Tag: St. Augustine Sexual Abuse Attorney

Fr. William J. Weinheimer – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father William J. Weinheimer

Diocese of St. Augustine

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Ordained: 1946

Dead: 1986

Assignment History:

  • St. Mary’s Academy (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Bishop Kenny High School (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Good Shepherd Catholic Church (Orlando, FL)
  • Blessed Trinity Catholic Church (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • St. Raphael’s Catholic Church (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Church (Sun City Center, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William J. Weinheimer:

Fr. William J. Weinheimer was named in a civil suit that was filed in 2008. A man alleged that Weinheimer sexually abused him as a boy in 1954. 

According to media reports, the plaintiff had inappropriate “love” letters that Weinheimer wrote to him at the time, beginning when the victim was 9 years old. The petition claimed the diocese knew of other allegations against Weinheimer. 

The diocese states that Weinheimer served in Jacksonville, Florida for about two years before moving onto Orlando and then the Tampa area.

In 2020, Weinheimer was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. 

Weinheimer died in 1986.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Augustine 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. James Flannan Walsh – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father James Flannan Walsh

Diocese of St. Augustine

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Ordained: 1965

Dead: 2013

Assignment History:

  • Holy Faith Parish (Gainesville, FL)
  • Queen of Peace Parish (Gainesville, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father James Flannan Walsh:

Fr. James Flannan Walsh is originally from Ireland and was ordained in 1965. Walsh arrived in the Diocese of St. Augustine a few months after his ordination.

In 2020, Walsh was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Walsh’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown. It is only noted that the abuse took place from 1965-1966.

Walsh died in Florida in 2013.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Augustine 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. Michael E. Morse – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father Michael E. Morse

Diocese of St. Augustine

 

Ordained: 1984

Assignment History:

  • Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Michael E. Morse:

In 2020, Fr. Michael Morse was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Very little is known of Morse’s activities within the church as the Diocese of St. Augustine has not released any information about Morse’s assignment history. In addition, information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Morse’s assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

It is only noted that the abuse took place from 1989-1991. Morse’s current whereabouts 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 St. Augustine 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. David T. Morgan – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father David T. Morgan

Diocese of St. Augustine

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Ordained: 1976

Assignment History:

  • Bishop Kenny High School (Jacksonville, FL)
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine (St. Augustine, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father David T. Morgan:

Fr. David T. Morgan was ordained in 1976. The diocese announced to parishioners in December of 2020 that Morgan was being investigated for multiple allegations. 

According to media reports, Morgan had gone on a six-month retreat/sabbatical in the Summer of 2018 and it appears that he didn’t return. Back in September of 2020, someone reported to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office that Morgan had a sexual relationship with a Bishop Kenny High School student in 1977. The student was 17 or 18 years old and the relationship went on for 2-3 months. Morgan was a religion teacher at the school. There were no criminal charges due to the statute of limitation restrictions.

Media reports state that Morgan is retired, is not assigned anywhere, and cannot fill in as a priest/celebrate mass in public. However, the year he retired is unknown. In addition, Morgan’s current whereabouts 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 St. Augustine 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. Jose Mena – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father Jose Mena

Diocese of St. Augustine

 

Ordained: 1961

Assignment History:

  • Incarnation Catholic Church (Sarasota, FL)
  • Epiphany (Port Orange, FL)
  • St. Paul (Daytona Beach, FL)
  • Resurrection Church of Christ (Winter Garden, FL)
  • Blessed Sacrament (Clermont, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Jose Mena:

Fr. Jose Mena was ordained a priest in 1961. In 2005, Mena was accused in a lawsuit of abusing a 10-year-old boy many times during the school year at Incarnation Catholic School in Sarasota, Florida. The boy was a former altar boy in the 5th grade and the abuse occurred in 1965-1966. 

The lawsuit was settled by the Diocese of St. Augustine for $150K. Mena allegedly left Jacksonville for his native Spain shortly after the 2005 lawsuit was settled. In 2008, two new lawsuits alleged abuse in the 1960s and 1970s in the Diocese of Orlando. According to media reports, Mena was accused of sodomizing a boy repeatedly in the mid-1970s near Winter Garden, Florida. In 2009, there was another suit filed; The plaintiff had already settled with the diocese prior to the complaint. According to media reports, Mena left active ministry in 2002, however, he was not disciplined for any of his actions.

As of 2005, Mena was last known to be retired and living in Jacksonville, Florida, and then possibly moved to Spain.

Mena’s current whereabouts 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 St. Augustine 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. Thomas V. McNamara – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father Thomas V. McNamara

Diocese of St. Augustine

 

Ordained: Unknown

Removed: 1993

Dead: 1997

Assignment History:

  • Christ the King (Jacksonville, FL)
  • St. Patrick’s (Jacksonville, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Thomas V. McNamara:

Fr. Thomas V. McNamara is originally from Ireland and he was a visiting priest in several Florida parishes between 1966-1968.

