a much bigger issue within the Catholic Church.

“There isn’t one victim I’ve ever represented who wouldn’t give all the money back they’ve ever received in exchange for not being abused.” Garabedian told FiOS1. “They all want the truth, they all want to know what the Catholic Church knew about, for instance, Monsignor O’Connell? When did they know it? Why didn’t they stop him from abusing children?”

So far, 154 victims have submitted their claims to the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation program.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York said that he hopes the program will encourage more victims to speak out.

The deadline to file new claims for compensation is July 31.

Nightmare lingers for Navy vet in priest sex-abuse case

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One of the worst panic attacks for Peter Marghella came during the Gulf War as he sat in a military tent in the sweltering heat of Bahrain.

For Marghella, a highly decorated U.S. Navy medical officer, the 17 years that had lapsed since his encounter with the Rev. Kenneth O’Connell at an upstate New York Boy Scout camp had done little to quell his nightmares.

“I took out the pistol and I cocked it and I put it in my mouth,” Marghella said. “I was literally just about to pull the trigger when the command surgeon, who was in the room next to me, divided by a partition so he couldn’t see me, just started talking to me.”

SEX SUITS: $1.5 million settles claims against priests in the Lower Hudson Valley

“I can’t remember what it was,” he said. “It was just kind of innocuous banter. He talked with this kind of South Carolina drawl. And I just started to concentrate on what he was saying and I took the gun out of my mouth.”

It was the second near-suicide for Marghella, and it came seven years before he finally sought help and opened up about his childhood nightmare.

He is the latest victim of abuse by Catholic priests to settle with the Archdiocese of New York.

But it came after decades of anguish, panic attacks and recurring nightmares stemming from two years of sexual abuse by a Marist Brother and a violent assault by a trusted priest when Marghella was just 12 years old.

O’Connell was a former pastor at Sts. John and Paul Church in Larchmont and chaplain for Boy Scout Troop 21, Marghella’s troop, which was based at Sacred Heart Church in Mount Vernon.

“By speaking out, Peter has empowered himself and other victims, and made the world a safer place for children,” said his lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian.

“The sexual abuse by Msgr. Kenneth O’Connell indicates how far up the power chain sexual abusers are within the Catholic church,” said Garabedian. “It is apparent that no one is safe, no child is safe, when in the company of a Catholic priest. Supervisors must do their jobs accordingly.”

The attack

The attack on Marghella took place in July 1973, after he was prescribed muscle relaxers and advised by a doctor to sleep indoors after aggravating a serious rib injury during a two-week stay at a Boy Scout camp in Hope Falls, New York.

He says O’Connell offered to have the boy sleep in his cabin “to keep an eye on him one-on-one.” Marghella said he was groggy from the medication he was prescribed.

“He had kind of a fold-out bed, a fold-out sofa in this building, and I fell asleep,” he said. “The next thing I know I wake up in the middle of the night and O’Connell has come into bed with me and he’s completely naked.”

“And he raped me. He sodomized me,” Marghella said. “The actual act, I’d never felt that much pain and never have in my entire life.”

After the assault he said he lapsed in and out of consciousness until sunrise.

“He gets up and crawls back into his bed and turns and faces the wall, so he can’t or won’t look at me,” Marghella said. “And I wait a few minutes to make sure I was safe and he wasn’t going to grab me again or choke me and kill me or something. I grabbed my clothes and I made a bolt out the door.”

“I didn’t think I could tell anybody,” he recalled. “I needed medical attention, there’s no doubt about that. But I was so scared of telling anybody. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I rolled the underwear up in a ball and I threw it in a garbage can right behind the kitchen, which was adjacent to the latrine.”

He never saw O’Connell again. The priest died in 1984 while he was pastor at the Larchmont Church. He is one of dozens of priests who abused children in New York.

Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, said 118 claims of abuse by Catholic clergy have been filed and all have resulted in compensation.

The settlements come through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, a panel established last year by the Archdiocese to compensate abuse victims out of court. The statute of limitations prohibits many victims from suing.

Marghella was among those who filed a claim during the first phase of the program, which had a deadline of Jan. 31. Other victims of abuse have until July 31 to file new claims under the second phase of the program.

“The church is reaching out in an attempt to help promote healing, to atone for the harm that was done to these victim survivors,” Zwilling said. “We continue to encourage anyone who has that kind of a claim to please come forward and participate. This is a sincere effort to try and help people achieve some measure of healing from what was done to them.”

But the settlement — which Marghella’s lawyer would only describe as “well into the six figures” — has not quelled the Navy vet’s anger.

“It’s not insignificant, but it’s not by any means significant,” he said. “I’ve always made a point that if you gave me $1 or gave $100 million, you couldn’t change what happened to me and the trajectory it set on the arc of my life.”

“And if they gave me $1 but it was attached to an apology, maybe I would take it,” he added. “But they haven’t done any of that.”

Marghella kept the attack by O’Connell quiet for years, while he attended Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and later went to college and the Navy. Only in 1980 did he tell his wife, his former high school sweetheart, and his three sisters.

Panic attack strikes

The first major panic attack came on an Amtrak train in 1988 when he was on his way home to see his mother, who was living in an apartment in Mount Vernon. He said the attack became so severe that he attempted to jump from the train.

Only his inability to unlock the safety gates between the rail cars — and three cans of Budweiser beer — kept him from leaping to his death. He has been in “uninterrupted therapy” since 1997. Three years ago, his wife died, leaving him with three grown daughters who he said have been greatly supportive.

But despite overcoming his nightmare and having a successful career, Marghella remains haunted by the events inside O’Connell’s cabin 44 years ago.

“Nothing has changed,” he said. “This is not (New York Cardinal Timothy) Dolan reaching out his arms and embracing Pete Marghella and saying, ‘I’m really sorry for what happened to you and what my representatives did to you and your life.'”

“This is pure defense to protect themselves,” Marghella said. “If anything, it’s further clouding the needed transparency that the victims need to heal.”

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Child sex abuse survivor says Catholic Church’s ‘hush money’ settlement won’t ease horrifying nightmares of assault

Peter Marghella (pictured) says he was abused by priest Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell in 1973.

Peter Marghella (pictured) says he was abused by priest Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell in 1973.

When Peter Marghella hurt his ribs wrestling with some friends at summer camp he had no idea it would change his life forever.Marghella, who was 12 in 1973, was away at Camp Spes Mundi in Hope Falls, when, he says, a priest sodomized him inside a private house.The priest, Kenneth F. O’Connell, suggested Marghella stay with him after the injury, away from the other campers, so he could keep an eye on him throughout the night.”Sometime in middle of the night, I woke up and O’Connell had crawled into bed with me naked and sodomized me,” Marghella recalled Tuesday.Child sex abuse survivors fear Cuomo stalling on push for law“I went in and out of consciousness from the pain,” he added. “He never said a word the whole time. It was brutal.”O’Connell, who was Chaplain of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting from 1973 to 1975, left the camp next day.Marghella never saw him again.

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Marghella said he’s still furious with the Catholic Church even after accepting the settlement after saying the abuse “sticks with you for your whole life. There’s no buying it off.”

(Luiz C. Ribeiro/For New York Daily News )

But the memories, and self-loathing, have left a permanent scar, in the form of panic attacks and intense nightmares.

Cuomo says church settlements just first step for child victims

In January, roughly 44 years later, the Archdiocese of New York reached out to Marghella and offered him a “high six figure” settlement as part of its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

The program, created by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, pays people who were abused by clergy when they were kids.

All told, 118 have received money, and no one has declined, said Joseph Zwilling, an archdiocese spokesman.

“I think that speaks to the integrity of the program,” Zwilling said. “People believe they are being treated fairly.”

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Marghella, now 56, accepted the money, but remains haunted by the abuse, and furious with the Catholic Church.

Front page of the New York Daily News on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016: FOLLOW HIS LEAD!

Front page of the New York Daily News on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016: FOLLOW HIS LEAD!

(New York Daily News)

“The church has never apologized,” he said. “It kind of felt like it was hush money, like shut up and go away. I don’t think we got the fair shake we were hoping to get in court.”

“But how do you get this off your neck?” he asked. “The answer is you don’t. It sticks with you for your whole life. There’s no buying it off.”

Years after the alleged sexual assault, Marghella tried to confront O’Connell, and called his Larchmont church.

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That’s when he found out O’Connell had been promoted to Monsignor before he died in 1984 at the age of 54.

Professionally, Marghella, a father of three, served in the Navy for 20 years where he oversaw planning for different types of medical catastrophes. In that position, he wrote the national small pox response plan and was in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

“I suppressed everything about the actual memory,” he said. “I enlisted in the Navy.”

Retired Naval officer Peter Marghella is tortured to this day by memories of abuse, nearly 45 years ago, by the Rev. Kenneth O’Connell at a church-run summer camp.

Retired Naval officer Peter Marghella is tortured to this day by memories of abuse, nearly 45 years ago, by the Rev. Kenneth O’Connell at a church-run summer camp.

(Obtained by News)

But he was unable to completely forget.

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He began to suffer nearly paralyzing panic attacks and twice came close committing suicide, including one near attempt when he was in Bahrain before the first Gulf War when he put a loaded gun in his mouth.

“It’s like an awake nightmare,” he said about the panic attacks. “Your heart begins to palpate and you feel like you’re being crushed. It’s hard to breath. You sweat profusely. Your eyes dart all over the place. You look like a wild animal in a cage.”

“This went on for years,” he added. “I sort of learned to control it. I became an exercise fanatic.”

Shortly after 9/11, he looked into filing a lawsuit against the Archdiocese.

But the case was never brought due New York’s strict statute of limitations which requires victims to come forward by age 23 with their abuse charges.

Pietro Marghella at age 7.

Pietro Marghella at age 7.

