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Fr. Simon Palathingal – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Simon Palathingal

Diocese of Lake Charles (Salesians)


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Ordained: 1972

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1991: Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India)
  • 1991: Jordan House (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1991: Mother of Good Counsel (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 1991-1993: (India)
  • 1993-2000: (U.S.)
  • 2000-2001: Our Lady Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • 2001: St. Bernadette’s (Parlin, NJ)
  • 2001-2004: St. Mary’s (South Amboy, NJ)
  • 2004-2019: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Simon Palathingal:

Father Simon Palathingal was ordained a priest of the Religious Congregation of the Salesians, Bangalore Province in 1972. He served in multiple parishes throughout his career including in the Diocese of Lake Charles. He lived In India for years and is said to have been vice-principal of a prominent boys’ school in Chennai. He moved to the United States in 1991.

According to media reports, in September 2004, Father Palathingal pleaded guilty to to two counts of first-degree sexual assault on a 9 year-old boy in 1990 and 1991. He was suspended from ministry in 1993. The boy’s uncle, Father Dennis Pecore, who was himself a convicted sex offender, found Father Palathingal in bed with the boy in 1991 at Jordan House, a residence for elderly Salvatorian priests and brothers.

At the time of the alleged abuse, Father Palathingal was studying at Marquette University, a Jesuit institution in Milwaukee. At the time of his arrest, he was working for the Diocese of Metuchen at St. Mary’s Church in South Amboy, NJ. Bishop Paul Bootkoski of the Diocese of Metuchen said, “We had no knowledge of his being in Milwaukee until he was arrested in South Amboy.”

Father Palathingal was sentenced to two 16-year prison sentences, to be served concurrently, and was to be eligible for parole after 4 years. He was released from prison in December 2011. Noncompliant on Sex Offender Registry 1/12.

In late 1991, a parishioner had warned Bishop Sklba of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that boys were seen coming and going from Jordan House. Sklba said he discussed the issue with the coordinator, Father Pecore, and was satisfied when he told him there was not a problem.

The Milwaukee District Attorney was aware of the allegations made against Father Palathingal in 1993, but did not pursue a court case, because the boy had already testified in a similar case involving abuse by his uncle, who was eventually sentenced to 12 years in prison.

“It was a tremendous ordeal. We didn’t think (prosecution) was in the best interest of the child,” Milwaukee District Attorney Gale Shelton said.

Father Palathingal went to India after the incident was reported to authorities. While away, he sent letters to the boy he had abused in Milwaukee. When the charges were dropped, Father Palathingal returned to the US and continued working as a priest in several states and was later accused of further abuse.

In December 2001, the Diocese of Metuchen hired Father Palathingal. He was suspected of abuse at Our Lady Queen of Heaven in Louisiana in 2002, but the parents of the alleged victim refused to meet with authorities, and the investigation was dropped.

In April 2019, Father Palathingal’s name appeared on the Diocese of Lake Charles’ list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted multiple allegations of abuse were reported in 2000 and 2002. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lake Charles.

The current whereabouts of Fr. Simon Palathingal are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles may now have legal options, 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 Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

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Br. Edmund Normantowic – Diocese of Lake Charles

Brother Edmund Normantowic

Diocese of Lake Charles (La Salette Missionaries)

Edmund Normantowic Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz Law

Final vows: 1971

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Sulphur, LA)
  • Our Lady of La Salette (Sulphur, LA)
  • Immaculate Conception (Sulphur, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Edmund Normantowic:

Br. Edmund Normantowicz is a brother with the La Salette Missionaries who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lake Charles. He was a permanent deacon in St. Louis before becoming a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Lake Charles.

According to media reports, Br. Normantowicz was publicly named on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It notes allegations of child sexual abuse in 1976-1978 and 1980 against Br. Normantowicz were received in 2003 and 2019. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided. Law enforcement was notified about the allegations. Br. Edmund Normantowicz is prohibited from ministry.

The Diocese of Lake Charles misspelled Br. Normantowicz’s last name as “Normanmtowicz” and has his first name listed as Edward; however, according to the Catholic Directory and his father’s 2014 obituary, his first name is Edmund.

