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Fr. Luke Zimmer – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Luke Zimmer

Diocese of Sacramento

Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and MaryLuke Zimmer Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1954

Died: 1997

Assignment History:

  • 1954-1955: Queen of Peace Mission Seminary (Jaffrey, NH)
  • 1955-1957: Sacred Hearts Novitiate (Fairhaven, MA)
  • 1957-1959: Monastery of the Sacred Hearts (Fairhaven, MA)
  • 1959-1961: Seminary of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Winona, MN)
  • 1961-1967: Bishop Amat Memorial High School (La Puente, CA)
  • 1967-1968: Sacred Hearts Seminary (Hauula, HI)
  • 1968-1971: St. James (Palolo, HI)
  • 1973-1976: Christ the King Center (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1976-1981: Sacred Hearts Fathers Apostolate of Christian Renewal-Christ the King Center (Pomona, CA)
  • 1981-1988: Apostolate of Christian Renewal-Christ the King Center (La Puente, CA)
  • 1982-1989: Congregation of the Sacred Hearts (La Verne, CA)
  • 1989-1997: Apostolate of Christian Renewal-Christ the King Center Holy Family Home of Peace (Fillmore, CA)
  • 1995-1996: Gave seminars in the Diocese of Sacramento

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Luke Zimmer:

Fr. Luke Zimmer was a Sacred Heart priest who founded the Apostolate of Christian Renewal Center in Wisconsin, through which he traveled the U.S. directing parish renewals. Throughout his 50-year career, Zimmer worked in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Minnesota, and California. He also led retreats and pilgrimages worldwide.

In 1993, Zimmer was accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a young girl at one of the churches he worked at in Wisconsin from 1979-1980. His name appears on the Diocese of Sacramento’s list in 2019 of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Zimmer died in 1997.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. William Wood – Diocese of Sacramento

Father William Wood

Diocese of Sacramento/Jesuit

William Wood Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1965

Died: 2014

Assignment History:

  • 1984-1991: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Wood:

Fr. William Wood was a Jesuit priest for 62 years. During his years of active ministry, Wood served at the University of San Francisco, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Santa Clara University, and Verbum Dei High in Los Angeles. He also served as Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference in Sacramento for several years.

The Diocese of Sacramento reported that allegations were made in 2002, stating Wood sexually abused a minor that same year while at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. In 2018, Wood was named publicly as accused by the Jesuits West Province. He is also named on the Diocese of Sacramento list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Wood died in 2014 while in the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos after many years of illness.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Carlton Whitten – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Carlton Whitten

Diocese of Sacramento/Jesuit

Carlton Whitten Horowitz LawCarlton E. Whitten Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1961

Removed: 2007

Assignment History:

  • 1961-1962: Alma College (Los Gatos, CA)
  • 1962-1963: Manresa Hall (Port Townsend, WA)
  • 1963-1965: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1965-1972: Bellarmine College Prep. (San Jose, CA)
  • 1972-1977: Brophy College Prep. (Phoenix, AZ)
  • 1977-1980: St. Ignatius Prep. (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1980-1987: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1987-1990: Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 1990-1992: Jesuit High School Community of Sacramento (Carmichael, CA)
  • 1992-1999: Jesuit High School (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1999-2001: San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • 2002-2003: St. Agnes’ (San Francisco, CA)
  • 2004-2007: St. Charles Borromeo (Peoria, AZ)
  • 2008: Bellarmine College Prep. (San Jose, CA)
  • 2009-2018: Sacred Heart Jesuit Center (Los Gatos, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Carlton Whitten:

According to media reports, in December 2007, Fr. Carlton Whitten, a Jesuit priest, was removed from active ministry while the Jesuits investigated an allegation that he had sexually abused a 17-year-old boy while working at St. Joseph in White Salmon, Washington. Pornography was also found on the computer that he used.

Whitten was reportedly a visiting priest sent to work at St. Joseph temporarily. During his “semi-retirement” years, he frequently worked along the west coast for priests on vacation or leave. He was moved from his residence at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California, to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, while the allegation of the abuse was investigated.

As of the 2012 Official Catholic Directory, Whitten is still living at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos.

