Category: Schools

Fr. Harris M. Findlay – Diocese of Richmond

Father Harris M. Findlay

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1941

Died: 1980

Laicized: Unknown

Assigned as follows:

  • 1941-1948      Our Lady of Nazareth (Roanoke, VA)
  • 1955-1959      St. Joseph’s (Richmond, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Harris M. Findlay:

According to media reports, in February, 2019, Father Harris M. Findlay’s name appeared on the Dioceses of Richmond and Arlington’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. An allegation was made after Findlay’s death in 1980. He was laicized.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Diocese of Richmond IRP Frequently Asked Questions

What Do You Need to Know About the Diocese of Richmond’s Independent Reconciliation Program (IRP)? 

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has started a voluntary compensation for survivors of clergy sexual abuse.   The program, sometimes called the Independent Reconciliation Program (IRP) or something similar, is being administered by a third party settlement adminstration firm, BrownGreer PLC.  The program is now open for registration and participation.

Our attorneys have handled hundreds of claims in similar funds nationally since the creation of the first such fund for victims in the Archdiocese of New York.  In the thousands of hours that we have spent working on survivors’ claims, we have noticed that our clients, all of whom are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, ask us similar questions about the Independent Reconciliation Programs.  We have included some of those questions – and the answers – for you now. 

Question 1:  What is the Independent Reconciliation Program (IRP)?

The Independent Reconciliation Program (IRP) is a program created by the Catholic Bishop of Richmond (Virginia). It is funded by the diocese and, more than likely, its insurance companies.  

It is a voluntary program that allows survivors of childhood sexual abuse by clergymembers to participate in a simpler, more streamlined process of resolving their cases than traditional litigation (filing a lawsuit in court).  It often results in compensation being paid to survivors in a matter of a few months.   

Question:  Who can file a claim in the Diocese of Richmond IRP? 

The program is open to anyone who was sexually abused by a priest or deacon assigned to a diocesan parish, grammar school, or other program, while the victim was under the age of 18.  The IRP is not currently open to anyone who was a nun or a lay employee of the Diocese of Richmond. 

Question: What is a “claims packet?”

The claims packet is a 6 to 10 page form generated by the administrator’s office.  The length – and the questions asked – vary by diocese. Typically the packet asks for some basic information about you and your background.  Of course, it also requests information about your sexual abuse experience and how it has affected you. It is these two areas that are the most important to the IRP administrators, for various reasons – and that is exactly why you should consult with an attorney before you try to do anything on your own.  

The questions can seem daunting and confusing.  An experienced attorney can mean the difference between a very small offer from the fund and a much bigger one.  People who file claims are not typically interviewed by the IRP administrators so the claims packet is the one chance survivors have to tell their entire story from start to the present, and even the future, particularly if therapy or counseling will be needed in the future.  

Our attorneys have spent thousands of hours preparing compensation program claims packets for funds across the country.  We have a unique understanding of how to assemble supporting documents and present your case in a manner that gives the claims administrators the best and most complete information necessary to evaluate your claim.  

Question: I think I am eligible for the IRP.  What should I do?

The IRP does have an open registration period during which anyone who thinks they are eligible to participate in the IRP can request to do so.  During this very strict – and brief – registration period, the IRP administrators will communicate with the Diocese of Richmond to verify some preliminary information regarding the priest’s status with the Diocese and his assignment at the time of the abuse.  This is generally a routine review of basic facts that results in a claims packet being sent to our office.  

Question: Will anyone find out that I filed an IRP claim?  

The program is confidential in the sense that neither the fund administrators nor the diocese will disclose any information publicly about those who participate in the program or their sexual abuse experiences.  The amounts paid to survivors are never made public, except in reports as to the total amount of settlements paid to the group in aggregate. No survivors’ names or the amounts an individual was paid will be made public.

IRP Claimants, on the other hand, are not required to maintain such confidentiality and can share their involvement with as many – or as few – people as they would like.      

