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Demonstration outside Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ

August 15, 2017



Demonstration outside Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ


Wednesday, August 16, 2016


Newly-ordained priest accused of groping teen girl released from jail

MORRISTOWN — A Superior Court judge has ordered the release from jail of a newly-ordained Catholic priest from Poland accused of putting his hand under a teenage girl’s skirt.

Prosecutors had sought to continue detaining The Rev. Marcin Nurek, 37, who was arrested Aug. 3, until the resolution of the case against him.

However, Judge Paul Armstrong sided with Nurek’s atorney, who said at an afternoon hearing that he did not pose a flight risk.

“Detention is inappropriate under these circumstances,” Armstrong said.

Nurek is charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. Neither charge would require incarceration if convicted.

He will be released from the Morris County jail upon the Morris County prosecutor’s office receiving his passport from the church in Mountain Lakes, where his assignment starting Aug. 15 was revoked following his arrest.

He came to the U.S. from Poland two years ago and was ordained July 1.

Additional details of the alleged incident in the town of Boonton were disclosed during the 12:30 p.m. court hearing.

Armstrong, in announcing his determination of probable cause, recounted a police report describing the accuser as 13 years old and a stranger to the priest.

Nurek allegedly put his hand under her skirt Aug. 3, touched her buttocks over her underwear and described her as “sexy” before fleeing on foot, according to the report. He was located by Boonton police that same day and was taken into custody.

The following day, Aug. 4, Bishop Arthur Serratelli sent a letter barring him from acting as a priest.

Nurek’s attorey, William Ware, told the judge that the Diocese has offered to provide housing as he argued for his release.

“The Diocese hasn’t abandoned Mr. Nurek,” he said.

Ware also raised the possibility of Nurek gaining admission to the state’s pre-trial intervention program, in which charges would be dismissed upon fulfilling certain requirements.

Morris County Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriquez said Nurek should remain in jail, or as a lesser alternative, required to wear a monitoring device upon release.

“Given the nature of the activities, we are concerned he does pose a risk to the community,” Rodriguez said.

Armstrong declined to order the monitoring bracelet, but imposed other conditions.

“The Diocese may not transfer him to another state. He is to remain in New Jersey until this is resolved,” Armstrong said.

The hearing began more than three hours after its scheduled 9 a.m. start in part because the court needed to locate an interpreter for Nurek.

Earlier Wednesday, five protesters calling for an end of the statute of limitations on alleged sex crimes had gathered outside the courthouse by 7:30 a.m.

Protest organizer Robert Hoatson, a former priest and founder of Road to Recovery, said the allegation against Nurek supports his view that tougher laws are needed and that the church, despite changes in recent years, is still not adequately weeding out potential threats to children.

Hoatson attended the detention hearing.

Richard Sokerka, spokesman for the Diocese of Paterson, said previously that Nurek passed an international criminal background check before arriving in the U.S. from Poland.

Sokerka also said Nurek completed the Diocese’s Protecting God’s Children educational program on April 9, 2015, one month after he signed the Diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct.

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Priest accused of groping teenage girl in NJ is released from jail

MORRISTOWN, NJ — A newly ordained Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 13-year-old girl under her skirt won’t have to remain in jail while the charges are pending in New Jersey.

Rev. Marcin Nurek, newly ordained, wore an orange jumpsuit instead of a priest collar in court Wednesday. His hands looked like they were clasped in prayer, but they were really just holding up handcuffs.

He said little in court, but Judge Paul Armstrong said a lot.

Specifically, the judge detailed the allegations that this 37-year-old priest from Poland, who was set to become parochial vicar of Saint Catherine of Sienna Church in Mountain Lakes next week, instead stands accused of a crime involving a 13-year-old girl on a downtown Boonton street

“Female xx states that he groped her under her skirt and over her underwear,” Judge Paul Armstrong said. “The defendant then self admitted to touching victim on her buttocks.”

Outside court, the lawyer for the priest, who arrived from Poland two years ago and was ordained just last month, questioned whether Rev. Nurek understood the charges against him when he gave his statement to police.

“Did he understand his Miranda rights? Did he understand what he was being interviewed about,” William Ware, the priest’s lawyer asked PIX11. “He does not have a facility with English.”

Before the detention hearing, there was a protest against the priest by a group called Road to Recovery, advocates for clergy sex assault victims. And their founder, a former catholic priest, had several questions.

