Category: Sex

Fr. Francis Philben (Holy Ghost) – Diocese of Richmond

Father Francis Philben

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1947

Died: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Francis Philben:

Father Francis Philben was a member of the Holy Ghost order. According to media reports, in February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in 1994. The allegation was reported after his death.

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.

Fr. John Rea – Diocese of Richmond

Father John Rea

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1945

Died: 2002

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John Rea:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Father John Rea’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in 2002. The allegation was reported after his death.

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.

Fr. Austin L. Ryder – Diocese of Richmond

Father Austin L. Ryder

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1948

Died: 1981

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Austin L. Ryder:

Father Austin L. Ryder was incardinated in the Diocese of Arlington after it was established in 1974. According to media reports, in February 2019, Father his name appeared publicly on the Dioceses of Richmond’s and Arlington’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in 1981. The allegation was reported after his death.

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.

Fr. John J. Munley – Diocese of Richmond

Father John J. Munley

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1954

Died: 1995

Assigned as follows:

  • Unknown

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John J. Munley:

Father John J. Munley was ordained for the Diocese of Richmond. In 1954, he was Incardinated into the Diocese of Arlington. According to media reports, in February 2019, Father his name appeared publicly on the Dioceses of Richmond’s and Arlington’s lists of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in 1995. The allegation was reported after his death.

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.

Fr. James H. McConnell – Diocese of Richmond

Father James H. McConnell

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1924

Died: 1969

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart (Norfolk, VA)
  • Saint Francis of Assisi (Staunton, VA)
  • Saint Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe (Hampton, , VA)
  • US Army, Fort Eustis (Newport News, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James H. McConnell:

According to media reports, in February 2019, Father James H. McConnell’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in 1969. The allegation was reported after his death.

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.

Fr. Oliver J. Smalls – Diocese of Richmond

Father Oliver J. Smalls 

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Virginia Home for Boys
  • Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Oliver J. Smalls:

According to media reports, in February 2019, while working in Belize, Father Oliver J. Smalls’ name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He was immediately removed from public ministry in the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan. 

According to his attorney, the allegation was of child sexual abuse in 1970. Father Smalls denied the allegation. He worked at the Virginia Home for Boys for eight months in 1975. 

In August 2019, he filed a defamation lawsuit against the Diocese of Richmond. He reportedly left the country and 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 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.

sexual statute of limitations - Horowitz Law

Which Reform is Better: Mandatory Reporting or Statute of Limitations?

You might wonder “Why the constant harping about fixing or removing the statute of limitations on child sex crimes? Why not just fix or expand mandatory reporting laws that penalize those who ignore abuse reports or suspicions?”

Here’s why. . .

First, mandatory reporting laws are rarely used. When was the last time you saw this headline on line or in your daily newspaper: “Counselor goes to jail for not reporting suspected abuse” or

“Nurse must pay big fine for keeping potential child sex crimes hidden” or “Principal is jailed; she didn’t call cops about possible abuse.”

(Despite decades of stunning child sex scandals, in which literally hundreds of bishops didn’t disclose – and in fact, actively concealed – pedophile priests, only one bishop has been convicted of violating his mandatory reporting obligation: Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City MO. A few others, in Santa Rosa CA, Manchester NH and Cincinnati OH, came close.)

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/09_10/2012_09_07_Palosaari_BishopRobert.htm

So these prosecutions just don’t happen often. Usually, police and district attorneys focus solely on the offender, not those who could and should have stopped the offender.

Second, mandatory reporting law violations, when used, often result in paltry penalties. In some states, if you know or suspect abuse, are obligated to report it but do not, you can be fined a maximum of $1,000. That’s pathetic. (No wonder law enforcement is reluctant to bring charges like this.)

Third, prosecutors are often political creatures. They concentrate, at least in part, on building their careers and reputations. An easy way to do this is to grab the “low hanging fruit” – the offenders, not their allies or co-conspirators or enablers. That wins them votes. (Ask yourself: if your local DA could only go after one group, would you rather it be bank robbers or get-away drivers?)

Fourth, prosecutors often are (or believe they are) underfunded. It’s usually cheaper and easier to pursue street level drug dealers rather than the more sophisticated, careful drug kingpins.

Finally, ask yourself “Who is apt to be the most motivated to report and expose a child molester?” The obvious answer: one of his or her victims.

That’s why statute of limitations repeal is the most effective: it gives the most power to protect others and expose abusers to people with the most incentive to do so – victims.

(If there’s no statute of limitations on child sex crimes, victims have two effective options – try to get law enforcement to act OR get a civil lawyer to act.)

So let’s stick with what we KNOW works: removing or relaxing the statutes of limitations that prevent victims of sexual violence from getting justice in the time-tested, centuries old way most crime victims do: in the courts.

