These Priests Were Accused of Abuse and Were in the Camden Diocese

| May 25, 2021 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Last month on this blog we discussed how extensive clergy sex crimes and cover ups seem to be in the Camden diocese.

But it seems, on closer examination, it is even worse than we initially suspected.

We at Horowitz Law have taken a closer look at the Camden diocese ‘credibly accused list.’ Not surprisingly, we found some accused priests who were in the Camden area but are not on that list. They are listed below:

(Church officials may claim that some of these are not ‘credible’ allegations. Regardless, these men have been accused of abuse and been ‘outed’ elsewhere and in some cases they appear on other lists of “credibly accused” clergy).

Fr. John H. Duggan, a Jesuit who worked at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. His name is included on the Scranton PA diocesan ‘credibly accused’ list.

He also worked in the dioceses of Albany, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and in Nigeria.

Fr. John J. Sheehan, who worked at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May and is on the Marianists’ ‘credibly accused’ list.

He was ordained in 1961, defrocked in 1997 and also worked in Maryland and New York.

Fr. Augustus Scott, who worked in the 1970s at the provincial office of the Order of Friars Minor in the Camden diocese. At least one child sex abuse lawsuit against him, involving a 16 year old, was settled.

He reportedly now lives in North Carolina.

Fr. Marjan L. Bober, who was accused of abusing at least one child in a 1994 RICO petition.

He worked at St. Joseph’s in Camden, St. Gregory in Magnolia, St. John’s in Collingswood, St. John the Baptist in Camden, Our Lady of the Lakes in Collings Lakes, St. Cecilia’s in Pennsauken and Assumption in Atco, all in the Camden diocese. Later, he spent time in two Florida towns: Palm Bay and Melbourne.


Fr. Laserian Nwoga, who was accused, in a civil suit, of fondling a 17 year old New Jersey girl in a rectory in 2001.

Church officials claimed that the episode was not criminal abuse but was “clearly inappropriate and unwelcome.” They then transferred him to a chaplain’s post at Underwood Hospital in Woodbury.

In the Camden diocese, he worked at St. Peter in Pleasantville, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Berlin, St. Patrick in Woodbury and Vianney Villa in Cherry Hill.

He was also in Kuwait, Japan, Mississippi (Biloxi diocese) and Texas (Selma and Cibolo in the San Antonio archdiocese).

Fr. William C. O’Connell, who was accused of abusing kids in Rhode Island and in the Camden diocese at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May. He retired to Camden after pleading guilty to sexual assault and making child porn.

He is on the Providence diocesan ‘credibly accused’ list.’Connell_William_C.htm

–Fr. Charles Beausang, who was publicly ‘outed’ earlier this year when a lawsuit settlement was announced. He reportedly abused a nine-year-old boy at Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Atlantic City.

He also worked in Merchantville, Haddonfield, Mays Landing, Northfield, West Collingswood, Avalon, Gloucester City and Northfield (all in the Camden diocese) before moving to Port Charlotte and Murdock in the Venice, Florida diocese.

Here are the Camden priests who ARE on the official diocesan ‘credibly accused’ list:

Joseph Barber, Claude J. Bender, John P. Bernard, Henry S. Blaszczynski, John F. Bloh, John D. Bohrer, Joseph J. Brennan, William B. Cannon, Gerald P. Clements, Norman T. Connelly, John P. Connor, Michael H. D’Amico, Charles J. Davis, Kenneth Demarest, Vincent A. Doyle, Eldridge T. Evans, Francis J. Flemming, John E. Follett, A. Richard Gerbino, Edward Gillespie, Roy T. Hardin, Thomas M. Harkins, James F. Hopkins, Frank X. Hudson, A. William Johnson, John P. Kelly, Charles E. Kuhl, Edward Lucano, Dermott F. Lyons, Patrick J. Madden, Phillip A. Matthews, Francis A. McCloskey, Charles P. McColgan, John J. McElroy, Joseph McGarvey, Francis J. McLaughlin, Joseph Orsini, Peter J. Osinski, Timothy E. Pisik, Walter T. Reilly, Dennis J. Rigney,  Glendon E. Robertson, James Ryan, Francis L. Salamandra, Robert J. Schmid, Augustine J. Seidenburg, Joseph E. Shannon, Donal Sheehan, John E. Smith, Walter Smith, Antoine St. Germain, Brendan V. Sullivan, William D. Titmas, Alfred J. Vasapolli and Patrick J. Weaver.