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Fr. Legér Tremblay – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Legér Tremblay

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1948

Removed: 1987

Settlement: 2004, 2005

Death: 2002

Assignment History:

  • Mission Church of St. Charles (Goudeau, LA)
  • St. Juliana (Alexandria, LA)
  • Church of the Little Flower (Evergreen, LA)
  • Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Shreveport, LA)
  • St. Joseph (Mansfield, LA)

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Legér Tremblay

In February 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria publicly named Fr. Legér Tremblay on its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Tremblay allegedly abused male minors in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 2003 and 2005, the Permanent Review Board—which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors—reviewed the evidence and determined the allegations were credible.

Additionally, the victims received settlements in 2004 and 2005.

2005 Complaint and AllegationFr. Legér Tremblay Horowitz Law

While it’s unclear which allegations the Permanent Review Board evaluated, a 2005 lawsuit against the Diocese of Alexandria details a rape Fr. Legér Tremblay allegedly committed against a male minor (the Plaintiff) in the 1950s.

In the summer of 1955, the Plaintiff says he was a 14-year-old boy living in the St. Landry parish of Louisiana when Fr. Tremblay persuaded the Plaintiff’s mother to allow the Plaintiff to accompany the priest on a trip to Cow Island.

According to the complaint, Fr. Tremblay “showed up to [the Plaintiff’s] home with his redheaded driver.” Fr. Tremblay introduced the redheaded driver as “Don his seminary driver”, later identified as Fr. Donald McCarthy.

As the trip began, the Plaintiff says Fr. Tremblay began groping him. After the Plaintiff and the priest went to Cow Island and found Fr. Tremblay’s acquaintance unavailable, the Plaintiff claims Fr. Tremblay asked for sexual acts, to which the Plaintiff resisted.

Throughout the complaint, the Plaintiff asserts Fr. Tremblay continued to pressure him for sex. “I fought for the next nine hours, begging him to stop,” the Plaintiff states in his complaint. The Plaintiff says he thought he would be safe when Fr. Tremblay instructed Fr. McCarthy to drive to find “Jimmy” because “he would cooperate.

When the priests were unable to find “Jimmy”, the Plaintiff says Fr. McCarthy “drove into the dark on the side of a theatre on Cameron Street in Lafayette. According to the Plaintiff’s account, Fr. Tremblay told the Plaintiff “if he submitted, [Fr. Tremblay] would take him home. The complaint then states both Fr. Tremblay and “Don the seminary” driver raped the Plaintiff.

2005 Litigation and Result

Between 1990 and 2003, the Plaintiff says he called the Diocese of Alexandria more than once to “request assistance.” According to the Plaintiff, he was told that Fr. Legér Tremblay had been “doing this” since 1952 and was “kicked out of the priesthood in 1986.”

In 2005, the Plaintiff filed a suit against the diocese and Fr. McCarthy (Fr. Tremblay died three years prior). In his complaint, the Plaintiff asserts the diocese “was aware of Tremblay’s pedophilia and adopted a policy of containment and secrecy.”

Ultimately, the case was dismissed because the Plaintiff was unable to overcome the statute of limitations.

Fr. Legér Tremblay’s Removal

According to the Diocese of Shreveport, Fr. Leger Tremblay was removed from the priesthood in 1987 after an allegation of “an attempted, unwanted physical advance toward a minor.” Fr. Legér Tremblay Horowitz Law

Ordained May 22, 1948, Fr. Tremblay served in Plaucheville, Marksville, Evergreen, Alexandria, Jena, Ferriday, Mansfield, and Shreveport. Sources say he also often traveled internationally to preach. Much is not known about Fr. Tremblay’s whereabouts after his removal.

Fr. Legér Tremblay died on January 13, 2002, at Glen Oaks Nursing Home.

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. 