(Indiana has also joined the list of states working on SOL reform:

https://www.courierpress.com/story/opinion/columnists/jon-webb/2020/02/19/indiana-bill-could-possibly-help-victims-priest-sex-abuse/4797135002/)

(More info on mandatory reporting laws is here: https://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Mandated_Reporting_07.07.15.pdf)

(And mandatory reporting laws sometimes cover violations that don’t involve direct physical contact, like ‘sexting’ and/or nude photos, https://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20200214/when-must-school-district-report-criminal-sex-allegations-reports-of-nude-photo-disseminated-at-voc-tech-spark-questions)

Phillip Greaves

He Wrote a Book for Pedophiles. A Florida Sheriff Arrested Him

A decade ago, a Florida sheriff went after a Colorado ‘author’ who penned a controversial book considered a “how-to” guide for pedophiles. It’s worth recalling this case, in part because it reminds us why we don’t give up.

First, Phillip Greaves of Pueblo attracted widespread attention by writing “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover’s Code of Conduct.”

Then, Amazon.com was criticized for selling the book on its website.

Then, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd arrested Greaves under an obscenity statute after detectives bought and received a copy of the book through the mail.

Greaves was extradited to Florida to face charges, ultimately pleading ‘no contest’ to a charge of distributing obscene material depicting minors engaged in harmful conduct.

Greaves served the sentence in Colorado and did not have to register as a sex offender.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-12994248

But here’s the ‘take away’ in this story:

Judd said he was frustrated that Greaves’ book was protected under freedom of speech laws, even though it was created “specifically to teach people how to sexually molest and rape children.”

“There may be nothing that the other 49 states can do, but there is something that the state of Florida can do … to make sure we prosecute Philip Greaves for his manifesto,” Judd said.

https://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/12/20/florida.obscenity.arrest/

Why is this significant? Because it shows what just one determined law enforcement official can do.

So if you feel helpless at times, act anyway.

If you think “My police chief/state representative/district attorney probably won’t do anything anyway,” banish that thought and pick up the phone.

The person who answers it might just be another Sheriff Judd. And a bad guy (or woman) may face justice because of your call.

(If you’re unsure about how or whether to call police or prosecutors about sexual violence – known or suspected – call us at Horowitz Law. We’ll be glad to listen and give you our best advice, for free.)

https://www.snapnetwork.org/snap_statements/2010_statements/122010_fl_officials_charge_co_author_of_pro_pedophilia_book_snap_responds.htm

Fr. Patrick J. Cassidy – Diocese of Richmond

Father Patrick J. Cassidy

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1947

Died: 2003

Assigned as follows:

  • Christ the King (Norfolk, VA)
  • Church of St. Therese (Chesapeake, VA)
  • Holy Comforter Catholic Church (Charlottesville, VA)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Blackstone, VA)
  • Saint Ann Catholic Church (Colonial Heights, VA)
  • Saint Joseph (Petersburg, VA)
  • Saint Paul (Portsmouth, VA)
  • Saint Paul (Richmond, VA)
  • Star of the Sea (Virginia Beach, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick J. Cassidy:

According to media reports, in June 2019, Father Patrick J. Cassidy’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s updated list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. He died in 2003.

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.

Fr. Bernadine George Dyer (Dominican Friar)) – Diocese of Richmond

Father Bernadine George Dyer 

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1961

Removed: 2010

Died: 2013

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Pius Church (Chicago, Illinois)
  • St. Luke Church (Brownsville, TX) 
  • University of Texas, Campus Ministry (Brownsville, Edinburg, TX) 

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Bernadine George Dyer:

Father Bernadine George Dyer became part of the Province of St. Martin de Porres when it was formed in 1979. He returned to the Dominican Friars in 1983. He was dismissed from the Order in 2010, and died in 2013.

According to media reports, in 2004, a man reported an allegation that Father Dyer sexually abused him multiple times as a 12-year-old boy in the late 1960s to early 1970s at St. Pius Church in Chicago. In an April 2018 Facebook post he wrote, “I now know that he groomed me. He saw me as his perfect victim. I was poor. I had a single mother. It was obvious that I was disabled.”

The man also alleged there were other victims as the priest, “coerced me to invite more children to join us for swimming on Saturdays at Fenwick. I thought that I would be safe at the pool if more people were around. I was wrong. Dyer fondled every boy whom I invited. He continued to abuse me,” he said.

In late 2018, Father Dyer’s name appeared publicly on the Dominicans St. Joseph Province’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No further information including the age/gender of the victims, or the priest’s assignment at the time of the alleged abuse was released.

In January 2019, Father Dyer’s name also appeared publicly on the Diocese of Brownsville’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list, with a note that the allegation was “dismissed.”

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.