Br. Edmund Normantowicz is believed to be living with the La Salette Missionaries in Hartford, CT.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles may now have legal options, 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 Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

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Joseph Centanni Horowitz Law

Joseph Centanni, A NJ Landlord, Facing Sex Abuse Claim and Lawsuits From Tenants

In July 2021, Joseph Centanni, the owner, and landlord of hundreds of rental units across 18 properties in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was arrested for the second time after seven more tenants came forward alleging sexual assault by Centanni, bringing the total number of alleged victims to 20 since 2016. In total, Centanni was charged with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree attempted sexual assault, and 14 counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. 

According to recent news reports, as of October 2021, Centanni has settled seven out of eight civil lawsuits, with one remaining open. No details have been released as to what the settlements entail.

The Union County Prosecutor’s office filed 35 criminal charges, claiming he sexually assaulted or harassed 20 different victims who were his tenants over the years. According to other media reports, Centanni allegedly described the sex acts he solicited from his victims as a quid pro quo, agreeing to offer them rent reductions, delays in eviction, or other forms of financial assistance in exchange for sexual favors. 

Prosecutors state that Centanni used his “position of power and privilege to prey on the vulnerabilities and desperations of others.” The criminal complaints filed against him detail how the landlord allegedly coerced vulnerable tenants, prospective tenants, single mothers, a homeless man, and soon-to-be evicted tenants — into performing sexual favors in exchange for free housing or financial relief.

According to one lawsuit, a former tenant claims that Centanni allegedly forced her to perform non-consensual oral sex on Centanni whenever she was late or short on her rent to not face eviction.

In another lawsuit, a man states that Centanni offered to clear his owed rent “by demanding sexual favors, as a quid pro quo” when he was late paying his rent in 2019. The victim also claimed that Centanni made sexual advances again when he fell on hard times during the coronavirus pandemic but ultimately refused Centanni’s alleged demands.

Authorities said that each of the victims reported feeling as though they had no choice but to concede to Centanni’s demands, citing desperate personal circumstances such as trying to maintain housing for their young children. The lawsuits claim that the victims would meet Centanni in his office on the 200 block of West Jersey Street in downtown Elizabeth and that the sex acts took place in laundry rooms, storage areas, or boiler rooms at his properties. One victim claims she was assaulted in a sample apartment unit meant shown to prospective renters.

The Department of Justice has also filed a lawsuit against Centanni alleging he violated the Fair Housing Act for sexually harassing tenants and prospective renters for more than a decade. The lawsuit is on pause as the criminal charges play out.

In the eighth lawsuit against Centanni, which remains open, a woman alleges that when she asked Centanni if she could rent an apartment in one of his buildings, he responded, “What are you going to do for me?”

Although Centanni settled seven of the suits, he still denies all allegations made against him.

We’ve all seen stories about selfish profiteers who exploit desperate renters by seeking sex in exchange for payment leniency, even during the pandemic. Trying to sexually exploit the vulnerable, at any time under any circumstances, is of course despicable. But doing so during a financial crisis is even worse. If you or someone you knows has suffered or is suffering this kind of bald-faced intimidation, exploitation or abuse, or if you know someone who has, 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.

Ricardo Cruciani Horowitz Law

Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Former Neurologist Dr. Ricardo Cruciani and Hospitals that Employed Him

In 2017, Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, a neurologist, faced a total of 30 criminal counts after admitting to sexually abusing multiple women after prescribing them obscene dosages of opioids and pain medications. More than 17 women in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania accuse him of sexual misconduct. 

According to news reports, Dr. Cruciani was finally charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania. Cruciani pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven patients while he was chairman of Drexel University’s neurology department. He reached a plea deal and was sentenced to seven years of probation, had his medical license revoked, and was forced to register as a sex offender. Although he still faced criminal charges in New York and New Jersey, Cruciani was released from custody on $1 million bail.

In October 2021, a new lawsuit was filed in New Jersey and civil suits in New York and Pennsylvania by the seven former patients of Cruciani. The new suit seeks liability from the former doctor and the hospitals and institutions that employed him over his 35-year tenure. These include Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, Drexel University in Pennsylvania, and Capital Health System in New Jersey.

The suits claim hospital administrators and staff members ignored multiple reports that Cruciani addicted vulnerable women to pain medications they didn’t need and sexually abused his patients. The suit claims that these institutions looked the other way and allowed Cruciani to quietly change jobs — never warning other hospitals, state authorities, or the police about the allegations. This negligence enabled Cruciani to continue his predatory behavior and add more victims to his list.

