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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.

Fr. Joseph Slowik – Diocese of Richmond

Father Joseph Slowik

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1979

Removed: 2006

Assignment History:

  • 1979-1985: St. John’s (Petersburg, VA)
  • 1985-1995: St. Paul’s (Portsmouth, VA)
  • 1996-2006: Church of Saint Therese (Gloucester, VA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Joseph Slowik:

Allegations of child sexual abuse have been reported to the Diocese of Richmond against Fr. Joseph Slowik while serving at St. Paul’s in Portsmouth in the early 1990s. There has been no information released regarding the victim’s age or gender. The diocese has not been able to get a response from Slowik but will proceed based on the assumption that Fr. Slowik denies the allegations.

Incardinated as a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond in 1979, Fr. Slowik was removed from public ministry in 2006. Fr. Slowik’s priestly faculties remain suspended.

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.

Fr. Thomas Long, Jr. – Diocese of Richmond

Father Thomas Long, Jr.

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1981

Leave of Absence: 1988

Assignment History:

  • 1981-1985: St. Joseph (Petersburg, VA)
  • 1986-1988: Christ the King Catholic School (Norfolk, VA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Thomas Long, Jr.:

In June 2020, Fr. Thomas L. Long, Jr. was accused of child sexual abuse while serving at Christ the King Catholic School in Norfolk, VA, in 1986. There has been no information released regarding the alleged victim’s age or gender.

In January 2021, the Diocese of Richmond announced that it was unable to corroborate the allegation and therefore determined that the allegation was “not credible” after an internal investigation.

Ordained a priest of the Richmond Diocese in 1981, Fr. Long was assigned to St. Joseph in Petersburg and Christ the King in Norfolk. He took a leave of absence in 1988 and has not served in priestly ministry within the Diocese of Richmond since then.

Prior to the 2020 allegation, Fr. Long’s priestly faculties were already suspended, though it is not clear the reason why.  His faculties remain suspended as of today.  Due to the findings of the internal investigation, Long’s name will not be added to the Diocese’s list of accused priests.

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.

Fr. William Dinga, Jr. – Diocese of Richmond

Father William Dinga, Jr.

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Ordained: 1975

Resigned: 1990

Assignment History:

  • 1975-1986: Christ the King Catholic Church (Norfolk, VA)
  • 1987-1990: St. Andrew (Roanoke, VA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Dinga, Jr.:

In June 2020, allegations of child sexual abuse have been made against Fr. William Dinga, Jr. while serving at Christ the King Catholic Church, Norfolk, VA, in 1986. There has been no information released regarding the victim’s age or gender. Fr. Dinga adamantly denied the allegations, yet prior to this recent allegation, Fr. Dinga did not have permission to exercise any public priestly ministry. He retired in 1990 with his ministry suspended.

Six months later, the individual who previously came forward and accused Fr. Dinga of child sexual abuse has recanted all allegations. Father Dinga has been exonerated of the charges and the diocese has restored him to his previous status he held with the diocese prior to the now recanted allegations.

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.

 

Fr. Eugene Daigle – Diocese of Richmond/Redemptorist

Father Eugene Daigle

Diocese of Richmond/Redemptorist

Ordained: 1975

Resigned: 2020

Assignment History:

  • 1977-1979: St. Mary Star of the Sea (Fort Monroe, VA)
  • 1987: St. James the Greater (Richmond, VA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Eugene Daigle:

Fr. Eugene Daigle, a Redemptorist religious order priest, has been accused of sexually abusing a minor while serving at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea in Fort Monroe in the late 1970s. There has been no information released regarding the victim’s age or gender. Fr. Daigle reports to. The Richmond Diocese claims it notified the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province to which Daigle reports about the allegations. According to the diocese, Fr. Daigle is no longer active in priestly ministry. The Diocese of Richmond has not been able to get his response to the allegation but is proceeding based on the assumption that he denies the claim.

