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HOROWITZ LAW FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE OF 13 YEAR OLD GIRL

HOROWITZ LAW FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB ALLEGING SEXUAL ABUSE OF 13 YEAR OLD GIRL

In September 2020, Horowitz Law filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly sexually abused while she was enrolled during the 2019 summer session at the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County located at 877 NW 61st Street in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The suit describes how a 17-year-old male club member sexually assaulted the girl, who was between her seventh and eighth grades in school.

The girl’s mother enrolled her daughter in the summer 2019 Youth Education Success Program with the understanding that she would be placed in a group with other club members similar in age and maturity, and that the children would be looked after by responsible adults. Under the classification of club members into age-specific groups, her daughter fell into the “Juniors” (11-13 year olds) category. “Seniors” were between 16-17 years old. The campus design of the Boys & Girls Club provided separate buildings in which the different age groups participated in activities.

Unaware that in the weeks leading up to the assault of her daughter in mid July 2019, “Junior” and “Senior” club members were allowed to spend time together. As such, one 17-year-old club member engaged in lengthy conversations with the 13-year-old and showered her with attention. So much so, that an instructor and employee of the  Boys & Girls Club, admitted under oath that he had to repeatedly reprimand the “Senior” to stay in his assigned seat. 

In the late afternoon of July 16, 2019, while in the computer lab together with other club members, the “Junior” girl and “Senior” boy sat near each other, talked and engaged in friendly horseplay. Soon after, the boy moved his seat directly next to the younger girl. Usually, two adults supervised the computer lab, but not on this date. The boy started touching the girl’s thighs and moved his hand up to her vaginal area. When he inserted his fingers into her vagina she repeatedly told him “No!” 

Eventually, the one supervisor present realized that the boy was acting inappropriately and sent him out of the lab. He never once asked the girl if she was okay and failed to offer any help. Furthermore, he did not report the sexual abuse at that time. Since the incident, the girl has suffered severe emotional trauma and has been hospitalized multiple times.

The Boys & Girls Club of America advertises its local clubs as having access to all the resources of the national organization, which serves 4 million children a year at 4,300 facilities.  A Hearst Media investigation in 2019 found an alarming 250 victims in 30 states who say they were sexually abused as children at the hands of employees, volunteers and other members of Boys & Girls Club of America affiliates. There is an expectation of trust when parents enroll their children in youth groups like the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County. As it is stated on their website, “The Safety and Well-being of Young People is Our Number One Priority.” Claims of offering a safe, fun environment for kids, “ZERO tolerance for inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct”, fall flat. This is especially true when the organization claims it provides “significant resources to ensure this priority is achieved.” The very act they say they can ensure does not happen…does, and sadly, did.

Sexual abuse by a youth club employee or member not only breaches the trust of parents and their children, but it breaks the law. Any youth organization or institution in which sexual abuse is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly safeguard members and to protect the public. 

Horowitz Law has made obtaining justice for people sexually abused in the Boys & Girls Club a cornerstone of its sexual abuse practice. If you or someone you know have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery while involved with the Boys & Girls Club, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Fr. Thomas McElhatton – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Thomas McElhatton

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Dominican

Thomas McElhatton Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1943

Died: 1965

Assignment History:

  • 1950-1951: St. Dominic (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1952-1955: Unknown
  • 1956: Dominican Fathers’ Residence (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1957: Unknown
  • 1958-1964: St. Dominic (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1965: St. Raymond’s College (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas McElhatton:

Fr. Thomas McElhatton was a Dominican priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Fr. McElhatton allegedly sexually abused at least two children at St. Dominic Catholic Church, one from 1943 to 1944 and another from 1950 to 1953. In 2003, one of the victims filed a civil lawsuit against Fr. McElhatton, alleging child sexual abuse. Fr. McElhatton was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Br. Daniel McDonough – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Brother Daniel McDonough

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Christian Brothers

Daniel McDonough Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Laurence High School (Burbank, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Daniel McDonough:

Br. Daniel McDonough was one of ten brothers, and two laymen accused by more than 30 men in a 2013 civil lawsuit of sexual abuse at Brother Rice High School in Chicago and St. Laurence High School in Burbank, CA, both ran by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North American Province. The Order agreed to a massive $16.5 million settlement with 400 plaintiffs. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Forrest McDonald – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Forrest McDonald

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Franciscans

Forrest McDonald Horowitz Law

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • 1965-1971: St. Anthony’s Seraphic Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1972-2018: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Forrest McDonald:

Fr. Forrest McDonald was a Franciscan priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was accused of child sexual abuse that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. Fr. McDonald was named in a 2008 civil lawsuit filed against the Franciscan Friars and Old Mission Santa Barbara. Fr. McDonald’s status as a priest, current whereabouts, and whether he has access to children are unknown. He is named on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans 2019 list of Credibly Accused Clergy of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Kevin McCarthy – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Kevin McCarthy

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Kevin McCarthy Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1948

Died: 1992

Assignment History:

  • 1963-1964: St Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1964: Sick Leave
  • 1964-1965: Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital (Inglewood, CA)
  • 1971-1992: Diocese of Little Rock

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Kevin McCarthy:

Ordained for the Diocese of St. John in Newfoundland, Canada, Fr. Kevin McCarthy arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. He went on sick leave in late 1964 and then was reassigned as a hospital chaplain in Inglewood.