In October 2012, Whitten was named on the Diocese of Phoenix list of names of priests that have been laicized and/or removed from ministry due to sexual misconduct with a minor. Whitten was also named on the Jesuits West Province list with credible claims of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult. In addition, Whitten is named on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ list of priests accused of sexual misconduct involving minors and the Diocese of Sacramento list.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. John “Casper” Watts – Diocese of Sacramento

Father John “Casper” Watts

Diocese of Sacramento/Passionist

John Watts Horowitz LawOrdained: Unknown

Left Diocese: 1973

Assignment History:

  • Passionist Order to the Christ the King Retreat Center (Citrus Heights, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father John “Casper” Watts:

Fr. John “Casper” Watts left the diocese in 1973, years before allegations of sexual abuse came to light. Watts was assigned by the Passionist Order to a retreat center in Citrus Heights, CA, in the 1970s. While he does not have any parish assignments on record, Watts is believed to have periodically filled in at the Sacred Heart Parish in Maxwell, CA, in addition to a Corning parish.

Watts was accused of sexual touching, fondling, and masturbation with males under the age of 14 in 1972. There were four incidents reported to the Diocese of Sacramento in 1994. Watts left the diocese in 1973, and he was named publicly as accused by the Diocese of Sacramento on its list in 2019.

Watts’ current whereabouts, his status as a priest, and whether he has access to children 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 Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Michael Walsh – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Michael Walsh

Diocese of SacramentoMichael Walsh Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1971

Retired: 2006

Removed: 2006

Assignment History:

  • 1971-1973: St. Joseph (Marysville, CA)
  • 1973-1976: St. Thomas the Apostle (Oroville, CA)
  • 1976-1978: St. Robert (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1978-1981: Chaplaincy: All Hallows (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1982-1985: Holy Spirit (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1985-2000: Leave of Absence
  • 2000-2002: Communications Coordinator, Diocese of Sacramento
  • 2000-2002: St. John Vianney (Rancho Cordova, CA)
  • 2002-2006: Leave of Absence

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Michael Walsh:

In 1985, Fr. Michael Walsh was placed on a leave of absence after allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused two minors in the 1970s.

The Diocese of Sacramento settled the 1985 lawsuit for $35K, and Walsh went on a “Leave of Absence”. Walsh was no longer serving as a priest but was working as a communications coordinator for the Sacramento Diocese. Another incident of sexual abuse by Walsh was reported to the diocese in 1992.

Walsh retired in 2006, and his faculties were withdrawn. He was named on the Diocese of Sacramento list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse in 2019.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Murrough Wallace – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Murrough Wallace

Diocese of SacramentoMurrough Wallace Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1960

Retired: 2003

Removed: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1960: Immaculate Conception (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1960-1966: St. Charles Borromeo (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1966-1970: Our Lady of Lourdes (Colusa, CA)
  • 1970: Immaculate Conception (Corning, CA)
  • 1970-1990: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1970-1990: Diocesan Director of CYO (Camp Pendola)
  • 1981-1990: Bishop Manogue High School
  • 1990-1993: St. John Vianney (Rancho Cordova, CA)
  • 1993-2003: St. Theresa (South Lake Tahoe, CA)
  • 2009-2010: Our Lady of the Assumption (Carmichael, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Murrough Wallace:

According to media reports, in 2018, Fr. Murrough Wallace was accused by a man who said Wallace and another priest sexually abused him in 1985 when he was 17 years old at Camp Pendola, where Wallace volunteered. After serving a 50-year career in Northern California, Wallace retired in 2008.

The Diocese of Sacramento released a statement in 2018 saying “In light of the allegation raised by Mr. Doe, Bishop Soto has directed Msgr. Murrough Wallace, retired pastor of St. Theresa Parish in South Lake Tahoe, to withdraw from ministry until more facts can be gathered”.

Wallace is listed on the Diocese of Sacramento list of credibly accused in 2019. It shows two other allegations were also reported to the Diocese of Sacramento in 1995, both of them were from young adult males in addition to the 2018 allegation.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Jose Luis Urbina – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Jose Luis Urbina

Diocese of SacramentoJose Luis Urbina Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1979

Laicized: 2008

Assignment History:

  • 1980-1983: St. Isidore, Yuba City; St. Joseph (Marysville, CA)
  • 1983-1987: St. Joseph (Sacramento, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Jose Luis Urbina:

In 1989, Fr. Jose Luis Urbina was convicted after pleading guilty to the molestation of a young boy when he served at St. Joseph in Sacramento, California. According to media reports, Urbina allegedly sexually abused the boy from the ages of 8-17, once at gunpoint. Right before his sentencing, Urbina fled to his hometown in Mexico. Despite warnings from the Diocese of Sacramento about his behavior, his Bishop in Mexico was not aware that he had been convicted of the crime, and he was not defrocked at that time.

Urbina’s accuser brought a civil suit against the Diocese of Sacramento in 2003. In 2010, a court of appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the mother of two boys molested by Urbina against the Diocese of Sacramento due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Her two sons brought suit against the diocese separately.

