Connecticut Catholic Church Priest & Clergy Sex Abuse List

Connecticut Priest Sex Abuse List: A list of Roman Catholic Priests & Clergy members of the Connecticut Diocese accused of sex abuse and/or sexual assault of minors.

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Connecticut Priest Sex Abuse List

Merson Law’s Connecticut Priest Sex Abuse List was compiled from accounts of sexual abuse by a member of the Connecticut Catholic Church network. The names in this list are only those that have been found to be credible, however it is likely that there are names missing, due to the sheer number of accounts and the historical aversion to transparency by the Catholic Church.

This list is not endorsed by the Archdiocese, which has yet to release the names of priests found guilty through its own internal investigations.

Last Name First Name Diocese Notes
Ahearn Thomas Kieran Bridgeport, CT Arrested 1/93. Charged with molesting a 14- year-old youth he picked up while on a skiing vacation. Found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Sentenced to two years probation. Youth also filed a civil suit in 1995. Settlement. Personnel file produced to Court in 1999. Ahearn died 12/97.
Albeke (Albecke) Henry A. Bridgeport, CT Multiple allegations. Placed on leave 8/02 after a man reported he had been abused as a minor by Albeke in 1978 at St. Jude’s in Monroe. Claims against Albeke (also spelled Albecke) settled by Diocese in massive settlement 10/03. Diocese paid $21M to 40 people with claims of abuse by 16 priests. Laicized 2007.
Alberran Jose Daniel Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the Bridgeport diocese on its list 3/22/19. Subject of settlement(s). Worked in the diocese as a visiting priest at St. Peter’s in the summer of 1991. From the Diocese of Barcelona, Venezuela.
Banaszek (Bonaszek) Stanley F. Bridgeport, CT Accused of sexually assaulting a former altar boy in 1985 at St. Anthony of Padua in Bridgeport, CT. Case was settled with others by the Bridgeport diocese in 10/03. Name occasionally spelled Bonaszek.
Bietighofer Alfred J. Bridgeport, CT At least four men alleged in 2002 that Bietighofer abused them late 1970s and early 1980s at Blessed Sacrament parish. Sent to St. Luke’s for treatment 5/02; hung himself in his room. Worked in Peru in 1974 and 1986. A diocesan official knew of a complaint against Bietighofer in 1996. Claims against Bietighofer settled by Diocese as part of massive settlement in 10/03 where Diocese paid $21M to 40 people claiming abuse by 16 priests. Another accusation received in 12/09.
Bonzszek Stanley Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the Bridgeport diocese on its list 3/22/19. One known allegation. Died 2007. Settlement(s).
Brett Laurence F. X. Bridgeport, CT Accused of abusing more than two dozen altar boys and others in CT, NM, CA & MD. Bridgeport diocese sent Brett to Servants of the Paraclete in NM in 1964 after parents of one victim complained to papal nuncio and Brett admitted abuse. Settlement for $250K in 1994 to two victims Brett molested in Sacramento CA. Chaplain at Calvert Hall in Baltimore 1972-1974, where 12+ boys allege abuse, after 6 years of parish work. In MD Brett produced widely used Share the Word materials 1974-93. In 1990 Bishop Egan met Brett, who ‘made a good impression’. Egan removed him from ministry in 1993 when suit was filed v Bridgeport diocese. Fled to Caribbean in 1993; reportedly continued contacts with children there. Located in 2002 by reporters but fled again. Included on Baltimore archdiocesan list 9/25/02. Laicized in 2006. Named in 2008 civil suit. Died 12/25/10. Included in Santa Fe archdiocese list of accused on 9/12/17.
Carr Charles T. Bridgeport, CT Accused in 1995 of molesting two boys in separate incidents years prior. Placed on leave. Civil litigation filed. Four claims against Carr settled 3/01 as part of settlement of claims by 26 victims against Bridgeport Diocese and six priests. Per 2002 article, Carr spent more than 10 years with Carmelite Order; took perpetual vows in 1974 but not allowed to become priest because of emotional immaturity. Bridgeport diocese then allowed him to study and be ordained. Removed from ministry in 2002. Laicized in 2005.
Carrier Paul Bridgeport, CT Sued 10/17/14 in federal court in CT by man accusing Carrier of sexually abusing him as a teen 10 years previously at Project Pierre Toussaint School in Haiti. The school was a charity supported by Fairfield Univ., where Carrier was chaplain. Plaintiff also claimed abuse by Doug Perlitz, a school founder supervised by Carrier, who was convicted in 12/10 of sexually abusing boys there. In 10/14 Carrier was residing at Weston Jesuit Center in MA.
Castaldo John J. Bridgeport, CT Arrested in 6/01, charged with explicit sexual conversations on internet with undercover police he thought was a 14-year-old boy. Wanted to meet for sex. Spiritual adviser at Trinity H.S. Removed; admitted charges in court 9/01. Sentenced 11/01 to a weekend in jail and 5 years probation. Suit filed 10/01 claiming abuse in 1991. Suit filed 4/02; settled 2005. Laicized 2007. Suit filed 1/09; decided for plaintiff by judge when diocese failed to produce docs. A third suit filed 3/10; diocese said plaintiff was not abused.
Coleman Walter Phillip Bridgeport, CT Diocese knew of complaints in 1970s; investigated claims in 1994. Per 1994 suit, Coleman abused a boy for five years, giving him gifts and money. Allowed to function for several months before “retiring.” Went on to work as priest in Miami FL archdiocese. Suit resolved for undisclosed sum in 1995. Another suit 1996. Claims also settled in 2001 and 2003. Faculties removed 2002. New suit 9/27/10 re abuse of a 10-year-old boy in 1972. Died 10/16. Five cases re four priests, including Coleman, settled 5/17. New lawsuits in 9/18 with claims of abuse by Coleman of two altar boys at St. Patrick’s in Bridgeport in the 1970s and 1980s. A third man claimed Coleman abused him as a child at St. Joseph’s in Brookfield in the 1980s. Settlement 3/19.
DeGraff Jean Marie Bridgeport, CT From Haiti. Worked in Bridgeport diocese as extern priest as late as 2008. Working at St. Mary’s parish when Diocese received complaint involving allegations of potential misconduct with a minor. Diocese reported to Dept. of Children & Families which found allegations not substantiated. He left Diocese. In Calgary Alberta Canada 2010-11. Arrested 12/11 on charges of sexual activity with at least one child.
