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Fr. James Kilgour – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father James Kilgour

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1982

Removed: 1987

Assigned as follows:

  • Our Lady of the Lake (Mandeville, LA) 
  • St. Pius X (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father James Kilgour:

According to media reports, in 1987, a lawsuit was filed alleging that Father James Kilgour sexually assaulted a 13-year-old altar boy in 1980 and 1981. The suit claimed he introduced him to all aspects of a homosexual lifestyle and continued to make sexual advances on the boy throughout the years until 1987. Father Kilgour was reportedly the boy’s teacher and counselor at Our Lady of the Lake in Mandeville. He was placed on leave from his position at St. Pius X. 

Three other priests including Vince Feehan, Joseph Chotin, and Charles Fendin were also accused of making sexual advances or of showing porno to the victim. The suit was settled in April 1991, but Father Kilgour did not assume responsibility for any wrongdoing.

In November 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. His current whereabouts are unknown.

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 Sokol (Salesians) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Joseph Sokol 

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1947

Died: 1970

Assigned as follows:

  • Hope Haven (Marrero, LA)
  • Madonna Manor orphanages (Marrero, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Sokol:

Father Joseph Sokol was a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco order, and worked at Hope Haven and Madonna Manor orphanages in Marrero. According to media reports, in February 2020, Father Sokol‘s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of abuse in the 1940s was received in 2010. No information regarding the allegation including age/gender of the victims was disclosed. He died in 1970.

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. August Kita – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father August Kita (Salesians)

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1960

Died: 2008

Assigned as follows:

  • 1960-1962      Salesian Pontificial Athenaeum (Rome, Italy)
  • 1962-1967      Archbishop Shaw High School (Marrero, LA)
  • 1967-1972      Salesian Junior Seminary (Goshen, NY)
  • 1972-1976      Sacred Heart Juniorate (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1977-1981      Mary Help of Christians School (Tampa, FL)
  • 1982-1985      Don Bosco College (Newton, NJ)
  • 1986-1988      Sacred Heart Retreat House (Ipswich, MA)
  • 1989                Salesian Provincial House (New Rochelle, NY)
  • 1990-1992      Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine (West Haverstraw, NY)
  • 1993-1995      Holy Rosary; St. John Bosco (Birmingham, AL)
  • 1994                Helen Hayes Hospital (West Haverstraw, NY)
  • 1996-1997      Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine (West Haverstraw, NY)
  • 1998                Unknown
  • 1999                Don Bosco Technical High School (Paterson, NJ)
  • 2000-2008      Don Bosco Retreat Center and Marian Shrine (Stony Point, NY)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father August Kita:

Father August Kita was a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco order. He worked at Hope Haven in Marrero and held various positions as teacher, director and pastor at many locations across the country. He retired to Don Bosco Tech in Paterson, NJ in 1997. He died at Northern Riverview Nursing Home in Haverstraw, NY in 2008.

According to media reports, in 2006, an allegation of child sexual abuse was received. In Fall 2009, the claim was included with the Archdiocese settlement of almost $5.2 million.

In November 2018, Father Kita‘s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. No information regarding the allegation including age/gender of the victims was disclosed. 

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. Patrick Keane – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Patrick Keane  

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1973

Removed: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Catherine of Siena (Metairie LA)
  • St. Mary Magdalen (Metairie LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Patrick Keane:

According to media reports, in 1994, a man told church officials that Father Patrick Keane repeatedly sexually abused him as a teenager in the rectory of St. Mary Magdalen in the early 1980s. Father Keane was an associate at St. Catherine of Siena at the time of the allegation. He was removed from ministry, sent for treatment to Villa St. John Vianney, a church-run treatment center for sexual disorders in Downingtown, PA. He subsequently left the priesthood. 

Father Keane admitted the abuse under oath in a 1999 deposition. The Archdiocese did not apologize or notify other parishes to see if there were other victims. A civil lawsuit involving the allegations was settled in 2003.

In November 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. 

