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

Robert Zasacki held a position at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Ridgewood
Robert Zasacki held a position at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Ridgewood Photo Credit: Our Lady of Mount 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.

The Paterson Diocese on Wednesday released its list of priests accused of sexual abuse but didn't identify their parishes.

Click here for the list of accused priests with Morris County ties.

Here are the accused priests with Bergen and Passaic ties from the Newark list:

  • James T. Benedetto: Our Lady of Lourdes, Mountainside Assumption, Emerson
  • John X. Bergeur: Our Lady of the Visitation, Paramus
  • John C. Bouton: Holy Rosary, Edgewater
  • Michael Campanlonga: Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, Assumption, Emerson, St. Anthony, Northvale
  • John Capparelli: Temporary Chaplain - Valley Hospital, Ridgewood
  • Peter Cheplic: St. Matthew, Ridgefield
  • Dennis Cocozza: St. Mary, Dumont, Sacred Heart, Rochelle Park, Paramus Catholic HS,Paramus
  • Joseph DiPeri: Our Lady of Mt. Virgin, Garfield, St. Cecilia School, Englewood
  • Thomas F. Duffy: Our Lady of Peace, North Arlington, St. Michael's, Palisades Park
  • David Ernst: St. Elizabeth, Wyckoff
  • John Flanagan: Holy Rosary, Edgewater
  • Michael C. Fugee: Sacred Heart, Rochelle Park, St. Elizabeth, Wyckoff
  • William Giblin: St. Peter the Apostle, River Edge, St. Mary, Rutherford, Queen of Peace, N. Arlington
  • Robert Gibney: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Ridgewood, St. Mary, Dumont
  • Augustine Giella: St. Catherine, Glen Rock, Epiphany, Cliffside Park, Holy Trinity, Hackensack
  • Alan Guglielmo: Sacred Heart, Lyndhurst 
  • Kevin Gugliotta: Immaculate Conception, Mahwah, Ramapo College, Mahwah, St. Elizabeth, Wyckoff
  • Charles Hartling: St. Mary, Rutherford, St. Elizabeth, Wyckoff
  • Eugene Heyndricks: St. John the Baptist, Fairview, Our Lady of Mercy, Park Ridge, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Ridgewood
  • Charles Hudson: Chaplain - Holy Name Hospital , Teaneck, Our Lady of Mercy, Park Ridge
  • John Komar: St. Matthew, Ridgefield, Chaplain - Englewood Hospital, Englewood, Chaplain - Valley Hospital, Ridgewood. St. Margaret of Cortona, Little Ferry, St. Philip the Apostle, Saddle Brook
  • Francis T. Maione: St. Pius X, Old Tappan, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mahwah, Our Lady of the Visitation, Paramus
  • Robert Marotta: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Lyndhurst
  • William McCann: St. Francis, Ridgefield Park
  • Richard Mieliwocki: Most Holy Name, Garfield, Nativity, Midland Park
  • John Morel: Chaplain - Hackensack Hospital, Hackensack, Nativity, Midland Park
  • St. Andrew, Westwood
  • Robert Morel: Our Lady Of the Visitation, Paramus, St. Peter the Apostle, River Edge
  • John Nickas: Most Blessed Sacrament, Franklin Lakes
  • Michael O'Brien: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Lyndhurst, Our Lady of Mt. Virgin, Garfield
  • Thomas H. Reilly: St. Mary, Paterson
  • Jesus Orlando Rengifo: Holy Trinity, Hackensack
  • Joseph Rice: Chaplain - Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus
  • Mario Salazar: Chaplain - Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, Carmelite Chapel Of St. Therese, Paramus
  • Thomas Stanford: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Oakland, St. Margaret of Cortona, Little Ferry. St. Luke, Ho-Ho-Kus
  • Edward Stanely: St.John, Bergenfield
  • Robert Stauffer: St. Francis, Ridgefield Park. Assumption, Emerson
  • Gerald Sudol: St. Francis of Assisi, Ridgefield Park, Mount St. Andrew Villa, Paramus
  • Michael M. Walters: St. Matthew, Ridgefield, Sacred Heart, Haworth
  • Robert Zasacki: St. Francis De Sales, Lodi, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Ridgewood

"We express genuine sorrow and regret to the victims who put their trust in a member of the Church only to have that trust so profoundly betrayed," Tobin said.

"We must protect our children, first, foremost, and always."

"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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