DeLuca Stephen J. Bridgeport, CT Credibly accused of one incident of child abuse, apparently at St Ann’s in Bridgeport in the early 1980s. Removed from ministry in 2014. Announcement was made by Bishop Caggiano in a letter 1/31/15. Added to diocese’s list of credibly accused priests, with an incomplete assignment history.
DeShan Joseph Michael Bridgeport, CT Per 4/02 article, DeShan had a sexual ‘relationship’ with a 14- or 15-year-old girl in 1988. Girl became pregnant in 1989. DeShan took leave of absence after telling Bishop Egan. Egan allowed him to leave priesthood and begin a new life as elementary school teacher with no record of sexual misconduct. Laicized 1999. Teaching in NJ in 2002 when allegation revealed. Temporarily placed on leave for three weeks; allowed to return to teaching. Claim settled 10/03. Suspended again from Cinnaminson NJ public middle school teaching job in early 2019 after parents concerned about his history demanded his removal. A 12-year-old girl, who was his student, complained in 12/18 that he made her feel uncomfortable when he complimented her eyes. In 4/19 the state Dept. of Education ordered the district to return DeShan to his job.
Donovan William D. Bridgeport, CT Resigned 4/02 after sentenced to 150 days in state jail for third DWI conviction. He also admitted to a sexual relationship with a young man who might have been a minor. Church deemed allegations credible. Claims against Donovan settled by Diocese as part of massive settlement in 10/03 where Diocese paid $21M to 40 people alleging abuse by priests. Per diocese’s list updated 3/22/19, there were multiple allegations agains Donovan. He died in 2018.
Draper John Bridgeport, CT Named publicly by the diocese on its list updated 3/22/19. Died 1966. One allegation, investigated after his death.
Federici Martin J. Bridgeport, CT Placed on leave after suit filed 9/96 alleged that Federici sexually abused a 12-year-old boy in a confessional and rectory in 1981. Two suits filed in 1996 and one in 1999 alleging abuse of 16-year-old, 13-year-old and another teen. One settled in 1999 and others in 2001. Additional claim(s) settled 2003. Laicization announced 5/03. New suit filed in 2010 by convicted rapist who alleged abuse 1976-77. Died 5/7/13. Five cases naming four priests of diocese, including Federici, settled 5/17.
Fletcher William J. Bridgeport, CT Died 4/88. In 7/06 a woman filed alleging Fletcher abused her at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque parish in Shelton in the early 1960s, beginning when she was age 7. Diocese said that there were no other allegations against him. Settlement(s).
Gay James Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/22/19. Settlement. The list notes a single allegation, that Gay left diocesan service in 1984, his faculties were removed in 2006, and administrative leave was reaffirmed in 2019.
Genuario William A. Bridgeport, CT Per documents released 2009, Diocese paid two men $20K each in 2004 to settle claims of abuse in late 1970s-early 1980s. They alleged abuse by Genuario and another priest, Frank Wissel. Money was for “therapy” for 3 yrs. Accusers recently learned that the priests were still active. Genuario served as Vicar General of Diocese for 9 yrs. Both priests have denied allegations. Diocese paid another settlement re Genuario 1/06. Still considered priest in good standing 3/14.
Gildea James J. Bridgeport, CT In 1991, a man reported to Bronkiewicz, vicar for clergy in the Bridgeport diocese, that Gildea abused him in 1976-79, when he was age 13 and a student at Notre Dame High School, during trips to Wilkes-Barre PA to visit Gildea’s sick mother. Diocese settled 7/31/06 with US Magistrate Garfinkel mediating. Gildea allegedly used his power as guidance counsellor to threaten the boy. Learning of that settlement, a second man went public 8/4/06 about a $60K settlement the diocese offered him in 8/02 when he informed them of abuse done by Gildea in 1958-66, starting at age 7 or 8 and continuing into his first 2 years at Notre Dame HS. Victim’s attorney in the 7/31/06 settlement stated that she knew of a third victim, perhaps the person on whose behalf her firm settled with the Hartford archdiocese in 8/08; abuse by Gildea and Fr William Coleman was alleged. Gildea died 7/5/86. Five cases re 4 priests of diocese, including Gildea, settled 5/17.
Gorecki/Gorecky Joseph Bridgeport, CT Leave of absence from the Bridgeport diocese 1978 until his death in 1988. Accused of molesting at least two youths over several years. Civil suit filed 1995. Five plaintiffs were in the suit by 1999. Settled 3/01. Other claims settled by Diocese as part of massive $20M settlement with 40 people in 10/03. One man said Gorecki fondled him on several occasions. He told his mom; she complained to nun at school. Shortly thereafter, Gorecki was “gone.” He spent time outside diocese before reassigned to other parishes. Another settlement 3/11. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19. (Name spelled “Gorecky”.) Worked in the diocese 1964-66.
Grady Richard J. Bridgeport, CT Retired in 1989. Died in 1993. One of 10 priests named in claims of sexual molestation by victims who came forward in 2002. Accused of molesting a boy in the early 1980s. At least one claim against Grady settled by Diocese as part of massive settlement in 10/03. Diocese paid $21M to 40 people who claimed abuse by 16 priests, including Grady.
Gray Sherman W. Bridgeport, CT A man alleged in 12/02 that he was abused by Gray and Revs. McGoldrick and Morrissey for four years, beginning when he was 15. The three priests immediately resigned from their parishes. The accuser wrote to the Diocese and then met with Bishop Lori. Allegations given to Review Board CPS notified. Claim settled by Diocese as part of massive $21 mil settlement in 10/03 with 40 people claiming abuse by 16 priests, including Gray.
Hitchcock Martin Bryan Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/22/19. Multiple allegations. Retired in 1991, died in 2014.
Jensen Larry Bridgeport, CT Maronite Rite priest. Accused in a 9/18 lawsuit of the sex abuse of a youth in the early 2000s at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church in Danbury. Spiritual director of the diocese’s Emmaus retreat program for youth in Danbury. Assigned to St. Anthony’s for eight years, then assigned to St. Joseph’s Maronite Catholic Church in Waterville, ME. He was reportedly removed from the priesthood in 2017 after the allegation surfaced and the Eparchy of St. Maron of Brooklyn, NY deemed it substantiated. Diocese settled for $3.55m with five men claiming abuse as children by three priests, including one who accused Jensen.
