English Español

Resource Center

Category: child victims act

October 20, 2020

Rev. Msgr. Antoine Attea, now deceased, named in lawsuit accusing him of child sex abuse decades ago.

Rev. Msgr. Antoine Attea,  a  former Jamestown pastor, has been named in a lawsuit under the Child Victims Act. Attea died in a 2007 plane crash at Chautauqua County Airport. The lawsuit, filed in Erie County, claims that the Rev. Msgr. Antoine Attea abused a male victim, a young boy at the time, while serving at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Jamestown. The victim, who remained anonymous and filed under JohnDoe,  claims that Attea “engaged in unpermitted, forcible and harmful sexual contact” with him when he was 12 years old, on the church’s premises in 1997. “Msgr. Attea’s duties […]
October 13, 2020

Vincent Dutkowski, former basketball Coach at Seton Catholic High School accused of sex abuse decades ago

Vincent Dutkowski, a former basketball Coach at Seton Catholic High School in Endicott, who is now deceased, has been accused of sexually abusing a student when he worked there in the 1970’s. Vincent Dutkowski has been named in four more lawsuits that have been filed  in the state Supreme Court of New York,  accusing  him of sexually abusing students  when he was employed at another Catholic School, Our Lady of Lourdes High Schoo, in Poughkeepsie. Dutkowski, who died at age 83 in 2012,  was a registered sex offender living in Florida and did not face criminal charges from the  accusations […]
October 12, 2020

13 victims of child sex abuse sue Devereux Behavioral Health for negligence staff abuse

Thirteen adult survivors of childhood sex abuse are now  suing Devereux Behavioral Health, alleging the nonprofit knew about, yet failed to stop the sex abuse. The victims claim that the staff knew about the sexual  misconduct that was going on and did nothing to stop it or help the children. The victims, all minors at the time of abuse,  some as young as 8 when the alleged abuse took place, remained  anonymous  in the complaint to protect their privacy.  The abuse occurred during the 10  year period of  2004 – 2014. The complaint also brought up  allegations that other  Devereux […]
October 8, 2020

Rev. John Daly, a former Imperial County priest, accused of child sex abuse decades ago

A few years ago, a lawsuit was filed  by a man who said he was molested by The Rev. John Daly, a former Imperial County priest, when he was a young boy and attended the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. According to the lawsuit, church officials did nothing about the reports of sex abuse to a minor by the former Imperial County priest. The man claimed  the diocese transferred Rev. Daly  from parish to parish and that the conduct of the defendants “has resulted in a legacy of pain and emotional devastation.” The Rev. John Daly, who died in […]
October 5, 2020

Archdiocese of New Orleans removes two priests under sexual abuse allegations

Two priests have been removed from its ministry at the Archdiocese of New Orleans as of yesterday, due to allegations of child sex abuse.  Reverend Patrick Wattigny was accused of  sexually abusing  a child back  in 2013. His name will be added to the list of the Archdiocese of New Orleans Clergy Abuse Report. The second priest, Reverend Travis Clark, was accused of obscenity with women, an although his  charge  is not related to sexually abusing  a minor, his conduct ws not tolerated. Fr. Clark was serving as pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul in Pearl River. Please pray for […]
October 2, 2020

Diocese of Rockville Center files bankruptcy; won’t stop victims from having a voice

The Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island, a Roman Catholic diocese in suburban New York filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. The Diocese of Rockville Centre had been accused of sexual abuse allegations against children and named in over 200 lawsuits. Bishop John Oliver Barres said that the Diocese of Rockville Centre  could not afford to litigate so many cases and therefore filed for bankruptcy protection.      “What became clear was that the diocese was not going to be able to continue to carry out its spiritual, charitable and educational missions if it were to   continue to […]
September 22, 2020

Three Former Priests settle lawsuit offering millions to adult victims of child sex abuse from decades ago

    Three former Massachusetts priests, Fr. Sylvio Ruest, Fr. John Salvucci and Fr. T. Raymond Sullivan, who were charged with child abuse have settled a lawsuit this week that will give millions to the victims. Decades ago these priests served in churches in Bellingham, Billerica and Dracut. Fr. Sylvio Ruest, who worked in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bellingham, was accused of sexually abusing a boy who was 13 years old at the time, and a member of the church. Ruest was accused of abusing the boy at least five times over 5 decades ago, in […]
September 17, 2020

Joseph Comperchio, former Catholic school teacher, accused of sexually abusing students 40 years ago

Joseph Comperchio, a former Michigan Catholic school teacher,  has been accused of child sex abuse dating back 40 years ago.   Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office has been conducting an ongoing investigation  into clergy abuse. Comperchio, now age 66, was arrested this week in Fort Myers, Florida, on two counts of first-degree and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.   Two of his alleged victims, now adults, said they were between 9 and 11 years old when abused decades ago, between 1974 – 1977.  Comperchio had taught drama and music at St. John Catholic School in Jackson at the time […]
September 16, 2020

James Collins, former coach at at the Boys & Girls Club, accused of sexually abusing children

  James Collins, a former supervisor, mentor, coach, and counselor at the Boys & Girls Club in Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco, N.Y. has been accused by four men of repeatedly sexually abusing  them when they were children. A lawsuit was filed last week  with the Supreme Court of the State of New York in White Plains. This lawsuit is not new to the Boys & Girls Club affiliates across the country, as there have been several  sexual abuse allegations by volunteers, staff, or members . Also named in the lawsuit, are; the Town of Mount Kisco, Camp Iroquois in […]
September 11, 2020

George DeCosta, Former Priest, accused of sex abuse at Music Ministry Alive Music camp

  George DeCosta, a retired priest who was a Youth leader at a summer music program run by David Haas at St. Catherine University, was sued by at least six men for alleged child sex abuse in his home state of Hawaii. “I distinctly remember him [DeCosta] at morning prayer, evening prayer, sitting up front,” said Henson, who is one of 113 former Music Ministry Alive (MMA) participants, who have sent a petition to St. Catherine’s, seeking “transparency and accountability” for Haas’ alleged sexual misconduct as well as  DeCosta’s presence in the program held on its campus in St. Paul. […]
Load More

Media Appearances

Awards

  • AV
  • Multi-Million Dollar
  • Million Dollar
  • U.S. Top 10
  • Kids Safe
  • Litigator Awards
  • Litigator Awards
  • Litigator Awards
  • Best Law Firms of America