“He was ordained 33 days ago,” Robert Hoatson, the founder, told PIX11. “One of the qualifications is to communicate in the native language to say mass and perform various rituals. This man knew what he did was heinous in Polish or English.”


Priest charged with groping teenage girl appears in court in New Jersey

Toni Yates has more on Father Marcin Nurek, who was charged with groping a teen girl.

Authorities say a newly ordained Roman Catholic priest in New Jersey has been charged with groping a teen girl under her skirt.

38-year-old Father Marcin Nurek came into court in handcuffs, and stood next to his attorney, who has a gazillion doubts about this case.

“My sense is that something doesn’t smell right,” William Ware, Nurek’s attorney.

He says Nurek, of Poland, dreamed all his life of becoming a priest.

“The whole allegation is bizarre. He doesn’t know this person, he has no history of this,” Ware said.

Nurek was ordained July 1st. He’s been accused by a 13-year-old girl of putting his hands up her skirt last Thursday, and calling her sexy as she walked down Main Street in Boonton.

Security camera video catches an encounter similar to what the child told police.

They picked up Father Nurek less than a half hour later in the same area.

“The defendant was arrested and interviewed,” police said. “He self admits to touching her on the buttocks.”

That’s raising alarms to Nurek’s attorney.

“I think the 800-pound gorilla in the room is that he gave a statement and he doesn’t speak English,” Ware said. “Did anyone mention an interpreter?”

Wednesday’s appearance was to decide if Nurek should remain in jail. The prosecutor said “yes.”

“We do believe he remains a risk to the community, this was assault of a child,” said Meg Rodriguez, Assistant Prosecutor.

But even though his priestly duties have been suspended, and Father Nurek can no longer live at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes, where he was assigned, the Diocese of Paterson, says his attorney, will accept responsibility for him to stay at a secluded monastery in Chester.

“It will be a good environment for him,” Ware said.

The judge agreed with conditions.

“They include surrender of passport, cannot be moved out of the state,” said Judge Alexander, of Morris County Superior Court.

The priest must not have any contact with children.

Opponents who came to court disagreed, especially a former Catholic priest who now works with victims of church sex abuse.

“With this priest in the woods, who will supervise? He should have an electronic monitor,” said Dr. Robert Hoatson, of Road to Recovery.

Father Nurek’s attorney believes there’s much more to this than anything that’s come out so far.

“I’m going to follow the scent, see where my nose takes me,” Ware said.

Priest accused of groping teen in Boonton released from jail, can’t function as cleric


The Rev. Marcin Nurek cannot function as a priest while free while the criminal sexual contact and child endangerment charges are pending Peggy Wright


   MORRISTOWN – A newly-ordained priest from Poland who is accused of groping a 13-year-old girl’s buttocks under her skirt in Boonton will be released from the Morris County jail to live at the Bethlehem Hermitage for priests in Chester as soon as he surrenders his passport, a Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.

   Over the objection of Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez, Judge Paul Armstrong ruled that the Rev. Marcin A. Nurek, 37, shall be released under special conditions while charges of criminal sexual contact and child endangerment are pending.

    The conditions include reporting twice monthly to the Superior Court Pretrial Services unit, having no contact with children, and not serving as a priest – a condition that Diocese of Paterson Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli already mandated following Nurek’s arrest on Aug. 3. Nurek also must remain in New Jersey and cannot be transferred elsewhere by the Diocese of Paterson while the charges are pending, Armstrong ruled.

   He allegedly followed a group of girls down a street in the town of Boonton and then reached a hand under a 13-year-old’s skirt, and groped her buttocks over her underwear, stating either “You’re sexy,” or “Hey, sexy,” according to authorities. Nurek was located shortly after the incident and, authorities said, made admissions to police. He was lodged Aug. 3 in the Morris County jail and Rodriguez, the assistant prosecutor, filed a motion to detain him in the jail pretrial.

    Nurek, appearing grim-faced, appeared Wednesday in a jail-issued jumpsuit before Armstrong with defense lawyer William Ware and assisted by a Polish language interpreter. A citizen of Poland, he is in the United States on a religious work visa and was ordained a priest on July 1.

