WMR has followed up on leads that Adam Lanza, the suspected killer of 26 people, including twenty 6- and 7-year old children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, may have been victimized at a young age by pedophile abusers.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Newtown, where the Lanzas attended church and where Adam Lanza attended parochial school as a young boy, employed Father John Castaldo as a priest between 1998 and 2000. Castaldo, who was one of the five priests at the church, ministered to the St. Rose congregation while Adam Lanza was enrolled in the church's school. Lanza, born in 1992, would have been between 6 and 8-years old when Castaldo was at the church-school.
In 2001, Castaldo was arrested for engaging in sexually explicit Internet communications with a police detective who Castaldo had believed was a 14-year old boy. Castaldo asked the "boy" to meet at a motel for sex. Castaldo pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a weekend in jail. The following year, Castaldo was arrested again for molesting a young boy.
In 2009, a lawsuit was filed that named the Bridgeport Catholic diocese, of which St. Rose is a part, and two former diocesan bishops, retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan and the estate of the late Bridgeport Bishop Walter W. Curtis, as defendants.
Castaldo had previously been at St. Theresa's Church in Trumbull, Connecticut. The suit against the Bridgeport diocese contended that Castaldo molested between 1989 and 1992, Brooks Thopsey, who was age 10 in 1992. The suit contends that Castaldo, using threats and intimidation, forced Thopsey to perform oral sex on him. The suit also charged that Egan, the senior prelate for the diocese, knew about Castaldo's conduct and not only failed to take action but promoted him. Thopsey's older brother, Ryan, also sued the diocese for abuse, later settled for an undisclosed sum. A Connecticut Superior Court judge issued a judgement against the diocese in 2010.
After St. Theresa's, Castaldo served at St, Mark's in Stratford from 1992 to 1994; St. Edward the Confessor in New Fairfield from 1994 to 1998; St. Rose of Lima in Newtown from 1998 to 2000; St. Maurice's in Stamford from 2000 to 2001. It was while he was servong as Spiritual Director at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford that Castaldo was first arrested for the sexual communications with the police detective posing as a minor. Castaldo was subsequently defrocked by Egan's successor, Bishop William Lori.
WMR spoke to a mental health official for the state of New York, who also has experience dealing with mental health issues in Connecticut, that it is highly possible that Lanza was abused as a child. The fact that Lanza may have suffered from autism would have made him a particularly attractive abuse target for pedophile priests.
Castaldo must have had a charmed existence at St. Rose. While he served the church as the head of the youth group, he was also the chaplain for Connecticut State Police Troop A in Southbury and Troop G in Bridgeport. Castaldo was also involved in the prison ministry upon graduating from seminary. The Connecticut State Police have had the lead in the investigation of the Sandy Hook massacre and have leaked erroneous information to the media.
Adam's mother, Nancy Lanza, took her son out of Sandy Hook Elementary School after he attended it for only a brief time and enrolled him in school at St. Rose. There have been reports that Adam had problems at Sandy Hook and there were contentious issues between Nancy Lanza at the Newtown school board when Adam attended Newtown High School. Eventually, Adam was pulled out of the high school and home schooled whereupon he earned a GED.
There are other reports that Nancy Lanza had been a teacher's aide at Sandy Hook, one of her classes being the kindergarten class that many of her son's victims had attended the year before. Nancy Lanza was also reportedly friendly with Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. Hochsprung and Sherlach, along with Nancy Lanza, were all reportedly killed execution style by Adam Lanza.
During mass on Sunday, December 16, St. Rose received a bomb threat and was evacuated. During the evening of December 20, federal agents raided the Riverview Sales gun store in East Windsor, Connecticut. It was discovered that a 26-year old man with a history of mental illness named Jordan Marsh (oddly, the name of a New England department store chain) had stolen an AR-15 with a scope -- the same type of weapon Adam Lanza was said to have used in the massacre at Sandy Hook -- from the East Windsor gun shop where Nancy Lanza had purchased one of the guns her son used in the school massacre. Marsh, arrested at the Hartford Hilton Hotel, where he was checked in, was reportedly planning to carry out a Sandy Hook-type massacre.
The pedophile angle to the Newtown massacre will be studiously avoided by the corporate media. The primary reason is that The New York Times, the flagship for so many pack journalists, especially those in the television news business who fail to conduct their own in-depth investigations and piggyback off a few major papers and magazines, has a problem in its new corporate president, former British Broadcasting Corporation Director-General Mark Thompson.
In December 2011, Thompson, who had served as director of the BBC for eight years, claimed he knew nothing about the decision by the BBC to kill a "Newsnight" segment exposing the pedophile activities of longtime BBC celebrity TV host Jimmy Savile. The pedophile ring extended to other BBC celebrities, as well as into government and royal circles. Thompson claimed he knew nothing about the decision to spike the investigation of Savile and in September 2012 threatened to sue The Sunday Times for planning to report that Thompson was involved in the decision to kill the "Newsnight" segment.
With Thompson, who has been mired in a controversy about his own cover-up of a major pedophile scandal in Britain, at The New York Times, the paper will have to take major steps to convince its readership that it is not putting the reins on its Connecticut suburban reporters and New York-based investigative staff and limiting the reporting on the pedophile connections to the Sandy Hook massacre.