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. Donald Pearce (Jesuits) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Donald Pearce  

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1959

Removed: 2003

Died: 2016

Assigned as follows:

  • Jesuit High School (Shreveport, LA)
  • Jesuit High School (New Orleans, LA) 
  • Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL) 
  • Loyola University (New Orleans, LA) 
  • Corpus Christi Minor Seminary (Corpus Christi, Texas) 
  • Gesù Parish (Miami, FL) 
  • Holy Name of Jesus Parish (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Donald Pearce:

Father Donald Pearce, a Jesuit priest, served as a Spanish teacher, prefect of discipline, and president from 1960-1968. He “retired” from ministry in 2003, due to poor health. According to media reports, in November 2018, Father Donald Pearce’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of abuse in the 1960s was received in 2003. No information regarding the allegation including age/gender of the victims was disclosed. His name also appeared on the Jesuits’ Central and Southern Province’s list in December 2018. He died in 2016. It noted multiple allegations.

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. Alfred Pimple (Franciscans) – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Alfred Pimple 

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1938

Died: 1983

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Mary of the Angels (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Patrick (Port Sulphur, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Alfred Pimple:

Father Alfred Pimple was a member of the Franciscan order. According to media reports, in November 2018, his name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of abuse in the late 1950s was received in 1959. No information regarding the allegations including age/gender of the victims was disclosed. He died in 1983.

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. Gorham Joseph Putnam – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Gorham Joseph Putnam 

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: 1955

Died: 1993

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Agnes (Jefferson, LA)
  • St . Andrew the Apostle (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Frances de Sales (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. John the Baptist (Edgard, LA)
  • St. Rita Church (New Orleans, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Gorham Joseph Putnam:

According to media reports, in November 2018, Father Gorham Joseph Putnam’s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted an allegation of abuse in the early 1950s was received in 2002. No information regarding the allegations including age/gender of the victims was disclosed. He died in 1993.

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 Pankowski – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Joseph Pankowski  

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Ordained: Unknown

Died: 1981

Assigned as follows:

  • Hope Haven (Marrero, LA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Joseph Pankowski:

Father Joseph Pankowski was a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco order, and worked at Hope Haven in Marrero. According to media reports, in November 2018, Father Pankowski‘s name appeared publicly on the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It noted allegations of abuse in the 1940s and 1950s and were received in 2006. No information regarding the allegations including age/gender of the victims was disclosed. He died in 1981.

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.

Deacon George Brignac – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Deacon George Brignac

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1976

Removed: 1988

Assigned as follows:

  • Cabrini High School (New Orleans, LA)
  • Our Lady of the Rosary (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Frances Cabrini School (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Louise de Marillac School (Arabi, LA)
  • St. Matthew the Apostle School (River Ridge, LA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Deacon George Brignac:

Deacon George Brignac was one of the first clergy members in New Orleans to be accused and charged with sexual misconduct with juveniles in 1977. He was a teacher and parish deacon but also worked at several schools in the state of Louisiana before being ordained in 1976. George Brignac was eventually acquitted but was arrested two more times for similar charges in 1980 and 1988. He was found not guilty after a bench trial in Jefferson Parish in 1978, involving boys he allegedly victimized at St. Matthew the Apostle parish in River Ridge, Louisiana. Brignac was then removed from ministry shortly after in 1988. 

In May of 2018, a settlement was made with claims of abuse of an altar boy over a 3-year period beginning in 1979. The boy was only 8-years-old and a Holy Rosary student at the time. It was also found out during this time that George Brignac was a lector at a Metairie parish and still had access to children via the Knights of Columbus. 

By November of 2018, at least 13 men had alleged abuse by George Brignac as boys. A new lawsuit was filed a month prior claiming abuse in 1977-1982 of a Holy Rosary altar boy who was 8-13-years old. 

George Brignac has been included on the Archdiocese of New Orlean’s list of credibly accused priests as of November 2018. Another lawsuit was filed in December of 2018 and was settled in March of 2019. Amongst all of the settlements made to the victims of sexual abuse by Brignac, it cost just over $3 million.

