Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Saint Francis Prep Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Update

 Hi Readers,

As you know, it's been a while since I blogged so I thought I would give you all an update on the child sex abuse lawsuits against St. Francis Prep. The pandemic brought the courts to a standstill in NY for over a year, but they opened up again for jury trials this week.  The lawsuits against SFP will proceed now at a quicker pace. 

This article was published on yesterday:  It says that SFP has more Child Victims Act child sex abuse cases filed against it than any other Catholic school in the Brooklyn Diocese. Is anyone surprised? 

According to the article, SFP has 21 cases filed against it as of December, 2020. Just an FYI, the statutory filing window for the Child Victims Act does not close until August 14, 2021. So if you are a victim and would like to make a claim, there is still plenty of time for you to do so. The attorney handling most of the cases against SFP is David Oddo of Oddo & Babat. Here is a link to the firm's website: . David is a former prosecutor and Past President of the NYS Trial Lawyers Association. You can call for a free consultation at 646-828-1980.

I want to close by saying something about my book, Controlled Burn. The book is a blueprint for suing St. Francis Prep for child sex abuse. It connects a lot of dots, names a lot of people, and will generally help many plaintiffs with the criteria they need to meet to have a successful lawsuit against the school. 

I'll be back with another blog when there's more to report. Until then, much love and good luck to you all.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Saint Francis Prep Child Victims Act Lawsuits Update - the Number of Lawsuits Continues to Climb

UPDATE 9/27/2109: David Oddo's firm filed a TENTH lawsuit under the Child Victims Act against SFP today. This was the second complaint alleging sexual abuse by former teacher BR. DOMINIC QUIGLEY.

David Oddo's law firm filed a ninth lawsuit against SFP. This was the third complaint alleging sexual abuse by former principal BR. MICHAEL MORAN. Also, several alumni have contacted David and offered to be witnesses in the various cases and/or provided him with important information. If you would like to share anything regarding the abuses, or the horrific cover-up spanning decades, please contact David or his Associate Attorney, Darren Seilback, at 212-642-0950. 

Also, at a hearing last week, the plaintiffs were granted Jane/John Doe status so they can proceed to sue anonymously.

Thursday, September 5, 2019


UPDATED 9/12/19: All the current plaintiffs were granted Jane or John Doe status by the judge. 
UPDATED 9/10/2019: Today, a second lawsuit alleging sexual assault by former St. Francis Prep principal BR. MICHAEL MORAN was filed. A second lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by former teacher and assistant football coach ROBERT STENGER was also recently filed against SFP. This second suit regarding Stenger describes abuse by Stenger occurring in 1990's; the first describes abuse by Stenger occurring in the 1960's. So far attorney David Oddo's firm has filed 8 SFP child sexual abuse cases under the Child Victims Act. David is attempting to file all cases as Jane or John Doe so that plaintiffs can remain anonymous. If you were abused by Br. Michael Moran, Robert Stenger or any teacher or staff member at SFP please call David or his Associate, Darren Seilback, at 212-642-0950. David is a former ADA for Nassau County and the Immediate Past President of the NYS Trial Lawyers Association.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Four Lawsuits Filed Against St. Francis Prep Alleging Child Sexual Abuse by These Brothers



Four lawsuits have been filed so far by attorneys Okun, Oddo, and Babat against Saint Francis Preparatory School under the NY Child Victims Act that went into effect this week. Four plaintiffs allege child sexual abuse by Br. Michael Moran, Br. Dominic Quigley, Br. Joe Mussa, and Br. DeSales Pergola.

The abuse by these Brothers spans four decades. 

If you have been abused by an employee of St. Francis Prep please call attorney David Oddo at 212-642-0950.

More lawsuits are coming. 

Saturday, June 1, 2019


It's been a while, but well worth the wait, stress, tears, and hard work. The Child Victims Act was signed into law in NY earlier this year, and as of this coming August 14th, child sexual abuse survivors of any age will have one year to file lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions that harbored them.

So...I have been working closely with David Oddo, Esq., who is the President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He's also a former Nassau County Assistant District Attorney. He has been an advocate for the Child Victims Act for years, and he is a good man.

If you are interested in pursuing a claim against St. Francis Prep or any other school, please reach out to him at 212-642-0950. He has already been retained by several former St. Francis Prep students.

Here's the link to his firm's website:

If you need me for any reason, please contact me at

Good luck, everybody.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Jason Berlin of Venture Pursuit is a Rapist Who Is Going to Prison

UPDATE: Here is his sentencing! This piece of garbage got 8 years in prison!

We first blogged about shady real estate investor Jason Berlin of Venture Pursuit in the summer of 2015, before he was charged with rape: Jason Berlin: Real Estate Panther or Punk?