Koziol Stanley N. Bridgeport, CT Removed from his assignment 4/02. He had previously admitted “sexual relations” with a minor boy in the early 1960s. Deposition shows that a senior diocesan official was aware of questions about Koziol’s behavior for years. Diocese ordered him to have psych evaluation.
Laurello Bartholomew Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/22/19. Retired 1995. Died 2004. A single allegation was reported after Laurello’s death.
Lima Jose Afonso Bridgeport, CT Lima, originally from Brazil but now a naturalized U.S. citizen, had been working at Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis and other churches in the Fall River Diocese for at least 10 yrs. He was placed on leave 8/08 after allegations that he sexually assaulted a minor in Bridgeport CT. He left immediately for Brazil after being notified of investigation by CPS.
Malloy Joseph J. Bridgeport, CT In 2001 a man accused Malloy of fondling him on one occasion when he was 8 or 9. Malloy denied. Diocese investigation deemed the accusation “not credible” and Malloy was still an active priest as of 2009. While not named in any litigation, Malloy was included in a 2001 global settlement of claims by 26 people against the Diocese and 5 priests over the years. Total settlement was approx. $15M. Both Diocese and Malloy continued to deny accusations. Died 1/7/16.
McCormick James Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 3/22/19. Ministry restricted 1954. Died in 1965.
McGoldrick Albert Bridgeport, CT Accusation in 2002 to that McGoldrick and two other priests abused a boy 1979-83, starting when the boy was 15. The accuser met with the Bishop; all three priests soon resigned from their parish assignments and were placed on leave. Claim(s) settled by Diocese in 10/03 as part of massive $21M settlement with 40 people claiming abuse by 16 priests. No known assignments 1989-94. Later worked for Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy. Laicized 2005.
McKenna Francis D. Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list updated 3/22/19. Died 1989. Multiple allegations received after McKenna’s death.
Montoya Leonardo Bridgeport, CT Montoya, a native of Colombia and a 3rd year seminary student for Bridgeport Diocese, was criminally charged with molesting a 16 yr old girl 11/03 while she slept. He pled not guilty. Immediately dismissed from Seminary. Girl says he groped her during a car ride to her home and then appeared in her room twice during the night and tried to molest her. Jury found him guilty 1/05. Sentenced to 1 yr jail, suspended after 90 days served, and 3 yrs probation. Appeals Court upheld conviction 8/08
Moore Joseph P. Bridgeport, CT Quietly removed from parish assignment in 1997 after allegations of sexual misconduct. Two parents met with Diocese officials in 1995 to complain that Moore had abused their sons. No action for another two years. Name not revealed until 4/02. Other articles say allegations first surfaced in 1970s. Moore worked outside the diocese 1983-97. Was at Franciscan U. in Steubenville OH 1986-89. Settlements in 2001, 2003 & 2004. Laicized in 2004.
Morrissey Robert P. Bridgeport, CT Allegation in 12/02 by a man that he had been abused separately by Morrissey and two other priests 1979-83 when he was ages 15-19. All three placed on leave. In 2003, accusations surfaced that $500,000 was missing from an authorized brokerage account at Morrissey’s last church. Claims included in massive $21M settlement in 10/03 with 40 people allegedly abused by 16 priests. Died 10/2/14 in Jupiter FL, where he had been living. Five cases re four priests, including Morrissey, settled 5/17. Accused in a 9/18 suit of abuse by Morrissey of a boy at St. Mary’s in Ridgefield in the 1990s. Settlement 3/19.
O’Connor Gavin Bridgeport, CT Two brothers filed separate suits alleging abuse by O’Connor. One settled in 1989, the other in 1998 for $200,000. Bishop Egan suspended O’Connor in 1/89 and persuaded him to leave priesthood. Egan personally took laicization petition to Rome. Removed from ministry and laicized in 1989. Per a 6/02 article, Egan paid O’Connor around $17,000 – $20,000 to cover personal debts and living expenses when he left the priesthood.
Pcolka Raymond Bridgeport, CT Named in several 1993 suits alleging sexual abuse of 16 boys and girls. Suspended and sent him for evaluation in 1993. One woman told diocese in 1989 that Pcolka had abused her son. Pcolka sent for treatment in 1989 and allowed to return to ministry. Doctors not told that a girl previously reported abuse by the priest in 1983. Pcolka walked out of a psychiatric treatment center in 1993. A woman settled 2001. Many claims settled in 10/03 $21M settlement. Laicized in 2004. Died 11/09.
Power Edmund P. Bridgeport, CT Power, a former chaplain and teacher at Fairfield College Preparatory School between 1962-1965 & 1968-1976, died in 1976. In Feb. 2003, allegations of past abuse were received by the school.
Pratt James F.X. Bridgeport, CT Pratt was a seminarian when he taught at Fairfield College Preparatory School from 1981-1983. He was placed on leave in 2003 from position at Vanderbilt Univ. in Tennessee after the Fairfield school received an allegation of past sexual abuse of a high school senior. Assigned to Society of Jesus New England Provincial Offices per 2004-2007 Catholic Directories.
Rarus Boleslaus/Bill Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/22/19. Retired 1987. Died 2005. Multiple allegations.
Ryan Martin P. Bridgeport, CT In 2002 woman claimed Ryan sexually abused her when she was a teenager in 1970s. She said she told the diocese about it but they didn’t suspend him because he had an unblemished record and had not abused boys. She says at least two other victims. Her claim settled 10/03 as part of $21M settlement with 40 people. Ryan was only active priest named in settlement. Remained active until 5/11 when removed for sexual harassment of adult female. Then worked as admin of new parish before becoming pastor 01/14.
Smith Gregory M. Bridgeport, CT Placed on leave in 2002. Accused of becoming sexually involved with two teenage girls in late 1960s-early 1970s. One girl told then Bishop Genuario in 1969. The other filed repeated complaints with church officials over many years but nothing done. She filed suit in 1997; dismissed on SOL. Bishop Lori explained that he kept Smith working because allegations involved ‘people who were very near attaining the age of majority… .” Per diocese’s list updated 3/22/19, Smith had a single allegation against him.
Spodnick Paul Bridgeport, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 3/22/19. Retired 1968. Died 1976. Multiple allegations.
Stronkowski John J. Bridgeport, CT Placed on leave 5/14. Per Bishop Caggiano in letter to parishioners, leave was for “persistent absenteeism…..growing difficulties with both the staff and lay leaders and other personal and administrative shortcomings.” In 6/16 Stronkowski’s name was on diocese’s list of credibly accused, re incident of abuse of a minor in the 1990s. Faculties removed.
