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Dozens Of Morris County Priests Accused Of Sexual Abuse, NJ Diocese Reveals

William Cramer was assigned to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Boonton.
William Cramer was assigned to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Boonton. Photo Credit: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel FACEBOOK

The Catholic Church in New Jersey on Wednesday released a list of allegedly abusive priests.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the archbishop of Newark, in November announced there would be a "complete review" of abuse allegations and establishment of a victim compensation fund and counseling program.

The list follows a two-year investigation that found more than 1,000 victims spanning 70 years -- along with evidence of a coverup by some church leaders ( click here for the list of accused priests with Bergen County ties ).

Here are the accused priests with Morris County ties:

Absalom Coutinho

  • St. Jude, Budd Lake
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Boonton
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, Wayne
  • Annunciation, Wayne

Allen Stepien

  • St. Rose of Lima, East Hanover
  • Assumption, Morristown
  • St. Anthony, Hawthorne
  • St. Philip, Clifton
  • St. Mark, Long Valley

Augustine Giella

  • St. Catherine, Glen Rock
  • Epiphany, Cliffside Park
  • Our Lady Of Sorrows, Jersey City
  • Holy Trinity, Hackensack
  • St. Joseph's Church, Hanover
  • St. John the Evangelist, Enhaut

Charles Bradley

  • St. John Cathedral, Paterson
  • Neumann House, Wayne
  • Faculty, Paterson Catholic High School, Paterson
  • Faculty/Chaplain, Bayley-Ellard High School, Madison
  • Our Lady of Consolation, Wayne
  • Faculty, DePaul Catholic High School, Wayne

Marcin Nurek

  • St. Catherine of Siena, Mountain Lakes

Francis Dennehy

  • Our Lady of Victories, Paterson
  • Chaplain U.S. Navy
  • Assumption, Morristown
  • Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital, Paterson
  • St. Nicholas, Passaic
  • St. Vincent DePaul, Stirling
  • St. Therese, Paterson
  • St. Pius X, Montville
  • St. Thomas, Ogdensburg
  • St. Christopher, Parsippany
  • Immaculate Conception, Franklin
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Chaplain, Wayne General Hospital and Chilton Hospital, Wayne

George Costigan

  • Chaplain, Dover General Hospital, Dover

James Hanley

  • St. Andrew, Clifton
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel, Pompton Plains
  • St. Christopher, Parsippany
  • St. Joseph, Mendham
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, Wayne
  • In service, Diocese of Albany

James A.D. Smith

  • St. Anthony, Hawthorne
  • Holy Family, Florham Park
  • Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital
  • St. Monica, Sussex (summer assistant)
  • Our Lady of Victories, Paterson
  • St. Monica, Sussex
  • St. Christopher, Parsippany
  • St. Rose of Lima, East Hanover
  • St. Patrick, Chatham
  • St. George, Paterson
  • St. Therese, Succasunna

John Derricks

  • St. Joseph, Paterson
  • Holy Spirit, Pequannock
  • Assumption, Morristown

John Heekin

  • St. Mary, Paterson
  • St. Pius X, Montville
  • St. Therese, Paterson
  • Faculty, Bayley-Ellard High School, Madison
  • Faculty, Pope Pius XII High School, Passaic
  • Immaculate Conception, Franklin
  • Holy Cross, Wayne

John Pisarcik

  • Teacher, Morris Catholic High School, Denville – Residence at St. Pius X, Montville
  • St. Cecelia, Rockaway
  • Principal, Neumann Prep, Wayne
  • Principal, Morris Catholic High School, Denville
  • St. Cecelia, Rockaway
  • Faculty, Christ the King Seminary, E. Aurora, NY
  • Vice Principal, Bayley-Ellard High School, Madison
  • Chaplain, St. Francis Health Resort Complex, Denville
  • Sacred Heart, Rockaway

John Sutton

  • St. Andrew, Clifton
  • St. Agnes, Paterson
  • Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Swartswood
  • St. Patrick, Chatham
  • Excardinated/Incardinated Diocese of Palm Beach

John Wall

  • St. Virgil, Morris Plains
  • Chaplain, St. Mary Hospital, Passaic
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace, Branchville

Peter McBride

  • St. Virgil, Morris Plains
  • St. Clare, Clifton
  • St. Peter, Parsippany
  • St. Andrew, Clifton

Ralph Sodano

  • St. Brendan, Clifton
  • Diocesan Director of Catholic Scouting
  • Teacher, Pope Pius XII High School, Passaic
  • St. Rose of Lima, East Hanover
  • Chaplain, United States Navy
  • Sacred Heart, Dover
  • Our Lady of the Mountain, Long Valley

Ronald Tully

  • Faculty, Pope Pius High School, Passaic
  • Director, Pope Pius High School, Passaic
  • Vice Principal/Teacher, Pope Pius High School, Passaic
  • Co Principal, Pope Pius High School, Passaic
  • St. Rose of Lima, East Hanover
  • Immaculate Conception, Franklin
  • St. Joseph, Lincoln Park
  • Sacred Heart, Dover

Stanislaus Durka

  • St. Virgil, Morris Plains
  • St. Joseph, Passaic
  • St. Stephen, Paterson
  • St. Joseph, Passaic
  • St. Thomas, Ogdensburg

William Cramer

  • Our Lady of the Lake, Sparta
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Boonton
  • Chaplain, St. Joseph Hospital, Paterson

William Winston

  • Corpus Christi, Chatham
  • St. Patrick, Chatham
  • Assumption, Morristown
  • St. Virgil, Morris Plains

"While this is a positive first step towards transparency and accountability, I hope this spirit of openness continues during the course of our ongoing investigation and in response to our requests for records and information," state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said.

"Despite the recent actions by the dioceses, our investigation remains ongoing because no institution or individual is immune from accountability," Grewal said. "We know from the hundreds of calls that we have received over our tip line that there are many others who were abused as children and as adults, both by diocesan clergy and clergy members in various religious orders.

"The investigative work of the task force continues so that we may assure that all survivors of clergy abuse are heard and all abusers and institutions are held accountable for their acts.

"To this end, we anticipate taking criminal action wherever appropriate and releasing comprehensive information at the conclusion of our investigation."

The attorney general urged survivors and others with information to contact his office's toll-free tip line, 855-363-6548, which he said is staffed around the clock by trained professionals.

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