Each of thes victims suffered from severe pain due to various medical conditions and sought help from Dr. Cruciani due to his pristine reputation for pain management. They all claim that he was charming, personable, and seemed to really care. 

He prescribed potent opioids, increasing dosages monthly, and added medications, so the patient was “doped up” and addicted. They say he used his prescription pad to manipulate women in pain, pave the way to addiction and exploit their dependency for sex. Mr. Cruciani never had a chaperone in the room when he saw female patients. He also resisted their requests to have a nurse or companion present and even locked the door while in treatment.

One of the victims, Tanisha Johnson, stated that she became dependent on the drugs and that Cruciani became more aggressive during each visit. She claimed he groped her, masturbated in front of her, and forced her to perform oral sex on him. When she resisted, he withheld refills of her prescriptions, leaving her in withdrawal. Ms. Johnson said she was prescribed a concoction of more than 1,300 pain pills a month at one point.

Complaints from multiple patients mounted, but Cruciani managed to transfer from job to job, securing positions at hospitals in three states over the course of a decade. Johnson’s husband stated in an interview that he called the patient advocate’s office at Capital Health and described the assaults but never got a response.

A statement issued by Drexel University said that Mr. Cruciani was terminated in March 2017 after complaints from patients prompted an internal investigation that substantiated their claims. The statement said that the university notified licensing authorities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and cooperated with police investigations.

However, Drexel officials pointed the finger at the other hospitals for failing to take action or to warn them. “Drexel hired Cruciani after conducting a thorough background check, as is done with all potential employees, that did not reveal any improper or illegal conduct. Mr. Cruciani had practiced medicine for more than 35 years at several other hospitals. None of these hospitals ever notified Drexel about Cruciani’s conduct.” the statement said. 

This case illustrates failures that permeate oversight of the medical profession, in which physicians wield enormous power within hospitals, misconduct is underreported, and institutional employers have zero accountability. 

Finding the right medical provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion, and empathy.  When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, 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. Gregory Mosca – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Gregory Mosca

Diocese of Lake Charles (Olivetan Benedictines)

Gregory Mosca Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Removed: 1986

Died: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • Abbey of San Miniato (Florence, Italy)
  • Queen of Heaven (Lake Charles, LA)
  • St. Henry (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Our Lady of Victory (Mount Vernon, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Gregory Mosca:

Fr. Gregory Mosca was ordained a religious order priest with the Olivetan Benedictines in 1970, who served in the Diocese of Lake Charles.  After his ordination, he served at the Abbey of San Miniato in Florence, Italy where he was the Vice Master of novices for American Students.

According to media reports, in 1995, Fr. Gregory Mosca and Br. Rene Dorsey were accused in a lawsuit of molesting an altar boy. The alleged abuse occurred in the late 1970’s when the victim was between 10-15 years old.

Fr. Mosca’s name was included on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. It noted allegations of child sexual abuse in 1980-1982 against Fr. Mosca were received in 1986 and 1993. The alleged abuse involved more than one victim, and it occurred at St. Henry in Lake Charles and in Houston, TX. Information regarding the age/gender of his alleged victim(s) and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by Diocese of Lake Charles.

Fr. Mosca was removed from active ministry in 1986. He continued to serve as a priest in Mount Vernon, NY.

Fr. Gregory Mosca died in 2018.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles may now have legal options, 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 Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

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Fr. Brennan Harris – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Brennan Harris

Diocese of Lake Charles

Brennan Harris Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1969

Removed:

Died: 1985

Assigned as follows:

  • Mt. St. Francis High School Seminary (Mt. St. Francis, IN)
  • Lansing Catholic Central High School (Lansing, MI)
  • St. Maria Goretti High School (Lake Arthur, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Brennan Harris:

Fr. Brennan Harris was a religious order priest with the Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation. He was ordained in 1969 and served in multiple high schools in Indiana, Michigan, and in the the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana. According to media reports, in 2018, Fr. Harris was publicly named on the Archdiocese of Indianapolis list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse with a minor. It noted one allegation of child sexual abuse in 1971. Information regarding the age/gender of his alleged victim and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the archdiocese. Fr. Harris was removed from public ministry.