Stubbs Charles W. Bridgeport, CT Stubbs was removed from his parish in 1997 because of sexual misconduct allegations. Three other men came forward after Stubbs was suspended in 1997. Still on leave per the 2002 Catholic Directory. Per one article, there were also “questions of financial impropriety.” Claims settled as part of $21M settlement in 10/03. Laicized 2004. Suit by plaintiffs alleging abuse in 1970s was filed 3/11.
Veich Vincent J. Bridgeport, CT Placed on leave 4/02 after a woman alleged he had abused her as a minor. He admitted sexual misconduct with the then 17-year-old girl in the late 1970s. Claim(s) against Veich settled by Diocese as part of massive $21M settlement in 10/03 involving 40 plaintiffs and 16 priests.
Wissel Frank C. Bridgeport, CT Per documents released in 2009, Diocese paid two men $20K each in 2004 to settle claims of abuse in late 1970s-early 1980s. Men say they were abused by Wissel and former Vicar General Genuario. Money was for “therapy” for 3 yrs. and settlements referred to “disputed claims.” Accusers recently learned that the priests were still active. Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Greenwich and founder of a home for underprivileged boys in Bridgeport. Both priests have denied allegations.
Altermatt Gregory M. Hartford, CT Accused in a lawsuit filed in 4/18 of the sexual abuse of a boy, starting when he was age 7 in 1976 and until he was age 15. Per the suit, the boy’s mother died suddenly in 1979 and Altermatt offered to help the family. The abuse allegedly occurred in the rectory of St. Anne’s in Waterbury, a Waterbury movie theater,Altermatt’s car, the boy’s home in Bristol and the priest’s mother’s Florida condominium, where he had taken the boy on vacation.
Buckley Joseph F. Hartford, CT A man filed civil suit in 2003 alleging that he was sexually abused at age 14 by Buckley in 1971. The man claimed that Buckley gave him a soft drink spiked with rum, enticed him to join him in the shower, sexually assaulted him, hen gave him $20. Encounters said to have occurred on several occasions. Buckley retired in 1970 and died in 1975. He was apparently retired at the time of the alleged abuse. Claim included in 11/05 massive settlement. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19, having worked there at some point.
Bzdyra Stephen H. Hartford, CT Man filed suit 7/10 alleging that Bzdyra had abused him in mid-1980s while assigned to St. Francis Church in New Haven. Suit alleges that Bzdyra threatened the boy and his family and later tried to silence him by buying him home appliances and a car in 2001. Also named in previous suit. Placed on leave 7/9/10. 2nd suit 8/10. Too ill to testify 11/10. 3rd suit 12/10. Suit settled 2/16.
Crowley Stephen Hartford, CT Claim(s) against Crowley, a retired priest, were settled as part of the $22 mil settlement in 10/05 with the Hartford Archdiocese. Retired 1991.
Cusano Linda Hartford, CT Accused in a 5/23/03 lawsuit of sexually assaulting a female high school senior repeatedly in 1991-92 and pressuring her to join the order. Parents say they complained about Cusano’s closeness with their daughter at the time but were brushed off. Cusano was reportedly sent for treatment in 2002.
Doyle Robert Walter Hartford, CT Man filed suit 5/09 alleging that he was abused by Doyle between 1971-1975 when he was between the ages of 10 and 15. Doyle, who served as archdiocesan Super. of Schools from 1951-1961, was assigned to Sacred Heart Church in Wethersfield at the time. Doyle died in 1975.
Ferguson Ivan Hartford, CT Ordained an Auxiliary Priest-Missionaries of the Holy Apostles. Incardinated 1979 into the Archdiocese of Hartford. Removed from ministry 3/4/93. Three men claimed in 1993 civil suits abuse as minors by Ferguson in the 1970s. One suit was withdrawn, two were settled. Still a priest in 3/02, but no ministerial or teaching duties. At least two claims included in 10/05 $14M settlement with Archdiocese re 14 priests. Died 12/16/02. Separate suits filed by three brothers in 8/07 & 11/07 alleging abuse in the late 1970s. In 7/08 two more suits filed re 1981 abuse. Diocese found negligent in 2012 civil trial before jury. $1M judgment for one plaintiff. Archdiocese asked supreme court to overturn the verdict as of 9/12/14. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Foley Stephen C. Hartford, CT Named in multiple civil suits by men claiming abuse when they were teenagers. Often used his position as fire and police chaplain to meet victims and to lure them into relationships. One man’s father reported Foley to the diocese in 1960s. Not removed by archdiocese until 1993 after one man told police. Removed from position as state police chaplain around the same time. $500K settlement 3/07. $600K settlement 3/08. $750K settlement 1/09. Total of 13 settlements in all.
Glynn Thomas Hartford, CT Man filed suit 6/03 claiming he was abused by Glynn for 3 yrs in early 1970s. Later article says two other allegations have surfaced since suit was filed. Suits filed by 4 other men 10/03. One said he told another priest in 1971. If action had been taken, the other 3 would not have been abused. Glynn was a Navy chaplain in WWII. He died 1993 at age 80. At least 1 claim included in 10/05 settlement with Archdiocese.
Gotta Paul Hartford, CT Administrator of St. Phillip’s in East Windsor and St. Catherine’s in Broad Brook. Removed 7/13 while Archdiocese investigated complaint of sex abuse of minor. Law enforcement notified, investigation launched. Arrested 7/19/13 on federal firearms charges. Released 7/25/13. In 6/13 he had reported an 18-year-old youth to police for threats against boy’s school. Arrested 3/31/14 on sex assault charges. Allegedly made boy strip and assaulted him before giving him his paycheck. Pled not guilty. Sex assault charges dropped in 11/15 in plea agreement; pled guilty to second degree breach of peace. Six-month suspended sentence. Pled guilty 3/16 to distributing explosives to a minor. (Helped a teen make a pipe bomb.) Sentenced in 2017 to nine months in prison.
Graham John Hartford, CT Name included in the 10/05 $22 million settlement between Hartford Archdiocese and 43 people alleging abuse by 14 priests. Deceased. No other information found about allegations against him. Was at St. Bernadette’s in East Haven at some point.
