Delbarton Sues Attorney Representing Sexual Abuse Victim

Attorneys for Morris Township-based Catholic school claim Gregory Gianforcaro's disclosure of 1988 lawsuit was breach of confidentiality agreement.

The Delbarton School has filed a lawsuit against the attorney representing several clients who have come out against sexual abuses by priests at the school, according to an article in The Star-Ledger.

Gregory Gianforcaro, a Phillipsburg-based lawyer, is accused by the Order of St. Benedict of New Jersey—which oversees the Morris Township-based Catholic school—of violating a confidentiality agreement put in place as part of a 1988 settlement following Monk Timothy Brennan's guilty plea of sexual assault against a then-teenage boy at the school, according to the article.

The suit, made public on Thursday, accuses the attorney of using the case as a way toward personal gain, according to the article.

In June, during a press conference in front of the Morris County Courthouse, Gianforcaro said his client wanted to break the silence that has been legally required of him for 24 years. The confidentiality agreement was, according to the school and abbey's attorneys at the time, in the best interests of the school, Brennan and the student whom Brennan had admitted in court to abusing.

"John Doe," as his client has been publicly named, actually first expressed desire to speak about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Brennan in 2002. That prompted a swift response from Delbarton's and St. Mary's Abbey legal representation at the time.

"'Our potential damages are very real here,'" Gianforcaro quoted the statement from their legal team at the time during the press conference. "'We will vigorously seek to enforce the confidentiality provision.'"

As the case is more than two decades old, and the victim already received compensation at the time, Gianforcaro noted in June that "John Doe" was not looking for any additional monetary compensation, simply the ability to speak publicly about his abuse.

Walter O. November 16, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I would agree with you, except that in this case Gianforcaro makes this request 24 years later!?!? Sounds like they are looking for more hush money! I'm skeptic and I/we know lawyers! I really hope John Doe can one day find peace and be able to get pass this horrible tragedy. But in this case, I really think the lawyer is helping no one but himself!
C K Corcoran November 17, 2012 at 06:58 PM
While I usually would agree - get the truth out. There was hush money given 24 yrs ago & as part of that settlement, there was a confidentiality clause. If the information which was used to gain the settle is shared now, the hush money from the original settlement should be given back, plus 24 years of interest (rule of 12...---so its a significantly larger amount of money now).
Christina November 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Why should there even be hush money???? Shouldn't everyone know what is going on? Insane!
Henry Krinkle November 19, 2012 at 09:26 AM
Exactly correct, Christina. The Delbarton officials didn't use their noggins back then, and all these years later, obviously there still has been no lesson learned here...and from a SCHOOL no less! Absolutely despicable.
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