MORRISTOWN, N. J. – the Leaders of a Catholic order in New Jersey said in a letter posted on the website of the 30 people have come forward and alleged sexual abuse by the monks or lay faculty affiliated with a private school.
In a joint letter written to the community on July 20, the head of St. Mary’s Abbey and the Delbarton school headmaster said that the order had settled eight lawsuits with alleged victims, while seven others were pending.
The abuse would have taken place, while many of the victims were students at Delbarton School in Morristown, which is managed by the Order of St.-Benedict of New Jersey. Other reports were made by a parishioner of the St. James Church in Basking Ridge and former students of the St. elisabeth of Hungary School in Linden and by the sons of a former Delbarton School employee.
The letter said that the reported attack happened between 1968 and 1999, and involved 13 monks and a lay teacher.
Alleged victims began to come forward in 1988, and the officials said in the letter that the school reported the allegations to the Morris County prosecutor’s office. The public prosecutor’s office declined to comment on the investigation to various news media.
The office indictment in one of the cases against the Rev. Timothy Brennan. He was convicted of aggravated sexual contact with a 15-year-old Delbarton student three decades ago. According to the court documents, Brennan admitted to the abuse of 50 boys.
They say the settlement money is paid by the insurance, not donations, and that the settlements do not prohibit victims from speaking in public, if they want to share that with their allegations of abuse.