(Handout)

With three weeks to go in the legislative session, advocates are still pushing for passage of a Child Victims Act that would do away with the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases, create a one-year window so survivors who can’t bring cases under current law could do so, and treat public and private institutions the same.

The bill still faces a tough road in the GOP-controlled Senate, where it has been blocked for years.

Gov. Cuomo has said the issue would be a priority for him this legislation session, which is scheduled to end June 21. The Assembly currently has a bill that advocates dubbed too weak.

The Daily News launched a campaign last year to pressure officeholders to support the Child Victims Act.

As for the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, Marghella was eligible under Phase I which covered people who previously documented allegations of abuse to the Archdiocese. By accepting settlements, they consented to never file their cases in court.

Phase II of the program covers anyone who files a new claim of abuse against the Archdiocese. That stage is underway with a July 1 deadline.

As for O’Connell, the majority of his close relatives have also passed away. Calls seeking comment from other relations were not returned.

Marghella’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, who is played by Stanley Tucci in the movie “Spotlight,” hailed his client’s courage.

“In coming forward,” he said, “Pete has empowered himself, other sexual abuse victims and made the world a safe place for children.”

 

MAY 30, 2017

 MSGR. KENNETH F. O’CONNELL – PUBLICLY NAMED AS A SEXUAL ABUSER FOR THE FIRST TIME

 SIX-FIGURE SETTLEMENT REACHED IN ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK

INDEPENDENT RECONCILIATION AND COMPENSATION PROGRAM AGAINST MSGR. KENNETH F. O’CONNELL WHO WAS THE CHAPLAIN OF THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC COMMITTEE ON SCOUTING

Peter Marghella, formerly of the Bronx, New York, was approximately a 12 year-old child when he was sexually abused by then Fr. Kenneth F. O’Connell, a New York Archdiocesan priest and Boy Scout chaplain, when Peter Marghella attended Camp Spes Mundi (Latin for “hope for the world”) in Hope Falls, New York, as part of Troop #21 which was located in Mount Vernon, New York.  Fr. Kenneth F. O’Connell, who eventually became Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell (hereinafter referred to as Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell), was chaplain of Troop #21. 

Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell was Chaplain of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting (1973-1975).  After Msgr. O’Connell’s death at the age of 54 in 1984, the National Catholic Committee on Scouting instituted an award (Spes Mundi Award), named after the camp Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell founded, honoring an adult who financially supports the promotion of the Catholic faith through scouting. 

Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell was also executive director of the Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of New York.  When he passed away, Msgr. Kenneth F. O’ Connell was Pastor of Sts. John and Paul Parish in Larchmont, New York. 

Peter Marghella was also sexually abused as a child by Br. Damian Galligan, FMS, a Marist Brother.

Peter Marghella, his attorney, and advocate will be available by telephone to discuss the sexual assault by Msgr. Kenneth F. O’Connell, who has been named for the first time, and the recent settlement with the Archdiocese of New York Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Contacts
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com (portrayed in “Spotlight”)
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Demonstration outside Our Lady of The Valley
Orange, NJ

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Red Sox, MLB accused of refusing to settle sex abuse claim

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MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 21, 2017

 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE BOSTON RED SOX, OAKLAND ATHLETICS (formerly the Kansas City Athletics), KANSAS CITY ROYALS, AND BALTIMORE ORIOLES REFUSE TO ACT FAIRLY BY NOT SETTLING 21 SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIMS

Two (2) African-American men will attend a press conference to request that the Boston Red Sox organization, Major League Baseball, and the above-referenced organizations address the childhood sexual abuse allegations of twenty-one (21) men, fifteen (15) of whom are African-American, against deceased former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager and serial pedophile, Donald J. Fitzpatrick, and fairly settle the claims of all twenty-one (21) childhood sexual abuse victims so that the sexual abuse victims can try to heal through validation.  The two African-American men are included in the twenty-one sexual abuse claims.

 

What
A press conference to announce that two (2) African-American men are appealing to the Boston Red Sox organization, Major League Baseball, and the above-referenced organizations for fairness, justice, and validation in addressing and settling the childhood sexual abuse claims of twenty-one (21) men, including fifteen (15) African-Americans.  These twenty-one (21) minor children were sexually abused in Fenway Park, Boston; Chain O’ Lakes Park, Winter Haven, FL; the ballparks of the Kansas City Athletics and Baltimore Orioles; and, in Donald J. Fitzpatrick’s homes in Brookline and Randolph, MA; and, in his automobile.  Among the twenty-one (21) minor children were Massachusetts Little Leaguers and fans and employees of the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Athletics, and Baltimore Orioles.  The refusal by these organizations to act fairly is a re-victimization of these twenty-one childhood sexual abuse victims.

When
Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Where
In a third floor conference room of the Downtown Boston Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA, 02110

Who
Gerald Armstrong, repeatedly sexually abused in the visitors’ clubhouse at Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, MO; Charles Crawford, repeatedly sexually abused at Fenway Park, Boston, MA;  Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA; and, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., and advocate for the victims

Why
Twenty one (21) men, fifteen (15) of whom are African-American, have come forward to allege that they were sexually abused as children in many sites throughout the United States from approximately the 1960s to the 1990s.  Two (2) of these men will tell their stories of having been sexually abused as children by deceased Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald J. Fitzpatrick, and they will call upon Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, and Baltimore Orioles to settle the twenty-one (21) childhood sexual abuse claims so the victims can try to heal through validation.  Reportedly, Donald J. Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted sexual battery from 1975-1989.  The refusal by these organizations to act fairly is a re-victimization of these twenty-one childhood sexual abuse victims.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 20, 2017

A religious order of priests and brothers, the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province, based in New York City, refuses to help a woman who is a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, a Franciscan priest who served at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica

 The Jamaican woman who was sexually abused at approximately the age of ten (10) in approximately 1962 by Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, wants the Franciscan Friars to pay for her counseling, resolve her clergy sexual abuse claim, and help her try to heal

 What
A demonstration and leafleting regarding the Franciscans Friars’ Holy Name Province refusal to help a childhood sexual abuse victim of a Franciscan Friar, Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, from Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica

When
Sunday, May 21, 2017, from 7:00 AM until Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of St. Anthony’s Shrine (Arch Street Shrine), 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
A woman who was approximately ten (10) years of age in the 1960s and sexually abused by Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica, wants the Holy Name Province of the Franciscans, which includes the priests and brothers of St. Anthony’s Shrine, Arch Street, Boston, to pay for her counseling, resolve her claim fairly and in a timely manner, and help her try to heal.  Demonstrators will demand of the Holy Name Province of the Franciscans, especially the priests and brothers of the Arch Street Shrine, that the Franciscan Friars treat the Jamaican woman, sexually abused as a child, with the respect she deserves by:  paying for her counseling, resolving her claim of childhood sexual abuse, and helping her heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com


Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.
President and Co-Founder, Road to Recovery

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News Article from The Star-Ledger

Prep school dean, parish priest abused me, man alleges in suits

Robert Gibney (left) and William Giblin. (Star-Ledger file photos)
Robert Gibney (left) and William Giblin. (Star-Ledger file photos)

NEWARK — A former member of Sacred Heart Parish who attended Seton Hall Preparatory School is suing both institutions and the Archdiocese of Newark, claiming they failed to protect him from repeated sexual abuse by two priests in the 1960s.

The plaintiff, whose representatives asked that he be identified only as “John Doe,” claims Revs. Robert Gibney — who was a priest at the now-closed Vailsburg church — and William Giblin, the former headmaster of Seton Hall Prep, both sexually abused him in the 1960s.

Gibney, who died in 2012, is alleged to have abused the boy on several occasions. Giblin, who died in 2011, is alleged to have abused the boy at the prep school, according to John Doe’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian of Boston.

In addition to the priests’ alleged injuries to him in violation of New Jersey law, Doe’s two complaints in state Superior Court seek punitive damages for what the lawsuits claim were gross negligence and intentional misconduct by the institutions, whose officials he says should have known of the abuse and prevented it.

“In each of the two cases, one has to question where the supervisors were and why they were they not properly supervising the Catholic priest, whether that priest was Rev. Robert Gibney or Rev. William Giblin,” Garabedian, who was portrayed by Stanley Tucci in the 2015 film “Spotlight,” said.

 Jim Goodness, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese — which oversees the church and schools — declined to comment Tuesday when reached by email.

Garabedian said he has settled one prior claim for an amount “well into the five figures” regarding alleged abuse by Gibney at Sacred Heart. In that case, Garabedian said, his client was 10 to 12 years old at the time of the abuse.

The attorney, who expects to be filing an appearance in state Superior Court, told NJ Advance Media his client should be proud of himself for reporting the abuse.

“In doing so, he has empowered himself, other sexual abuse victims and made the world a safer place for children,” he said. “The allegations raise a red flag to parents everywhere to watch their children diligently when in the presence of adults.”

Sex lawsuits mount against ex-priest

Sex lawsuits mount against ex-priest

Two alleged victims have filed lawsuits against a New Jersey priest, the Newark Archdiocese, and a Montclair church.

Giblin served as a professor at Seton Hall University — also named as a defendant — until the late 1960s, when he took over as headmaster at Seton Hall Prep, a role he served in until the 1980s, The Star-Ledger previously reported. He later served at St. Joseph’s in East Orange until 2001.

He was charged by authorities in Canada in 2002 with soliciting sex from minors, allegations prosecutors said stemmed from the discovery of a teenage prostitution ring in Montreal.

 Authorities alleged Giblin had negotiated sex between another New Jersey priest, Rev. Eugene Heyndricks, and a 16-year-old male prostitute, the paper reported at the time.

The charges against Giblin were later dropped, while Heyndricks pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.

Garabedian said the litigation was initiated with two separate complaints filed in March.

As both Gibney and Giblin are deceased, Garabedian said he intends to seek damages from their estates “if possible.”