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Fr. Donald P. McCarthy – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Donald P. McCarthy

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1959

Retired: 2009

Death: 2017

Assignment History:

  • 1962-63: Assistant Pastor at Seven Dolors, Manhattan, and Guidance Counselor at Luckey High School;
  • 1963-65: Assistant Pastor, Sacred Heart Cathedral (Salina, KS);
  • 1963-70: Guidance Counselor and teacher at Sacred Heart High School in Salina;
  • 1965: Assistant Pastor at St. Mary, Queen of the Universe, Salina;
  • 1965-70: Pastor at St. Ignatius Loyola, Kanopolis, and St. Mary’s, Holyrood;
  • 1970-71: Pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Salina;
  • 1970-72: Principal, Sacred Heart High School;
  • 1971-72: Pastor at St. Patrick’s, Gypsum, and Assistant Chaplain at St. John’s Military School, Salina;
  • 1971-2005: Diocesan Director of Scouting;
  • 1972-82: Principal of Tipton Catholic High School in Tipton and St. John’s Catholic High School in Beloit;
  • 1973-75: Pastor at Sacred Heart, Esbon, and St. Mary’s, Smith Center;
  • 1975-78: Pastor at SS. Peter and Paul, Cawker City, and St. Mary’s, Downs;
  • 1978-82: Co-pastor at St. John the Baptist, Beloit;
  • 1980-82: Pastor at Cawker City;
  • 1982-86: Pastor at St. Patrick’s, Ogden, Chaplain at Fort Riley;
  • 1982-83: Guidance Counselor at St. Francis Xavier High School in Junction City;
  • 1983-84: Principal at St. Francis Xavier High School;
  • 1984-86: Superintendent at Manhattan Catholic Schools;
  • 1986-89: Superintendent of Diocesan Schools;
  • 1988-93: Pastor at St. Joseph’s, Oakley;
  • 1988-89: Principal at Oakley and Colby Catholic grade schools;
  • 1989-92: Principal, St. Joseph’s Grade School in Oakley; 1992-93, Pastor at St. Paul’s, Angelus;
  • 1993-2009: Pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hill City, and St. Joseph’s, Damar;
  • 1993-96: Principal at Tipton Catholic High School;
  • 1996-97: Principal at St. Mary’s Grade School in Ellis;
  • 1997-98: Principal at Sacred Heart Grade School in Colby;
  • 2002: Retired

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Donald McCarthy

In 2005, a man sued Fr. Donald McCarthy for a rape the man says took place when he was a child in the 1950s. In the complaint, the man (the Plaintiff) alleges Fr. McCarthy acted with Fr. Legér Tremblay to abuse him. While Fr. McCarthy was never incardinated in Louisiana, Fr. Tremblay was “under the supervision and control of the Alexandria Diocese” when the incident was said to have occurred.

2005 Complaint and Allegation

In the summer of 1955, the Plaintiff says he was a 14-year-old boy living in the St. Landry parish of Louisiana when Fr. Tremblay persuaded the Plaintiff’s mother to allow the Plaintiff to accompany the priest on a trip to Cow Island.

According to the complaint, Fr. Tremblay “showed up to [the Plaintiff’s] home with his redheaded driver.” Fr. Tremblay introduced the redheaded driver as “Don his seminary driver”, later identified as Fr. Donald McCarthy. At the time, the complaint contends that Fr. Donald McCarthy was a seminary student in Texas and that the Plaintiff met him a month prior at Camp Maryhill.

Fr. Donald McCarthy Horowitz LawAs the trip began, the Plaintiff says Fr. Tremblay started groping him. After the Plaintiff and the priest went to Cow Island and found Fr. Tremblay’s acquaintance unavailable, the Plaintiff claims Fr. Tremblay asked for sexual acts, to which the Plaintiff resisted.

Throughout the complaint, the Plaintiff asserts Fr. Tremblay continued to pressure him for sex. “I fought for the next nine hours, begging him to stop,” the Plaintiff states in his complaint. The Plaintiff says he thought he would be safe when Fr. Tremblay instructed Fr. McCarthy to drive to find “Jimmy” because “he would cooperate.

When the priests were unable to find “Jimmy”, the Plaintiff says Fr. McCarthy “drove into the dark on the side of a theatre on Cameron Street in Lafayette. According to the Plaintiff’s account, Fr. Tremblay told the Plaintiff “if he submitted, [Fr. Tremblay] would take him home. The complaint then states both Fr. Tremblay and “Don the seminary” driver raped the Plaintiff.

The Plaintiff says the priests warned and threatened him not to tell. In the complaint, the Plaintiff says Fr. McCarthy sent him letters after the incident occurred.

