‘I was fighting him off of me’: Security guard, 22, says she was sexually assaulted by prominent NYC priest, 75, who she ‘filmed watching gay porn in church rectory’
By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail 23:12 02
Father George William Rutler, 75, is prominent Manhattan-based priest and contributor for Catholic media conglomerate Eternal Word Television Network
Ashley Gonzalez, 22, alleged he assaulted her at St. Michael the Archangel Church on West 34th Street in the early morning hours of November 4
Gonzalez told News 12 The Bronx that she was working her second shift as an overnight security guard at the church when the alleged assault took place
She provided cell phone video footage showing a bald man alleged to be Rutler watching gay pornographic video on his office computer in church rectory
Gonzalez alleged that soon afterward, Rutler slammed the door shut, denying her a chance to leave, and jumped on top of her. He has denied the allegations
Archdiocese of New York has told Catholic news media outlets that Rutler has stepped aside from pastoral duties, though church website still features him
Last month, Rutler denied the allegations in a letter to parishioners, claiming that they are ‘inconsistent with how I have conducted myself in 50 years’
Father George William Rutler, 75, a prominent priest and media commentator on Catholic television, is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 22-year-old security guard
A 22-year-old security guard has alleged that a prominent New York City priest was watching gay porn on an office computer in the church rectory before he then forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her.
The priest, Father George William Rutler, has denied the allegations.
‘I strongly deny this allegation, which I maintain is incoherent and painful to my reputation and inconsistent with how I have conducted myself in 50 years of ministerial service without any accusation of misbehavior,’ Rutler wrote in a letter to parishioners on November 20.
The Archdiocese of New York said that Rutler has stepped aside from pastoral duties while authorities investigate. But the church signage from December 1 and the website still list Rutler’s name and prominently feature his likeness.
Ashley Gonzalez of The Bronx was working just her second shift as an overnight security guard at St. Michael the Archangel Church on West 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan on November 4.
During her shift, she recorded video showing a bald man alleged to be Rutler watching gay pornography on a computer. Footage of the video was obtained by News 12 The Bronx.
The video on the computer screen depicted a man performing oral sex on another man. Gonzalez said Rutler was ‘like a monster.’
‘He looked at me with a smile, looked away, and he put his hand inside his pants, and he was playing with himself,’ Gonzalez told the TV station.
When she tried to leave the priest’s office, she alleges that he slammed the door shut.
‘He aggressively threw himself on me and grabbed me sexually, aggressively, and I was fighting him off of me,’ Gonzalez told News 12.
She then showed the television station screenshots of frantic text messages she sent to her mother during the alleged assault.
‘That was the scariest part too. I had no one to help,’
A spokesperson for the DA’s office told NCR that the office ‘does not confirm whether investigations exist.’
Rutler sent an email to NCR stating: ‘I am not permitted by Counsel to comment except that I enjoy the confidence of my superiors and am totally innocent.
‘Until this matter is adjudicated it is prudent to avoid comment and potential libel.’
A phone call to St. Michael the Archangel Church went unanswered.
Gonzalez said she hired a private investigator to look into the allegations. She is now demanding that the NYPD arrest Rutler.
Ashley Gonzalez of The Bronx was working just her second shift as an overnight security guard at St. Michael the Archangel Church (above) on West 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan on November 4.
She alleges that Rutler was watching gay pornography in his office. Moments later, he forced himself on her and did not allow her to leave, she has alleged
Manuel Gomez of Black Ops Private Investigators told NCR that Gonzalez filed a police report and provided the 18-second cell phone video to investigators as well as to the Archdiocese of New York and the Holy See.
Gomez alleged that Rutler entered his office to check election results in the early morning house of November 4 and then switched over to viewing pornography.
Before that, Rutler invited Gonzalez to rest in his office in between her rounds of the church property, according to Gomez.
‘Father Rutler’s case is currently in the hands of the District Attorney,’ a spokesperson for the archdiocese told NCR.
The archdiocese told News 12 that ‘although Father Rutler has denied acting inappropriately with the security guard, he has voluntarily stepped aside from the parish, and is not currently serving as a priest.’
The archdiocese added that it is cooperating in the investigation.
The NYPD told DailyMail.com: ‘We do not comment explicitly on the possible or current status of investigations.
‘The NYPD takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a police report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.’
Since the alleged incident, Gonzalez said she has not returned to work for MG Security. She said that the company offered to reassign her, but she refused.
The company told News 12 it took every measure to protect its employee in accordance with state and federal laws to allow her to tell her story.
Rutler is a controversial priest who has been outspoken in his criticism of ‘abortionists and sodomites.’
The author of more than 30 books, Rutler appears on the internationally televised Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a Catholic media conglomerate that includes radio, internet, print, publishing, and other news outlets.
EWTN told The Daily Beast that it is suspending Rutler’s broadcasts until an investigation is complete.
Rutler is also the author of a weekly newsletter that is reprinted by Church Militant, a fringe far-right web site that includes segments alleging that homosexuals are waging warfare to persecute Catholics.
Rutler has also spoken out against declining fertility rates in Europe, the increase of Muslim immigration to the West, and a decline in marriage.
Another case of a priest never having sorted out his sexual desires and his priesthood commitments.
And this guy is a Catholic right winger.
And a preacher against contradicting church teaching.
And he is masturbating to gay porn – in front of a 22 year old female!
Another case proving that celibacy is not working.
And him broadcasting Catholic doctrines to lay people.