   Ware told the judge that the Diocese, while ordering that Nurek cannot function as a priest, is still supportive. The Diocese has made arrangements for Nurek to live at the Bethlehem Hermitage for priests in Chester, and he will be monitored by a monsignor and a deacon.

   The judge asked if Nurek intended to get any counseling while the charges are pending. Ware said he has been in touch with people from the Diocese about arranging for treatment of Nurek’s “spiritual and psychological” needs.

    “The Diocese hasn’t abandoned Rev. Nurek. They’re going to be providing a place for him to live,” Ware said, adding that the Bethlehem Hermitage “is going to be a very good environment for Rev. Nurek to succeed.”

   Rodriguez pressed for pretrial detention, saying that Nurek is only in the United States on a religious work visa and can’t work as a priest. The Diocese has canceled its assignment of Nurek to serve as parochial vicar of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mountain Lakes as of Aug. 15, according to Diocese spokesman Richard Sokerka.

   “We do believe there’s a risk to the community,” Rodriguez said.

   Before the detention hearing, former priest Robert Hoatson and several others held up posters on the sidewalk in front of the Morris County courthouse to bring attention to what they believe is a continuing disregard by the Catholic Church to care for the safeguarding of children from abusive priests.

   Hoatson, a founder of the group Road to Recovery Inc. for victims of clergy sex abuse, questioned Nurek’s credentials and whether he was fast-tracked to becoming a priest.

   Hoatson said that it normally takes four years to become a priest; Nurek arrived in the United States in 2015. Hoatson said that as a priest, he was director of schools for Our Lady of Counsel in Newark but was fired when he testified in 2003 before the New York Legislature about clergy sex abuse. Hoatson said he ultimately petitioned the church to be laicized – made a layman – in 2011.

   “We’re here to congratulate this teenage girl in Boonton who courageously stepped forward to report this heinous crime,” Hoatson said. “We’re here to once again say to the church ‘You’re unable to protect kids because your policies and procedures are not working.”‘

   Hoatson had a message for the Catholic Church:  “Your international background checks, your national background checks, your workshops that supposedly educate people – we don’t know what’s in the background of these people because most of these abuses are not criminal abuses yet. They fly under the radar. So we’re here to say you cannot protect kids. You’ve got to support our efforts to change the laws.”

    After the hearing, Ware, the defense lawyer, told reporters that Nurek does speak some English but needed an interpreter to understand the legal terminology used in criminal matters.

  According to The Beacon, the weekly newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, Nurek was ordained in 2016 as a transitional deacon, the final step before the call to the Sacrament of Holy Orders – the priesthood – in 2017. On July 1, Diocese of Paterson Bishop Arthur Serratelli ordained Nurek to the priesthood along with others.

   The Diocese issued a statement, saying it is saddened by the incident and is cooperating fully with the Prosecutor’s Office. It also said that Nurek had completed all training related to proper conduct with children.

   “The Diocese of Paterson was informed of the arrest of Rev. Marcin Nurek at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at which time the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office was immediately notified. Since then, the Diocese has cooperated fully with the Prosecutor’s Office in its investigation,” the statement said.

   “In addition, Rev. Nurek was immediately placed on administrative leave, his faculties were revoked and his assignment as parochial vicar at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Mountain Lakes, was concluded,” the statement said. (Revocation of faculties means that Nurek cannot function as a priest).

   “Rev. Nurek arrived in the United States from Poland in March of 2015. He was just recently ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 2017. He was scheduled to begin his assignment at St. Catherine of Siena in August 2017. His international criminal history background check was completed on Oct. 17, 2014 and was clear. He completed the Diocese’s Protecting God’s Children educational program on April 9, 2015 and he signed the Diocesan Code of Pastoral Conduct on March 9, 2015,” the statement said.

   “The Diocese is deeply saddened by the charges filed against Rev. Nurek and offers its prayers to everyone involved, especially the minor who has come forward. Because this matter is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, all further inquiries should be directed to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office,” the statement said.

