Fr. Manus Duffy – Diocese of Paterson

| Jun 23, 2021 | Abuser Profiles, Catholic Church

Father Manus Duffy

Diocese of Paterson

Ordained: 1969

Left priesthood: 1989

Dead: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1967-1987: Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Manus Duffy:

Fr. Manus Duffy was a teacher and the headmaster of discipline at Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey. He is one of three monks in which allegations have been made against connecting him to a sexual abuse case.

In 2021, according to media reports, a former star athlete and football player at Delbarton School in Morris County has filed a lawsuit against the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey, which runs the Delbarton School, claiming three monks sexually abused him as a teenager in the 1970s. The lawsuit identifies the monks as three men who have since died — the Rev. Manus Duffy, Br. Jonathan Michael Hunt and the Rev. Bruno Ugliano.

The victim claims the abuse took place in the 1970s when he was 13-14 years old. The abuse is said to have occurred more than 150 times in the 1977-1978 school year in bathroom stalls, a school office, a classroom, and on a retreat to the Jersey Shore, according to the complaint, filed in Superior Court of Morris County.

The lawsuit alleges that the victim was abused by Duffy, who was known to fondle and massage him and other students in classroom settings. Additionally, Duffy was accused of raping the victim twice during an overnight retreat on the New Jersey Shore.

Duffy died in 2008.

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