2005 Litigation and Result

After identifying Fr. Donald McCarthy as an abuser in his complaint, the Plaintiff alleges that for “50 years, [Fr. McCarthy] engaged in a continued coverup of the incidents in Lafayette” and “sought and secured transfer from Austin to Kansas in an effort to evade the Plaintiff.”

The Diocese of Alexandria was also a party to the suit. Fr. Tremblay, however, was deceased when the Plaintiff brought suit.

Ultimately, the case was dismissed because the Plaintiff was unable to overcome the statute of limitations.

Fr. Donald McCarthy’s Career and Whereabouts

Ordained May 23, 1959, Fr. Donald McCarthy served in New York, Texas and Kansas; he was incardinated into the Diocese of Salina on October 29, 1968.Fr. Donald McCarthy Horowitz Law

Throughout his career, Fr. McCarthy served as a counselor, teacher, and school director. In 1970, he was made director of Sacred Heart High School in Salina. According to sources, Sacred Heart had about 300 pupils at a time. Seven years before his promotion, Fr. McCarthy was a teacher and counselor at Sacred Heart.

Sources—including the Plaintiff’s complaint—say Fr. McCarthy was placed on medical leave shortly after his ordination and returned to teach in Kansas and mentor boy scouts. Although any mention of leave is absent from the assignment history detailed in his obituary, news articles from the 1970s confirm Fr. McCarthy was a promotor of the Boy Scouts.

Fr. Donald McCarty retired in January 2009 but continued to serve in ministerial capacities. According to his obituary, he became chaplain of Mt. Joseph’s Senior Village in Concordia, Kansas. He also served as a sports official for volleyball, football, wrestling, and basketball. He worked at Kansas schools like Summer Lake Ministry at Glen Elder State Park.

Fr. Donald McCarthy died on November 27, 2017. 

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. 

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Andre Ricardo Williams Horowitz Law

St. Cloud Prep School Dean Fired and Arrested For Sexual Abuse With Student

Andre Ricardo Williams, a 32-year old English dean at St. Cloud Preparatory Academy, was arrested and charged on September 14, 2021, with soliciting and engaging in lewd contact with an 18-year-old student as an authority figure. St. Cloud Prep is located at 3101 Progress Ln, St Cloud, FL 34772.

According to media reports, Williams admitted to St. Cloud Police to having sex with the teen more than once over the last two weeks and that he also texted explicit photos of his genitals to the student. The academy’s Facebook page release a statement stating Williams has been terminated from St. Cloud Preparatory Academy.

John D’Amico, the school’s Executive Director, stated, “There has been an incident at the school involving our dean who has been arrested for solicitation of sexual engagement with a student. This student has been identified, and the parents have been notified and made aware of the situation. We take the health and safety of our students very seriously, and we will continue to ensure that we take all appropriate measures to protect our students. The employee is no longer employed with SCPA. While this is still considered a current investigation and I’m unable to share any future details, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any further concerns.”

Andre Ricardo Williams is being held on a $5,000 bond in the Osceola County Jail and the investigation is ongoing.

Schools are educational institutions in which children can learn and develop skills in a nurturing environment. It is expected that they are 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 teachers 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 school employees, 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. Norman Rogge – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Norman Rogge

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1956

Convicted: 1967; 1985

Removed: 2002

Death: 2009

Assignment History:

  • 1956-1957: St. Mary’s College (Saint Mary’s, Kansas)
  • 1957-1958: St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, Connecticut)
  • 1958-1960: Jesuit High School (Dallas, Texas)
  • 1960-1979: Sacred Heart (Tampa, Florida)
  • 1960-1979: Juvenile Detention Home (Tampa, Florida)
  • 1979-1981: St. Ignatius (Mobile, Alabama)
  • 1981-1982: Jesuit Theological Union (Berkeley, California)
  • 1982-1985: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Campti, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: St. Joseph’s Chapel (Trichel) (Natchitoches, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Black Lake, Louisiana)
  • 1982-1985: St. Patrick’s (Montgomery, Louisiana)
  • 1988-1989: Ignatius Residence (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • 1989-2002: St. Charles College (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
  • 1998-2002: St. Charles Borromeo (Grand Coteau, Louisiana)
  • 1998-2002: Christ the King (Bellevue, Louisiana)

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Norman Rogge

In February 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria publicly named Fr. Norman Rogge on its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. According to the list, Fr. Rogge’s file showed evidence of sexual abuse concerning a male minor in 1985.