According to a statement from the Diocese of Richmond, they have not reached any conclusions on the allegations at this point but are beginning their official inquiry.

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.

Fr. Leonardo Mateo – Diocese of Richmond

Father Leonardo Mateo

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1956

Left diocese: 1984

Removed: 1991

Died: 2004

Assigned as follows:

  • 1956-1959      Cathedral (Tagbilaran City, Philippines)
  • 1959-1960      St. Vibiana’s and St. Anastasia’s (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1960-1965      Greenpoint Hospital (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1965-1975      Diocese of Tagbilaran (Philippines)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Leonardo Mateo:

Father Leonardo Mateo was an extern priest from the Philippines. He arrived at the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 1959. According to media reports, he began sexually abusing children within days of his arrival. As a result, Father Mateo left L.A. in 1960 and was transferred back and forth between the US and the Philippines. 

In 1977, he arrived at the Diocese of Joliet, where allegations of child sexual abuse were made in 1983 and 1991. More allegations surfaced in Chicago, and Tagbilaran, Philippines. He was accused of molesting boys at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst. No charges were filed, on the condition he leave the parish. Despite this, he was permitted to continue to work with kids.

Father Mateo admitted to molesting boys in swimming pools. His victims said they were also abused at the movies and in the priest’s room. Fellow priests reportedly witnessed boys entering and exiting Mateo’s room, but did nothing. 

Father Mateo left the diocese in 1984 and returned to the Archdiocese of Cebu in the Philippines. In 2003, he was named in a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse in California in 1959. 

In March 2013, Father Mateo‘s name was added to the Diocese of Joliet’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. In April 2014, his personnel files were released as part of a settlement with one of his victims. Many of his victims known to the diocese were as young as 10 years old, yet he was not reported to authorities.

In April 2014, Father Mateo was named in a new civil suit alleging child sexual abuse. In September 2014, another suit was filed by three men alleging abuse in Joliet in 1980. The claim was settled in August 2018 for $1.4 million. 

In June 2019, Father Mateo‘s name was added to the Diocese of Richmond’s updated list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

faculties are revoked. He died in 2004 in the Philippines having never faced criminal charges.

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.

Msgr. Raymond Barton – Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1966

Retired: 2011

Assigned as follows:

  • Sacred Heart and Blessed Sacrament (Norfolk, VA) 
  • St. Nicholas (Virginia Beach, VA) 
  • Church of the Holy Apostles (Virginia Beach, VA) 
  • Sacred Heart (Richmond, VA) 
  • St. John Vianney Seminary (Goochland, VA) 
  • Holy Comforter (Charlottesville, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Monsignor Raymond Barton:

Monsignor Raymond Barton was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Richmond in 1966. He was pastor at numerous churches throughout the decades. According to media reports, in February 2020, he was accused of sexually abusing a child in the early 1970s. No further details of the abuse were disclosed. The allegations were brought forward against him by a representative of the alleged victim, who is now deceased. 

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond reported the allegations to civil authorities. Monsignor Barton retired in 2011 and will not be permitted to “engage in active ministry until the allegations are investigated and resolved.” 

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. George George (Maronite) – Diocese of Richmond

Father George P. George

Diocese of Richmond

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Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1988

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father George P. George:

Father George George was a Maronite priest. According to media reports, he was removed from ministry in 1988, and later convicted of child sexual abuse. His name appears on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of credibly accused priests, published in 2019, but the Richmond Diocese has provided no information to the general public about George.  

According to the FBI’s National Sex Offender Registry, George was convicted of Aggravated Sexual Battery and Sexual Battery in 1988 in Virginia. His relationship to the victim, if any, is unknown in large part because of the Diocese of Richmond’s failure to provide that information to the public.

According to his registry, George is now residing in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He is 66 years old.