Thomas Moriarty may be reached at tmoriarty@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ThomasDMoriarty. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 15, 2017


NEWARK ARCHBISHOP CARDINAL JOSEPH TOBIN RE-VICTIMIZES CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS, THUS ACTING CONTRARY TO THE STATEMENTS OF POPE FRANCIS

Newark Archbishop Cardinal Joseph Tobin to hold Town Meeting at Holy Family Parish, Nutley, New Jersey, to “meet and greet” Catholics of the Archdiocese of Newark

Since Cardinal Joseph Tobin became the Archbishop of Newark, he has “dragged his feet” in settling credible cases of sexual abuse by Archdiocesan clergy, thus acting contrary to the statements of Pope Francis

 It is time for Cardinal Joseph Tobin to justly and fairly settle cases of sexual abuse by Newark Archdiocesan clergy in a timely manner so the victims can try to heal and gain a degree of closure through validation

 What
A press conference and demonstration calling on Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the new Archbishop of Newark, to settle cases of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and other religious persons that have stalled, thus re-victimizing childhood clergy sexual abuse victims

When
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Holy Family Parish, 28 Brookline Avenue, Nutley, New Jersey 07110

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Since Cardinal Joseph Tobin became the Archbishop of Newark several months ago, the Archdiocese of Newark has stalled settling cases, thus causing further harm to and re-victimization of victims.  The stalling has prevented victims from trying to heal and gain a degree of closure through validation.  Contrary to the statements of Pope Francis, the Archdiocese of Newark has ignored the claims of childhood sexual abuse victims through the tactic of stalling.  Demonstrators will call on Cardinal Joseph Tobin to settle childhood sexual abuse claims in a timely manner so that victims are treated fairly and justly, thus allowing them to try to heal and gain a degree of closure through validation.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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“John Doe” has filed a civil action in Essex County Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey, alleging that two Archdiocese of Newark priests sexually abused him as a minor child on numerous occasions. “John Doe” originally contacted Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA

“John Doe” alleges that Fr. Robert Gibney sexually abused him as a minor child on numerous occasions when Fr. Robert Gibney was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in the Vailsburg section of Newark, New Jersey, in approximately 1962/1963

“John Doe” alleges that Fr. William Giblin, a former Headmaster of Seton Hall Preparatory School, sexually abused him as a minor child from approximately 1966-1967 on numerous occasions when Fr. William Giblin was assigned to Seton Hall Preparatory School as Dean of Men and possibly another position or positions.  Seton Hall Preparatory School was located at the time on the campus of Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey

What
A press conference announcing the filing of a civil lawsuit in Essex County, Newark, New Jersey Superior Court, by “John Doe,” a victim of childhood sexual abuse in approximately the 1960s by two Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, priests, Fr. Robert Gibney, and Fr. William Giblin

When
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Seton Hall Preparatory School, 120 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, New Jersey, 07052

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Allegations:
“John Doe” was a minor child at Sacred Heart Parish in the Vailsburg section of Newark, New Jersey, in approximately 1962/1963 when he was sexually abused on numerous occasions by Fr. Robert Gibney who was assigned by the Archbishop of Newark to serve as a priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Newark, New Jersey.  “John Doe” was a minor child attending Seton Hall Preparatory School in South Orange, New Jersey in approximately 1966/1967 when he was sexually abused on numerous occasions by Fr. William Giblin who was assigned by the Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, to serve at Seton Hall Preparatory School in South Orange, New Jersey.  “John Doe” has filed an action in the Civil Division of Essex County Superior Court, Newark, New Jersey requesting compensatory and punitive damages against the two named defendants and the Archdiocese of Newark; Sacred Heart Parish; Seton Hall University, and Seton Hall Preparatory School

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Demonstration outside Holy Name of Jesus Church, West 96th Street and Amsterdam Avenue
  Manhattan – May 14, 2017


Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.President and  Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

ATTENTION: PARISHIONERS AND SUPPORTERS OF THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF HOLY  NAME PROVINCE AND THEIR MANY PARISHES IN NY AND NJ

In the 1960s, Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, also known as Fr. La Salle A. Walsh, OFM, served at Our Lady of Angels Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica.  While there, he allegedly sexually abused a ten (10) year-old minor girl and adversely affected her life.

That ten (10) year-old girl is now an adult, and she has come forward to report that Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, sexually abused her when she was a minor child at Our Lady of Angels Churchand Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica.  She has requested that the Holy Name Province ofthe Franciscan Friars pay for her therapy, resolve her claim, and help her try to heal.

What has been the response of the Holy Name Province?  Unfortunately, the Franciscans of the Holy Name Province have chosen to ignore this woman, causing her to feel re-victimized.  She was an innocent minor child when Fr. Paul Walsh, OFM, sexually abused her, and the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province were his supervisors and are responsible for resolving this claim against him.

It is the demand of the supporters and advocates of this innocent woman that the Holy Name Province of the Franciscans, including priests and brothers from the Franciscan parishes in NY and NJ:

*Stop dragging its feet and resolve the claim of this woman;

*Pay for the therapy that will help this woman regain her life; and,

*Provide whatever services this woman needs to heal.

The Franciscans of the Holy Name Province  refuse to help ONE (1) WOMAN who, as a young girl;was sexually abused  by one of their  priests in a poor country.  This is outrageous!

PLEASE DEMAND THAT THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS DO THE RIGHT THING BY

HELPING THE WOMAN FROM  KINGSTON, JAMAICA, RECOVER AND HEAL

CONTACT
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President
Road to Recovery, Inc.
(a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families) P.O. Box 279, Livingston, New Jersey 07039
862-368-2800
roberthoatson@gmail.com

 

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Baker abuse case: Victims’ attorneys say testimony of man who died may be admissible in future proceedings

 When Corey Leech testified in a preliminary hearing against three Franciscan friars last year, he was under oath and the defendants’ attorneys received the opportunity to cross-examine him.

Leech provided details about how he was allegedly sexually abused by Brother Stephen Baker, a member of the clergy accused of molesting more than 100 youths during his time as an uncertified trainer at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown.

Giles A. Schinelli, Robert J. D’Aversa and Anthony M. Criscitelli are facing charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. They, as ministers provincial of the Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conception, gave Baker assignments that provided him access to children, even though, as the state contends, they allegedly knew he presented a danger to them.

 Leech, 31, died earlier this month.

When asked about the impact of Leech’s death on his testimony and the case, a representative from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General declined to comment about the case out of respect for the young man’s family.

But the fact that Leech told his story in open court, following proper legal procedures, means his testimony could still be part of the record in a future trial, according to two attorneys, who, while not directly involved in the case, have represented dozens of Baker’s alleged victims in civil matters.

“The fact that he was subjected to cross-examination means that there is an argument that his testimony should be admissible,” Altoona-based lawyer Richard Serbin said.

Serbin, though, was not sure “that there’s a clear answer.”

 Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston attorney, pointed to Rule 804 in Pennsylvania’s legal code that provides exceptions to the rule against hearsay. It states that a declarant can be considered unavailable as a witness if the individual “cannot be present or testify at the trial or hearing because of death.”

“The exception – when a person has passed away – is that the witness is unavailable, and he has testified under oath, and he has been cross-examined by, in this case, the defendants’ lawyers, his testimony will probably be determined by the court to be admissible,” Garabedian said.

Attorneys for the three friars have asked for the charges to be dismissed. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for June 14.

 Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5056. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Sutor.

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Editorial: Senate Shields Abusers / New York State Senate GOP urged to approve Child Victims Act before legislative session ends in five weeks / Rape Survivor Pushes for New Law / VictimsSpeakDB.org announces the launch / Church

 

Editorial: Senate shields abusers

NEW YORK
Times Union

By TU Editorial Board on May 8, 2017

Our opinion: The state Senate’s Republican majority is effectively enabling child sexual predators when it refuses to extend the statute of limitations on criminal and civil action.

It wouldn’t be a legislative session without at least one news release boasting of what New York’s Republican Senate majority is doing to crack down on sex crimes. What should concern New Yorkers, though, is what the majority is trying to tamp down.

The Senate’s latest crusade is a bill that would bar low-level sex offenders from driving for ride-hailing companies, like Uber and Lyft. Yet behind the scenes, the GOP majority is doing its best to block even a vote on a different type of sex crime legislation — a bill to extend the statute of limitations on prosecution and lawsuits involving child sexual assault.

The ride-hailing bill would modify the just-approved law that allows outfits like Uber to operate in the state. The original bill prohibited Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from driving for those companies. The new measure would add to the list Level 1 offenders — those considered to have a low likelihood of committing sex crimes again.

As potential crime goes, this is pretty minimal. The Senate is focusing on relatively low-risk individuals who would be constantly monitored on the job by technology that would record the driver, the fare, and the pickup and drop-off locations and times, making it unlikely anybody could get away with a crime.

 

New York State Senate GOP urged to approve Child Victims Act before legislative session ends in five weeks

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY
KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ALBANY — With just over five weeks left in the legislative session, child abuse victims Tuesday pleaded with state Senate Republicans to side with them over predators.

A group of adults who were abused as kids, including a former priest, were back at the Capitol to push for passage of a bill to make it easier for survivors to seek justice that has been blocked by the Senate GOP for years.

One version of the Child Victims Act supported by advocates would do away with the civil and criminal time for adults who were abused as kids to bring cases, open a one-year window for victims who can no longer sue under the current law to do so, and treat public and private institutions the same when it comes to sex abuse cases.

“There’s no statute of limitations on the murder of the body; why is there a statute of limitation on the murder of the soul?” said Robert Hoatson, a former priest who was abused as a kid and now heads Road to Recovery.

Rape Survivor Pushes for New Law to Protect Victims of Child Sex Assault

NEW YORK
Spectrum News

By Geoff Redick
Updated Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. — If you can call it luck, then Kat Sullivan is one of the “lucky” ones.