Fr. Norman Rogge’s 1985 Allegation and Conviction

While the diocese did not provide more information about the nature and scope of the 1985 allegation in Fr. Rogge’s file, Fr. Rogge was convicted of lewdness with a minor that year.

While visiting Tampa in July 1984, Fr. Rogge and two other men took an eleven-year-old boy to a country cabin for a weekend. Police reports say the men walked around the cabin naked and performed inappropriate acts in the child’s presence. One of the men, a convicted child molester, allegedly threatened to kill the child if he told anyone about his experience.

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News clipping about Fr. Norman Rogge’s arrest in 1985.

Fr. Rogge—identified as Anthony J. Rogge, a.k.a. Norman J. Rogge, in police reports—was later arrested and charged with the Sexual Battery of a Minor. Records indicate Fr. Rogge pleaded nolo contendere or no contest, which means Fr. Rogge accepted the punishment of a guilty plea without admitting guilt. The court sentenced him to probation and confinement at Servants of Paraclete in New Mexico. Once Fr. Rogge completed probation, the conviction was removed from his record.

Altogether, it is unclear if this is the same allegation the Diocese of Alexandria referenced in its 2019 list. However, the Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, investigated the allegation and determined it was credible.

1967 Conviction and Subsequent Allegations

1985 was not Fr. Norman Rogge’s first conviction. Police records indicate that two decades prior, he was convicted of molesting a fourteen-year-old boy in Tampa.

In 1967, Fr. Rogge served as a counselor in a juvenile group home when he groped the child’s genitals at a movie theatre. Police reports also reveal that Fr. Rogge admitted to asking a male minor for oral sex. Much like the outcome of his 1985 conviction, the court placed Fr. Rogge on probation and sent him to a treatment center. His criminal record was also cleared after his probation ended.

While some of Fr. Rogge’s abuses are documented in police reports and court documents, sources indicate more allegations exist outside of official documentation. In 2002, a former resident of the juvenile group home where Fr. Rogge worked said Fr. Rogge repeatedly fondled him in 1963. Multiple residents of the group home told investigators that Fr. Rogge touched them inappropriately during nude swimming lessons near a cottage Rogge owned.

Fr. Rogge’s Continued Career and Assignment History

Despite two probation sentences and two known visits to treatment centers, Fr. Norman Rogge was in ministry for nearly 50 years. Ordained in 1956, Fr. Rogge worked in parishes, schools, and youth detention centers throughout the South.

Fr. Norman Rogge Horowitz LawShortly after his ordination, Fr. Rogge was assigned to the Jesuit High School in Dallas, Texas. Sources say that Jesuit High School had about 590-613 male students at the time. After his conviction in 1967, he was sent to St. Ignatius in Mobile, Alabama. According to BishopAccountability.com, St. Ignatius had nearly 500 students.

Sources say Fr. Rogge then left Alabama and moved to Florida. In Florida, records show Fr. Rogge worked at two high schools—one being Sacred Heart that had anywhere from 400-600 students. Shortly after his conviction in 1985, Fr. Rogge worked at St. Charles Borromeo, which had over 300 students.

The Diocese of Lafayette removed Fr. Rogge in 2002 after journalists highlighted his criminal record and assignment history. After his removal, Fr. Rogge lived at Ignatius Residence until his death in February 2009.

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.

 

 

 

Fr. Nino Viviano – Diocese of Alexandria

Father Nino Viviano

Diocese of Alexandria

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Ordained: 1964

Retired: 1998

Death: 2020

Assignment History:

  • St. Frances Cabrini Church (Alexandria, LA)
  • Christ the King Church (Bossier City, LA)

Summary of the Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Nino Viviano

In June 2019, the Diocese of Alexandria added Fr. Nino Viviano’s name to its list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. After publishing the list in February, the diocese learned Fr. Viviano allegedly abused a female minor in the early 1960s.

The Permanent Review Board, which evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors, investigated the allegation and determined it was credible. According to the Diocese of Alexandria, when the investigation began, Fr. Viviano “was suffering from the advanced stages of dementia and was not capable of participating in the review” of the allegation. Further details about the nature and scope of the abuse are not publicly available.

