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Louisiana Becomes the Latest State to Open Courts to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

New Louisiana Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations Gives Survivors of Abuse More Legal Options Starting Today

On June 15, 2021, the State of Louisiana became the latest in the wave of states to pass an extension to the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases.

In a landmark move, Louisiana lawmakers eliminated the time period for filing a lawsuit in future cases of abuse, and also created a three-year window for those abused in the past to file lawsuits too. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill on Monday. 

For three years, beginning immediately, anyone sexually abused in Louisiana can file lawsuits against those responsible for their child sexual abuse, including the perpetrators and their employers.  

“The scars of childhood sexual abuse may stay with survivors long-term and they deserve more time to report these devastating crimes,” Gov. Edwards’ spokesperson Christina Stephens said.  

“We commend Louisiana lawmakers for recognizing that sexual abuse causes shame, embarrassment, fear, and guilt that many survivors carry well into their adulthood – and that keeps them suffering in silence for decades,” Adam Horowitz, the managing partner of Horowitz Law says of the new law.  “We are seeing a wave of new legislation across America as more and more survivors come forward to demand access to courts to hold those responsible for their nightmare accountable. We can add Louisiana to the list of states that are getting it right.”

The lawyers of Horowitz Law have represented victims and survivors of sexual abuse for more than 20 years.  If you were sexually abused in Louisiana, contact us now to discuss your legal options. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Louisiana.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused as a child in Louisiana, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those sexually abused in Louisiana 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 childhood 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. Jonathan W. Franklin – Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Fr. Jonathan W. Franklin

Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

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Ordained: 1956

Death: 1986

Assigned as Follows:

  • Ascension of Our Lord (Donaldsonville, LA)
  • St. Gabriel (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1985: St. Anne (Pensacola, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jonathan Franklin:

Father Jonathan Franklin was ordained as a Benedictine order priest in the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia. According to bishopaccountability.com, Fr. Franklin has had multiple allegations of abuse made against him that stretch over three decades while working in New Orleans, Alexandria, Savannah, Atlanta, Pensacola, and Cullman.

According to the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ 2018 clergy report regarding sexual abuse of minors, an allegation against Father Franklin was received in 1959 and referred to abuse that occurred in the late 1950’s. It also notes that Franklin was removed from ministry in the Archdiocese that same year.  He has also been accused specifically of abuse in Louisiana in 1966 that eventually settled in 2005.

In 1975, Franklin moved to St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama. A decade later, he was arrested for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 1985 when he was temporarily assigned to St. Anne’s in Pensacola, Florida.

Fr. Franklin committed suicide in August of 1986, just before his trial for sexually assaulting the 12-year-old boy was about to begin.

John W. Franklin has been included on the Baton Rouge diocese’s list in 2019, Birmingham diocese’s list as of December 14th, 2018, and the Alexandria diocese list on February 6th, 2019 as well.  He is also named on the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee 2020 list of priests that have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor or minors.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Florida, contact our office today. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Florida and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. John Asare-Dankwah – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father John Asare-Dankwah

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1995

Assignment History:

  • Blessed Trinity Catholic Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father John Asare-Dankwah:

Fr. John Asare-Dankwah was accused of sexually abusing and assaulting a minor during a church retreat in 2008. According to media reports, the victim served as a youth minister and lector at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in New Orleans, Louisianna where Asare served as a pastor at the time.

The victim attended a 7-day church retreat that took place in Montgomery, Alabama in which Asare attended as well. Media reports state that according to the victim, on the fifth day of the seven-day retreat, Asare approached the boy during penance inside of the chapel. The priest allegedly pulled his pants down and exposed himself before directing the victim to come to him. The victim says they refused the advances twice before Asare grabbed him and pulled the victim into contact with his body. Asare then allegedly held the victim down and raped the youth and then the following morning, beat him for his “sins”.

Asare has denied all of the allegations against him. However, the organization has removed Asare from service and it is said that there will be an investigation pending.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Luis J. Fernandez – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Luis J. Fernandez

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained:  1971

Retired:  2003

 Assignment History:

  • St. John Vianney Prep in (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1985 St. Christopher the Martyr (Metairie, LA)
  • 1985-1989 Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Kenner, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Luis J. Fernandez:

In 2007, Fr. Luis J. Fernandez was accused of sexually abusing a minor in the mid-1970s at St. John Vianney Prep in New Orleans, Louisiana along with Fr. Robert Cooper when he was a student there.