Grant Robert J. Hartford, CT Placed on leave and then arrested 8/07 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15 or 16 yr old boy in 7/07. Later released on bail. Was assigned to Saint Hedwig church as pastor at the time of the alleged abuse. Re-arrested 9/22/07 for attempting to contactthe teenager by phone. Criminal trial started 1/09. Grant denied all allegations during trial testimony. Jury found him not guilty 1/16/09.
Izquierdo William Hartford, CT Served as novice director at the Legion of Christ novitiate in Cheshire CT from 1982-1994 and in Ireland before then. Order announced 12/13 that claim of abuse of a minor student received in 2012 had been substantiated. Another claim is currently under investigation. He has been on restricted duty since 2005 when Order received allegation involving an adult. .He has not ministered since 2008 and suffers from advanced dementia.
Kramek Roman Hartford, CT Kramac, a visiting priest from Warsaw, Poland was arrested 12/02 for allegedly sexually abusing a 17 yr old girl who had gone to him for counseling after she had been assaulted by other individuals. Plea agreement in 2004 led to sentence of 9 months in jail and 10 yrs probation. Upon his release in 2005, he returned to Poland.
Ladamus Robert G. Hartford, CT Named in lawsuits in 12/11 by two men claiming Ladamus sexually abused them as boys while he was assigned to St. Mary’s in Milford CT. Ladamus was at the parish 1983-96, when he was transferred to Christ the Redeemer in Milford. Settled. Retired in 1997. Died 11/8/12.
Maguire Felix H. Hartford, CT Police investigation of allegations against Maguire in 1984 was suddenly dropped, without explanation. Removed from ministry in 1992. Medically retired in 1993 and moved to Florida. Jury awarded one plaintiff $262,803 in 1995 trial that was sealed from the public. Sued 1/03 by a 21-year-old man who alleged assault when he was 15. Claims against Maguire were included in the 10/05 $22M settlement between Archdiocese and 45 people alleging abuse by 14 priests. Died in 2008. On the Diocese of Norwich’s list 2/22/19.
Manspeaker Terry Hartford, CT Manspeaker, a deacon, received 5 yrs probation in 1994 after pleading guilty to assaulting a 17 yr old teenage boy and to making sexual advances to a 14 yr old boy.
McGann Richard P. Hartford, CT It was revealed 3/11 that Hartford archdiocese had paid an undisclosed settlement in 2009 to a man who alleged sexual abuse by McGann 1975-77, beginning when man was age 12. Archdiocese said when confronted in 2011 that McGann was placed on administrative leave in 2005 without privileges. Archdiocese was still paying a stipend to McGann. Plaintiff in settlement convicted in 1986 of killing his grandfather and was serving 60 yrs in a ME prison.
McSheffery Daniel C. Hartford, CT Placed on leave 2002. Accused of abuse of at least 8 boys at St. Augustine School in Hartford in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Named in at least 6 civil suits. At least 8 of the claims settled as part of the 10/05 massive settlement with the Diocese involved allegations against McSheffery. Possible $1.6M settlement. Retired to FL. Additional suit filed 8/07 re alleged abuse in 1974. Case settled for $785K in 2009. Died in 2014. Lawsuit filed 2/27/17 alleged abuse of altar boy at St. George’s in Guilford over 5 years, beginning when the boy was age 9 in 1977.
Miller Michael Hartford, CT Parochial vicar at St. Paul in Kensington. Worked in Buffalo NY at St. Francis High in Athol Springs in 1993 and 2000-2003. Hospitalized 7/11 during police investigation for inappropriate contact with a minor. Personal computer confiscated. Arrested 7/12/11; charged with 5 counts of risk of injury or impairing morals of a minor, improper text & facebook messages. At least 9 minors have implicated him. Re-arrested 6/12 for possession of child porn. Pled guilty to all charges 5/1/13. Privileges permanently removed. Sentenced to 5 yrs prison & 20 yrs probation.
Mitchell Peter G. Hartford, CT Information released 9/19/14 showed that Mitchell had been named as an abuser in a civil suit filed 11/12. Retired in 2001. Suit was set for trial 11/14. No criminal charges filed. He allegedly sexually violated a boy in the priest’s car and home on Colony Road in New Haven. Mitchell died 5/20/16. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19. It notes that he was removed from ministry in 2001.
Moran Edward M. Hartford, CT Per 6/02 article, Moran told his parishioners that a woman had come forward in 1996 to say that he had abused her in 1980 when she was 7 or 8 and attended St. Brigid Church. There was a “full and complete” investigation by the archdiocese in 1996 which found no basis for the allegation. Moran says there was no lawsuit or financial settlement. He denied the allegation.
Muha Edward J. Hartford, CT One man has claimed that he was abused by Muha at Immaculate Conception Church in Terryville in 1970 when he was 7 or 8 yrs old. Claims are included in 10/05 $22 mil settlement between Archdiocese and 45 plaintiffs claiming abuse by 14 priests. Muha died in 2002.
Murasso Jeremiah Hartford, CT Placed on leave 7/1/15 due to accusation of sexual abuse of a minor more than 20 years previously at St. Francis Children’s Home, New Haven, where he was Director 1992-95. Pastor of two Waterbury parishes since 2012 at time of removal: Blessed Sacrament and Shrine of St. Anne. Assigned in past to parishes in East Haven, Meriden, Naugatuck and South Windsor. Archdiocesan investigation found allegations “unsubstantial” and cleared Murasso to return to ministry in 12/15.
Paturzo Louis S. Hartford, CT Placed on leave 5/02 after allegations that he fondled at least two adolescent boys in the early 1970s. Both incidents are believed to have occurred while Paturzo was still in seminary. One youth’s parents reported the abuse to police in 1993. Police investigated but could not prove anything. Sent for psych evaluation and treatment, then reassigned. Removed without privileges 2002. Named in 10/05 settlement between Archdiocese and 43 plaintiffs involving 14 priests. Sued 2/08. On Norwich diocese’s list, 2/22/19. Laicized 2008.
Paul Raymond Hartford, CT Per 8/03 article, man claimed Paul molested him at age 15 for 3 weeks as he lay in the hospital with burns suffered in a house fire. He told his mom at the time but she was afraid to tell. Paul was hospital chaplain. Sources say the archdiocese settled a similar case by another man but diocese spokesman said they “are not aware of that.” Included in 10/05 settlement between Archdiocese and 43 plaintiffs re 14 priests. 2 men filed civl suit 9/29/08 re abuse at same hospital. New suit filed 6/12.
