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SNAP Press Release
Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Archdiocese of Newark Settles
Transcripts of Two Never-Before Deposed Bishops to be Released
Catholic Priest Transferred to Florida After Multiple Complaints in Newark
Gorak, ordained in Poland, began working in Newark in 1998. Documents obtained in the lawsuit reveal that other priests and church staff raised concerns about Gorak, including his inappropriate sexual interactions with female parishioners, and even told then-Archbishop Theodore McCarrick their concerns. In 2001, two New Jersey police departments investigated Gorak for stalking another female parishioner.
Gorak began working in the Diocese of Orlando in January 2004. Despite the Archbishop’s awareness of Gorak’s dangerous behavior, Newark’s Vicar General, now-Bishop Arthur Serratelli, provided the Diocese of Orlando with a sworn affidavit that Gorak was fit for ministry in Orlando. At deposition, Serratelli testified that he never even reviewed Gorak’s file, which contained evidence of the prior complaints.
In Florida, Gorak terrorized Jane Doe, following her everywhere, breaking into her home, and ultimately sexually assaulting her. He was convicted of stalking Jane Doe in 2005.
Gorak has never been laicized and remains a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark. He has legally changed his named to Walter Fisher
Jane Doe is 55 years old. She resides in Ireland with her husband. Her attorneys are Adam Horowitz and Jessica Arbour of the Miami law firm Mermelstein & Horowitz.
The amount of the settlement is confidential.
Documents from Gorak’s file and the deposition transcripts of the Newark officials will be available at the news conference and at http://jessicaarbour.blogspot.com.
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