RELIGION

Lawsuit against Newark Archdiocese, parish claims ex-priest sexually abused minor

BY Raven Santana, Correspondent |

An attorney representing an alleged victim of child sex abuse filed a civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Newark, former Archbishop John Myers and a church in Scotch Plains.

Attorney Gregory Gianforcaro held a news conferences outside St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church, where former priest Kevin Gugliotta served as head of youth ministry in the early 2000s.

The lawsuit alleges that in 2004, Gugliotta began sexually abusing Gianforcaro’s client – who was 14 at the time.

In February, Gugliotta was named on the Roman Catholic Dioceses of New Jersey’s list of 188 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.

“These individuals who ran these dioceses in the past need to be held accountable,” said Gianforcarlo. “I think it starts with Cardinal Tobin taking action against Archbishop Myers.”

Gugliotta was removed from ministry in 2016 after he plead guilty in Pennsylvania to child pornography charges. He served a two-year prison sentence and is now under supervision by the state of Pennsylvania, according to Gianforcarlo.

The Newark Archdiocese issued a statement expressing “sincere regret to all victims” and noted the archdiocese was taking steps to laicize Gugliotta prior to this allegation.