   Staff Writer Peggy Wright: 973-267-1142; 



The reported arrest of Paterson, New Jersey, newly-ordained diocesan priest, Fr. Marcin Nurek, for criminal sexual contact of a child indicates that there are not adequate safeguards in place to protect children in Catholic parishes, schools, and institutions

 Fr. Marcin Nurek, who was reportedly arrested for criminal sexual contact of a child in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, came to the United States approximately two years ago from Poland, appears to have not been properly vetted, trained, and/or supervised, and instead of being ordained in four years, was ordained in two years

 The Diocese of Paterson and the Catholic Church still don’t care when it comes to safeguarding children, supervising its clergy, and properly accepting and preparing men for the priesthood

A demonstration alerting Catholics, the general public, and the media that the Catholic Church still has not adequately created or effectively implemented policies and procedures that protect children from predatory priests, deacons, and other church personnel

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 7:30 AM until 9:00 AM

On the public sidewalk in front of the Morris County Superior Court, One Court Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960 (sidewalk is on Washington Street in front of old courthouse steps)

Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.; Fred Marigliano, who walked across the State of New Jersey to dramatize the need for legislation to protect children and who was sexually abused by a priest; and Sam Rivera, victim/survivor of sexual abuse by a priest; and others.

Fr. Marcin Nurek was reportedly ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Paterson on July 1, 2017.  According to reports, he came to the United States in 2015 from Poland.  One month after his ordination and approximately two years after arriving in the United States, Fr. Marcin Nurek was reportedly arrested for criminal sexual contact of a child at a parish in Morris County, New Jersey, thus raising significant concerns and questions:

1)  Did Fr. Marcin Nurek have issues regarding sexual abuse of children that Bishop Serratelli and the Diocese of Paterson knew or should have known about?

2) What vetting processes were used by the Diocese of Paterson in the acceptance process?

3) It is clear that the Diocese of Paterson still doesn’t care when it comes to safeguarding children and adequately creating and implementing policies and procedures that protect children.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 –
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 –


August 2, 2017

The Salesian Boys and Girls Club, East Boston, MA


Sunday, August 6, 2017


St. Francis Xavier Parish and Rectory, Morris Park Section of the Bronx, New York 


The leaders of the Salesian Priests and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, New
York, have refused to help a victim of childhood sexual abuse heal. The man
reported to the Salesians that he was sexually abused by a Salesian serial pedophile
priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, at St. Dominic Savio Juniorate in Cedar Lake,
Indiana. Fr. Maffei harmed several children by sexually abusing them.
Why are the leaders of the Salesian Fathers and Brothers stalling and dragging
their feet, and not allowing this victim to heal and experience a degree of closure?
Instead, the Salesian Fathers and Brothers are re-victimizing this man. The
Salesian Fathers and Brothers need to do the right thing and settle the sexual abuse
claim against Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB and allow the victim to gain a degree of
The childhood victim of sexual abuse reported his allegation to the Salesian Priests
and Brothers, and his advocate was promised by the recently-installed Provincial
(General Superior), that his case was going to be settled. That was over a year
ago! The victim wants to heal and get on with his life. How can you help him?
Many of you have children or grandchildren of your own. Undoubtedly, you
would do anything in your power to make sure that anyone who sexually abused
your child or grandchild is held accountable. We are asking you to reach out to the
Salesian priests and brothers who serve your parish, St. Francis Xavier, on
weekends, and demand that they hold their religious order member, serial
pedophile priest Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, accountable for sexually abusing this
minor child.
When Catholic Church leaders tell childhood victims of sexual abuse to “take a
hike” and “don’t bother us,” we are forced to take their plight to the people and ask
for their help. Please demand that the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order do
the right thing and help the victim of Fr. Maffei receive justice and heal.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., P.O. Box 279, Livingston, NJ 07039


Copy of bulletin at St. Francis Parish, Bronx, NY, which indicates that Salesians work there on weekends


Lawyer: Phillips report on sex abuse ‘window-dressing’

Garabedian claims report is ‘tip of the iceberg’ of abuse cases

 ANDOVER — A lawyer who represents victims of child sex abuse — including a woman who claims she was abused at Phillips Academy in the 1980s — said a report released Monday on behalf of the elite boarding school is just “window-dressing” meant to show that it is doing something to deal with the problem.

What they are doing, said Mitchell Garabedian, isn’t nearly enough.

“The report only gives us the tip of the iceberg,” he said, referring to the low number of victims discussed in the document, which names a handful of teachers as perpetrators and a dozen or so victims, whose names are not used.

 “In my experience, many sexual abuse victims don’t want to report the abuse for personal reasons,” he said. “But where has the school been all these years? Why are they not protecting innocent victims for decades? Why haven’t teachers and administrators been supervising these children?