Question: Should I contact the Diocese of Richmond myself to get the IRP process moving?  

Attorneys and advocates alike all strongly discourage survivors from contacting anyone at the Diocese of Richmond themselves, particularly if they have not spoken with an experienced lawyer yet.  The Diocese has highly trained staff and experienced lawyers working to defend the Diocese. Even the nicest person working at the Diocese is still being paid by the Diocese and working for the benefit of the Diocese.  You should have a team with just as much experience and tenacity working on your behalf too. 

If you elect to retain our law firm, we will handle all of the communications with the IRP administrators, with the Diocese and its attorneys, and, to the extent it is required, with law enforcement.  You will not have to tell your story over and over again to strangers. Your contact will be almost exclusively with the attorney handling your case. This is a road that we know well and we know how to protect you and your interests.    

Question:  Is the IRP a class action settlement fund?  

The IRP is not a class action settlement fund – each claim will be evaluated individually and each claimant will receive an individual response from the administrators. Each claim is on its own timetable to a certain extent.  Settlement amounts in these funds vary widely, depending on various factors like the severity of the sexual abuse and its effects on the survivors. That is why having an experienced attorney is critical – we know what information is going to be important to the administrators.   

Question: If I file an IRP claims packet, does that mean I can never sue the Diocese of Richmond?  

No.  You do not waive any legal options by merely filing a claim with the IRP.  

In some cases, you may have options beyond filing a claim – you may be able to file a lawsuit in court against the Diocese.  For the overwhelming number of claimants, the statute of limitations has long expired and, as of today, the IRP is the only option for them to get some sense of acknowledgement and accountability by the Diocese of Richmond.  

However, laws are being enacted in many states that change the statute of limitations for lawsuits involving child sexual abuse.  In some cases, the laws have created “windows” during which anyone who was sexually abused can file a lawsuit – even if their statute of limitations has already passed.  It is unclear if Virginia lawmakers will take similar steps. Therefore, it is very important that you have an experienced attorney guide you through the process so that you can make the best decisions for you and your family if and when you receive an offer to settle from the IRP adminstrators.

CONTACT US TODAY.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond and throughout the United States.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest or deacon in Richmond, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  There may also be a major change in the statute of limitations that will open a window for survivors to file lawsuits regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.  

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. James C. Williams – Diocese of Rockville Centre

Father James C. Williams 

Diocese of Rockville Centre

Ordained: 1998

Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • 1999-2011      Chaminade High School (Mineola, NY) 
  • 2012-2018      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James C. Williams:

Father James C. Williams was a priest of the Marianist religious order. He was the President of Chaminade High School, all-boys institution, from 1999 until he resigned in 2011. According to media reports, in 2015, a letter containing allegations that he sexually abused a Chaminade High School student in 2011 was sent to the school. It was later forwarded to the Nassau District Attorney. According to the DA’s office, the alleged acts were described as misdemeanor sexual abuse, but suggested that it may have occurred when the victim was 18 years old. Father Williams “completely denied” the allegations.

In May 2016, Father Williams was suspended from the Marianist order after a 15-month investigation into the allegations of sexual abuse of a minor were deemed “credible.”

In 2019, an allegation that Father Williams sexually abused a child was made by another alleged victim to the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. In a lawsuit filed under the NY Child Victims Act, he was accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old Chaminade student from 1990 to 1993. He was charged with sexual battery in the suit.

His last known whereabouts are Rome, Italy, where he was studying to get his Ph.D. It is believed he currently lives in the greater New York City area. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Rockville Centre, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Rockville Centre now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Victory Christian Academy Teacher Arrested on Charges He Molested Female Student

Victory Christian Academy Teacher Accused of Molesting Sixth Grade Student, Police Say

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Michael Lawrence McMillian, a teacher at Victory Christian Academy in west Orlando was arrested Tuesday, November 13th for allegedly molesting a sixth grade student at the Christian private school in Orange County. McMillian was taken into custody on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child, lewd and lascivious conduct, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and offenses against students by an authority figure.