Pelkington Robert P. (Leo) Hartford, CT Surrendered to police in 2000 after being charged with abusing two youths (brothers) between 12/98 and 4/99. Had bee removed and in treatment at St. Luke’s prior to surrendering. Assigned to parish in New York state 1995-99; apparently was visiting in CT at time of assaults. Convicted. Got three years suspended sentence and 10 years probation. Listed on sex offender registry in Washington, D.C. as of 8/09. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19. Laicized in 2011. Died in 2015. On Dominicans St. Joseph Province list in late 2018.
Przybylo William P. Hartford, CT Two claims against Przybylo were settled by the Hartford archdiocese, as announced 10/31/05. Przybylo was accused in 2003 of sexually abusing 2 altar boys in the 1970s. Przybylo acquiesced in the settlement but maintained his innocence and was not removed from ministry.
Reardon Edward J. Hartford, CT Died in 1991. Accused in a civil suit filed 3/04 of abuse of a 15- to 16-year-old boy 1971-72. Claims against Reardon were included in the 10/05 $22 mil settlement between the archdiocese and 43 plaintiffs alleging abuse by 14 priests. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Rozint Joseph T. Hartford, CT Named as abuser in 9/11 civil suit against Hartford Diocese Plaintiff claims that Rozine abused him at age 13 in 1977 when Rozine was associate pastor of St. Gertrude Church in Windsor. In 1967 he was assistant pastor at St. Mary in Milford.
Rudy John W. Hartford, CT Arrested 7/98 and accused of improperly touching an 18 yr old male. Arrested again 9/98 and accused of improperly touching a 9 yr old boy 2 yrs before when he was 7. Pleaded no contest to charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct in11/99 and that kept him out of jail and off sex offender register. Sentenced to one year supended prison term, two years probation, Sent for treatment.
Sawyer Thomas Hartford, CT Educator in schools across the U.S. Was IT director for Holy Cross HS in Waterbury, living at St. John Vianney in West Hartford when another clergy member reported to police he saw images of naked children on Sawyer’s computer. Order moved Sawyer to upstate NY when police investigation started. Arrested in 4/16, charged with possession of child pornography. Sawyer may have downloaded thousands of photos of naked children, mostly pre-teen males.
Shiner Kenneth H. Hartford, CT Man filed a civil suit in 2001 alleging that Shiner abused him for 4 years from 1980-1984 beginning when he was 14. Said Shiner would take him out for dinner and drinks before molesting him at the Rectory. Shiner denies that the abuse ever happened. No other victims have come forward. He was apparently removed 3/02. Claims included in 10/05 $22 mil settlement with Archdiocese re 14 priests.
Taylor Michael Benedict Hartford, CT Per 6/02 article, Taylor, a former monk and teacher at all-girls Catholic school in Connecticut, resigned after it was revealed that he was “defrocked” for allegedly molesting boys in Trinidad in 1997. He was principal of a school in Trinidad but quit in 1997 after several alleged victims came forward. More victims came forward in 2002.
Tissera aka Warnakulasuriya Edward Hartford, CT Sri-Lanka native. Several names: Edward Warnakulasuriya, Edward Tissera, W. Edward Julian Tissera. Accused in 7/11 of molesting a 17 or 18-yr-old male during confession at St. Bernard’s, Simsbury. Suspended. Arrested. Pled no contest 9/12. Accused in a 9/14 lawsuit of repeated sexual assault of a 13 to 14-yr-old boy 2000-2001, while associate pastor of St. John the Evangelist, Watertown CT. Abuse said to have occurred in rectory bedroom, after he invited the boy for spiritual guidance and counseling. Settled in 10/16.
Vasquez Enrique Hartford, CT Charged in Costa Rica with abuse of a child in 1994. Fled to Connecticut. Worked in both New York and Hartford. Has been a fugitive since 1998. Costa Rican court convicted him in 2005 in absentia and sentenced him to 12 yrs in prison. He was finally arrested 4/07 in Honduras under a warrant from Interpol.
Vichas Walter A. Hartford, CT Accused in a 11/18 lawsuit of the sex abuse of an altar boy, age 10 in 1979-80, at Blessed Sacrament in Waterbury. Vichas’ assignments included St. Joseph’s in Waterbury 1952-64, St. Casimir’s in New Haven 1964-65, St. Patrick’s in Enfield 1965-71, and Blessed Sacrament 1971-2001. Vichas retired in 2001 and died in 2008.
Zizka Peter J. Hartford, CT Two suits filed in 1995 allege abuse by Zizka in 1970s while the female plaintiffs were children. Files in the suits were sealed until 1998. Another suit filed July, 1997. Zizka was not removed from his assignment until 1999. All three cases settled and the files were again sealed. By 10/02 a total of 5 lawsuits had been filed against Zizka. All have been settled.
Alford Donald Paschal Norwich, CT From Australia. Professed his vows as a Christian Brother in1959. Reportedly worked at an orphanage in Geelong, Victoria 1970-78. Alleged to have sexually abused several residents there. Arrived in the U.S. in 1993 where he worked for 10 years at he Academy at Mount Saint John for at risk children in Deep River. Per news in 11/18, Alford was named in lawsuits filed by 24 men claiming they were sexually assaulted as 11- to 15-year-old residents of the facility 1986-96. Alford was named in two of the suits, one in which he was accused of forcing a 13-year-old boy to perform oral sex. Alford was the leader of the school’s Boy Scout troop. He died 4/14/04.
Barnes Robert W. Norwich, CT Per diocese’s 2/22/19 list, removed from ministry in 2002. Prior to ordination Barnes was a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers for thirty years. Educator, parish pastor. Named principal of St. Bernard High School in Uncasville in 1981. Died 7/5/08.
Bissonette (Bissonnette) Bernard W. Norwich, CT Worked in CT, MN and NM. Accused of abuse of numerous youths just about everywhere he served. One alleged victim known to have died by suicide. Named in 1997 civil suit. Another victim filed civil suit 2002 and in 7/06, CT Supreme Court ruled that the suit was timely filed and sent it back down to lower court to be tried. Laicized 5/20/05; announced 3/06. Cited in 11/08 RICO suit. Died 12/24/08. Accused in suit filed 11/15 of rape of a NM altar boy, who alleged rape also by Fr. James Porter. Accused in a 12/17/15 suit of raping an altar boy, age 7-12, hundreds of times 1968-1973 at St. Alice’s in Mountainair NM. Included on Santa Fe archdiocese list 9/12/17. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18.
