Two more clergy sex abuse cases to be filed against Benedictine monastery
- Two more clergy sex abuse cases to be filed against Benedictine monastery
- Four men allege sexual abuse by priests from Delbarton School/St Mary’s Abbey
Several clergy sex abuse victims, their supporters and members of SNAP will gather to announce the filing of two new complaints of child molestation and cover up involving two more clerics at the prominent Delbarton School.
Tuesday, June 5th at 11:30AM
Front steps of the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown, New Jersey
Corner of Washington and Court Streets, Morristown
An existing complaint, filed in March of 2012 against Delbarton School, Saint Mary's Abbey and the Order of Saint Benedict, named Father Luke Travers and Father Justin Capato. The amended complaint, to be filed Tuesday, names two new clergy perpetrators, Father Timothy Brennan and Father Benedict Worry. The complaint is being filed on behalf of two more victims who claim they were abused while students at Delbarton School. Father Timothy Brennan plead guilty in 1987 to aggravated sexual contact with a 15-year-old Delbarton student. He no longer lives at the abbey. Father Benedict Worry is the current pastor at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Linden, New Jersey. Worry was previously a chaplain at Rider University. Before joining Saint Mary's Abbey, Worry was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary monastery in Reno, Nevada. The amended complaint also refers to others at Saint Mary's Abbey who had knowledge of misconduct by members of the Saint Mary’s monastic community. On Tuesday, one victim will assert that Father Giles Hayes and Father Elias Lorenzo were among those who knew of misconduct.
The Benedictine order runs several all boy schools throughout the country
Delbarton School graduate Steve Badt, a resident of Washington DC, along with Bill and Tom Crane (on whose behalf the original complaint was filed in March) will attend the press conference. The fourth victim will not be present at the conference but a statement will be read on his behalf.
The victims are represented by Attorney Greg Gianforcaro of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, who has represented dozens and dozens of adults abused as children in institutional settings.
(w) 908-859-2200, (c) 908-310-4624
Mark Crawford, Director, NJ SNAP, 732-632-7687, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Marker, Victims Advocate, 973-722-0719, email@example.com
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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