In 2004, McNamara was accused of inappropriate contact with three minors in the late 1960s. He was a visiting priest from Ireland assigned to Christ the King and St. Patrick’s parishes in Jacksonville, Florida. Information about the age/gender of his alleged victims and the nature of the alleged sexual abuse is unknown.

McNamara returned to Ireland and an Irish Bishop confirmed in 2004 that McNamara continued to abuse boys for many years after his return to Ireland. There were similar assaults on “a number of victims,” all of them teenage boys, in Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s. However, the Bishop denied knowledge of abuse in the U.S. 

Before McNamara was removed from active ministry, he served in a total of six parishes throughout two decades in the Diocese of Killaloe. According to a 2014 report on the Diocese of Killaloe, there were 26 complaints against McNamara there. 

In 2020, McNamara was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse.

McNamara was removed/retired in 1993 and he 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 St. Augustine 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. David McCreanor – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father David McCreanor

Diocese of St. Augustine

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Ordained: 1975

Assignment History:

  • Christ the King Parish (Jacksonville, FL)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Seminary (Boynton Beach, FL)
  • St. Mary’s Parish (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
  • St. Louis Roman Catholic Church (Tallahassee, FL)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father David McCreanor:

Fr. David McCreanor is from Ireland and he was ordained for the Diocese of St. Augustine in 1975. 

In 1997, McCreanor was accused by three sisters of seducing them in the 1980s when they were teenagers. The sisters claimed they came forward to his current diocese at least a year prior to the time they went public. 

According to media reports, the women allege that McCreanor had sex with two of the sisters when they separately sought counseling decades ago. The third sister said she was propositioned by McCreanor when she sought counseling a few years after her sisters.

McCreanor was not removed from his parish until the news was public. According to the diocese, at least five more women have come forward to claim that he had made sexual advances towards them. However, McCreanor denied all allegations, and no charges were filed. 

In 2020, McCreanor was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. The abuse is said to have occurred between 1973-1975.

As of 2019, McCreanor lived in north Florida. His current whereabouts 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 St. Augustine 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. William J. Malone – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father William J. Malone

Diocese of St. Augustine/Holy Ghost Fathers

 

Ordained: 1958

Dead: 2003

Assignment History:

  • 1982-1991: Sacred Heart Parish (Jacksonville, FL)
  • 1991-1992: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (Palm Coast, FL)
  • 1992: Holy Ghost Fathers Community (Long Island, NY)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father William J. Malone:

Fr. William J. Malone was ordained a priest in 1958. He worked in the Diocese of St. Augustine between 1982-1992. Malone went to live with his order in Long Island, New York in 1992, then he returned to the Ireland Province of The Holy Ghost Fathers where remained until his death.

In 2019, Malone was named publicly as credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1980s at Sacred Heart in Jacksonville, Florida. 

In 2020, Malone was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse.

Malone died in 2003.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Augustine 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. Marcel Maciel Degollado – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father Marcel Maciel Degollado

Diocese of St. Augustine/Legion of Christ 

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Ordained: 1944

Dead: 2008

Assignment History:

  • Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Marcel Maciel Degollado:

Fr. Marcel Maciel Degollado was ordained a priest by his uncle in 1944. Degollado is from Mexico and he was rejected by multiple seminaries. He is the founder of the Legionaries of Christ, established in 1941. 

In 1956, Maciel was suspended from the Legion leadership reportedly due to accusations of drug abuse and abuse of boys in Mexico. He was then reinstated in 1958. The reports of abuse were ignored and surprisingly, Maciel was celebrated.

By 1997, the Legion had seminarians that were as young as age 10 years old. Maciel sexually abused young boys throughout his career and fathered at least three children with two women. In 1997, nine men publicly accused Degollado, alleging abuse as young boys when they were seminarians. 

According to media reports, Degollado was accused of molesting the victims in Spain and Italy during the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s. Allegedly the abuse would entail Degollado stating that his stomach hurts and needed to be rubbed, then, the abuse would end in mutual masturbation.

In 2006, Degollado was given a life of prayer and penitence in Jacksonville, Florida.

According to media reports, in 2008, Degollado died at the age of 87 in Houston, Texas.

In 2020, Degollado was listed on the Office Of Statewide Prosecution’s Report On Sexual Abuse In The Catholic Church In Florida. 

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Augustine 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. Howard C. Litts – Diocese of St. Augustine

Father Howard C. Litts  

Diocese of St. Augustine

 

Ordained: Unknown

Assignment History:

  • Unknown

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations against Father Howard C. Litts:

In 2020, Fr. Howard C. Litts was included on a list of priests in the Diocese of St. Augustine who was named as being “credibly accused” of child sex abuse. Very little is known of Litts’ activities within the church as the Diocese of St. Augustine has not released any information about Litts’ assignment history nor the year he was ordained. In addition, information about the age/gender of his alleged victim/victims, the nature of the alleged sexual abuse, or Litts’ assignments at the time of the alleged abuse is unknown.

It is only noted that the abuse took place in 1967-1968. Litts is deceased, however, the year in which he died is unknown.

Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of St. Augustine 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.