“Their mission is to educate, protect and keep these innocent children safe,” he added. “They simply have not done their job. There is no excuse for numerous perpetrators to have been sexually abusing numerous children over numerous years. There are probably many others out there.”

On Monday, Phillips released a report prepared by the Brookline-based Sanghavi Law Office stating that 60 potential victims had been identified in incidents that occurred between the 1940s and 2015, while 55 alleged perpetrators had been identified.

After reviewing all cases — which included 115 interviews — investigators working for the firm found credible evidence to undertake 16 full investigations of 13 possible perpetrators. In a report released earlier this week, the school said it concluded eight faculty members had engaged in sexual misconduct.

Confidentiality agreements

Garabedian, however, claims the public may never know the true magnitude of the problem because of confidentiality agreements signed by other victims as part of legal and monetary settlements with the school.

“Many private schools are having sex abuse victims sign confidentiality agreements as part of their settlements,” he said. “How many claims has Phillips Andover settled with confidentiality agreements? For transparency, which there isn’t, Phillips has to answer that question.”

He said the Catholic Church did the same thing in the 1990s, until the practice was ended by the archdiocese, itself.

“The investigative report is woefully inadequate because it doesn’t talk about confidentiality agreements,” he said. “These agreements say you can’t talk about this to anyone but your psychiatrist or the police. They bar a person from telling anyone anything. They (confidentiality agreements) are evil and help perpetuate sexual abuse. And this report avoided the issue of confidentiality agreements.”

The Phillips report, along with a letter from Head of School John Palfrey, does not mention anything about confidentiality agreements.

The school has alluded to settlement agreements with victims, however.

Palfrey said in an Aug. 30, 2016, letter that “there have been a small number of cases, each dating from the 1980s, in which Andover previously learned of sexual misconduct or boundary violations by faculty members. As appropriate and on a confidential basis, Andover has taken personnel actions in response to these earlier findings and, in some cases, compensated survivors.”

Palfrey, who is on vacation in Maine, referred further questions to the school’s communications director, Tracy Sweet.

In an emailed statement, Sweet did not say how many confidentiality agreements there were, although she did mention Palfrey’s 2016 statement.

“John Palfrey referred to a small number of cases handled confidentially,” she said. “That number remains small.”

She added, “These are highly sensitive matters for survivors. All along we have respected their privacy and will continue to do so. We do not discuss details relating to individual survivors.

Palfrey also acknowledged, in a more recent letter, that the school has failed in the past to protect students.

In an April 24, 2017, letter posted on the school’s website, he wrote: “Today, we know that many schools, including Andover, have not always lived up to our commitment to protect students in our care.”

In the letter that accompanied the law firm’s report, Palfrey also seemed to acknowledge that the problem could be larger than it appears.

“More people have come forward with concerns of possible misconduct than the number of cases that resulted in a full investigation,” he wrote in the July 31 letter. “Even as we seek to be thorough and transparent, we acknowledge that no report could possibly include a comprehensive account of all such matters that have taken place at the school.”

‘Same as the church’

Meanwhile, Garabedian isn’t the only one with doubts about how the school is handling reports of sexual abuse.

Bob Hoatson, who runs Road to Recovery, an advocacy group for victims of child sex abuse, said the response by Phillips “reminds me of the Catholic Church.”

“They are going to uncover all this stuff and look like they’ve been on top of things but in actuality they’ve known about this stuff for years and covered it up for years,” he said. “It’s money, it’s power, it’s prestige. The aura of the Catholic Church and the aura of Phillips are similar. People kowtow to them because they are so powerful. Their image and their assets were more important than the safety of children. It’s the same as the church.”

That issue came up recently during a press conference with an alleged victim of sex abuse at the school. Represented by Garabedian, Marie Sapienza of Hampstead, New Hampshire, attended Phillips in the 1980s. She claims in her lawsuit filed in federal court in Boston that she was inappropriately touched by Alexander Theroux, an English and poetry teacher at the school in the 1980s.

Theroux, who is also named in this week’s report by the law firm as well as earlier reports, is accused of fondling Sapienza when she was just 15 years old at his on-campus apartment. Two years later, after Theroux had left the school, Sapienza tried to report the alleged assault but was rebuffed.