Well, he pled guilty and is going to state prison in CA for at least five to eight years and must register as a sex offender: Jason Berlin Guilty of Rape

In case you are interested, here is is original blog about the night he raped the woman who pressed charges against him: Jason Berlin's rape blog

What a disgusting, evil man. Thank God he is going to jail.

We get emails from all over the country from homeowners being contacted by Venture Pursuit. Usually, a man named Eddie Goss, who is Venture Pursuit's "Acquisition Specialist" will call a homeowner out of the blue and make an offer. What seems to be happening is that the homeowner will Google Venture Pursuit, and find our previous blog about Jason Berlin. The homeowner will then write to us and ask if they should even entertain the offer.

Given this man's track record, would you?

Jason Berlin's sentencing is in May. We will keep you posted.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

St. Francis Prep President Brother Leonard Conway Is a Travel Agent With Julio Travel in Elmhurst, and other Good Info

Well, a lot of people are reading my book about St. Francis Prep. It's gone out of stock three times now and is getting excellent reviews on Amazon. Here's the link, if you're interested: Controlled Burn: Exposing Child Sex Abuse and Corruption at America's Largest Private Catholic High School .

As is always the case when I write anything, more people have contacted me about predators who worked at the school, and corruption at Prep, since my book came out.

One gentleman who is a graduate of the Class of 1981 contacted me about the sex abuse cover up for the former principal, Brother Michael Moran. He was present in a meeting with Brother Leonard in 1985. This is his statement:

" I read the recent post by John Gerrard on SFP’s Facebook page, and was heartbroken, but glad that he had the courage to come forward in such a public forum. I wish him the best as he continues on his journey for justice. In light of that post, I thought I would share a story with you.
I am a 1981 graduate of SFP. In 1980, my junior year, Brother Richard McCann came on the loudspeaker and announced that Brother Michael Moran was ill, and would no longer continue as principal; Brother Richard told us that he himself would take over the reins. Later, we were told that Brother Michael had had a nervous breakdown, and could no longer function in his job.
The rumors began almost instantaneously – Brother Michael had molested a freshman boy and had been arrested, but the charges were “made to go away” by the Franciscan powers-that-be. A number of classmates had relatives in the NYPD, and they reported that the rumors about the arrest were true. The rumors also were that Brother Michael was sent to Ireland for “treatment.”
I remember thinking at the time that the rumors were likely true, because it was such an unusual tale, and I thought it would be odd for someone to make something like that up. The rumors persisted in the weeks that followed, but no further information was forthcoming.
I remember one day, outside the west side of the library, I had a conversation about the incident with Father Cooney, the SFP chaplain at the time and a very close friend of Brother Michael. I asked Father Cooney about whether the rumors were true. I liked Father Cooney because he was always smiling and had a very nice disposition. That day, however, he got angry, red-faced, and loudly berated me for spreading such rumors (even though all I did was ask him if the rumors were true).
The matter more or less died down and I continued my education at SFP, graduating in June 1981.
I really never thought much about the incident until it resurfaced sometime in 1985 or 1986.
Anyhow, I had a friend at the time (let’s call him Billy), who also had attended SFP, but transferred to another high school before the Brother Michael incident. One day, Billy said to me, “Remember the story you once told me about Brother Michael Moran? - well I have a friend (let’s call him Sam) that knows Brother Michael and is having similar problems with him.”
Billy proceeds to tell me that Sam is a freshman at Hofstra University in Long Island, and that Brother Michael is the campus minister. Apparently, Sam was in a sexual “relationship” with Brother Michael and was extremely bothered by it and wanted to talk to someone. So, Billy set up a meeting where I could talk to Sam.
I met Sam shortly thereafter, and he told me the following story. Sam recently admitted to himself that he was gay, was having problems with it, and was not comfortable with who he was. He went to see Brother Michael, the campus minister, to talk about the issues he was having with his sexuality. After a number of meetings, the relationship turned sexual, and Brother Michael would take Sam along on religious retreats, where the two of them would have sex. Brother Michael told Sam that the sex was “therapy” to help him deal with his sexuality. Sam felt bad about it, and felt he was being taken advantage of, but did not know how to stop it. I asked Sam if he ever had heard about the 1980 incident where Brother Michael molested the SFP student. Sam told me that yes, he knew about it, and that Brother Michael told him the story and admitted his misconduct.
Although the two incidents were not exactly similar (because Sam was an adult [barely] whereas the SFP student was a minor), but they were sufficiently similar to cause me concern. We have a campus minister having sex with a student and telling him that the sex was therapy. It was outrageous misconduct, and Brother Michael had to be removed.
The next day, I called SFP and asked to speak to Brother Leonard Conway, the principal at the time. I told Brother Leonard what Sam had told me – that Brother Michael was sexually involved with (and took advantage of) a Hofstra student that sought only spiritual guidance. I also told him that Brother Michael had told Sam about his culpability in the 1980 incident. Brother Leonard asked me to come into SFP to meet with him in person.
A few days later, I showed up at SFP for my meeting with Brother Leonard. My friend Billy was with me, but Sam did not want to go (he was too scared.) When I went into the room, there were about 5 or 6 people with Brother Leonard. Several of them were higher-ups in the Franciscan organization, and there were two lawyers as well.
So, I proceeded to repeat the whole story. When I finished, Brother Leonard said, “Thank you for coming in.” I said, “Is that it? What are you going to do? You have to get this man removed from Hofstra.” Someone, I don’t recall who, told me these were just allegations. Tellingly, not one of them ever even asked to meet with Sam, or otherwise asked for his contact information.
I persisted, and told them that they had to take immediate steps to have Brother Michael removed, and that I would not back down. The discussion became heated at that point, and I again was told that these were just allegations.
And then, they threatened me. One of the lawyers told me that if I continued to make these allegations, I would be sued for slander. Knowing a little bit about the law of defamation, I said, “Well, truth is an absolute defense to slander, so go for it. I have truth on my side, and I have morality on my side, so if you want to sue me, I’m ready.” The meeting abruptly ended.
I left the meeting feeling somewhat triumphant, but mostly scared. I was only 22 or 23 at the time, and was terrified that they might actually sue me. Although I was confident that I could win any such lawsuit, I didn’t have any money to pay for lawyers. I was also scared about the prospect of going up against a mammoth organization like the Catholic Church. I decided to wait and see what would happen, hoping that my persistence would cause them to take action.
Several weeks later, I learned that in fact, Brother Michael left Hofstra. I also learned that at the time this all happened, he was on the verge of being elected to a high position in the NYC Franciscan order, but that he never got that promotion."

