UNION, NJ — The Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday released a list of 63 priests “credibly accused” of sexual abuse. Among those listed on the website are three priests who served at churches in Union.
According to the list, Kevin Gugliotta and Charles Hartling both served at Holy Spirit Church and Alan Guglielmo served at St. Michael’s Church.
“In an effort to do what is right and just,” read Tobin’s letter, “we are publishing the names of diocesan clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Archdiocese of Newark.” The letter says the list is the result of an extensive review of Archdiocesan records dating back to 1940. All names were previously reported to law enforcement.
Gugliotta is listed as having multiple victims with child pornography. Gugliotta has been “permanently removed from ministry”. He was ordained in 1996.
According to an article by TAPinto Union in October, 2016, Gugliotta was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography that month. Gugliotta was arrested in Wayne County, PA with 20 allegations against the priest for possession and distribution of photographs or video of children in sex acts. The activities allegedly took place on Gulgiotta's personal computer at his vacation home in Pennsylvania.
Rev. Armand Mantia of Holy Spirit said Gugliotta had served in the parish for less than two weeks. Mantia said Gugliotta said Mass on two Sundays before he was removed.
Hartling, ordained in 1979, is deceased. He is listed as having multiple victims. Mantia said Hartling has not been at Holy Spirit for at least 15 years and that he (Mantia) did not know him. Mantia did say, however, that Hartling was very well loved and highly regarded by parishioners and “people that still speak of him do so fondly.”
“One accusation against anyone is one too many,” added Mantia.
Guglielmo, who served for an unknown period of time at St. Michael’s Church, was ordained in 1968. According to the information provided by Tobin, Guglielmo had one victim and has been “permanently removed from ministry”. A call to St. Michael’s Church for additional information about Guglielmo’s service was not returned.
“It is our sincerest hope that this disclosure will help bring healing to those whose lives have been so deeply violated,” read Tobin’s letter. “On behalf of the Church, I beg your forgiveness.”
Shortly after the Archdiocese of Newark released names of the accused, the Catholic Diocese of Trenton, Paterson, Metuchen and Camden, released names of accused priests, who served in their jurisdictions.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal in a statement Wednesday said his office has gotten hundreds of calls on its tip line from people abused as children and as adults since his office launched its investigation last September into allegations of sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses in the state.
“While this is a positive first step toward 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,” Grewal said.
The Newark Archdiocese list shows that in addition to serving in Union, the priests served in numerous other parishes:
In addition to St. Michael’s Church, Alan Guglielmo served at Immaculate Conception, Secaucus; St. Anthony of Padua; Newark Chaplain - Columbus Hospital, Newark; Chaplain - St. Michael Medical Center, Newark; St. Valentine, Bloomfield Chaplain; Mountainside Hospital; Montclair Chaplain - Clara Maas Hospital; Belleville Sacred Heart; Lyndhurst Chaplain, St. Mary Hospital, Hoboken; St. Mary, Jersey City; Spiritual Director; CYO Hudson; Jersey City Chaplain - Hudson Catholic Regional HS; Jersey City St. Aedan's the St. Peter's University Church, Jersey City; Roselle Catholic, Roselle; Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark; St. Helen, Westfield; Assumption, Roselle Park
Charles Hartling also served at St. Mary, Rutherford and St. Elizabeth, Wyckoff.
In addition to serving at Holy Spirit Church, Kevin Gugliotta served at Immaculate Conception, Mahwah; Ramapo College, Mahwah; St. Bartholomew, Scotch Plains; St. Joseph, West Orange; St. Elizabeth, Wyckoff; St. Rose of Lima, Short Hills.
Survivors and others with information pertaining to priests’ sexual abuse are asked to contact the attorney general’s toll-free tip line at 855-363-6548.