Sullivan is a rape survivor, which means in New York State she can seek criminal prosecution against her attacker whenever she pleases — even 20 years after the rape, which happened in 1998 on the campus of the Emma Willard School in Troy, where Sullivan attended as a student athlete.

But potentially, hundreds of teenage girls who attended Emma Willard School, like Sullivan did, were the victims of sexual abuse. Such abuse is considered different from forcible rape under the state’s legal definition. Because of a statute of limitations preventing legal action after five years have passed, those hundreds of girls cannot report the crimes against them with any hope of confronting their attackers.

Children who are victimized younger than the age of 13 can report sex abuse at any time for the rest of their lives, leaving only minors between the ages of 13 and 18 as those who must tell authorities within five years.

Whistleblowers group offers Cardinal Dolan support, criticism

NEW YORK
National Catholic Reporter

Peter Feuerherd | May. 9, 2017

NEW YORK

Before embarking on a May 9 lobbying day in Albany in support of proposed New York state legislation that would extend the statute of limitations on child abuse claims, the watchdog group Catholic Whistleblowers offered both support and criticism of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

The group praised the New York Archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to compensate victims with claims against clergy sex abusers. The program offers compensation even to those who come forth beyond New York’s window for presenting claims, five years after a person reaches the age of 18.

The bishops of New York state have fought efforts to extend the statute of limitations in the past, stating that it would stretch the ability of witnesses to remember events that happened decades ago; would unfairly target private institutions like the church while leaving other entities untouched, such as public schools; and threaten dioceses with bankruptcy.

The effort to extend the statute of limitations has become an annual Albany legislative struggle, successfully fought off by the state’s Catholic bishops. A similar struggle is expected in this year’s session before the legislature adjourns this summer.

The Catholic Whistleblowers group comprises some 30 priests, religious and laypeople, including supporters of those sexually abused as well as victims who have worked for the church. In a statement, the group praised Dolan for instituting the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program.

Church supports alternative to Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
The Legislative Gazette

Written by KALEB H. SMITH, assistant editor on May 9, 2017

As lawmakers prepare for the closing weeks of session, victims of childhood sexual abuse are pushing once again for a controversial bill that would give them a chance to seek justice for decades-old cases.

The Child Victims Act (S.809) would allow victims to file legal action against their abusers, regardless of when the crime took place.

But opponents of The Child Victims Act — mainly churches and other organizations that may be held responsible for decades-old cases of abuse — say passage of the bill could bankrupt them if it is adopted as written.

The New York State Catholic Conference, which represents the bishops of New York state in matters of public policy, supports another bill (S.5660/A.7302) that would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for the prosecution of certain sex offenses and extend the time for civil claims to be brought by survivors of child sexual abuse until they are 28 years old.

It also expands mandated reporter requirements by adding clergy to the list of those who must report suspected cases of sexual abuse of a child, and requires all mandated reporters to not only report suspected familial abuse, but also suspected abuse at the hands of other mandated reporters.

Ex-Emma Willard student doubts Cuomo’s eagerness to change statute of limitations in sex abuse cases

NEW YORK
Times Union

By Robert Gavin Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ALBANY — A former Emma Willard student who revealed allegations of sexual abuse and a cover-up at the school last year on Tuesday questioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to passing a law to end a five-year statute of limitations on child sexual abuse.

Kat Sullivan, who said she was raped by a teacher at Emma Willard in 1998 and shipped away to New Orleans, called child sexual abuse a “pandemic” that needs to be addressed this year with the passing of the Child Victims Act.

The bill would end the statute of limitations civilly as well as criminally, create a one-year retroactive window for survivors over 23 to sue and end a 90-day notice of claim for public institutions that the sponsors say now shields the facilities from lawsuits.

The bill has been pushed in Albany for 10 years. Cuomo backed its passage in his State of the State in January, saying survivors of the abuse deserve justice.

“I have been following Gov. Cuomo and his statements in the newspapers very carefully and I read promises in the newspapers to prioritize the Child Victims Act, which gave me hope he would be a champion,” Sullivan told reporters in a packed news conference in the Legislative Office Building, where she was joined by lawmakers, advocates and other victims.

VictimsSpeakDB.org announces the launch of the SACCADAS DB Profiler.

UNITED STATES
EIN News

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — We are pleased to announce a new feature of the VictimsSpeakDB website, the SACCADAS DB Profiler. It provides summary statistics about Catholic clergy abuse for individual states/provinces, countries or regions included in the SACCADAS database. VictimsSpeakDB viewers can request profiles of individual states/ provinces, countries or regions by sending a Profile Request. Profiles of individual clerics, such as priests, brothers or nuns, are also available upon request.

The SACCADAS DB Profiler was created to provide summary data about specific locations and/or individuals. Not every user requires the detail provided on the dozens of charts on this website. In some cases, the user would like to obtain an overview of clergy abuse in his particular state/ province or by a specific abuser. Viewers can request a profile of a specific state/province or abuser by sending a Profile Request. We have included on this website a profile of the entire SACCADAS database as well a sample of an individual state/province. The state/province we chose was the U.S. territory of the Guam. We chose Guam because the pattern exhibited in the data is a primary reason this website was created.

There are 67 records of victims abused in Guam. Of those 67 records, only one victim was abused in this century (in 2015). Of the remaining 66 records, 57 records represent victims abused prior to the 1980s. On the other hand, 57 records of the 67 records represented victims who made the first public accusation of abuse in the 2015-2017 time slot. Why? In September 2016, Guam enacted a law removing the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children. Fifty five of the 67 records are from victims who made their first accusation of abuse after September 2016. Clearly, eliminating the statute of limitations had a major effect. Moreover, when victims come forward it encourages other victims to come forward who might otherwise have continued to remain silent

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New York State Senate GOP urged to approve Child Victims Act before legislative session ends in five weeks

Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan said Monday "we continue to have discussions on (the Child Victims Act)." 

Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan said Monday “we continue to have discussions on (the Child Victims Act).”

(Hans Pennink/AP)

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 7:30 PM

ALBANY — With just over five weeks left in the legislative session, child abuse victims Tuesday pleaded with state Senate Republicans to side with them over predators.A group of adults who were abused as kids, including a former priest, were back at the Capitol to push for passage of a bill to make it easier for survivors to seek justice that has been blocked by the Senate GOP for years.One version of the Child Victims Act supported by advocates would do away with the civil and criminal time for adults who were abused as kids to bring cases, open a one-year window for victims who can no longer sue under the current law to do so, and treat public and private institutions the same when it comes to sex abuse cases.“There’s no statute of limitations on the murder of the body; why is there a statute of limitation on the murder of the soul?” said Robert Hoatson, a former priest who was abused as a kid and now heads Road to Recovery.Child sex abuse survivors fear Cuomo stalling on push for lawSenate bill sponsor Brad Hoylman and Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also released a letter to Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan urging him to hold a public hearing on the bill and bring the legislation to the floor for a vote “as soon as possible.”

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State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal at a press conference in the state Senate to lobby legislators to pass the Child Victiims Act on Jan. 4, 2017.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

Hoylman had used a procedure in the Senate rules to force a committee vote on the measure, but Republican leadership angered advocates by simply moving the bill to a different committee without any public discussion or vote.

Flanagan later Monday said “we continue to have discussions on (the Child Victims Act).”

 He noted the Assembly has its own version of the Child Victims Act and that Timothy Cardinal Dolan has created a new program to pay out damages to victims of past abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of New York.

Child sex abuse victims cannot wait any longer

“It’s not just isolated to one bill,” he said. “I’m comfortable we continue to work on those issues. You don’t always have to have a hearing to get something done.”

Katherine Sullivan is a survivor of childhood sex abuse. She's pictured here in June 2016 before a rally to support the Child Victims Act.

Katherine Sullivan is a survivor of childhood sex abuse. She’s pictured here in June 2016 before a rally to support the Child Victims Act.

(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

 

Asked if there is enough time for a deal before the scheduled end of the session in June, Flanagan said “hope springs eternal.”

Meanwhile, Assembly bill sponsor Linda Rosenthal called on Gov. Cuomo “to bring this bill to fruition.”

While advocate Marci Hamilton, who has been meeting with Cuomo and his staff, praised the sincerity of the efforts by the governor and his people, others were more critical.

N.Y. lawmaker pushes hearing on child sex assault victims bill

One victim, Kat Sullivan, who was raped as a student in 1998 at Emma Willard, a private Albany-area girl’s school, said she had hope for the bill’s long-awaited passage when Cuomo in January called it a priority. But she was less happy that after the state budget passed in April, Cuomo told the media he had no real priorities left for the rest of the legislative session that is scheduled to end June 21.

Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said “we continue to work with the advocates to build the public support to get it passed, which does not exist at this time.”

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Death of Johnstown man, 31, claims a voice for abuse survivors

Just over a year ago in a Hollidaysburg courtroom, Corey Leech took the stand and, in a poised and confident voice, testified in excruciating detail how a Franciscan friar began sexually abusing him from his early teens.

Mr. Leech gave voice to scores of victims of the late Stephen Baker in his testimony, which took place in the pretrial hearing of three Franciscan supervisors who face criminal charges for allegedly failing to protect children from the abusive friar.

Mr. Leech told of Baker abusing him on the athletic training table at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown. He spoke of the friar abusing him on car trips and at his monastery.

“He wanted to prevent other children from living his nightmare,” Mr. Leech’s family wrote in his obituary. “While he did more than his share to help others, it was too late for Corey. His nightmare was inescapable.”

This combination of file photos shows Giles Schinelli, left, Anthony Criscitelli, center, and Robert D'Aversa, when they were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Peter Smith
Three Franciscan priests ordered to stand trial in sex abuse case

Mr. Leech, 31, was found dead on Friday in his apartment in Richland Township of Cambria County, near Johnstown. He had struggled with substance abuse, according to his obituary.