Buongirno Richard T. Norwich, CT Accused in 1991 by mother of 9-year-old boy. Buongirno denied the charge. Social services deemed the allegation unsubstantiated. Alleged victim sued in 2000 claiming abuse 1990-98; diocese settled in 2003 for $700K. Accused 1994 of abusing a 16-year-old boy for 3 years in the 1970s, when Buongirno was a lay teacher. Norwich sent Buongirno to the Institute of Living and returned him to ministry. Removed from ministry 1998. Cited in 11/08 RICO suit. Per diocese’s list 2/22/19, laicized in 2005.
Busca Salvatore L. Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the Norwich diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes he was removed from ministry in 1961 and excardinated from the diocese in 1969. Perpetually professed into the Servants of the Paraclete. Died in 2006.
Carey Dennis G. Norwich, CT Resigned from position at St Paul in Chains in Waterford 6/12 after police began investigation into 275 child porn images and 63 videos on church computer. Worked 25 years as CPA before ordination. Arrested; arraigned 7/3/12. Admitted addiction to child porn for two years but denied any improper touching of a child. Pled not guilty. In treatment 9/12 at St John Vianney. Died 5/20/13.
Caron Anthony R. Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes he was removed from ministry in 1959 and died in 1969.
Comtois Roger M. Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes he resigned and was on leave of absence in 1988, was in residence in 1992, and died in 1998.
Curry James Norwich, CT Civil suit filed by a woman in 2/08 accusing Curry of sexually abusing her for 8 years, beginning in 1966 when she was age 8 and Curry was assigned to St. Mary’s. She said that after each assault he would tell her to ask God to forgive her sin and for tempting Curry. Filing of this suit exposed a 1983 suit (settled in 1986) in which Curry was accused of abusing his housekeeper’s 11-year-old daughter in 1980 and 1981 at same church. Police notified in 1981; nothing done. Curry died in 1986.
DeMatteis Stephen Norwich, CT Accused of “making a sexual advance” toward a boy who sought counseling from him after being abused for several years by Fr. Thomas J. Doyle. Civil suit filed 1994 on behalf of boy and his brother against Norwich Diocese, Fr. Doyle, Brother DeMatteis and Fr. Michael Melendez who is accused of failing to report the incidents involving the boys and Fr. Doyle.
Doyle Thomas J. Norwich, CT Accused of molesting twin brothers over a 10-year period. The boys allegedly told counselors in 1983, one of whom, Bro. DeMatteis, a Franciscan, is alleged to have made sexual advances to one of the twins. In 1992, the diocese removed Doyle and the Marianists suspended him. Civil suit filed 1995. Two more accusers later came forward. Doyle was treated in both New Mexico and Maryland. Laicized 2002. Died in 2007.
Frigault Edward Francis Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. Removed from ministry in 2002. Died in 8/28/08.
Galipeau Denis Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the Norwich diocese on its list 2//22/19. Removed from ministry in 1964. Excardinated 1970. Incardinated into the Archdiocese of Montreal.
Gromala Roman S. Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the Norwich diocese on its list 2/22/19. Left diocesan ministry in 1955. Excardinated 1972. Incardinated into the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Died in 1991.
Hebert, Jr. Paul L. Norwich, CT Placed on leave 7/04 after allegations he sexually abused a boy in the 1970s at St. Michael’s in Pawatuck. Denied allegations. Diocese referred matter to police and Dept of Children and Family. Pastor of St. Michael’s 12/71-10/81, then of Most Holy Trinity in Pomfret 1981 until his 2004 removal. Civil suit filed. Settled 10/07 for $170,000. Another suit filed 12/08 alleged later abuse. Died 5/5/10. New suit 8/16, alleging abuse of a Pomfret altar boy hundreds of times 1990-96, beginning when the boy was age 11. Hebert allegedly photographed and videotaped the boy while in sex acts, lavished him with gifts and plied him with alcohol. Settled in 3/19 for $900k.
Jean Raymond J. Norwich, CT Arrested 1988 during crackdown on homosexual activity at a local state park. Accused in 1993 civil suit of molestation 1971-1972. Diocese’s motion for summary judgment granted in part and dismissed in part in 1996. A 2nd suit filed 1999. Died 6/01, just before scheduled trial in that case. Third suit filed early 2003. One settlement for $275K.
Jette Donat M. Norwich, CT A man informed the Diocese 4/02 that he had been abused by Jette in the early 1960s, when he went to confession after having been abused by Fr. Donald Petraitis. Bishop Hart did not report the abuse to Child Protective Services until at least one month later. Jette was deceased by the time the complaint was made. Not included on the diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Johnson Stephan Leslie Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the Paulists on its list 3/8/19. Worked in the L.A. archdiocese, and the dioceses of Norwich and Columbus. Leave of Absence 1995-96, left the order in 7/96. Allegations reported in 2018, stemming from his time in CT 1985-87. Added to Columbus diocese’s list 5/23/19.
Kozon John A. Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. Removed from ministry in 2005. Died 10/8/13 in Memphis, TN.
Liberty James L. Norwich, CT Accused of abuse of an 18-yearr-old girl in the1980s. He was working as a marriage and family counselor with Catholic Family Services in Norwich at the time of the alleged abuse. She had gone to him for counseling after the death of her brother. Liberty died in 7/95.
Many Charles S. Norwich, CT Accused in 1986 of sexual misconduct with boy in Vermont in 1978. Assigned by Marianists to Norwich diocese 1978. In 1994 another young man came forward to say Many had abused him in Connecticut some time between 1978 and1981. Many was removed from parish work after the 1986 accusation. One suit settled for $850K in 2001 but judge ordered new trial. Never held; plaintiff never recovered any money. Many resigned from priesthood in 1994. Suit filed 2015 by man alleging abuse by Many when he was an altar boy late 1970s-early 1980s at Sacred Heart in Groton. File in order’s archives showed they knew in at least 1976 that Many was “receiving boys in his room.” Diocese and order agreed to $900K settlement. Many denied wrongdoing.
Marino Vincent Norwich, CT Man filed suit 09/13 alleging abuse as a teenager by Marino at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Niantic. Marino allegedly would give him wine, buy him liquor, and watch porn with him before assaulting him. Plaintiff says he reported abuse when he was in his 20s but no action taken by Diocese. Marino was later transferred to another parish. Excardinated in 1989. Incardinated into the Archdiocese of Siracusa, Italy.
