Have you been sexually abused by a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Raleigh? We can help.
If you have been sexually abused by a priest – or anyone else working in the Diocese of Raleigh – you may have a limited time to seek justice due to the recent passage of a new law in North Carolina. Horowitz Law is now evaluating legal claims for anyone sexually abused by a priest, brother, nun, teacher, coach, or other lay employee of the Diocese of Raleigh. Contact us today at (888) 283-9922 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
For a very limited time in North Carolina, people previously barred by the statute of limitations can file civil lawsuits seeking justice for the lifetime of hurt and shame that is caused by childhood sexual abuse.
Due to the recent passage of a new law in 2019, many people hurt as kids in North Carolina now have the ability to file civil lawsuits for damages resulting from childhood sexual abuse.
A short “window” of time, as it is often called, will allow anyone sexually abused as a child in North Carolina to file lawsuits against their perpetrators and the institutions that protected and enabled the abusers, even if the statute of limitations had previously run out on their case. The window is expected to open at the start of 2020, but will only be open for a very limited time. Once the window has expired, many clergy sexual abuse claims will be forever barred.
Therefore, it is very important that you contact us today to determine your legal options against the Diocese of Raleigh and anyone else who has hurt you.
Our lawyers are among the most experienced in the country in cases of clergy sexual abuse – and experience matters when bishops have the toughest lawyers in America working hard to protect their secrets.
Sexual abuse by any member of the clergy is an egregious breach of trust. Adam Horowitz is among the most experienced attorneys in the country in representing persons sexually abused by priests from the Catholic church and clergy of many other faiths. Since 2000, the lawyers of Horowitz Law have handled hundreds of clergy sexual abuse cases involving various religious institutions, including Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders nationwide. These cases have arisen in religious school, churches/parishes, seminaries, religious counseling, retreats, schools and other activities sponsored by religious institutions.
In these cases, the lawyers of Horowitz Law have often prevailed on complex issues involving statutes of limitations, the First Amendment, and the discovery of “confidential” records that the Catholic Church has tried to conceal for nearly a century in some cases. In fighting these battles, our attorneys have became very familiar with the church’s unique hierarchy, record-keeping policies, terminology, and defense tactics, and are often called upon by colleagues to consult on these matters.
Most importantly, we have become familiar with the unique challenges and needs of survivors of clergy sexual abuse – and their families – during the legal process. Your safety and well-being are always our first priority.
Through our own investigation, our team has identified 27 clergy in the Diocese of Raleigh who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing minors.
Truth is power. Through our own efforts, our lawyers have compiled what we believe is the most comprehensive list of priests and other clergy accused of sexual abuse of minors who have worked in the Diocese of Charlotte, and the list is expected to grow as more survivors come forward to speak their truth. So far, we have identified 27 clergy who worked in the Diocese of Charlotte who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing minors. In many cases, the men listed below were merely transferred from parish to parish after allegations arose, and left a long trail of victims across the Diocese of Raleigh.
The men we have identified are:
- Fr. James Behan (Oblate)
- Msgr. Hugh Clarke
- Fr. Andre Corbin
- Fr. Peter Denges
- Msgr. Hugh Dolan
- Fr. Kevin Downey (Franciscan)
- Fr. Stephen Garrity (Jesuit)
- Fr. Giacomo Ghisalberti
- Fr. Albert Gondek (Oblate)
- Fr. Jaime Guzman (Jesuit)
- Fr. Louis Hanneman
- Fr. John Hyland
- Fr. Joseph Kelleher
- Fr. William Kuder
- Fr. James McSweeney
- Fr. J. Glenn Murray (Jesuit)
- Fr. Kenneth Parker
- Fr. Francis Andrew Perry
- Fr. John Powers (Dominican)
- Fr. William Presley
- Fr. John Richardson
- Fr. Donald Scales (Benedictine)
- Fr. Raymond Schulte (Benedictine)
- Fr. Edgar Sepulveda
- Fr. Robert Spangenberg (Holy Spirit)
- Fr. William Ward
- Fr. Thomas Watkins (Marianist)
Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Raleigh in North Carolina. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in North Carolina, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Raleigh now have legal options, 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 North Carolina and nationwide. We can help.