Mr. Leech’s family and supporters recall him as someone long concerned for child welfare. He was a nurse in a neo-natal intensive care unit in Johnstown, recalled for his gentle manner both with at-risk infants and their families.

“He couldn’t exorcise the demons of his own life, but he did so much to help others,” said Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery, a New Jersey-based national organization that provides support and advocacy for victims of clergy sexual abuse. Mr. Hoatson had spoken regularly with Mr. Leech to offer support, and he was in the Blair County District Court in April 2016 on the day of his testimony.

“His courage in testifying — we can imagine what courage that took because of his state of mind and his whole attempts to try and survive all of this.”

Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said the cause and manner of Mr. Leech’s death remains under investigation, pending toxicology studies, but he said his death was not considered suspicious.

It is the latest tragic turn in the wake of two grand jury reports released in March 2016 that recounted decades of sexual abuse by priests and others associated with the Catholic Church. One report focused on the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, the other on friars in the Hollidaysburg-based Franciscan Immaculate Conception Province of the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regulars.

Last year, another survivor who had spoken publicly for years about his abuse by a diocesan priest took his own life.

Franciscan friars Giles Schinelli, left, Anthony Criscitelli, center, and Robert D'Aversa, when they were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg, Pa.
Associated Press
3 Pa. friars want judge to dismiss sex abuse case involving teacher

And one of Baker’s victims at an Ohio high school took his life in 2003, his mother said while attending pretrial hearings for the Franciscans last year.

“It doesn’t end, does it?” said Mr. Hoatson. But he said survivors can and do thrive.

“There is hope for recovery, and the key is, to stay in therapy,” he said. “Psychotherapy is the key, and medicine is necessary. As I tell people, I’m in my 38th year of therapy as a result of child sexual abuse. That’s basically has kept me alive. And I think it keeps a lot of other people alive.”

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 14 for the three Franciscan priests, who each face charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. The three are the Very Revs. Giles Schinelli, Robert J. D’Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli. State prosecutors allege they knew Brother Baker posed a risk of abusing children but assigned him to schools and other settings where he could get access to minors. The three have pleaded innocent.

Baker himself committed suicide in January 2013 at the Hollidaysburg monastery when the enormity of his abuse was becoming publicly known. Scores of victims have reached financial settlements with the province and the dioceses where Baker worked. Baker did not face criminal charges.

Mr. Leech was born March 29, 1986, the third-oldest of 10 boys. He was an avid sports fan and athlete who played football, basketball and baseball at Bishop McCort.

Tragically, according to the grand jury report, this athleticism made him vulnerable to Brother Baker’s exploitation.

According to the grand jury report, Baker molested more than 100 youths, many at Bishop McCort, where between 1992 and 2000 he was a religion teacher and self-styled athletic trainer.

The friar groped the students’ genitals and digitally penetrated them anally, often under the guise of massaging or helping them stretch. Even after his Franciscan superiors transferred him out of Bishop McCort because of an abuse allegation, he continued to have access to youths there and in other settings, the grand jury said.

Mr. Leech testified last year that Baker’s practice’s were commonly known among athletes.

Mr. Leech testified he that Brother Baker exploited his role as a “friend of the family” who would take him out to eat and on other trips.

The inappropriate sexual contact began within a year of meeting him, he said.

Asked how many times Baker abused him, he testified: “Too many times.”

Even after suffering this trauma, Mr. Leech graduated Magna Cum Laude from the nursing program at Mt. Aloysius College, where he also played baseball.

He worked in the intensive-care nursery of the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and also as a traveling nurse in San Diego, Calif. He told family he was thrilled to care for prematurely born babies who were “smaller than his hand.”

But the years of abuse “destroyed Corey’s faith,” his obituary said. “The house of God no longer provided any solace for Corey, so he sought peace the only way he could, through substance abuse. Corey will be remembered by his family and friends as the caring, bright and fun-loving young man whose future was stolen from him by those he trusted the most.”

He is survived by his parents, Bernard and Cynthia Leech; nine brothers and numerous other relatives.

The funeral will be private.

Peter Smith: petersmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1416; Twitter @PG_PeterSmith.

 

Corey Joseph Edward Leech, 31; Johnstown. This is the story of Corey Joseph Edward Leech.   It was a promising beginning that ended far too soon at the ripe age of 31.  Corey, the third-eldest brother of 10, enjoyed playing and watching sports. His favorite professional teams were the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Atlanta Braves.  Corey was also a talented athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football for Bishop McCort high school. Through his Catholic educators, Corey was introduced to a “man of the cloth,” a predator, who aimed to take advantage of a trusting, handsome, and athletic boy.  Despite his years of private suffering, Corey went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the nursing program at Mt. Aloysius, where he also played baseball and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2008.  Corey pursued a career as a registered nurse in the regional intensive care nursery at Conemaugh and also as a traveling nurse in San Diego, CA.  He had a true passion for children and was delighted that his career afforded him the opportunity to help babies who were “smaller than his hand.”Turns out Corey was one of many children victimized by this man.  When his years of private torment became national news, Corey made an uncommonly brave decision.  He chose to testify.  He wanted to prevent other children from living his nightmare. While he did more than his share to help others, it was too late for Corey.  His nightmare was inescapable.  Years of abuse by this clergyman destroyed Corey’s faith.  The house of God no longer provided any solace for Corey, so he sought peace the only way he could, through substance abuse. Corey will be remembered by his family and friends as the caring, bright and fun-loving young man whose future was stolen from him by those he trusted the most.  Corey is survived by parents Bernard and Cynthia Leech, brothers BJ Leech, married to former Stevi Nelson, Adam Leech married to former Cali Parker, son Jax Leech, Travis Leech, Joshua Leech, Rhett Leech, Christian Leech, Drake Leech, Jozef Leech, and Hunter Leech.  Maternal grandmother Martha Majoris, Paternal grandmother Katherine Leech and special great Aunt and Uncle Joseph and Dolores Fatula.  Aunts Uncles:  Gary and Kelly Leech.  Dennis and Jennifer Leech, Christopher Majoris and Heather and Fabio Beltrami.  Special friend, Kasey Law and good friend, Jim Munro.  Many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Friends and family will be received Monday from 2 to 8p.m.at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc. Broad Street.  At the request of the family, private funeral services will be held at a later day. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Road to Recovery P.O Box 279 Livingston, New Jersey 07039.  www.road-to-recovery.org.  Road to Recovery is a non-profit organization that provides direct assistance to victims of clergy sexual abuse

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Man alleging he was raped by Central Catholic teacher hired renowned sex-abuse lawyer

By Robert Mills, rmills@lowellsun.com

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LAWRENCE — Well-known Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who played a major role in exposing the Catholic Church sex scandal, is now working with a client who alleges he was sexually abused by four Marist Brothers at Central Catholic High School in the 1960s.

The allegations were announced Monday, less than a week after allegations of inappropriate behavior by two administrators and a teacher rocked the school.

Garabedian said he was contacted over a week ago by a man in his 60s who alleges he was sexually abused by four Marist Brothers in the school when he was 14 and 15 years old.

That client, whose name and hometown Garabedian declined to share, also says he was sexually abused by the late Rev. Paul Rynne at St. Patrick’s parish in Lawrence. Rynne, who died in 2004, previously faced accusations that he sexually abused boys at parishes in Plymouth and Brockton.

“We’re preparing my client’s case so we can notify the Archdiocese of Boston and the Marist Brothers of the sexual abuse and take appropriate action from there,” Garabedian said.

Garabedian said his client notified the principal of Central Catholic of the abuse allegations during his senior year, but that his client was simply moved out of a class taught by one of his abusers.

“No further action was taken,” Garabedian said. “Once again we have a cover up by the Catholic Church.

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Robert Hoatson, a former priest and Catholic high-school principal who left the church after speaking out about the sexual-abuse scandal in New Jersey more than a decade ago, held a press conference regarding the new allegations Monday outside the school.

Hoatson, who co-founded Road to Recovery Inc., a New Jersey-based nonprofit group that assists victims of sexual abuse, said Garabedian asked his organization to help provide services to his client.

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Hoatson said he expects more victims to come forward now that allegations involving the school are coming to light.

“I expect that more will be calling us,” Hoatson said.

Hoatson said Garabedian’s client claims he was abused inside Central Catholic by Brother Michael Edward, a former athletic trainer and teacher; Brother Xavier Leonard Boulanger, a former teacher; and two other brothers whose full names were not released. Edward and Boulanger both faced previous sexual-abuse allegations as well; both are dead.

“It’s very common that most people don’t come forward until years or decades after,” Hoatson said.

Garabedian also said more victims may come forward now that one alleged victim has spoken out.

“I would not be surprised if more victims come forward because of a pedophile’s tendency to sexually molest as many children as they can,” Garabedian said.

Andrew Nikonchuk, 36, of Lowell, was fired last week from his administrative job at the school for violating school policies regarding “appropriate social boundaries between students and faculty.”

Nikonchuk is also under investigation by Lowell police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office after a former student at the school alleged in a Facebook post that he was drugged and raped by Nikonchuk while he was a student at the school 11 years ago.

That man alleged he spent a night at Nikonchuk’s home drinking, smoking marijuana and playing video games before Nikonchuk gave him a Powerade that caused him to blackout.

Hoatson said his organization has already heard from people with connections to the school who allege that Nikonchuk would frequently spend time with students outside of school.

Hoatson said he has not been contacted by the man who accused Nikonchuk of rape.

Meanwhile, two other Central Catholic staff members are on administrative leave from the school as their actions are investigated in connection with separate matters.

Richard Nault, the dean of students and basketball coach, is on leave for allegedly sending inappropriate private messages to a former student.

And social-studies teacher John Housianitis was placed on leave last week for allegedly posting compromising photos of himself online, according to the Eagle-Tribune.