Fr. Brennan Harris’ name also appears on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It noted allegations of abuse in 1983-1987 against Fr. Harris were received in 1991 and 1995. The alleged abuse involved more than one victim, and occurred when Fr. Harris was the principal at St. Maria Goretti High School in Lake Arthur. The Diocese of Lake Charles did not provide information regarding the age/gender of Harris’ alleged victims or the nature of the alleged abuse.

Fr. Brennan Harris died at 52 in 1985, in Baton Rouge, LA.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles may now have legal options, 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 Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

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

Msgr. James Kelly – Diocese of Buffalo

Monsignor James Kelly

Diocese of Buffalo

Msgr. James Kelly Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1962

Retired: Unknown

Removed: 2021

Assignment History:

  • St. Nicholas (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church (Buffalo, NY)
  • The Diocesan Educational Campus (Buffalo, NY)
  • St. John’s Parish (Olean, NY)
  • St. Margaret’s Parish (Buffalo, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Monsignor James Kelly

On June 30, 2021, the Diocese of Buffalo placed Msgr. James Kelly on administrative leave after learning Msgr. Kelly allegedly abused two minors during his career. According to the complaints—which were filed under New York’s Child Victim Act— the abuse involved two minors—one in the 1980s and the other in the 2000s.

2005-2007 Allegation and Lawsuit

In June 2021, the Diocese of Buffalo says while searching through publicly filed complaints, it found one filed against Msgr. James Kelly. “From approximately 2005 to 2007, when Plaintiff was approximately nine to ten years old, Msgr. Kelly engaged in unpermitted sexual contact with the Plaintiff,” the complaint reads.

A spokesperson for the Diocese of Buffalo said the diocese reported the matter to the Erie County District Attorney and the Independent Review Board.

1980-1982 Allegation and Lawsuit

As the Diocese of Buffalo learned of Msgr. Kelly alleged abuse in 2005, another suit accusing the priest of sexual abuse was filed. According to the complaint, “when the plaintiff was approximately 8 to 10 years old, Rev. Msgr. Kelly engaged in unpermitted sexual contact with the plaintiff.”

From 1980 to 1982, the plaintiff says they were a student at St. Nicholas and St. Benedict the Moor—where Msgr. Kelly was assigned.

Both suits are still pending, and updates are not available at this time.

Msgr. James Kelly’s Career

Ordained in 1962, Msgr. James Kelly served for nearly 60 years. Although retired, Msgr. Kelly continued to assist in parish ministry. Despite the ongoing litigation and Msgr. Kelly’s leave, the Diocese of Buffalo reinstated him in October 2021.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Alexandria may now have legal options 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 Louisiana and nationwide. We can help. 

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

 

Br. Kerry Guillory – Diocese of Lake Charles

Brother Kerry Guillory

Diocese of Lake Charles (Franciscan)

Kerry Guillory Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz LawFinal vows: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1972-1974: St. Edward’s School (Carlsbad, NM)
  • 1972: San Jose (Carlsbad, NM)
  • 1975-1978: Catholic Youth Organization (Carlsbad, NM)
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Jennings, LA)
  • Franciscan Shelter House (Louisville, KY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Br. Kerry Guillory:

Br. Kerry Guillory was a brother with the Conventual Franciscan Friars who served in the Diocese of Lake Charles. According to media reports, in 2007, he was named in a lawsuit alleging that he repeatedly sexually abused a 13-year-old boy. The alleged abuse began in 1975 and continued for three years. The abuse occurred at St. Edward and San Jose churches and on road trips to El Paso, Dallas, and Houston, TX.

Fr. Guillory was accused of molesting and sodomizing the boy after supplying him with alcohol and marijuana. The suit also accused the parishes and the dioceses of concealing the abuse and negligence. According to media reports, two more suits were filed against Guillory in 2008 and 2009.

According to media reports, in 2019, Br. Guillory was named in a lawsuit alleging that he raped and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy on multiple occasions between 1972-1974. The alleged abuse occurred on the campus of St. Edward’s parish, where the victim was a student and parishioner. The suit also named the Conventual Franciscan Friars, Diocese of El Paso, the Diocese of Las Cruces, and St. Edward’s parish as defendants.