In August of 2019, George Brignac was arrested once again and charged with first-degree rape of a young boy. According to the victim, most of the assaults occurred at Brignac’s home, though occasionally he would abuse the child in a classroom or in his car. Police also said Brignac wrote love notes to the victim that were all handed over when he came forward in late August 2018. George Brignac pled not guilty on December 13th, 2019. It was the first arrest of a clergyman in New Orleans on a sex-abuse charge since the church’s long-simmering abuse crisis reignited last year. 

George Brignac would face mandatory life imprisonment if convicted of first-degree rape. 

According to media reports, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the local spread of it slowing down during the summer of 2020, the Criminal District Court Judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for July 9. Brignac became ill and was living in a nursing home while he was awaiting trial. However, he died on June 29th, 2020.

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. Michael Fraser – Archdiocese of New Orleans

Father Michael Fraser

Archdiocese of New Orleans

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Ordained: 1975

Accused: 1998, 2004

Removed: 2004

Died: 2019

Assigned as follows:

  • Ss. Peter and Paul (Pearl River, LA)
  • St. Raphael the Archangel (New Orleans, LA)
  • St. Rita (New Orleans, LA)
  • Visitation of Our Lady (Marrero, LA)
  • Dean, West Bank Deanery

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Fr. Michael Fraser:

The case of Father Michael Fraser is the perfect example of the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ modus operandi for handling sexual abuse allegations for decades and into the modern era: it was forced to disclose information to parishioners and the general public only after intense media pressure and public criticism to do so. 

In 1998, the family of a teenage boy filed a lawsuit on his behalf after their son disclosed that Fraser sexually abused him in 1991.  The Archdiocese conducted a cursory internal investigation of the allegation, which Fraser denied, and the internal review board ultimately issued a decision that the boy was lying and Fraser should not face any repercussions.  Archbishop Francis Schulte, who had the ultimate authority to determine Fraser’s fate in ministry, opted to agree with the review board.  The boy was called a liar (“not credible”) and Fraser remained in ministry.  The family and their tireless team of attorneys litigated the matter to the highest levels of Louisiana courts for nearly six years.  In stark contrast, Fraser was rewarded by Archbishop Schulte with a promotion to Dean of the West Bank Deanery. 

In January 2004, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced that Fraser was removed from his assignment at Visitation following a second allegation of abuse.  This time, the victim reported that he was sexually abused by Fraser in the mid-1980s at Ss. Peter and Paul parish.  

The Archdiocese quietly settled the 1998 lawsuit nearly seven years after it first called a teenage boy a liar.  The 2004 allegation was also resolved by settlement, according to media reports. 

In October 2004, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced that Fraser was one of three priests ordered to stand trial in a secret canonical proceeding.  A three-man panel of Canon lawyers would be asked to determine whether the allegations were credible.  In such a proceeding, the ultimate punishment for anyone found guilty is laicization (removal from the priesthood).  It is not uncommon for an accused priest to make a “plea deal” with the Archdiocese to avoid the trial; in many cases, the priest agrees to laicization immediately, or, in some cases, the priest opts to agree never to minister publicly or hold himself out as a priest again in order to continue receiving financial support from the Diocese.  It is not clear what happened in Fraser’s case, but there is no indication from the Archdiocese that he was laicized or that the trial actually proceeded as ordered.  

In 2005, Fraser was one of several suspended priests who filed defamation lawsuits against the Archdiocese of New Orleans, claiming that the Archbishop and his designees should not have announced (1) their removals from ministry nor (2) that the removals followed sexual abuse allegations.  According to Fraser’s lawsuit, the Archbishop intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon him and the other accused priests by telling the public Fraser had been accused of sexual abuse.

According to a 2009 media report, the Archdiocese of New Orleans settled a third allegation against Fraser.  This time, the victim reported that he was sexually abused in 1983 while Fraser was assigned to St. Raphael parish. 

In 2019, Fraser was the subject of two more allegations of abuse by men who said they were sexually abused by Fraser at St. Raphael as well.  One man, whose abuse began in 1982 at the age of 10, said Fraser also abused him on trips to New York and Walt Disney World too. 

It appears these suits were still pending at the time of the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ bankruptcy filing in 2020. 

According to the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Fraser died in 2019. He is believed to have been residing near Dallas in the years leading up to his death. 

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.