Terrence Donilon, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston, referred questions regarding the Marist Brothers and Central Catholic to the school and brotherhood. He declined to comment on the allegations regarding Rev. Rynne because the Archdiocese does not comment on potential or pending litigation.

Central Catholic is an independent school overseen by the Marist Brothers, and is not overseen by the archdiocese.

David DeFillippo, a spokesman for the school, did not return messages seeking comment on the investigations or the allegations now being made by Garabedian’s client.

Officials at the Marist Brothers United States Province did not return a message seeking comment.

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Central Catholic sex abuse demonstration will unveil new allegations from 1960s incidents

  • By Jill Harmacinski jharmacinski@eagletribune.com
 LAWRENCE — An international group that supports sexual abuse survivors will be on the public sidewalk in front of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence late Monday morning.

The group, Road to Recovery, is coming to the city after Central Catholic administrator Andrew Nikonchuk was fired last Tuesday due to allegations that he drugged and raped a student in 2006.

Road to Recovery is also exposing new information and allegations regarding sexual abuse of a boy by a priest at St. Patrick’s Church and members of a Catholic order of brothers who worked at Central Catholic High School in the 1960s, said Dr. Robert Hoatson, founder and leader of Road to Recovery.

 “In light of this new information, we will still be at Central Catholic, but not rallying so much as exposing this latest disturbing information,” Hoatson told The Eagle-Tribune.

According to a Road to Recovery statement, the male who said he was sexually abused is represented by attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston. Garabedian has handled thousands of sexual abuse cases, many involving clergy.

Hoatson said the Boston Archdiocesan priest and three of the Marist Brothers have been publicly named in past lawsuits before.

The allegations include sexual abuse of the boy:

— By the priest in the mid-1960s in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Parish, when the boy was 10 to 11 years old.

— By one of the brothers in a room at Central Catholic High School in the late 1960s when the boy was 14 to 15 years old.

— By another one of the brothers, who was teacher, in a room at Central Catholic and at least one other location in the late 1960s when the boy was 15.

— By a third brother in a room at Central Catholic in the late 1960s when the boy was 15.

— By a fourth brother, who was not identified by Road to Recovery, in a room at Central Catholic High School in the late 1960s when the boy was 14.

 The Road to Recovery demonstration is expected to start at 11 a.m. Monday.

Nikonchuk, 36, of Lowell was fired by Central Catholic for violating “the school’s policies pertaining to appropriate social boundaries between students and faculty, ” school officials said.

Nikonchuk was Central Catholic director of curriculum and instruction when he was fired. The firing happened after a former Central student, a male who graduated in 2008, reported the incident to authorities on April 20. The Middlesex district attorney is investigating the allegations. No criminal charges have been filed.

Nikonchuk also served as the academic adviser to student athletes on the school’s hockey team.

Watch eagletribune.com for more on this story as it develops. A complete report will appear in Tuesday’s edition of The Eagle-Tribune.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR CHILD AT ST. PATRICK’S PARISH AND CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN LAWRENCE, MA

One Boston Archdiocesan priest from St. Patrick’s Parish, Lawrence, MA, and four Marist Brothers of the Schools from Lawrence, MA, Central Catholic High School are accused of sexual abuse of a minor child, “John Doe,” who is represented by
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA 
 

The Boston Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Paul Rynne, has been publicly named before, and three of the Marist Brothers of the Schools, Br. Edward Michael, FMS, Br. Xavier Leonard Boulanger, FMS, and Br. Albert, FMS, have been publicly named before.  The allegations include:

 1) Sexual abuse of “John Doe” by Fr. Paul Rynne in approximately the mid 1960s in the rectory of St. Patrick’s Parish, when “John Doe was approximately 10-11 years of age;

2) Sexual abuse of “John Doe” by Br. Michael Edward, FMS, an athletic trainer and teacher, in a room at Central Catholic High School in approximately the late 1960s when “John Doe” was approximately 14-15 years of age

3) Sexual abuse of “John Doe” by Br. Xavier Leonard Boulanger, FMS, teacher, in a room at Central Catholic High School and at least one other location in approximately the late 1960s when “John Doe” was approximately 15 years of age; and,

4) Sexual abuse of “John Doe” by Br. Albert, FMS, in a room at Central Catholic High School in approximately the late 1960s when “John Doe” was approximately 15 years of age

A fourth Marist Brother of the Schools, not previously publicly named and not named herein, is accused of sexually abusing “John Doe” in a room at Central Catholic High School in approximately the late 1960s when  “John Doe” was approximately 14 years of age

What
A press conference announcing that the scandal of sexual abuse of minor children at Lawrence Central Catholic High School and St. Patrick’s Parish, Lawrence, continues

When
Monday, May 1, 2017, at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Lawrence, MA, Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA 01841 – 978-682-0260

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson

Why
See above

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc.,
P.O. Box 279, Livingston, New Jersey, 07039 – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 24, 2017

 A Jesuit priest, Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, stationed at Boston College High School from approximately 1951-1967, repeatedly sexually abused a minor child, Ronald Edward Casey, from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 to 13 years of age

Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, held himself out as a Boy Scout chaplain and took Ronald Edward Casey on Boy Scout trips to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, repeatedly sexually abused minor child Ronald Edward Casey from approximately 1956 through 1957 

The Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province, which includes Boston College High School., continue to re-victimize childhood sexual abuse victim Ronald Edward Casey by not reasonably and fairly settling the claim of sexual abuse of a minor child against Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ

 

What
A press conference announcing that the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province refuse to reasonably and fairly settle the sexual abuse claim of Ronald Edward Casey who is 72 years of age and continues to suffer from the effects of sexual abuse by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, from approximately 1956 through 1957

When
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Who
Ronald Edward Casey, sexual abuse victim of Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, assigned to Boston College High School during the period 1956 through 1957; and, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why
Ronald Edward Casey was born in 1944 and grew up in a large family in South Boston, MA.  His older brother, Bill Casey, was being counseled by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, who was assigned to Boston College High School and endeared himself to the Casey family which he visited frequently.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, told Ronald Edward Casey when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 years old that he (Fr. Leo Pollard) was a Boy Scout chaplain.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey on a Boy Scout trip to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where he was forced to sleep in the same cabin as Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey on at least six more Boy Scout trips from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11-13 years of age.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, sexually abused Ronald Edward Casey on each of the Boy Scout trips.  Ronald Edward Casey and his advocate will demand of the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province that they do the right thing by reasonably and fairly settling his claim of sexual abuse.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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A former state lawmaker has accused a former English teacher at a prestigious prep school of sexually abusing her.
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Former N.H. legislator alleges abuse at Phillips Academy Andover

Alexander Theroux allegedly “engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s,” school officials said in 2016.

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Alexander Theroux allegedly “engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s,” school officials said in 2016.

A former New Hampshire state representative on Friday filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a teacher at Phillips Academy Andover sexually abused her when she was about 15, court filings show.

Marie Sapienza, now an attorney in private practice in Hampstead, N.H., is seeking $5 million in damages in the suit, which alleges that in about 1982, Alexander Theroux, then an English teacher and writer-in-residence at Andover, groped her breasts and buttocks, according to the filings.

Theroux, who was previously named by the academy as one of five former teachers accused of sexually abusing students, later called Sapienza at her home and asked her to enroll in a class he taught, promising her a good grade, she alleges.Neither Sapienza nor Theroux responded to requests for comment Sunday evening. Sapienza is scheduled to announce the suit at a news conference Monday morning, according to Road to Recovery Inc., an organization that assists sexual abuse survivors.

Theroux is a poet and a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and the brother of novelist Paul Theroux. His books include “Darconville’s Cat” and “Laura Warholic: or, The Sexual Intellectual.”

Sapienza’s suit also alleges that when she later reported the assault to the academy’s then-headmaster, Donald McNemar, he said he would do nothing because Theroux had left the school by then. Andover is not named as a defendant.

McNemar declined to address the claim when reached by phone Sunday night. “I just can’t comment on a pending lawsuit,” he said.

Head of School John Palfrey offered his sympathies for survivors of abuse in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to all those who were harmed at our school and at all schools in the past,” Palfrey said. “At Andover, we are committed to learning as much as we can about our school’s past, offering support and acknowledgment for survivors of sexual misconduct, and ensuring the safety and security of all students on our campus today.

“The harms done to students in the past must never be repeated.”

A previous investigation found that five former teachers at the academy allegedly harmed students during the 1970s and 1980s, Andover announced in August. At the time, Palfrey named three former faculty members accused of abuse, including Theroux, in a letter to the school community.

Theroux allegedly “engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s” — before Sapienza came to the academy — and multiple people expressed concerns to investigators about his behavior, Palfrey wrote last year.

Theroux denied the allegations, Palfrey said, but has been banned from campus and school events.

The court documents state that Sapienza continues to experience “mental distress and emotional injuries” from the assault that have led to “suicidal ideation, depression, sadness, anger, anxiety, sleep problems, and panic attacks.”

Sapienza only recently realized the harm that the assault had caused her, according to the filings.

Sapienza’s attorney is Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who represented survivors of clergy sexual abuse in cases that in 2002 helped publicly expose widespread abuse within the Catholic church and a conspiracy within the church hierarchy to conceal that abuse.

Garabedian could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Last year, the Globe Spotlight team reported that since 1991, at least 67 private schools in New England have faced allegations that at least 200 students were abused or harassed by employees.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.

 

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Teacher at Mass. prep school sued by former NH state rep over alleged abuse

A lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages has been filed in federal court in Boston by a former four-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, alleging she was sexually abused by a teacher while enrolled at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., in the 1980s.
Marie Sapienza, now a Hampstead-based attorney, alleges that novelist and former teacher Alexander Theroux sexually abused her when she was a student at the prep school.