Her attempt to publish a letter in the school’s newspaper, The Phillipian, was rejected. Then-headmaster Donald McNemar did nothing to help her either, she said.

According to Sapienza, McNemar “flat out said he didn’t believe it.”

Garabedian said that to make matters worse, his client was never contacted by Palfrey, who sent a letter to alumni seeking information about past sex abuse at the school.

 Theroux, who lives on Cape Cod, denies the allegations made by Sapienza.

Garabedian further faults the law firm working for Phillips, saying investigators there “never spoke to my client.”

“That’s indicative of how inadequate and shallow the investigation was,” he said. “There is no reason not to ask or request to speak my client. … If the whole purpose of the investigation is to reveal the truth so victims can heal and feel safe, then a thorough investigation must take place. If they haven’t spoken to my client, who else haven’t they spoken to? This investigation was done in an extremely selective way, which renders it unreliable.”

Garabedian called on the school to launch a completely independent investigation, saying that the Sanghavi law firm, because it is being paid by Phillips, cannot be unbiased.

“It should be truly independent by an investigative committee,” he said. “Who paid the law firm? If they were paid by Phillips Andover, they aren’t truly independent.”

More cases?

Choate-Rosemary Hall, another boarding school ensnared in allegations of child sex abuse by teachers, released an extensive report recently that details numerous incidents.

One of the teachers mentioned in the Choate report, in fact, previously worked at Phillips. He is also mentioned in the most recent report put out by Sanghavi.

The law firm’s report about Phillips says Frederic “Rick” Lyman “engaged in ‘an attempt at intimacy'” with a student in the 1970s. The investigative team, after checking the education records of the student and the personnel file of Lyman, and following an interview with the victim, determined that “on one occasion during a school-sponsored activity Lyman engaged in unwanted intimate touching.”

The 48-page Choate report contrasts sharply with the 19-page report issued by Phillips’ law firm, as it goes into great detail about the allegations against Lyman, chronicling the relationships he had with two girls there, as well as allegations against other faculty and staff at the school over many years. Lyman, who is no longer a teacher, refused to comment for the report,

That April 2017 report said it had found credible evidence of sexual abuse involving 12 former faculty members and more than two dozen students at the elite Connecticut school.

Garabedian said some reports are more detailed but don’t necessarily reflect the full scope of the problem if they don’t address confidentiality agreements.

Garabedian said he would advise his client, who is suing Theroux for $20 million, not to sign a confidentiality agreement with Phillips, even though he said the school is considering offering her a settlement.

Garabedian said he fully expects more victims to come out, noting that the report issued by Sanghavi is “self-serving.”

“It’s a weak attempt at appeasement. It’s window dressing,” he said. “This is the tip of the sexual abuse iceberg at Phillips Andover.”






A demonstration and leafleting alerting parishioners and supporters of the Salesian priests and brothers of Don Bosco that the newly-appointed PROVINCIAL (GENERAL SUPERIOR) of St. Philip the Apostle Province, encompassing the eastern United States and Canada, has reneged on his promise of over a year ago to settle the case of sexual abuse of a minor child against a Salesian priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB

Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10:30 am until Noon

On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Salesian Priests and Brothers of St. Philip the Apostle Province, 148 East Main Street, New Rochelle, New York 10801

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

Nearly two years ago, Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, assured a childhood sexual abuse victim that his claim of having been sexually abused by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, at a Salesian school and facility in Cedar Lake, Indiana, was going to be settled within days.  The victim is still waiting for Fr. Zak to keep his promise.  Now, Fr. Timothy Zak has been appointed PROVINCIAL (GENERAL SUPERIOR) of the Salesians of Don Bosco Eastern United States and Canadian Province, based in New Rochelle, New York.  He will be installed as Provincial at a Mass and picnic on Saturday, July 29, 2017, beginning at Noon, BUT, the childhood victim of sexual abuse by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, continues to be re-victimized each and every day that Fr. Timothy Zak breaks his promise to the settle the case.  Demonstrators will call upon those attending the Mass and picnic to urge Fr. Zak to keep his promise, do the right and moral thing, and settle the childhood sexual abuse case against Fr. Joseph Maffei, a serial pedophile of children.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., 862-368-2800 –


Ware neighbors reel as child rapist Paul Shanley moves in

O’Ryan Johnson Friday, July 28, 2017

Credit: Mark Garfinkel

Robert Hoatson, Co-Founder & President of Road to Recovery, Hope & Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, protests in front of the new residence of Paul Shanley, former priest and clergy sex abuser, who was released from prison today. Staff photo by Mark Garfinkel

 WARE – This small western Massachusetts town today reeled as one of the state’s most notorious child molesters abruptly moved in after his release from prison this morning.