Urbina was laicized in 2008. He was found working as a priest in Navojoa, Mexico in 2005 and is presumed to still be there. A warrant for his arrest was renewed in 2019.

Urbina is included on the Diocese of Sacramento 2019 list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Simon Twomey – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Simon Twomey

Diocese of SacramentoSimon Twomey Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1970

Retired: 2009

Removed: 2018

Assignment History:

  • 1970: St. John Vianney (Rancho Cordova, CA) and Sacred Heart (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1970-1975: St. John the Baptist (Chico, CA)
  • 1975-1978: Our Lady of the Assumption (Carmichael, CA)
  • 1978-1981: Leave of absence
  • 1981-1984: St. John Vianney, (Rancho Cordova, CA)
  • 1984-1990: St. Thomas More (Paradise, CA)
  • 1990-1993: Holy Family (Citrus Heights, CA)
  • 1993-1999: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sacramento, CA)
  • 1999-2003: St. Patrick (Grass Valley, CA)
  • 2003-2009: Our Divine Savior (Chico, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Simon Twomey:

Fr. Simon Twomey, a longtime pastor in Northern California, was accused of abusing a girl under 18 years old around 1975-1976. At that time, Twomey served at St. John the Baptist in Chico, California, and Our Lady of the Assumption in Carmichael, CA. The diocese learned of the reported abuse in 2018, nine years after Twomey retired. An investigation by the diocese is pending, documents state. The Sacramento Diocesan response to the alleged abuse lists that Twomey is restricted from the ministry.

Twomey returned to his native Ireland after his retirement. He is included on the Diocese of Sacramento list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. Philip Sunseri – Diocese of Sacramento

Father Philip Sunseri

Diocese of Sacramento/Jesuit

Philip Sunseri Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1986

Laicized: 1988

Assignment History:

  • Christopher Parish (San Jose, CA)
  • Holy Family (San Jose, CA)
  • Most Holy Trinity Parish (San Jose, CA)
  • Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, AZ)
  • Jesuit Community at Fordham University (New York City, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Philip Sunseri:

In October 2018, Fr. Philip Sunseri was first named publicly as accused on the Diocese of San Jose list of clergy with credible allegations of sexual abuse of children. In 1987 and 2018, allegations that Sunseri sexually abused children were reported. The alleged abuse occurred in 1986 in San Jose at St. Christopher Parish and at the Holy Family Parish in 1987. He denied the allegations and dismissed them as a “misunderstanding”.

According to media reports, one accuser, who was a 14-year old altar boy in 1987, said he wanted to set the record straight and encourage other abuse survivors to come forward. “In the news, last evening [Father Sunseri] was talking about how it was just a back massage,” he said. “There was no back massaging at all involved in it. The only way I know how to describe it is, it was this weird of some other sort of massage that was much more intimate.” The alleged victim said he and Sunseri simultaneously massaged each other, naked except for their underwear.

“I woke up that morning to him – he was rubbing my arm just kind of staring at me,” he said. “That was the most vivid, unsettling memory of it all”.  A local news station contacted Sunseri by text message in 2018 to inquire about allegations that he had massaged two teenage boys, Sunseri responded that he had apologized to the boys and their families and “felt blindsided” by the inclusion of his name on the list released by the Diocese of San Jose.

Sunseri was dismissed as a priest after the first allegation against him in 1986. In 1988, Sunseri was permanently banned from ministry. He said he retired from the priesthood to take care of his ailing mother and said he didn’t know he’d been dismissed as a priest.

Sunseri is also included on the Jesuits West Province list of Jesuits with credible claims of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult. In addition, he is named on the Diocese of Phoenix list.

He currently lives in San Jose.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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

Fr. William Storan – Diocese of Sacramento

Father William Storan

Diocese of Sacramento

William Storan Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1961

Retired: 2001

Removed: 2001

Assignment History:

  • 1961-1967: St. Thomas (Oroville CA)
  • 1967-1971: Our Lady of Assumption (Carmichael, CA)
  • 1971-1974: St. Thomas More (Paradise, CA)
  • 1974-1986: Sacred Heart (Susanville, CA)
  • 1986-2001: St. Basil (Vallejo, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father William Storan:

Originally from Ireland, Fr. William Storan was accused of sexually abusing a female between 18 and 25 in 1974. The allegations were reported to the Diocese of Sacramento in 2001, at which point Storan retired and had his faculties removed. He was named publicly on the Diocese of Sacramento 2019 list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Storan’s current whereabouts, his status as a priest, and whether he has access to children 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 Sacramento in California. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in one of California’s Catholic dioceses, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Sacramento now have legal options due to a temporary change in the law, but 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 California and nationwide. We can help. 

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