Do you feel sick after reading this? I feel sick. But I am not shocked. Brother Leonard is a HUGE HYPOCRITE. He's just about the most disgusting person I've ever met. (Principal Pat McLaughlin and Assistant Principal Christopher Mendolia tie for second.)

So continuing along these lines, I received an email from a Prep insider today (who identified him/herself, and is extremely credible) to let me know the following: 

One of the maintenance men, let's call him "F", broke into Brother Robert Kent's office and stole alumni association caps and tshirts. He was caught. To that, Brother Leonard had this proposition: He remembered that "F" is cousins with Julio of Julio Travel Tour in East Elmhurst. Brother Leonard told "F" that he can continue to work at Prep if Julio registered him (Brother Leonard) as a travel agent with his company, so that he can book discount trips for himself and his "traveling companion," Alan. (By the way, Brother Leonard always brings Alan along on vacation. Every vacation, every time.) Julio could not be reached for comment. 

What happened to the Franciscan vow of poverty? It reads as follows: 
All the sisters and brothers zealously follow the poverty and humility of Our Lord Jesus Christ. "Though rich" beyond measure (2 Co 8:9). He emptied Himself for our sake (Phil 2:7) and with the holy virgin, His mother, Mary, He chose poverty in this world. Let them be mindful that they should have only those goods of this world which, as the apostle says, "having something to eat and something to wear, with these we are content (1 Tim 6:8). Let them particularly beware of money. And let them be happy to live among the outcast and despised, among the poor, the weak, the sick, the unwanted, the oppressed, and the destitute.
22. The truly poor in spirit, following the example of the Lord, live in this world as pilgrims and strangers (cf 1 P 2:1). They neither appropriate nor defend anything as their own. So excellent is this most high poverty that it makes us heirs and rulers of the kingdom of heaven. It makes us materially poor, but rich in virtue (cf James 2:5). Let this poverty alone be our portion because it leads to the land of the living (Ps 141:6). Clinging completely to it let us, for the sake of Our Lord Jesus Christ, never want anything else under heaven.

I don't recall ever reading that it was OK for a Franciscan Brother to be moonlighting as a travel agent, or as anything else but a poor Franciscan Brother, for that matter. I guess the vow of poverty is a joke, you know, like the idea that a school administration should not allow known child predators to work in the building for decades - Robert Stenger, Brother DeSales Pergola, etc.

I am already working on book two in a series about St. Francis Prep. I am not stopping until people who let child rapists go free are removed from St. Francis Prep forever. I am also proud to say my documentary about the school has big backers, including Academy Award winners. Most people don't like people who allow children to be hurt for decades, and who pretend they are doing God's work. 

The truth always comes out. Sometimes it takes a while, but it gets there. Dear reader, we are now on a speeding train.