“I don’t want him on this street at all,” said Leslie Mansour, 45, a mother of five, said she followed his trial 12 years ago and never dreamed she’d end up next door to convicted child rapist and former Catholic priest Paul Shanley. “He doesn’t belong here. My kids walk up and down this street, but not anymore. They’re going to be stuck in the yard. I don’t want them anywhere near him. He belongs in jail. I don’t care how many years he did. They should have never let him out. He should have died in there.”

Psychologists didn’t interview Paul Shanley before OK’ing his release

Paul Shanley release moves governor to review civil commitment standards

Shanley was released from Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater  early this morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s. The state’s sex offender registry lists the 86-year-old as a Level 3 offender, meaning he is most likely to re-offend. He will remain on probation for 10 years.

Shanley now lives in an apartment in a well-maintained, bright yellow house on a street street lined with modest single-family homes, and a few multifamily residences.

He refused to answer questions from reporters as he walked up the driveway, holding a cane, this afternoon.

Ware Police Chief  Shawn Crevier said police will add patrols to the area and vowed to address any problems quickly.

“Pulaski Street is a good neighborhood,” he said. “Neighbors look out for each other there. I’m not anticipating any problems from Mr. Shanley.”

Across the street from Shanley’s new home, Arielle Lask runs a dance studio that includes child students and is in the process of expanding.

“We’re moving to this location to provide service to the growing number of students,” she said. “Whether it’s here or down the street, we’re all about keeping a safe place for children. It’s terrible and it’s unfortunate that he’s moving across the street, but there’s nobody who is better to be his neighbor than me because all I do is make kids safe.”

Lask said her dance studio will have security cameras as well as an alarm system and she will make sure children are never unsupervised.

“All my staff is trained to do this,” she said. “Regardless of him moving in or not, we always keep a look out for kids.”

Crevier said since parents usually accompany children to dance classes, he doesn’t feel any issues will arise there.

Bob Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery, a group that works with victims of sexual abuse, marched outside the prison Shanley was released from this morning and in the neighborhood that he will call home, holding signs including one reading, “86 and still a risk.”

“He should never have been set free,” Hoatson said. “He should be in jail for life. He is still very dangerous. The fact that he’s 86 is no barrier … It’s ironic to me, that he has the freedom to come and go as he pleases and many of his victims are still in their own prisons.”

Shanley, a once-prominent “street priest,” was accused of abuse by dozens of men in a case that was instrumental in the clergy abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church.

In 2005, he was convicted of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child for assaults on a boy at a Newton parish. The Middlesex DA’s office sought a life sentence, but he received a twelve to fifteen year prison sentence.

Abuse victims in recent days have raised concerns that Shanley, who isn’t required to wear an electronic monitoring device, will not have enough supervision.

“Paul Shanley should be in a hospital being treated and not in the outside world where he can easily gain access to innocent children,” said Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer who represented dozens of men who said they were abused by Shanley.

Gov. Charlie Baker yesterday voiced support for a review of the standards to civilly commit criminal sexual predators ahead of Shanley’s release.

“I know people who were horribly affected and were damaged by Paul Shanley, and I think this is an issue we are going to take a good look at,” Baker said yesterday. “Paul Shanley did terrible things and terrible damage to many, many people.”

Shanley’s lawyer has said he’s served his time and is not dangerous


Sex abuse victims seek help to track ex-priest’s whereabouts

FILE--In this Feb. 15, 2005 file photo defrocked priest Paul Shanley is led from Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge, Mass. in handcuffs following his sentence of 12 to 15 years in prison for raping a boy repeatedly in the 1980s. Prosecutors in Massachusetts say that Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal, has completed his sentence on child rape charges and will be released from prison this week. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Paul Shanley, in February 2005. –Charles Krupa / AP, File

BOSTON (AP) — In the 1960s and ’70s, Paul Shanley was a popular street priest who counseled gay and troubled youths.