According to media reports, Fernandez became close with the boy and his family and received permission to take the 15-year-old boy to a concert and then spend the night at Fernandez’s rectory apartment in 1976.

That night, the victim woke up to see his pants and underwear were pulled down with Fernandez right there.

According to media reports, the Archdiocese of New Orleans offered to pay for the victim’s therapy.

In 1978, Fernandez left New Orleans to be a military chaplain, returning to parish work in 1985.

In 2020, a second accuser came forward with allegations against Fernandez that he abused the victim in the 1980s. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Fernandez’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

In 2003, Fernandez retired in Miami, FL where he was last known to be living.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Raymond Hebert – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Raymond Hebert

Archdiocese of New Orleans 

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Ordained:  1952

Retired: 2002

Sued:   2005

Dead:  2014

 Assignment History:

  • 1952-1956  St. Raphael (Lousiana)
  • St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (Lousiana)
  • St. Rose of Lima (Lousiana)
  • Madonna Manor (Marrero, LA)
  • Immaculate Conception Church (Marrero, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Raymond Hebert:

In 2005, 4 victims sued the Archdiocese of New Orleans claiming Fr. Raymond Hebert sexually abused them as boys at Madonna Manor in Marrero, Louisiana. 

Madonna Manor was part of Hope Haven Center and was a church-run home for troubled youth in before the facilities closed.

Hebert denied the allegations and filed a countersuit for defamation.

By 2010, the cases were dismissed. One plaintiff died, another was emotionally disabled to continue, and the remaining two plaintiffs decided to withdraw their claims. An acknowledgment was made that Hebert did not molest the accusers when they were children at Madonna Manor. Then, Hebert withdrew his countersuit. 

In 2019, there was another suit filed alleging Hebert, 3 nuns, and a lay employee abused a boy at Madonna Manor in Marrero, Louisiana in the 1960s-1970s.

According to media reports, the nuns and the lay employee had been accused in suits by “dozens” of plaintiffs and settled for $5.2M in 2009.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Hebert died in 2014.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Luis E. Henoa – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Luis E. Henoa

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained:  1974

Place on leave:  2002

Reinstated:  2002 (6 months after leave)

 Assignment History:

  • St. Jerome Church (Kenner, LA)
  • Annunciation Church (New Orleans, LA)
  • Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (New Orleans, LA)

 Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Luis E. Henoa:

Fr. Luis E. Henoa’s name appears publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In 2002, personnel files revealed allegations that Henoa engaged in sex with a minor in 1981. Henoa was placed on administrative leave in May of 2002 after the Archbishop of New Orleans found the allegations against him credible.

Information about the age/gender of alleged victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Henoa’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

In November of 2002, just 6 months after Henoa was placed on leave, he was reinstated to Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Parish in New Orleans, Louisiana based on the notion that there was not sufficient evidence for Henoa to remain on leave.

Henoa’s current whereabouts are unknown.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Joseph DeWater – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Joseph DeWater

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained:  Unknown

Retired:  Unknown

Suspension pending:  2020

 Assignment History:

  • 1968-1971  St. Henry’s in Uptown (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1968-1971  Frances Cabrini in Gentilly (New Orleans, LA)
  • 1972-1977  Spiritual Director for the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Chalmette, LA)
  • 1986-2001  Immaculate Heart of Mary (Louisiana)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph DeWater:

In 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced an investigation into Fr. Joseph DeWater after allegations of sex abuse of a minor. 

DeWater has been suspended from performing any clerical duties, pending the conclusion of the penal process.

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has not released any information about the year DeWater was ordained. In addition, information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or DeWater’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

According to media reports, DeWater was working as a priest in New Orleans by 1968, serving at St. Henry’s in Uptown and St. Frances Cabrini in Gentilly from then until 1971.