 

Sapienza served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing District 8, Rockingham, for four terms — from 1997 to 2002, and again from 2010 to 2012.
Reached by phone Sunday night, Sapienza confirmed the filing of the lawsuit but would not comment further.According to paperwork filed with the U.S. District Court in Boston on Friday, the lawsuit reads: “As a direct and proximate result of defendant Alexander Theroux’s negligent conduct, the plaintiff suffered and will continue to suffer in the future: severe and permanent mental distress and emotional injuries, including objective corroboration of said mental distress and emotional injuries as outlined above; financial expenses for medical and therapeutic care and treatment; long-term lost earning capacity; as well as other damages.”In the lawsuit, Sapienza alleges on one occasion in approximately 1982, when she was approximately 15, that Theroux engaged in “explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct” with her at his Andover, Mass. residence.According to court documents, Sapienza claims that after the sexual assault Theroux called her at her home and requested that she enroll in Theroux’s class, promising her a “good grade.” The lawsuit also claims that when Sapienza told Phillips Academy school officials about the alleged sexual abuse, they did nothing about it, because he was no longer employed there at the time.Sapienza voluntarily left Phillips Academy in approximately 1984.A report released by Phillips Academy officials in 2016 investigation detailed five cases of sexual misconduct between teachers and students in the 1970s and 80s, including a claim against Theroux.Similar allegations have also been brought against New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy. Last month, officials revealed the names of four additional former teachers and a school psychologist who they believe engaged in sexual misconduct against students decades ago.The investigation was launched a year ago after the school publicly disclosed that former history teacher Rick Schubart had admitted to sexual misconduct involving two students in the 1970s and 1980s.
CORRECTION: A headline on an earlier version of this story incorrectly said Phillips Academy was the target of the lawsuit.

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Former N.H. State Rep. Suing Her Phillips Andover Teacher for Alleged Sexual Assault

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A former New Hampshire state representative is suing her English teacher at Phillips Academy Andover for sexually assaulting her when she was 15.

But she says she’s still haunted by incidents dating back  35 years when she claims her former teacher, the novelist Alexander Theroux, sexually groped her and the school did nothing.

Maria Sapienza is now 50 and is a private attorney in Hampstead, N.H.
Credit Courtesy of The Law Office of Marie Sapienza

Her attorney Mitchell Garabedian is known for helping to uncover the priest sex abuse scandal within the Catholic church in Boston. He says Sapienza wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to others.

“Every victim of sexual abuse can come forward when their coping mechanisms allow them to and she called me recently and said it’s time for her to report the sexual abuse to try to gain a sense of healing and closure.”

In August, a school investigation named Theroux as one of five former teachers accused of sexually abusing students. He has been banned from campus and school events, but Theroux denies those allegations.

Sapienza is suing Theroux for $20 million in damages. Due to statute of limitations laws, Sapienza cannot sue the school or press criminal charges against Theroux.

 Lawsuit says former Phillips Andover Academy student was sexually abused by teacher there

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 A lawsuit says a former teacher at Phillips Academy in Andover sexually abused a female student there in the early 1980s and that the school covered up the abuse, according to the victim’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.

The suit, filed Friday in a federal court, names the victim as Attorney Marie Sapienza of New Hampshire, a former four-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The suit says former Phillips Academy teacher Alexander Theroux touched her in a sexual manner around 1982, when she was 15 years old.  Theroux has been linked to sexual abuse allegations involving other former Phillips students.

When contacted Monday morning, Phillips Head of School John Palfrey said, “Our hearts go out to all those who were harmed at our school and at all schools in the past. At Andover, we are committed to learning as much as we can about our school’s past, offering support and acknowledgement for survivors of sexual misconduct, and ensuring the safety and security of all students on our campus today. The harms done to students in the past must never be repeated.”

 According to a press release from Road to Recovery, an organization that assists victims of sexual abuse, it was around 1983 or 1984 when Sapienza, a Phillips Academy student at the time, allegedly told the school’s then-headmaster Donald Mc Nemar about the sexual abuse.

Sapienza described how Theroux allegedly called her at home and requested that she enroll in his class, promising a “good grade.”

She was a full-time commuter student at the time.

Sapienza said that when she reported the abuse, school officials did nothing to help her heal, and instead covered up the abuse.

A press conference about the lawsuit is scheduled for Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad St., Boston.

 Sapienza is represented by Garabedian of Boston and Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and president of Road to Recovery Inc.

Theroux was among three Phillips Academy teachers named in an abuse scandal made public in September 2016.

Along with H. Schuyler Royce (now deceased) and Stephen Wicks, Theroux was linked to five cases of sexual misconduct involving faculty members and students in the 1970s and 1980s, according to prior Eagle-Tribune reports.

Watch eagletribune.com for developments. A complete story will appear in Tuesday’s Eagle-Tribune.

 

Former NH State Rep Files Sex Abuse Suit Against Phillips Academy Professor

ANDOVER (CBS) — A former New Hampshire state representative has filed a federal lawsuit accusing her former Phillips Academy professor of sexually abusing her when she was a student at the school.

Marie Sapienza, a four-term member of the New Hampshire House, says she was a 15-year-old day student at the academy when she alleges Alexander Theroux sexually abused her around 1982.

She said she never graduated because of the trauma caused by Theroux.

“The instance of the abuse was followed by phone calls to my home,” she said. “I was offered the equivalent of an A to take one of Alexander Theroux’s classes. He did subsequently leave the school.”

Sapienza also claims she told the then-headmaster about the abuse, but that he did nothing.

“Donald McNamar, who was the headmaster, asked to meet with me and I agreed to do that,” Sapienza said. “I told him about what happened to me, and he basically said, ‘It doesn’t matter, I’m not going to do anything, he’s not here anymore.’”

She and attorney Mitchell Garabedian are filing a suit against Theroux for $20 million.

“This was a criminal act,” said Garabedian. “This is not consenting adults–this is a person in a position of trust, a teacher, who sexually abused a student, age 15, teacher was an adult. The student reports it to the school newspaper, the newspaper reports it to the headmaster, and the headmaster covers it up.”

Thoreau published a book in 1981 about an affair between a teacher and a student, entitled “Darconville’s Cat.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal reports

NH attorney and former state rep files federal suit in New England prep school sex abuse case

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BOSTON — A New Hampshire attorney and former state representative has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging sexual abuse by a noted writer who had served as a teacher at a Massachusetts prep school.

Marie Sapienza, a Hampstead lawyer and four-term member of the New Hamsphire House of Representatives, filed the $5 million suit Friday. A press conference regarding the suit is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad Street, Boston.

According to Road to Recovery, Inc., a group that provides support to victims of sexual abuse, Sapienza said she was abused by Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux, a former teacher at the Massachusetts school around 1982 when she was a teenage student.

According to a press release, after the sexual assault, Theroux telephoned student Sapienza at her home and requested that she enroll in Theroux’s class, promising her a “good grade.” When Sapienza, in approximately 1983 or 1984, told the Phillips Academy Headmaster, Donald Mc Nemar, about the sexual abuse by Theroux, he did nothing about it. As a result, Sapienza voluntarily left Phillips Academy in approximately 1984.

Robert M. Hoatson, president and co-founder of Road to Recovery, said Monday the abuse took place in Theroux’s home.

“She told headmaster (Donald) Mc Nemar approximately 2 years after in happened. Then he just told her to basically get over it, don’t worry about it, he’s not working here anymore. He’s gone. Just get over it.”

According to a New York Times story published in August of 2016, Andover hired the Sanghavi Law Office (in Brookline, Mass.) to investigate instances of possible sexual abuse. The Times story said the “law firm concluded that Alexander Theroux, formerly a a writer-in-residence, engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s. During this investigative process, the school received multiple concerns related to Mr. Theroux’s behavior toward students. Mister Theroux has denied these allegations.”

Sapienza served as a Rockingham County representative from 2010 to 2012.

 

Woman files $20M lawsuit against former prep school teacher

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A former teacher at a prestigious Andover prep school is now facing a lawsuit from a former student who says the teacher abused her.

Marie Sapienza is seeking $20 million in damages against her former teacher Alexander Theroux.

Sapienza said the abuse happened in the 1980s when both were at Phillips Academy.

Sapienza also said the school covered up the abuse, even after she reported it to the headmaster.

“I publicly thank those who came out, so to speak, before me because that made me feel like it is safe to talk about it again,” she said.

Phillips Academy has released a statement, reading, “We are committed to offering support and acknowledgement for survivors of sexual misconduct. The harms done to students in the past must never be repeated.”

 

MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 23, 2017

Former four-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Attorney, Marie Sapienza, to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit alleging that a former teacher of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, sexually abused her, and that Phillips Academy covered up the sexual abuse

 Federal lawsuit Plaintiff, Marie Sapienza, alleges that former Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux, sexually abused her in approximately 1982 when she was approximately 15 year of age

 In approximately 1983 or 1984, Marie Sapienza, a Phillips Academy student at the time, allegedly told the Headmaster of Phillips Academy, Donald Mc Nemar, about being sexually abused by Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux, but Headmaster Mc Nemar did nothing to help Marie Sapienza heal, and covered up the sexual abuse by Alexander Theroux

What
A press conference announcing the filing of a federal lawsuit against former Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux, by Marie Sapienza, Esq., a former student of Phillips Academy who alleges that she was sexually abused in approximately 1982 when she was approximately 15 years of age.  When she allegedly reported the sexual abuse by teacher Alexander Theroux to the Phillips Academy Headmaster, Donald Mc Nemar, nothing was done to help her heal or hold Alexander Theroux accountable.