Law enforcement records reveal that the Department of Children and Families received a call on their hotline that claimed McMillian admitted to victimizing other students from other institutions where he was previously employed.  There are no records of a civil lawsuit being filed.

McMillian, age 36, was arrested on a warrant. Officials with the Orlando Police Department said the victim is a student at the school.  The multiple incidents of sexual abuse are alleged to have occurred when the child was 12 years old during the 2018-19 school year when she was in sixth grade at Victory Christian Academy.  The child reported that McMillian would touch her over and under her clothing while they were alone in their classroom or during recess and also in the school nursery.  

McMillian is currently being held at the Orange County Jail without bond. After administrators learned of the allegations, McMillian was fired from the school and removed from the school website.  According to its website, Victory Christian Academy is a Christian school for students attending K5 through 12th grade. 

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they be safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and sexual abuse.  Teachers are entrusted to facilitate learning and support the educational needs of their students. Someone who sexually violates young children has no place working in the school system. Any school in which such a crime is committed must take responsibility for failing to properly screen potential teacher and protect their students. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse in schools and other educational settings. If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a principal, teacher or other other school employee, 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. Donald Joyce (Oblates) – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Donald Joyce

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1958

Removed: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1959-1960      Oblate College (Washington, DC)
  • 1960-1969      Bishop Fallon High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1969-1973      Immaculate Heart of Mary (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • 1973-1976      Our Lady of Lourdes (Monroe, NC)
  • 1973-1976      St. Joseph’s (Monroe, NC)
  • 1973-1976      Sacred Heart  (Wadesboro, NC)
  • 1976-1982      Sacred Heart  (Lowell, MA)
  • 1982-1983      Unknown
  • 1983-1985      Oblate College (Washington, DC)
  • 1985-1987      Nardin Academy High School (Buffalo, NY)
  • 1987-1988      Unknown
  • 1988-1989      Oblate College (Washington, DC)
  • 1989-1994      Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Provincial Residence (Washington, DC)
  • 1994-1998      Oblate College (Washington, DC)
  • 1998-2011      Oblate School of Theology (San Antonio, TX)
  • 2007-2008      Unknown
  • 2008-2011      Oblate Madonna Residence (San Antonio, TX)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Joyce:

Father Donald Joyce was a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate order. He worked in the archdioceses of Washington DC, and Boston, Massachusetts, as well as the dioceses of Buffalo NY, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Charlotte, North Carolina and San Antonio, Texas. According to media reports, he was named in a lawsuit alleging he fondled and attempted to rape an 11-year old altar boy in Massachusetts, from 1977 to 1979. According to the alleged victim, Father Joyce gave him alcohol, paid for meals and took him on secluded outings. He took him and two other altar boys on an extended month long trip along the northeastern coast, paying for lodging and expensive meals. It was then Father Joyce tried to rape the boy.

The case was settled for an undisclosed amount with the Archdiocese of Boston. As of 2011, he has been barred from working as a priest. Since then he has been working as Director of Libraries at Oblate College in San Antonio, a job that “does not involve minors.” 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Michael Juran – Diocese of Buffalo

Father Michael Juran

Diocese of Buffalo

Ordained: 1976

Removed: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • Mother of Divine Grace Church (Cheektowaga, NY) 
  • St. Gabriel Church (Elma, NY)  
  • Prince of Peace and Our Lady of Mount Carmel churches (Niagara Falls, NY) 
  • Fourteen Holy Helpers Church (West Seneca, NY)  
  • St. Benedict Church (Eggertsville, NY) 
  • St. Stephen Catholic Church (St. Petersberg, FL)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Michael Juran:

