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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.

 

Fr Julian Sanz – Diocese of Tucson

Father Julian Sanz

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: 1977

Removed: 2010

Assigned as follows:

  • 1980-1984 St. Bernard Parish (Pirtleville, AZ)
  • 1986-1987 St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Yuma, AZ)
  • 1987-1990 Sacred Heart Parish (Clifton, AZ)
  • 1990-1992 St. Joseph Parish (Wellton, AZ)
  • 1992-2001 St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (San Luis, AZ)
  • 2001-2002 Immaculate Conception Parish (Douglas, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Julian Sanz:

According to media reports, Father Julian Sanz, a native of Spain, came to the Diocese of Tucson in 1980. Became diocesan priest in 1994. In August 2002, he was placed on leave after a boy said he had been molested earlier that month. Another victim came forward later to say he was molested at age 12 during confession in 1982. His memory of being sexually abused was repressed until 1996. 

The victim said or many years, “I was never able to trust anybody. I was afraid to talk to people, to approach people.”

“When I do see a priest in their garb, something I wonder to myself is: Is this person going to do the same things the other man did to me?”

In February 2003, Father Sanz was arrested on two counts of sexual abuse of a child. He pleaded  “no contest” to the allegations in October 2003, and was sentenced to five years in prison. A civil suit filed in January 2004, by the same man in the criminal charges. He was removed from the priesthood in 2010.

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.

Mr Phillip G. Speers – Diocese of Tucson

Mr. Phillip G. Speers 

Diocese of Tucson

Ordained: N/A

Assigned as follows:

  • 1999-2000      St. Francis of Assisi School (Yuma, AZ)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Mr. Phillip G. Speers:

According to media reports, Mr. Phillip G. Speers, a former seminary student and teacher at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Yuma, was accused of abusing at least five girls in the 2nd grade class, in 1999-2000 school year. He was also found to be in possession of child pornography. 

He was convicted in two separate trials in 2002 and 2003, but the decisions were later reversed by the Arizona court of appeals. The appellate court ruled that Mr. Speers should have been allowed to call expert witnesses to talk about the implantation of false memories in children, and that he should have been allowed to have friends, family members and co-workers give testimony about his character. 

His family has always maintained Mr. Speers’ innocence, contending that he was made a scapegoat by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson during the height of the sexual abuse scandal affecting the Catholic Church, and that the state’s case against him was a witch hunt.

In 2003, the families of the five girls who said Mr. Speers molested them received a $1.8 million payment in 2003 to settle civil claims they had filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma. The diocese’s insurance paid the settlement. 

In August 2007, he was retried and found guilty. He was  sentenced to 34 years in prison. Prosecutors said Mr. Speers, in spite of his polish, good looks and fervent supporters, is a dangerous pedophile who inappropriately touched little girls in his classroom, putting his hands inside their clothes and asking one to strip naked in the cloakroom for a video he was making.

In September 2007, the possession of the child pornography charges were dropped.

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.

Fr. Francis Benham – Archdiocese of Washington

Father Francis Benham

Archdiocese of Washington

Ordained: 1963

Laicized: 2005

Assigned as follows:

  • Church of the Holy Spirit (Forestville, MD)
  • St. Jude Catholic Church (Rockville,
  • St. Nicholas Church (Zanesville, Ohio)
  • Community of Holy Rosary/St. John on the South Side (Columbus, Ohio)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Benham:

In 1979, the Archdiocese of Washington first received a report that Father Francis Benham, while serving as pastor in a Forestville parish, sexually assaulted and sodomized a young girl during a two-year period beginning in 1977 when she was 13 years old. The abuse occurred two or three times a week. The victim said, “During that whole two years, he had me to believe that it was OK. And, that it was OK with God.”

The Archdiocese of Washington did not report the allegation to police.  Instead, Benham was removed from ministry and sent for counseling. Upon completion of  treatment, he was cleared for return to ministry. Bishop Edward Herrmann allowed Father Benham to join the Diocese of Columbus (Ohio) which was informed that an allegation of child abuse had been made against him. He served there from 1979-1985.

In 1985, Father Benham abandoned the ministry and stopped working as a priest. Two years later, in 1987, he moved to central Illinois where he worked as a counselor for convicted sex offenders for nearly 14 years at Tazwood Mental Health Center in Pekin.

In 1995, the Archdiocese of Washington received a second allegation against Father Benham, relating to abuse that occurred in 1970-71. The new allegation was reported to police in 1995, after the archdiocese did a review of its personnel files in order to forward to police information about all past allegations of child abuse made against its priests.  It claims it reported the first allegation at that time as well. 

A third allegation was made in Spring 1995, but this time the victim contacted police directly. According to papers filed by police in Prince George’s County District Court, Benham allegedly kissed, undressed and sexually aroused a 15-year-old boy at Church of the Holy Spirit in Forestville on about six occasions between July 1977 and April 1978.

According to media reports, Benham became a certified child care provider for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and in 2003, kept boys in his Lincoln, Illinois, home during weekends to provide relief for foster parents.

In June 2004, Father Benham was charged and arrested in Lincoln with second- and third-degree sex offenses. He was extradited from Lincoln to Prince George’s County, MD. He pleaded guilty in December of that year.

In March 2005, Father Benham was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The victims agreed to a plea bargain, which suspended most of his sentence, to be followed by three years of probation. The agreement also required Benham to register on the national sex offender database and to abstain from contact with anyone under the age of 18. He apologized for his crimes, but blamed his actions on his abuse of alcohol at the time.

In 2005, Father Benham was laicized (removed from the priesthood) by the Vatican.

In January 2006, he was released from prison.

In February 2011, Father Benham was re-arrested for failure to register as a sex offender. He was cited for practicing clinical psychology without a license in Illinois in October 2012.

In October 2018, Father Benham’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Washington’s list of credibly accused priests.  In March 2019, Father Benham’s name appeared on the Archdiocese of Columbus’s list of credibly accused priests.

According to his sex offender registry, he continues to reside in Lincoln, Illinois.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Washington, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Washington 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.