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Attorneys for a man seeking to force New Jersey’s five Roman Catholic dioceses to release their clergy abuse records have issued their own list of more than 300 priests accused of child sexual abuse.

The list includes some South Jersey clergy members whose names were previously undisclosed in the report released by the Diocese of Camden in February.

Among those on the list were Father Charles J. Burton, who was assigned, from 1990 to 1994, to Holy Spirit in Atlantic City, Camden Diocesan Center in Mays Landing, and Stockton State College: Pomona. Burton was posted at St. Peter in Pleasantville from 1993 to 1998, at St. James in Ventnor from 1999 to 2002, and at Assumption in Pomona from 2003 to 2006.

The list said Deacon Charles Comito, ordained in 1998, was assigned to St. Theresa in Tuckerton. A spokesperson for the Diocese of Trenton said Tuesday Comito died in 2015. Father Harold Hermley, was assigned to St. Theresa from 1977 to 1981.

Monsignor James McIntyre was assigned to St. Ann in Wildwood from 1975 to 1978, St. Thomas in Brigantine from 1983 to 1985, and Our Lady Star of the Sea in Atlantic City in 1986.

Father Richard Milewski was assigned to St. Mary in Barnegat in 1992.

Father Laserian Nwoga was assigned to St. Peter in Pleasantville from 1996 to 1999.

And Father William O’Connell volunteered at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May from 1993 to 1994.

More than 100 of the names released by attorney Jeff Anderson on Monday were not on the lists of credibly accused priests distributed by New Jersey’s dioceses in February. Anderson said his release includes religious order priests such as Jesuits, as well as priests who are the subject of lawsuits, many of whom were not named by the dioceses.

Anderson represents Edward Hanratty, who alleges he was abused decades ago by a priest he said was still working at a church last year. His lawsuit seeks to force the dioceses to release all files on accused priests.

Hanratty said he came forward last August after reading a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that detailed allegations against more than 300 priests involving more than 1,000 victims.

“I published my story and instantly my inbox was flooded with names I hadn’t heard of in 30 years,” he said. “They said everything from ‘I had my suspicions and I support you,’ to ‘It happened to me and the way you described it is exactly what I lived with and I still have nightmares.’”

Hanratty’s wife and others searched for the priest and found he was working at a church in Jersey City. They also researched why he had been dismissed from the parish where Hanratty attended church in the mid-1990s.

“They knew the circumstances of why he left; why weren’t my parents and all the other parents informed at the time?” Hanratty said. “If I was abducted by a stranger, I would have gotten grief counseling, but we were taught to trust people that we were supposed to trust and there was no handbook for what to do when that trust was violated.”

The lawsuit is similar to others Anderson has filed in Minnesota, Illinois, California and New York that seek the disclosure of all diocesan files on priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.

In Minnesota, Anderson said, a suit forced the release of 10,000 pages of documents and nearly 60 additional priests’ names after an original release of 33 names. Lawsuits in the other states are pending.

On the heels of Pennsylvania’s grand jury report, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal formed a task force last fall to conduct a criminal investigation into sexual abuse by clergy in the state.

In an emailed statement, the Archdiocese of Newark said Monday it continues “to focus on transparency and accountability and to reinforcing established reporting and prevention policies and programs to protect minors and support victims in our parishes, schools and ministries.”

“Our full and proactive collaboration with state and local law enforcement officials and with the Attorney General’s office continues and remains a priority,” the statement said.

Staff writer Colt Shaw contributed to this report.

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I cover breaking news on the digital desk. I graduated from Temple University in Dec. 2017 and joined the Press in the fall of 2018. Previously, I freelanced, covering Pennsylvania state politics and criminal justice reform.

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