Father Michael Juran was a well-known former priest who once worked as a stunt car performer in an automotive thrill show. According to media reports, in October 2018, he was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation after allegations of two cases of sexual misconduct with children were reported. No information regarding the allegations was disclosed. Father Juran was living in the St. Petersberg area in Florida at the time he was removed. In May 2019, the Diocese of Buffalo announced that the allegations against him were determined to be substantiated. The case is to be reviewed by the Vatican in Rome.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Buffalo, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Theodore Llanos – Diocese of Orange

Father Theodore Llanos

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1974

Died: 1997

Assigned as follows:

  • 1975-1978      St. Bernard (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1979                St. Bernard’s Church (Bellflower, CA)
  • 1980-1984      St. Louise de Marillac Church (Covina, CA)
  • 1985-1989      St. Barnabas (Long Beach, CA)
  • 1990-1992      Epiphany Church (South El Monte, CA)
  • 1993-1994      St. Lucy (Long Beach, CA)
  • 1995                Sick Leave
  • 1996                St. Lucy (Long Beach, CA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Theodore Llanos:

According to media reports, Father Theodore Llanos was suspected of molesting dozens of boys over a 20-year period. He allegedly targeted altar boys. He was not removed from ministry after complaints were raised in the 1970s and 1980s. In the early 1990s he was elevated to the Personnel Board. On the Personnel Board he could influence decisions regarding whether child molester priests should go to treatment or evaluation, and whether they should be removed, or transferred.

In 1995, an arrest warrant was issued for Father Llanos on 38 felony counts of child sexual abuse. The charges were later dropped because they fell outside the statute of limitations. Father Llanos was sent to St. Luke Institute, an institution known for treating priests accused of child sexual abuse. He committed suicide in December 1996. 

According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at least 21 survivors have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by Father Llanos over a 20-year period. Father Llanos allegedly sexually abused children while he worked at St. Barbara in Santa Ana as a Deacon before he was ordained; St. Bernard in Los Angeles; St. Louise de Marillac in Covina; St. Bernard in Bellflower; and St. Barnabas in Long Beach. 

Father Llanos was included in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors. There have been numerous civil lawsuits filed against him, including six in 1996, two in 1997 and another two in 2003. They were among the 508 suits to be settled for a record-setting $660 million. Father Llanos is ranked #4 on the Archdiocese’s list of top 10 abusers. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Orange, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Orange now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Fr. Cesar Salazar – Diocese of Orange

Father Cesar Salazar

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1993

Resigned: 2018

Assigned as follows:

  • 1994-1997       Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (La Habra, CA)
  • 1998-1999       St. Anne’s Church (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 2000-2004       St. Joseph’s Church (Santa Ana, CA)
  • 2004-2010       Administrative Leave
  • 2011-2018       Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Cesar Salazar:

According to media reports, in 2001, a laymen found child pornography on Father Salazar’s old computer, who at the time was assigned to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Santa Ana, California. The Santa Ana Police Department was contacted and an investigation was conducted. 

The investigative report submitted to the Orange County District Attorney’s office recommended that Salazar be charged with felony possession of child pornography. The prosecutors rejected the case, stating it would be too difficult to prove Father Salazar was the one who downloaded the pornographic images. 

Following the investigation, Father Salazar was allowed to continue working because, according to the Diocese of Orange, child pornography does not fall under the diocese’s “zero tolerance” policy for sexual abuse. 

Father Salazar was elevated to Auxiliary Bishop in 2004. In 2016, Father Salazar was listed on the Diocese of Orange’s list of members and former members of the clergy who have been removed from ministry resulting from a credible allegation of sexual abuse as being removed from the priesthood and laicized through canonical process. 

According to media reports, in December 2018, Father Salazar was investigated by law enforcement in 2002 for an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, when he was a parish priest. Father Salazar denied any wrongdoing. The archdiocese said it didn’t learn of the allegation until 2005. Law enforcement investigated and recommended that Salazar be prosecuted, but no charges were filed.

