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Sr. Eileen Rhoads – Diocese of Richmond

Sister Eileen Rhoads

Diocese of Richmond/Immaculate Heart of MaryEileen Rhoads Horowitz Law

Vows: 1957

Resigned: 1994

Assignment History:

  • 1967-1972: St. Gregory the Great Catholic School (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • 1973-1994: Holy Cross Grade School (Springfield, PA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Sister Eileen Rhoads:

In 2003, Sr. Eileen Rhoads, was charged with sexually molesting a 10-year-old student in Virginia Beach between 1969 and 1970 at St. Gregory the Great School, where Rhoads taught. Known then as Sister Francis Therese, she belonged to the religious order known as Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Rhoads was sentenced ten years in jail and ordered her to undergo treatment.  Rhoads later left the religious order and became a Catholic school teacher in suburban Philadelphia, where the most recent allegations of abuse were made.

In 2004, new allegations against Sr. Rhoads surfaced in Pennsylvania. The reports state that Rhoads sexually abused two male students under the age of 14 while working at Holy Cross Parish Elementary School in Springfield, PA, in 1976. Lawsuits were filed against Rhoads and the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

One alleged victim claimed that the abuse started almost immediately after he transferred to Holy Cross at the beginning of the 1976 school year when he was 10 or 11 years old and assigned to Rhoads’ homeroom class.

The second alleged victim attended Holy Cross from elementary school through eighth grade and was an altar boy at the parish church. He was almost a year older than the other alleged victim. Rhoads allegedly took the second boy to her apartment, as well, and forced him to have intercourse with her at least 30 times, the lawsuit says.

There has been no information released about Sister Rhoad’s current whereabouts.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Richmond in Virginia.  If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Virginia, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Richmond now have legal options, but strict 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 Virginia and nationwide. We can help. 

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

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July 31 is Deadline for Victims to Register Clergy Abuse Claims in Three Pennsylvania Dioceses

July 31, 2019 is the registration deadline for anyone seeking compensation for a sexual abuse claim against clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Diocese of Pittsburgh, or Diocese of Scranton.

The compensation fund is available to victims seeking compensation for sexual abuse occurring when they were a child.  All survivors of clergy abuse are eligible regardless of how many years ago the abuse occurred.  While the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Diocese of Pittsburgh compensation programs only allow claims against Diocesan priests, the Diocese of Scranton also allows for claims against priests from Religious Orders and lay people such as Catholic school teachers and coaches.  If you have any questions about the Compensation Fund, contact Horowitz Law for more information about these claim funds. Our law firm has assembled on this website the most comprehensive database of perpetrators of sexual abuse in the dioceses of Pennsylvania that is available anywhere.  We have identified more perpetrators than any other source.

In certain cases, the claims process may involve gathering church sacrament records, school records, witness statements, counseling/therapy records, or photographs to support your claim. For that reason, it is critical you do not wait until the deadline to register your claim.  It is also essential that you hire an attorney who has previously handled cases involving the compensation programs in Pennsylvania to protect yourself and your rights under the claims fund.

The claims funds are voluntary and confidential.  After the funds close on July 31, the overwhelming majority of victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Diocese of Scranton will no have no legal recourse against those who hurt them because Pennsylvania law requires most civil claims to be brought before the victims turn 25, or in some cases, 30, years old.  This means that most victims of clergy sexual abuse will have no other options after July 31.

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Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in Pennsylvania. If you need an attorney because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us.

Contact us at 1-888-283-9922 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your legal options today.

 

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Diocese of Allentown Begins Program to Compensate Sexual Abuse Victims

What You Need to Know About the Diocese of Allentown Compensation Program for Sexual Abuse Victims

The Diocese of Allentown has just announced the details concerning its compensation program for victims of sexual abuse by priests of the Diocese of Allentown. The program will compensation victims of abuse by Diocese of Allentown priests as well as religious order priests with ties to the Diocese.  All claims must be registered and then a Claims Form with supporting documentation must be submitted.  The deadline for submitting claims to the compensation fund is September 30, 2019 so it is important that you act quickly.  All claims will be individually evaluated by a third-party administrator to determine the eligibility and amount of the award.

Horowitz Law has reviewed countless public records, court files, news article, police reports, website and other public documents to prepare the most extensive list available anywhere of accused clergy in the Diocese of Diocese of Allentown. The complete list of Diocese of Allentown clergy accused of sexual abuse can be found here.

Sadly, the Diocese of Allentown has been home to some of the most notorious priests alleged to have committed child sexual abuse. Thanks to a recent scathing grand jury report, the facts are now coming to light about how the Diocese officials, including its bishops, protected predator priests before the innocent children in its flock.  Victims of abuse by priests in the Diocese of Allentown may be able to seek justice in a court of law or through a voluntary settlement fund for what occurred.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse by clergy of the Diocese of Allentown through the newly-created compensation fund for victims.  If you want speak with a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Pennsylvania, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Allentown may have legal options, but filing deadlines apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Contact us at (954) 641-2100 or adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com to discuss your options today.

Catholic Church in Pennsylvania Supports Compensation Payments to Sex Abuse Victims

The Bishops of all the Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania released a statement on September 22 announcing support for a compensation fund for payments to be made to people who were victims of sexual abuse by a priest belonging to Dioceses in Pennsylvania.  At the same time, the legislature in Pennsylvania may be considering legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse victims.  Contact attorney Adam Horowitz today to determine whether you may be eligible for compensation in either a lawsuit or through a compensation fund.

Legislation pending in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would temporarily waive the civil statute of limitations for child sexual-abuse claims, opening a two-year window for lawsuits that were previously time-barred.  Nine other states have enacted similar measures, giving victims with expired claims one or more additional years to sue. Those laws allowed thousands of claims to proceed, and led to hundreds of millions of dollars in payouts. The grand-jury report urged Pennsylvania to join those states, saying the legal deadlines imposed on older victims were “a sham.”  In Pennsylvania, anyone sexually abused as a child has until the age of 30 to bring a civil action, under a 2002 law that wasn’t retroactive. The statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions is longer, expiring when the victim turns 50.

The compensation plans, if they are implemented, are designed to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by clergy of the Pennsyvania.  Similar programs were established in the Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocese of Rockville Centre, Diocese of Buffalo, Diocese of Rochester, and Diocese of Ogdensburg.  Since that time, dozens of victims dating back to the 1950’s have submitted claims.  In certain cases, the claims process may involve gathering church sacrament records, school records, counseling/therapy records, or photographs to support your claim. For that reason, it is critical you begin assembling these records and do not wait until close to the deadline to submit your claim.  It is also essential that you hire an attorney who has handled cases involving compensation program with the church

Notably, Pennsylvania is also home to many Catholic Religious Order including the following:  Augustinian Frias, Carmelites, Passionists, Capuchin Friars, Benedictines, Barnabites, and Spiritans.  It remains to be seen what, if anything, the Catholic Religious Orders will do to address the sexual misconduct claims that may be brought in Pennsylvania against Religious Orders.

Sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz is experienced in handling claims on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania.  If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual abuse by any priest or clergymen affiliated with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Diocese of Pittsburgh, Diocese of Allentown, Diocese of Altoona-Johnston, Diocese of Erie, Diocese of Greensburg, and Diocese of Scranton, please e-mail attorney Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com or call our law firm at (954) 641-2100 to discuss your claim against the church in Pennsylvania and learn if you are eligible to file a lawsuit or seek monetary compensation through a fund.   Attorney Adam Horowitz offers confidential, free evaluations of your sexual abuse claim involving priests and clergy of priest in Pennsylvania.