Br. Kerry Guillory’s name name was included on the Diocese of Las Cruces 2018 list of credibly accused clergy. His name also appears on the Diocese of El Paso’s 2019 list of credibly accused clergy.

His name was also included on the Diocese of Lake Charles 2019 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. It noted that allegations of child sexual abuse in 1983 against Br. Guillory were received in 1986 and 2015. The alleged abuse occurred when Guillory was assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Jennings, LA. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse was not provided by the Diocese of Lake Charles.

His current whereabouts are unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles may now have legal options, 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 Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

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

Fr. Valerie Pullman – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Valerie Pullman

Diocese of Lake Charles

Valerie Pullman Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1965

Left ministry: 1985

Died: 2017

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of the Lake (Lake Arthur, LA)
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church (Elton, LA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace (Lafayette, LA)
  • St. Martin de Porres (Scott, LA)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Lake Charles, LA)
  • Our Lady of Assumption (Carencro, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Valerie Pullman:

Fr. Valerie Pullman was ordained a priest in 1965, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lafayette. He served as Vicar for Black Catholics and on the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. He left active ministry in 1985 and settled in Jennings, LA.

According to 1995 court records, the diocese knew of “reported pedophilia” as early as 1966. Former Bishop Frey admitted in court insurance case documents that he knew of allegations against the priest. Fr. Pullman was sent to St. Luke’s Institute where he was evaluated and referred to the Servants of the Paracletes in Jemez Springs, NM.

According to media reports, in a 2003 civil lawsuit, Fr. Pullman was accused of repeatedly molesting an altar boy beginning in 1972. The abuse lasted several years and occurred in multiple locations including at an out of state religious conference. The lawsuit was settled by 2008. No criminal charges were filed.

In February 2021, the Diocese of Lake Charles publicly named Fr. Pullman on its list of “Clerics and religious who were serving in the Diocese of Lake Charles at the time of the allegation. The diocese was notified of the accusation. The investigation and final disposition of the allegation was the responsibility of the religious order or diocese.” The list notes that allegations of child sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s against Fr. Pullman were received in October 1999 and February 2021.

In August 2021, a lawsuit was filed by a man who claimed he was sexually abused by Fr. Pullman when he was a 12-year-old altar boy at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Arthur, LA. Fr. Pullman was the alleged victim’s elementary school religion teacher at St. Maria Goretti Catholic School at the time of the abuse. The alleged abuse occurred at the Fountainebleau Hotel in New Orleans. The victim reported the abuse to Pullman’s superior shortly after the incident occurred, and Fr. Pullman was transferred to another church.

Valerie Pullman never faced criminal charges. He died in 2017.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles may now have legal options, 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 Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

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

Fr. Louis Perreault – Diocese of Lake Charles

Father Louis Perreault

Diocese of Lake Charles (Holy Ghost Fathers)

Louis Perreault Diocese of Lake Charles Horowitz LawOrdained: 1962

Removed: 2011

Died: 2020

Assigned as follows:

  • 1963: Unknown
  • 1964-1969: Gerard High School (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1964-1971: 225 El Papago Dr. (Tempe, AZ)
  • 1972-1986: Sacred Heart of Jesus (Lake Charles, LA)
  • 1987: Congregation of the Holy Ghost (San Antonio, TX)
  • 1987-1997: Our Lady of the Valley (Hemet, CA)
  • 1998-2000: Holy Ghost Fathers (Hemet, CA)
  • 2001-2013: Unknown
  • 2014-2017: The Spiritan Center (Bethel Park, PA)
  • 2018-2020: Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Louis Perreault:

Fr. Louis Perreault was ordained a priest in 1962, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Lake Charles. According to media reports, he was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a minor from 1990 to 1992, while serving at Our Lady of the Valley in Hemet, CA. The boy was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time of the abuse. The diocese was made aware of allegations in 2011, and reported it to law enforcement. In 2019, a civil lawsuit was filed against the Diocese of San Bernardino.

Perreault was permanently banned from ministry in the diocese and retired without faculties. Perreault was included in the Diocese of San Bernardino’s 2018 list of clergy credibly accused of child sexual abuse. He was also included on the Diocese of Lake Charles list. Perreault’s whereabouts and whether he has access to children from 2018 until his death in 2020 are unknown

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Lake Charles may now have legal options, 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 Louisiana and nationwide.  We can help. 

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