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. Augustine Ludwig (Benedictine) – Diocese of Richmond

Father Augustine Ludwig (Benedictine)

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1987

Died: 2007

Assigned as follows:

  • St. Benedict’s (Richmond, VA)
  • Benedictine High School (Richmond, VA)
  • DeSales Catholic School (Spokane, WA)
  • St. Patrick Church  (Walla Walla, WA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father Augustine Ludwig (Benedictine):

Father Augustine Ludwig was originally a Marianist brother. He joined the Benedictines in 1983 and was ordained as a priest in 1987. He transferred to the Richmond Diocese in 1988, where he held several positions including parochial vicar, headmaster, and subprior and master of novices for the Benedictine Abbey. He worked in schools from Hawaii to Virginia.

According to media reports, Ludwig was accused of sexually abusing at least five teenage boys while principal at DeSales Catholic School in Spokane, Washington, in the 1970s. Some of his alleged victims said he gave them alcohol and fondled them during school trips to Spokane and other cities. 

One accuser said the principal pinned the boy in the corner of the couch and reached down his pants. He tried to get the boy to reciprocate, and forcefully kissed him on the mouth, 

“The whole time he was saying, ‘There’s really nothing wrong with this, you know,”‘ he said. “‘If you think there’s something wrong with this, maybe you’re the one with a problem.”‘ The boy escaped and ran home. 

In 1998, one of Ludwig’s accusers found out where Ludwig was living and notified the Spokane Diocese of his abuse. Spokane Bishop William Skylstad launched a church investigation. He immediately called Richmond Bishop Walter Sullivan and the Abbot Richard McDermott, who was in charge of the Benedictine abbey where Ludwig was living and working. Ludwig was removed from his job and then sent to outpatient treatment for almost two years. 

Afterward, he was assigned as an assistant pastor at St. Benedict’s. Bishop Sullivan assured the other bishop that he would keep Brother Ludwig away from children. 

In April 2004, the Diocese of Spokane settled five legal cases involving Ludwig, and had the files sealed. 

Ludwig died in 2007. 

In February 2019, Ludwig’s name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors. It notes that he “abandoned ministry.” at some point before 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 B. Hesch – Diocese of Richmond

Father John B. Hesch

Diocese of Richmond

Ordained: 1982

Died: 1994

Assigned as follows:

  • Saint Augustine (Richmond, VA)
  • Saint Nicholas (Virginia Beach, VA)
  • Sacred Heart (Big Stone Gap, VA)

Summary of Abuse Allegations against Father John B. Hesch:

Father John B. Hesch was an appointed member of the Tribunal of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. According to media reports, in April 1994, a 21-year-old parishioner at St. Augustine Catholic Church killed himself at his parents’ home. His parents requested from the church to keep the priest away from the funeral, prompting the Bishop of Richmond to start an inquiry.    

The allegations brought to light old complaints made against Father Hesch in 1985 at Sacred Heart-St. Augustine School, where he taught sex education. Two former teachers said they warned the Diocese of Richmond in 1985 that parents and students were complaining about his physical handling of the children. In one case, they said he asked a young boy to sit on his lap while he had an erection. He was transferred to St. Nicholas Church where he was assigned as an associate pastor. 

On June 5, 1994, Father Hesch killed himself with a gunshot to his head several hours after being confronted by Bishop Sullivan about the alleged abuse. He denied the allegations in their conversation and his suicide note. He was 37, and had just received a doctorate in canon law from Catholic University in Washington. 

“They told us they had confronted him back then,” recalled one teacher, who said she reported the priest in 1985. “They told us they were going to send him to counseling. They told me it was going to be taken care of and it wasn’t. Everybody was hurt by this.”

After Father Hesch’s death, Bishop Sullivan sent a letter to all priests in the diocese asking them “to determine if there are any parishioners who need counseling in light of these developments.” He also requested that they keep the letter confidential. When a former city official told Bishop Sullivan that he knew the names of two more victims of Father Hesch’s abuse, he was allegedly told to stay out of it

In February 2019, his name appeared publicly on the Diocese of Richmond’s list of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse of minors.

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.