Ordained May 30, 1964, Fr. Nino Viviano served for approximately 34 years before his retirement in 1998. Sources say Fr. Viviano also served as chaplain at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and as parochial vicar at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Clearwater. After his retirement, the diocese stated they did not extend facilities for ministry to Fr. Viviano.

Fr. Nino Viviano died on February 27, 2020. Right before his death, Fr. Viviano was reportedly living in a nursing home. Further details about Fr. Viviano’s whereabouts after his retirement 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 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. 

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Fr. Ralph Corbeil – Diocese of Portland

Father Ralph Corbeil

Diocese of Portland 

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Ordained: 1935

Retired: 1969

Died: 1973

Assigned as follows:

  • St. David (Madawaska, ME)
  • St. Mary (Lewiston, ME)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Fr. Ralph Corbeil:

Fr. Ralph Corbeil was ordained a priest in 1935, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland.   According to media reports, in 2002, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office received both a phone call and a letter from a witness who claimed to have walked in on Fr. Corbeil molesting a 15-year-old girl in her home in Fort Kent, ME. The man stated that when he told the victim’s mother about the incident, she told him not to tell anyone about what he had witnessed. The man also reported that in the 1950’s parents in the town complained to the archbishop about Fr. Corbeil’s inappropriate behavior and that nothing was done. Fr. Corbeil was eventually transferred to another parish 20 miles away from Fort Kent.

Another allegation of sexual abuse against Fr. Corbeil surfaced in 2004. The Maine Attorney General’s Office received an allegation of child sexual abuse in the 1950’s against Corbeil. The alleged abuse began in 1952 when the victim was a 10-year-old altar boy at St. Mary’s in Lewiston, ME and continued for four years until the victim was 14 years old. According to the victim, the abuse took place in the church sacristy two to three times a week where Fr. Corbeil kissed him and made him perform oral sex. After each incident, Fr. Corbeil paid the victim $5 to stay silent.

Fr. Corbeil died in 1973.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Herve Carrier – Diocese of Portland

Father Herve Carrier

Diocese of Portland 

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Ordained: 1947

Retired: 1996

Died: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • Holy Cross (Lewiston, ME)
  • St. Mary (Lewiston, ME)
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Lillie, ME)
  • St. Gerard (Grand Isle, ME)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Fr. Herve Carrier:

Fr. Herve Carrier was ordained a priest in 1947, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of PortlandAccording to media reports, in 2002, a woman contacted the Maine Attorney General’s Office and reported that she had been sexually abused by Fr. Carrier when she was eight years old. The allegation of child sexual abuse in the spring of 1958 against the priest was first reported to the Diocese of Portland in 1993 after the victim recovered the memory during therapy.

According to the alleged victim, she was walking home from the grocery store when she saw Fr. Carrier standing in the doorway of the rectory. Fr. Carrier motioned for the girl to come inside. He then exposed himself to her and forced her to perform oral sex on him. The diocese investigated the allegation and deemed their findings “inconclusive.”

Fr. Carrier retired in 1996, and died in 2002.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Frederick Carrigan – Diocese of Portland

Father Frederick Carrigan

Diocese of Portland 

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Ordained: 1961

Removed from ministry: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary (Bath, ME)
  • St. Joseph (Gardiner, ME)
  • St. Mary (Bangor, ME)
  • St. Thomas (Dover-Foxcroft, ME)
  • St. Peter (East Millinocket, ME)
  • St. Matthew (Hampden, ME)
  • St. Gabriel (Winterport, ME)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Fr. Frederick Carrigan:

Fr. Frederick Carrigan was ordained a priest in 1961, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of PortlandAccording to media reports, his ministry was limited, and he was sent for treatment in 1989 for inappropriate contact with an adult. Additionally, an allegation of child sexual abuse in 1972 against Fr. Carrigan was received in 1991. The priest was removed from all ministry in 2002, and he was listed as retired in a 2003 diocesan directory.