When
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Where
A third floor conference room of the Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110

Who
Marie Sapienza, Esq., an attorney and resident of New Hampshire who served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, District 8, Rockingham, for four terms, and who is an alleged sexual abuse victim of a teacher, Alexander Theroux, at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; her attorney, Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA; and, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., which assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why
  It is alleged as follows: 
In the Fall of 1981, when she was approximately 14 years of age, Marie Sapienza entered Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, as a full-time commuter student.  In approximately 1982, when she was approximately 15 years of age, Marie Sapienza was sexually abused by a Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux.  After the sexual assault, Alexander Theroux telephoned student Marie Sapienza at her home and requested that she enroll in Theroux’s class, promising her a “good grade.”  When Marie Sapienza, in approximately 1983 or 1984, told the Phillips Academy Headmaster, Donald Mc Nemar, about the sexual abuse by Alexander Theroux, he did nothing about it.  As a result, Marie Sapienza voluntarily left Phillips Academy in approximately 1984. 

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Man allegedly sexually assaulted by priest continues to seek justice

 

CASTINE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Neal Gumpel was allegedly sexually assaulted by a priest at Maine Maritime Academy is 1974 — it took him decades to open up about the incident, but now he is seeking justice and an advocacy group from New Jersey is helping.

”We’re looking for more victims of a professor of Maine Maritime who abused children” Robert Hoatson said as he passed fliers out to everyone that walked and drove by him in downtown Castine. Hoatson is the president of Road to Recovery — an organization dedicated to helping sexual assault victims seek justice and find peace. Now he is doing his part to help Neal Gumpel — who says he was molested at Maine Maritime Academy 44 years ago.

“We’re appealing to Maine Maritime and the Jesuits, especially of New England, to do something right for a change” Hoatson said.

Hoatson believes spreading the word — even all these years later — can motivate other victims to come forward. Gumpel was afraid to talk about his alleged assault for decades — he stated it is the root of his depression and substance abuse problems. Now he protests in front of the Jesuit headquarters in New York and even hired a lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, a couple of years ago and met with Jesuit officials. Gumpel claims they refused to publicly apologize or settle with him. They have settled with another of Drake’s victims.
“I’m turning 60 in a few months and for the last 43 years its been a living hell” Gumpel said. “If the Jesuits come together with the state of Maine and gave me 20 million dollars in a wheel barrow, I don’t think its going to really change the dark thing that hangs over me”.
However, any type of settlement would help Gumpel start the healing process — something Hoatson says is crucial.
“That check says from Maritime Academy we believe you, hopefully we’re sorry and we hope you can get on with your life” Hoatson said.
NEWS CENTER reached out to Maine Maritime for a comment — this is what we received.
“More than two years ago the Academy received a letter alleging an assault that occurred over 4 decades ago. Those who wrote the letter offered little information about their allegation. The matter was referred to the Attorney General and we have not heard from Mr. Gumpel or his lawyer since October of 2014.

Any claim of this nature is troubling, and therefore, we looked into the complaint. The age of the allegation and lack of specifics severely limited our effort. We found some anecdotal information indicating that we employed a Roy Drake as a chemistry teacher but no evidence of a connection to a religious order. There were no documents and no knowledge among employees who might have known of him at the time that showed a claim or information that he may have posed a threat.

The Attorney General continues to be our point of contact regarding this matter”

An attorney for the Jesuits couldn’t discuss Gumpel’s case but say  Drake was on a “leave of absence” at the time of the alleged abuse.

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 16, 2017

JESUIT PRIEST; COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND RESEARCHER; AND, SERIAL CHILD ABUSER, FR. ROY DRAKE HAD ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN DURING HIS SEVERAL YEARS LIVING AND WORKING IN NORTHERN MAINE TOWNS AND CITIES – ORONO, CASTINE, AND BUCKSPORT (APPROXIMATELY 1971-1977)

ROY DRAKE RECEIVED A DOCTORAL DEGREE IN EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, ORONO, AND LIVED IN ORONO, MAINE, FOR AT LEAST PART OF THE 1971-1977 PERIOD OF TIME WHEN HE ALSO CONDUCTED A STUDY OF LEARNING STYLES OF STUDENTS

 ROY DRAKE WAS EMPLOYED AS A PROFESSOR AND PROJECT DIRECTOR AT MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY IN CASTINE, MAINE, FROM APPROXIMATELY 1974-1977, WHERE HE SEXUALLY ABUSED INNOCENT CHILD NEAL E. GUMPEL WHO WAS VISITING MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY IN APPROXIMATELY 1976

 FROM 1974-1976, FR. ROY DRAKE, WHILE EMPLOYED AT MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY, WAS THE PROJECT DIRECTOR OF A GRANT PROGRAM AT A BUCKSPORT, MAINE, PAPER MILL, THAT ESTABLISHED A FAMILY LEARNING CENTER AT THE PAPER MILL FOR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES

What
A leafleting of two towns, Castine, Maine, and Bucksport, Maine, whose children were or may have been victims of serial pedophile and Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Drake, who was a professor at Maine Maritime Academy and directed a project in Bucksport, Maine, during the period of approximately 1974-1977

When
Monday, April 17, 2017

Where
Bucksport, Maine – from 9:00 am until 11:00 am
Castine, Maine – from Noon until 2:00 pm

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Fr. Roy Drake is a deceased Jesuit priest and serial pedophile.  He was involved in towns and cities of northern Maine for approximately six years (1971-1977).  Fr. Roy Drake lived and/or worked in Orono, Castine, and Bucksport, Maine, during that approximate six-year period and sexually abused at least two innocent children during that time.  The leafleting of the towns of Castine and Bucksport will alert residents, businesses and the general public of the sexual abuse of children by Fr. Roy Drake and urge those who may have been sexually abused by Drake of anyone else to come forward and begin to heal.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

ATTENTION:  RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, AND INTERESTED PARTIES OF CASTINE, MAINE, AND BUCKSPORT, MAINE April.., 2017

Fr. Roy Alan Drake, deceased Jesuit Catholic priest, spent approximately six years in northern Maine and may have left a trail of sexual abuse of innocent children behind.  Fr. Roy Alan Drake was a serial pedophile.  Were you or your children sexually abused during Fr. Roy Alan Drake’s time in northern Maine?

FR. ROY ALAN DRAKE’S TIMELINE IN NORTHERN MAINE

1971-1977 –      Fr. Roy Alan Drake was a doctoral student at the University of Maine, Orono, where

he conducted research on learning styles of students.  How many children were involved in his study, and/or how many children may have been sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake in Orono and surrounding towns?

1974-1977-       Fr. Roy Alan Drake was employed as a professor and project director at Maine Maritime Academy where he sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel, a minor child, in approximately y 1976 when he was visiting his brother, a student at Maine Maritime Academy.  Fr. Roy Alan Drake presented himself as a priest and wore the clothing of a priest.  It is believed that at least one other child was sexually

abused in approximately 1976 in Fr. Roy Alan Drake’s residence near the campus of Maine Maritime Academy.

1974- 1976 –              Fr. Roy Alan Drake was the project director of a grant program sponsored by Maine Maritime Academy which established an employee and family learning center at the St. Regis Paper Mill in Bucksport, Maine.  The center was not only

meant to serve the employees of the paper mill, but it also was a learning center for the family members of the paper mill employees, including children.  How many children were took advantage of the resources of the learning center, and how many children were sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake during the grant program?

 THE  PRESENT

Recently, Maine Maritime Academy purchased six acres of the former Verso Co. paper mill in Bucksport, Maine, where it will establish a “Safety and Offshore Survival Institute.”  Maine Maritime Academy has yet to acknowledge the sexual abuse allegation made by Neal E. Gumpel against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, and Maine Maritime Academy has done nothing to help Neal E. Gumpel heal from the effects of having been sexually abused by a Maine Maritime Academy professor and employee.  ln addition, the Jesuit Priests

and Brothers of the New England Province have so far refused to help Neal E. Gumpel heal and recover.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

1)  Please ask yourself, your family, and your neighbors if Fr. Roy Alan Drake or anyone else

sexually abused you. If so, it is time for healing and recovery.  We may be able to help you.

2)  Demand of Maine Maritime Academy that it help Neal E. Gumpel heal by acknowledging his claim of sexual abuse by Fr. Roy Alan Drake and giving him the resources he needs to recover

3)  Support all victims of sexual abuse and their advocates

CONTACT

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President, Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ-862-368-2800

roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Protest outside St. Peters Catholic Church at The World Trade Center, New York City on
Good Friday, April 14, 2017

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

President and Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

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Diocese Settles Sexual Abuse Cases Against Holy Trinity Priest

By: William F. Galvin

 The Diocese of Fall River has settled eight sexual abuse cases against former Holy Trinity Church Parish Rev. James Nickel, SS. CC. The sexual abuses took place between 1973 and 1983. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

 WEST HARWICH — A long shadow of sexual abuse came to light this week with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River settling eight sexual abuse cases against the late Rev. James Nickel, who served as a priest in Holy Trinity Church from 1972 to 1978.

Seven of the eight boys sexually abused by Nickel were alter boys. Six of them served in Holy Trinity Church and one at Our Lady of Annunciation in Dennisport. The other child was abused by Nickel on a trip to Abaco Island, Bahamas, said attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented the eight victims.

A press release issued by Garabedian stated the Congregation of Sacred Hearts and the Diocese of Fall River recently found all of the men’s accounts of having been sexually abused as children credible, and settled the eight cases for $880,000.

Garabedian said the sexual abuses took place between 1973 and 1983 and occurred in West Harwich, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Illinois, New York, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Garabedian said Nickel received the permission of parents to take trips with the boys to baseball games, amusement parks and to visit his family.

“The victims were 10 to 20 years old and many were abused for years,” Garabedian said. “Nickel became a trusted friend with the families, which were usually dysfunctional, and then he abused the child. He’d tell the victims to keep it a secret and they did based on him being a priest.”

Garabedian said the $880,000 settlement was reached with the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts and the Fall River Diocese. He said he is presently investigating one additional claim from the Holy Trinity Parish.

Of the eight victims, Garabedian said three were willing to participate in a press conference held on Monday in Boston. They are Chris Piersall, son of famous Red Sox cente