Decades later, he was convicted of raping a boy at a Newton church in the 1980s and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Shanley, now 86, is due to be released Friday, prompting a firestorm of protest from sexual abuse victims.

On Wednesday, two men who are among dozens to accuse Shanley of sexual abuse appeared at a news conference with their lawyers and victim advocates to warn the public about Shanley’s release and to ask for help in monitoring him.

John Harris said he was a 21-year-old struggling with his decision to reveal his homosexuality in 1979 when someone suggested he go see Shanley for counseling.

“He raped me under the pretense of helping me,” Harris said.

Denis O’Connor said he was 14 when Shanley sodomized him in the late 1960s.

“If he’s released, we’ve got more children that will be abused,” O’Connor said.

Denis O’Connor, left, speaks Wednesday at a news conference in Boston about Paul Shanley’s expected release from prison Friday. —Denise Lavoie / AP

Boston attorneys Mitchell Garabedian and Carmen Durso said they represent dozens of men who allege that Shanley sexually abused them as children.

Prosecutors sought to hold Shanley in custody beyond his sentence under a law that allows civil commitment of people who are deemed to be sexually dangerous. But two experts hired by the state found that he did not meet the legal criteria to continue to hold him.

Durso said he was told by prosecutors that the experts cited his advanced age as one reason he is no longer dangerous.

“We believe that he continues to pose a threat,” Durso said.

“If Paul Shanley doesn’t qualify as a sexually dangerous person, then nobody will qualify,” he said.

Shanley, who was convicted in 2005, will be placed on probation for 10 years after he is released. Garabedian said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan told him that Shanley will not be required to wear an electronic tracking device. He will be required to register as a Level 3, or high-risk, sex offender, a designation that means his photo and other information about him will be posted on the state Sex Offender Registry Board’s website.

Garabedian said Shanley’s upcoming release “has caused many victims to have their wounds reopened.” He urged anyone who sees Shanley to contact the local police department to report his whereabouts so authorities can track his movements.

Rodney Ford, whose son said he was sexually abused by Shanley as a child in the 1980s, agreed.

“There’s nothing more that we can do than to harass Paul Shanley,” he said.

Robert Shaw Jr., an attorney who represented Shanley in his appeal, said Shanley is now “extremely frail.”

“The fact that certain persons in our community are calling for the harassment and tracking of Paul Shanley by the public strikes me as an issue for law enforcement,” he said.

“It’s outrageous. It’s deeply disturbing. We don’t permit vigilantism in this country. Stalking and harassment are crimes,” he said.

The clergy sex abuse scandal exploded in Boston in 2002 after The Boston Globe revealed that dozens of priests had molested and raped children for decades while church supervisors covered it up and shuffled abusive priests from parish to parish.

Shanley was defrocked by the Vatican in 2004 after dozens of men came forward and reported being sexually abused by him. During his trial, his lawyer challenged the reliability of the accuser’s repressed memories.

Internal church records that were made public during the scandal contained documents indicating Shanley had attended a forum with other people who later went on to form the North American Man-Boy Love Association, or NAMBLA, a pedophile advocacy organization.

It was not immediately clear where Shanley will live after he’s released. The state Department of Correction declined to comment.

The Archdiocese of Boston, the fourth-largest archdiocese in the country, with more than 1.8 million Catholics, called Shanley’s crimes against children “reprehensible.” Spokesman Terrence Donilon said Shanley will not receive any kind of financial support or benefits from the archdiocese.



Ex-priest in Boston sex abuse scandal released from prison

  • By MARK PRATT Associated Press

Paul Shanley, 86, was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, prison officials said. He plans to live in an apartment in Ware, a town of about 10,000 people about 65 miles (105 kilometers) west of Boston, according to the state’s sex offender registry.

Prosecutors opposed his release, and several men who say they were abused by him when they were young called on the public to help them track his whereabouts. They said they are concerned Shanley will reoffend.

 The registry designates Shanley a Level 3 offender, considered the most likely to reoffend. But two psychologists hired by state prosecutors cited Shanley’s advanced age and his health issues in concluding that his likelihood to reoffend is low. The contradiction was cited by sexual abuse victims and their advocates.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented dozens of men who said they were abused by Shanley, said the evaluations by the two psychologists wer