In 2009, a church tribunal found Carrigan guilty of abusing a minor. The Vatican assigned Carrigan to a life of prayer and penance, which means he can’t minister, present himself as a priest or wear clerical clothes. His current whereabouts of 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 Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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Fr. Antonin Caron – Diocese of Portland

Father Antonin Caron

Diocese of Portland 

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Ordained: 1969

Laicized: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • Notre Dame (Waterville, ME)
  • St Margaret (Old Orchard Beach, ME)
  • St. Mary (Lewiston, ME)
  • St. Mary (Presque Isle, ME)
  • St. Michael (South Berwick, ME)
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Portland, ME)
  • St. Ignatius (Sanford, ME)
  • Our Lady of Ransom (Mechanic Falls, ME)
  • St. Gregory (Gray, ME)
  • St. Mary (Eagle Lake, ME)
  • St. James (Baileyville, ME)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Fr. Antonin Caron:

Fr. Antonin Caron was ordained a priest in 1969, who served in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland for four decades.  According to media reports, in 1994 he was acquitted of gross sexual abuse after he was accused of assaulting a 13-year-old girl with a pencil and his hands in the sacristy of St. James in Baileyville. The alleged incident took place in May 1992. Caron’s defense was that he would not have assaulted the girl because he was gay. He retired “on disability” before the charges were filed.

In 2000, Bishop Joseph Gerry suspended Fr. Caron for his involvement with a pornographic website for gay priests. His privileges were temporarily revoked but later reinstated.

In 2012, the Diocese of Portland received a complaint of sexual abuse against Fr. Caron that occurred between 1982 and 1986. The alleged abuse took place when Caron was assigned to Our Lady of Ransom in Mechanic Falls and St. Gregory Parish in Gray. The details of the allegation, including information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse are unknown. The Diocese deemed the claims to be “substantiated.”

The Diocese of Portland received another allegation of sexual abuse against Fr. Caron in 2014. The victim alleged that Caron repeatedly sexually abused him over a three-year period when he was teenager. Fr. Caron befriended the teen after his mother died and took him on several trips. The dates and nature of the alleged abuse were not disclosed.

Fr. Antonin Caron was laicized in 2016. 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 Portland in Maine. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Maine, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Portland now have legal options, but filing deadlines may apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Maine and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. William Cahill – Diocese of Portland

Father William Cahill

Diocese of Portland (Jesuits)

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Ordained: 1946

Died: 1986

Assigned as follows:

  • 1946-1947: Weston College (Weston, MA)
  • 1947-1949: Fairfield College Prep. High School (Fairfield, CT)
  • 1949-1950: (Auriesville, NY)
  • 1950-1960: Cheverus High School (Portland, ME)
  • 1960-1962: St. Robert’s Hall (Pomfret, CT)
  • 1960-1962: St. Bernard’s (Fitchburg, MA)
  • 1962-1964: St. Mary’s (Boston, MA)
  • 1964-1966: Boston College High School (Boston, MA)
  • 1967-1972: Immaculate Conception (Boston, MA)
  • 1967-1972: Boston City Hospital (Boston, MA)
  • 1971-1972: Weston College (Mt. Clemens, MA)
  • 1972-1977: St. Joseph’s Hospital (Mt. Clemens, MI)
  • 1977-1978: Veterans’ Administration Hospital (West Roxbury, MA)
  • 1977-1979: Campion Center (Weston, MA)
  • 1978-1985: Immaculate Conception (Cambridge, MA)
  • 1981-1985: Immaculate Conception (Boston, MA)
  • 1981-1985: Boston City Hospital (Boston, MA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Fr. William Cahill:

Fr. William Cahill was ordained a priest of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus in 1946. In the first two decades of his career, Cahill taught in high schools in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and in multiple parishes in the Diocese of Portland. For the following two decades, he worked as an assistant hospital chaplain, in Michigan, and in Massachusetts. Cahill finished his tertianship within the Diocese of Albany.

According to media reports, in March 2002, several men came forward with accusations that Fr. Cahill sexually abused at least three male students at Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also accused of having sexually abused a freshman student in the early 1950s. One accuser said that on two occasions, the priest pinned him against the blackboard, then fondled him.

In an email to the Governor’s Office, one man alleged that Fr. Cahill tried to molest him, but he successfully rebuffed the attempt.

Another accuser stated in an email to the Governor’s office that a staff member found a young boy, with his pants down, tied to a chair in Cahill’s room, and that Cahill subsequently “disappeared” from Cheverus.

In January 2019, Fr. Cahill was publicly named on a list of Northeast Province Jesuits with credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. Father Cahill’s name also appears on the Archdiocese of Detroit’s 2019 list of credibly accused clergy under the heading “religious order priests.”

Cahill was never charged, and died in February 1986.

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