More Priests Named in Ongoing Clergy Sexual Abuse Case
An additional 12 Catholic priests have been identified for sexual abuse of children, according to a report from CBS3 Philly. The names of the 12 priests were not previously included on the lists released by the by the Catholic Church.
The names of the 12 priests were released by an attorney who represents eight women and 22 men who claim they were victims of clergy sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests. The attorney noted that his clients have been offered compensation packages from the church’s sex abuse fund, but isn’t sure if the clients will accept the packages or file a lawsuit instead.
Multiple lists of credibly accused priests were released by the Catholic Church in New Jersey in February 2019, making New Jersey one of more than two dozen states to release names of accused priests.
The Catholic Church in New Jersey did not issue any comments or a statement in response to the story from CBS3 Philly.
The co-founder of Road to Recovery, a victim counseling program, Robert Hoatson, a victim himself of clergy abuse, released the following statement:
“I didn’t turn my back on the Church. The Church turned its back on me and other victims. You never go back to the one that abused or the people that abused you. It’s not a safe place.”
The 12 names released by the attorney span all of the diocese in New Jersey as well as the Archdiocese of Newark. Hoatson noted that the abuse he suffered came at the hands of a priest who is now deceased. It is unknown how many of the 12 newly released priests are still alive. The ages of the victims right now range from 45 to 87 and the abuse took place between the years of 1946 and 1982.
After a grand jury report released in 2018 by the state of Pennsylvania, New Jersey opened an investigation into clergy sexual abuse. The findings of the investigation have not yet been reported. New Jersey also enacted a statute of limitations of two years for victims of clergy sexual abuse after previously being prohibited from seeking compensation.
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