Then, from 1972-1977, DeWater was the spiritual director for the Catholic Committee on Girl Scouting. DeWater hosted meetings with scouts, their parents, and counselors at Notre Dame Seminary often. His role mainly involved promoting participation in Girl Scouts to parishioners and their daughters.

Furthermore, according to media reports, DeWater was then listed as pastor of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Chalmette, Louisiana for at least five years before leading the congregation at Immaculate Heart of Mary from 1986 to 2001.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

According to the 2019 Official Catholic Directory, DeWater is now retired and lives in Voorhout, the Netherlands.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Sr. Marie Claudine – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Sister Marie Claudine

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained:  Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Unknown

 Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Sister Marie Claudine:

Very little is known of Sr. Marie Claudine’s activities within the church as the Archdiocese of New Orleans has not released any information about the year Claudine was ordained nor her assignment history. In addition, information about the age/gender of her alleged victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Claudine’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

It is only noted that Claudine was accused of sexual abuse and that the case was settled.

Claudine’s name appears publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

Fr. Robert K. Cooper – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Robert K. Cooper

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained:  1971

Retired:  1985

Dead:  1989

 Assignment History:

  •  Our Lady of Prompt Succor-1979 (Chalmette, LA)
  • Ascension of Our Lord-1982 (LaPlace, LA)
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus-1984 (Norco, LA)
  • St. Andrew the Apostle (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Angela Merici (Metairie, LA)
  • St. Francis Cabrini (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. James Major (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Philip Neri (Metairie, LA)
  • St. John Vianney Prep (New Orleans, LA)

 Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Robert Cooper:

In 2007, Fr. Robert Cooper was accused of sexually abusing an underage schoolboy at St. John Vianney Prep in New Orleans, Louisiana in the mid-1970s. Cooper was a school counselor and disciplinarian there. St. John Vianney Prep educated boys who were interested in joining the clergy.

According to media reports, Cooper sent sexually suggestive letters to the boy and several other students in the 1970s. During that time, the boy made a complaint to the priest at the school and Cooper was removed from the school, however, he was never reported to authorities nor listed as clergymen considered credibly accused of abuse. 

In 2007, Cooper was accused of physical sexual abuse by one victim and amongst several for sexually inappropriate behavior towards them when they were students at St. John Vianney Prep in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the abuse occurred while they were attending there.

In April of 2020, the Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for bankruptcy protection. As part of its bankruptcy, the Archdiocese of New Orleans will be reviewing and paying claims for anyone sexually abused by diocesan priests and lay employees. This will likely include claims filed on behalf of anyone whose case may be beyond the statute of limitations. 

In December of 2020, Fr. Robert Cooper’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

Cooper died in 1989.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese. Very strict filing deadlines will soon be set by the Bankruptcy Court. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.

Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.

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Judge Sets Final Filing Date in New Orleans Archdiocese Bankruptcy

A federal bankruptcy court judge has ordered all sexual abuse claims against the New Orleans Archdiocese to be filed no later than March 1, 2021.  The ruling comes after the Archdiocese previously sought a much shorter filing date, often referred to as a “bar date.”  The extended date will allow the Court to deal with other matters such as disputes between the Archdiocese and its insurance carriers about how much coverage exists, and to resolve challenges by victims’ lawyers that assets were fraudulently transferred to avoid becoming part of the bankruptcy estate.

Through our own investigation at Horowitz Law, we have identified at least 96 clergy who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children in the New Orleans Archdiocese, a staggering number given the Catholic population of the area.

The March 1, 2021, date is referred to as a “bar date” by the Bankruptcy Court because the Archdiocese will be forever immune from suit in any sexual abuse claim not filed by that date.  Survivors will never again have any chance for accountability after March 1, so it is critically important that you contact a lawyer today if you were harmed by an employee or volunteer in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, including laypeople and teachers.  This also applies anyone sexually abused as an adult and the estates of deceased victims.

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.  Contact us confidentially now.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  The Archdiocese of New Orleans filed for federal bankruptcy protection in April 2020.  Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the New Orleans Archdiocese.  

Very strict filing deadlines have now been set by the Bankruptcy Court.  Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss this deadline, so please contact us to discuss your case today.  Call us at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com.