Rockville Centre Diocese Sexual Abuse
Diocese of Rockville Centre Files for Bankruptcy: On October 1, 2020, the Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for bankruptcy. We have helped hundreds of abuse survivors pursue claims in other Catholic bankruptcies, including the current Dioceses of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. The bankruptcy does not mean abuse survivors will receive no compensation from the Diocese of Rockville Centre — the bankruptcy simply puts a “pause” on the current lawsuits against the Diocese while a bankruptcy judge decides a fair way to use its assets to compensate abuse survivors and others. We have put together a “frequently asked questions” based on our experience in other cases, which you can read by clicking here.
Most importantly, the bankruptcy judge will set a “bar date deadline” for abuse survivors to file claims in the bankruptcy. The deadline may be significantly shorter than the statute of limitations, including the statute of limitations under the Child Victims Act. If an abuse survivor fails to file a claim by the bar date deadline their claim may be forever “barred” and they may receive no compensation, even if they claim they were not aware of the deadline. Please contact us to learn your options and to make sure your legal rights are protected.
First Lawsuit Filed Against the Diocese of Rockville Centre: On August 14, 2019, seven of our clients filed one of the first lawsuits against the Diocese of Rockville Centre and some of its parishes under the Child Victims Act. You can read our clients’ lawsuit by clicking this link: D’Estries et al. v. Diocese of Rockville Centre et al. You can also read one of our client’s stories by clicking this link: He Says a Priest Abused Him. 50 Years Later, He Can Now Sue.
We represent a number of people who were sexually abused within the Diocese of Rockville Center. Over 50 priests of the Diocese have been accused of childhood sexual abuse, but many of the allegations were not investigated because of New York’s outdated statute of limitations. If you want to learn your legal options, please contact us.
The following list of priests who have faced abuse allegations was compiled from different sources, including news reports. Please know some of the allegations are disputed by the individuals listed below. Where possible we have provided a summary of the allegations and a list of the individual’s known assignments.
By default the list below is sorted by the priest’s last name. You can also sort the list by first name.
Please know the list is not intended to be exhaustive — there are likely priests and others in the Diocese of Rockville Center who abused children but who are not listed below.