The Vatican investigated and reportedly imposed precautionary measures. An Archdiocesan oversight board reviewed the case and deemed the allegation credible. Pope Francis accepted Salazar’s resignation later that month.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Orange, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Orange now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr. Sinon Falvey – Diocese of Orange

Monsignor Sinon Falvey

Diocese of Orange

Ordained: 1945

Died: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946-1950      17 S. Electric Ave. (Alhambra, CA)
  • 1951-1952      St. Alphonsus (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1953-1959      Transfiguration (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1960-1962      940 Coeur d’Alene Ave. (Venice, CA)
  • 1963-1964      Unknown
  • 1965                Christ The King (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1966 2802      Ashmont Ave. (Arcadia, CA)
  • 1967-1969      1307 E. Longden Ave. (Arcadia, CA)
  • 1979-1990      St. Norbert Church (Orange, CA)
  • 1991-2005      Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Sinon Falvey:

According to media reports, In June 2009, Monsignor Sinon Falvey was named in a  civil suit accusing him of sexually abusing an altar boy from 1990 to 1992 while retired, but still living at the St. Norbert Parish, in Orange. The accuser claimed the Diocese od Orange knew about the sexual abuse, but did nothing to stop it. 

“Our client is very damaged and it took him some time to get the courage to come forward, but he’s found it,” the victim’s lawyer said.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) reported being contacted by other victims.  

Monsignor Falvey was in charge of two pedophile priests during his tenure from 1969 to 1989: John Kenney and John Lenihan. His whereabouts, status as a priest, and whether he had access to children from 1990 until 2005 are unknown. He died in February 2005 at age 85.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Orange.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Orange, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Orange now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Msgr John A. Oliver – Diocese of Tucson

Monsignor John A. Oliver

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1952

Died: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • 1952-1954      Queen of Peace Parish, (Mesa, AZ)
  • 1954-1956      St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1956                St. Luke Parish (Douglas, AZ)
  • 1958-1960      All Saints Parish (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1960-1967      St. Augustine Cathedral (Tucson, AZ)
  • 1968-1969      St. Philip Parish (Payson, AZ)
  • 1969-1981      Immaculate Conception Parish (Yuma, AZ)
  • 1987-1995      Sacred Heart Parish (Nogales, AZ)
  • 1981-1987      St. Theresa Parish (Patagonia, AZ)
  • 1995-2000      St. Jude Parish (Pearce-Sunsites, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor John A. Oliver:

According to media reports, in 1967, Monsignor John A. Oliver was the subject of a Pima County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the molestation of a 14-year-old boy. The boy said he had been hitchhiking home from bowling when a man he later identified as Monsignor Oliver picked him up and offered to drive him home. Instead, Monsignor Oliver drove him to a home in Oro Valley, gave him alcohol and molested him.

The Sheriff’s Department report from that case includes a comment suggesting prior cover-ups by the diocese. John H. Rock, a retired detective sergeant with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, investigated the 1967 case and said there was no doubt the man who molested the boy was Monsignor Oliver. Rock said the case was not handled like other similar investigations. The Diocese of Tucson never made Monsignor Oliver available for an interview, he said in sworn testimony contained in court documents for the civil actions. “I think it got covered up in a way,” Rock said.

Monsignor Oliver pleaded guilty in the case, though it is unclear what the plea involved. No records are available at Pima County Superior Court. He was sentenced to 6 or 7 years probation. 

While in Yuma during the early 1970s, Monsignor Oliver oversaw a new, young priest named Robert C. Trupia. The Diocese of Tucson has since classified Father Trupia as a “notorious and serial abuser.” 

Monsignor Oliver retired in 2000 and suspended from ministry in May 2002. He died in March 2011. The review of archival records has shown that he was given assignments after there was awareness of an allegation. He was never criminally convicted of the allegations against him. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Tucson.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Tucson, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Tucson now have legal options to recover damages due to a compensation fund created for victims.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an email to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.