McGlade K. Paul Norwich, CT Per news in 11/18, McGlade was named in lawsuits filed by 24 men claiming they were sexually assaulted as 11- to 15-year-old residents of the Academy at Mount Saint John for at risk children in Deep River, 1986-96. McGlade was a teacher at the school and executive director from 1990. McGlade was reportedly accused in most of the suits of sexual abuse, including masturbation, forced oral sex and sodomy. The suits also say that complaints of McGlade sexually abusing children were made to the diocese but disregarded. McGlade died in 2013.
McGrath Edward P. Norwich, CT Taught briefly at Salesian High School in New Rochelle, NY, then went to St. Thomas More School in Montville. First allegation received there in 2000. School began an investigation and sent out letters to alumni and parents. Allegations found credible. Another accuser came forward in 2004. McGrath died in 1998 at age 62 of cirrhosis and liver cancer. Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Murphy Joseph P. Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. Removed from ministry in 1998. Died in 2015.
Nash John C. Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes that Nash was removed from ministry in 2002, petitioned for laicization in 2002 and died in 2010.
Orteneau Eugene F. Norwich, CT Accused in a 2005 civil suit.of abuse of a 16-year-old boy in 1992 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Storrs. Settled in 5/07 for $1.2M. Diocese to pay 1/4 and order to pay remainder. Plaintiff’s sister had notified Diocese in 2003 of abuse of two other youths but did not mention her brother. Orteneau left the church in 1994. Dismissed from the Order in 2003. Died 4/8/09 in Huntersville, NC.
Ouimet J. Lawrence Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes he resigned, and was appointed in 1999 as Parochial Vicar with restricted ministry. Per his obituary he worked in many parishes, and was “very active with many fire companies in the state.” Died 2/16/02.
Owens Joseph Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the Jesuits Northeast Province on its list 1/15/19. Admitted in 1992 to abusing minors 1970s-1990s. Ministry restricted in 1993 and “impeded” 2002. Worked in Jamaica (1970-77), CT (1978-79), FL (1980-82), Honduras (1983-2002) and Nicaragua (2003-06). On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Paschal Thomas Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused by the Norwich diocese on its list 2/22/19. It notes only that he was reassigned by his Order in 1993. No ordination date. Not found in the Official Catholic Directory. (There is a Rev. Paschal Thomas, OSB, who may or may not be the same person. From India. Ordained 1959. Joined Benedictines in 1979. Died 10/9/15 in MO.)
Petraitis Donald Norwich, CT Accused of abuse of a boy in the early 1960s when Petraitis was ‘filling in’ at St. Mary’s parish in Norwich. Alleged victim said he told Rev. Donat Jette during confession and that Jette then abused him, too. Per 2002 OCD Petraitis was Provincial of the Marian’s Office in Chicago. One article refers to him as Superior of the Marians St. Kazimierz Province in the USA, and former General of the Congregation. Denied the allegations. Died 6/12/12. Not included on the Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Pinard Paul A. Norwich, CT Ordained in VT for the Edmundites. Per obituary, worked in AL 1960-61 in a Selma parish and as Assistant Director of the Don Bosco Boys Club, in Quebec parishes 1961-64 and 1969-72, and 1989-91. Director of St. Anne’s Shrine in VT 1964-68 and parish administrator in Alburgh 1967-69. St. Michael’s College board member 1984-88, Procurator 1991-95 of the Edmundite Generalate in VT, procurator and treasurer of St. Edmund’s Retreat in Mystic CT 1995-2004. Removed from parish in Quebec in 1991 after an allegation of sexual misconduct with minors. In 1/05 Norwich bishop learned of allegations and asked Order to remove him from diocese. Per obit, retired to his Order’s residence in FL in 2004, to Selma AL in 2013, and to VT in 2016. Died 6/12/17. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Primavera Bruno Norwich, CT Transferred from Toronto, Canada to Norwich diocese with warning that he was known to seek out teen boys. Civil suits filed 2001 and 2002 alleged abuse of two youths at different parishes in CT in late 1970s. Sent for treatment. Transferred to Las Cruces NM diocese. Arrested there for abuse and child porn in 1990. Sentenced to four years’ prison. Laicized while in prison. Died 2006. Norwich diocese settled in 11/06 the 2002 suit by one man for $1.1M. Remaining suit settled 1/07 for $2M. On Las Cruces diocese’s list 11/8/18. It notes reports of abuse in 1990 and in 2016. Primavera was assigned to NMMI and Assumption parish in Roswell 1989-90. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19. It notes he was removed from ministry in 1980.
Ramsay John B. Norwich, CT Named publicly as accused on the diocese’s list 2/22/19. Allegations received sometime after his 1977 retirement. Died in 1994.
Shea Robert E. Norwich, CT Ordained for Hartford. Named publicly as accused by the Norwich diocese on its list 2/22/19. Died in 1995.
Shea Thomas W. Norwich, CT Removed from ministry in 1984, per diocese’s list 2/22/29. Accused in 2004 of molesting at least 16 girls in 11 parishes in the diocese over 30 years. The abuse was often referred to in church records as “prolonged kissing” and not as sexual abuse. Parents would complain and Shea would be transferred. Vatican refused to laicize in 2005. Died in 2006. One woman’s civil suit settled 12/08. Another woman’s 11/08 suit settled for $1.1M in 9/12 just before trial was to begin.
Solega Eugene Alphonse Norwich, CT Died i8/18/85. In 10/18 a 59-year-old man told a news outlet that Solega sexually abused him when he was a 13-year-old altar boy at St. John’s in Old Saybrook. Solega’s accuser, along with his therapist, met with Bishop Cote in 4/18. They said Cote apologized repeatedly. The man’s therapist reportedly later asked Cote in writing for some financial help for her client who needed inpatient alcohol treatment. As of 2/19 the bishop had not responded. Solega’s name was not included on the Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19.
Sullivan Patrick J. Norwich, CT In 2002 civil suit, a woman alleged that Sullivan abused her for two years at St. Columba parish, 1968-69, when she was ages 15-16. In 6/03 trial court dismissed some of the lawsuit but allowed the remainder to go forward. On the Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19. Laicized 1970.
Werpechowski Felix Norwich, CT Ordained for Hartford. On Norwich diocese’s list 2/22/19. Died 1972.

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