In 971, he transferred to the Diocese of Little Rock, which is where he served until his death in 1992. Fr. McCarthy was named publicly by the Los Angeles Archdiocese on its 2013 list of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and on the Little Rock Diocese’s list in 2019. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Vincent McCabe – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Vincent McCabe

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Vincent McCabe Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1946

Died: 2015

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1963: St. Mary of the Assumption (Santa Maria, CA)
  • 1967-1974: St. Joseph High School (Santa Maria, CA)
  • 1963-1974: St. Louis de Montfort (Santa Maria, CA)
  • 1974-1988: San Roque (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • 1989-2015: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Vincent McCabe:

In 2018, Fr. Vincent McCabe was accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1970s.  The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. McCabe is listed on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2018 List of Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. Fr. McCabe died in 2015. His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 1989 until his death in 2015 is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Joseph McAsey – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Joseph McAsey

Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Jesuits

Joseph McAsey Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1945

Died: 1991

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1982: St. Thomas More (Alhambra, CA)
  • 1982-1986: St. Robert Bellarmine (Burbank, CA)
  • 1986: Holy Redeemer (Montrose, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph McAsey:

Fr. Joseph McAsey was accused of sexually abusing a minor from 1977-1982, while assigned to St. Thomas More in Alhambra. Fr. McAsey is listed on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Final Addendum to the Report to the People of God in 2008. He is also on the Jesuits West Province 2018 list of credibly accused clergy of sexual abuse to a minor.

Fr. McAsey died in 1991. His status as a priest, whereabouts, and whether he had access to children from 1986 until his death in 1991 is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Charles Patrick Mayer – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Charles Patrick Mayer

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Charles Mayer Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1996

Removed: 2000

Assignment History:

  • 1997-2000: Our Lady of Lourdes (Northridge, CA)
  • 2000-2016: Unknown
  • 2016-2018: Nicolet Middle School (Banning, CA)
  • 2018-Present: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Charles Patrick Mayer:

In 2018, Fr. Charles Patrick Mayer was arrested after sending nude photos of himself to someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy. Fr. Mayer was charged with luring a minor to have sex, and he pleaded not guilty. Fr. Mayer has been on inactive leave from the priesthood since 2000 due to his failure to adhere to Archdiocesan policies concerning interacting with youth and young adults.

Following his arrest in August 2018, Fr. Mayer was placed on administrative leave from his job as Dean of Students at Nicolet Middle School in Banning, California. He has been barred from any district facility or school campus. Fr. Mayer is listed on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ 2018 List of Archdiocesan Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Leonardo Mateo – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Leonardo Mateo

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Leonardo Mateo Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1956

Died: 2004

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1959: Cathedral (Tagbilaran City, Philippines)
  • 1959-1960: St. Vibiana’s; St. Anastasia (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1960-1965: Greenpoint Hospital (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1965-1975: Diocesan Procurator (Diocese of Tagbilaran, Philippines)
  • 1976-1977: Unknown
  • 1978-1982: Immaculate Conception (Elmhurst, IL)
  • 1982-1984: St. Petronille (Glen Ellyn, IL)
  • 1984: Diocese of Richmond, VA
  • 1985: Hines Veterans’ Hospital (Chicago, IL)
  • 1986: Unknown
  • 1987-1989: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Waukegan, IL)
  • 1990-2003: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Leonardo Mateo:

Fr. Leonard Mateo was an extern priest visiting from the Philippines who worked briefly in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. According to the Archdiocese, at least one survivor has come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Fr. Leonardo Mateo in 1959, while serving at St. Anastasia in Los Angeles. Fr. Mateo has been named in at least three child sexual abuse lawsuits. The details of the sexual abuse allegations, including when and where the alleged abuse occurred, or the victim’s age/gender, are unknown.

Fr. Mateo was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. He was also included in the Diocese of Joliet’s list of priests with credible allegation(s) of sexual abuse of minors. The list reports that two allegations of child sexual abuse were made in 1983 and 1991 against Fr. Mateo, while in Illinois. According to the Diocese, he left in 1984 and later returned to the Archdiocese of Cebu in the 1990s. He died in 2004.  He was added Richmond Diocese’s list in 2019.

In 2014, Fr. Mateo was named in another civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse filed by three men filed against the Joliet Diocese, stating that the abuse occurred in the 1980s.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Richard Martini – Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Father Richard Martini

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Richard Martini Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1980

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1984: St. Dorothy (Glendora, CA)
  • 1985-1987: St. Clement (Santa Monica, CA)
  • 1988: San Buenaventura Mission (Ventura, CA)
  • 1989-1994: Seminary of Our Lady Queen of Angels (San Fernando, CA)
  • 1995-2002: Corpus Christi (Pacific Palisades, CA)
  • 2003-2004: Transfiguration (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2005-2008: Unknown
  • 2009-2010: Transfiguration (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 2011-2014: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Santa Clarita, CA)
  • 2015-Present: St. Joseph (Carpinteria, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Richard Martini:

Fr. Richard M. Martini was accused of sexually abusing a boy from 1990-1991 while he was at Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary in San Fernando. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles claims that after their investigation, the allegations were unfounded.

In 2003, a civil lawsuit was filed, and the Archdiocese settled it in 2006 as part of a large settlement with 22 priests. After the alleged abuse, Fr. Martini was transferred to a new assignment, and the parishioners were never told of the past allegations. In 2018, Fr. Martini was named in yet another civil lawsuit of sexual abuse. He is still an active parish priest at St. Joseph in Carpinteria, CA. Fr. Martini was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in California.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles now have legal options due to a voluntary compensation fund created by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.  Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California and nationwide. We can help. 

Contact us at (888) 283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.