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August 2, 2019

Lawyer for Abuse Victims Demands New York Archdiocese Release ‘Predator Priest’ Data

NEW YORK (NEW YORK POST) A lawyer representing childhood victims of alleged sex abuse on Monday demanded the Archdioceses of New York release “secret files” on “predator priests” — before a one-year statute of limitations rule expires. “We’re launching a petition today to demand that the Church of New York, all the Catholic Dioceses, release their secret files that contain important information on predator priests,” said Jeff Herman, an attorney representing the victims in a class action lawsuit against the archdiocese. In the yet-to-be released documents, more than 500 priests have been identified as child abusers, Herman said. “That’s the […]

Clergy Abuse/Accused Catholic Clergy

August 1, 2019

14 Syracuse-area Students Allegedly Molested by Former Olympian Conrad Mainwaring

NEW YORK (Syracuse.com) Former Olympic hurdler Conrad Mainwaring, who was arrested in June in Los Angeles on a charge of sexual misconduct, has been accused of molesting 14 boys in the Syracuse area, according to an ESPN report Thursday. According to the “Outside the Lines” report, reporters Mike Kessler and Mark Fainaru-Wada spoke with 14 men who told them they had been sexually abused by Mainwaring when he was in the Syracuse area, including five high schoolers, in the 1980s. Mainwaring was arrested on June 19 in Los Angeles on a charge that he sexually molested one of his athletes […]

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July 31, 2019

Former Buffalo Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse lawsuit filed against former Buffalo priest still preaching in CA NEW YORK (WBFO 88.7) A one-time Buffalo Catholic priest, who is now on suspension as an Episcopal priest in Los Angeles, allegedly molested at least two people here [New York] before leaving the Catholic Church. Paul Kowalewski is now facing a lawsuit. In this latest case, Patricia Harner says she was sexually abused by Paul Kowalewski when he was a Buffalo seminarian. Subsequently, he was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1973 and left a few years later, resurfacing as an Episcopal priest in the Syracuse area and […]
July 30, 2019

New York’s Child Victims Act Window Opens on August 14th!

The Child Victims Act Window Opens on August 14th! On August 14th, a one-year, one-time-only period will begin to allow all victims of childhood sexual abuse in New York to seek civil action, regardless of how old the victim is or how long ago the abuse occurred. This means that for one year, you may bring claims against the entities responsible for your sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred. In addition to the window, the Child Victims Act extends New York’s statute of limitations to allow for criminal charges against sexual abusers of children until their […]

Clergy Abuse/Day Care/Preschool/After Care

July 18, 2019

Herman Law Press Conference Monday on Lawsuit Against Grace Church and Episcopal Diocese of Arizona

PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT PDF Version PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD                                   CONTACT: JEREMY FREIMAN MONDAY, JULY 22, 2019 (1:00 PM)                                   (561) 277-2398 LOCATION DETAILS BELOW                                               www.hermanlaw.com COURTHOUSE PRESS CONFERENCE MONDAY ON LAWSUIT AGAINST GRACE CHURCH AND ARIZONA EPISCOPAL DIOCESE Victim’s Attorney Krisel McSweeney and Plaintiff Charles S. Taylor Will Be Available to Media Tucson, AZ ­– Sex abuse victim’s attorney Krisel McSweeney will hold a press conference on Monday, July 22, 2019, to answer media questions regarding the recent lawsuit filed against GRACE ST. PAUL’S CHURCH and THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF ARIZONA. The plaintiff, Charles S. Taylor, will also […]
Krisel McSweeney

Clergy Abuse/Episcopal Church (Anglican Church)

July 15, 2019

Herman Law Files Lawsuit Against Episcopal Diocese of Arizona and Grace Church

PRESS RELEASE PDF Version FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   CONTACT: LISA DANIELS MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019                                                        (305) 931-2200                                                                                                  www.hermanlaw.com LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST GRACE ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF ARIZONA Church Leaders Ignored A Pattern of Sexual Abuse and Misconduct, Concealing Priest’s Actions and Allowing Church Youth to Be Subjected to Molestation Tucson, AZ – Sex abuse victim’s attorney Jeff Herman announced the filing of a new lawsuit against GRACE ST. PAUL’S CHURCH and THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF ARIZONA. The suit alleges church leaders ignored credible reports of sexual misconduct by Father Richard Babcock, instead acting to conceal […]
Jeff Herman

Clergy Abuse/Episcopal Church (Anglican Church)

July 12, 2019

Herman Law Petitions to Release Secret Files, Press Conference on Monday

PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT PDF Version PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD                                   CONTACT: LISA DANIELS MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019 (12:00 PM)                                   (212) 390-0100 LOCATION DETAILS BELOW                                               www.hermanlaw.com PETITION DEMANDS CATHOLIC CHURCH IN NEW YORK STATE TO RELEASE THEIR SECRET FILES ON PREDATOR PRIESTS Secret Files Will Help Victims of Abuse File Claims Under the Child Victims Act Next Month New York, NY ­– Sex abuse victim’s attorney Jeff Herman will hold a press conference on Monday, July 15, 2019, announcing the launch of a petition targeted against the dioceses of the Catholic Church in New York State. The petition urges church […]
Jeff Herman

Clergy Abuse/Roman Catholic Church

May 28, 2019

Victims Should Not Be Fooled By the Buffalo Diocese Compensation Program

It is reported today that the Diocese of Buffalo paid $17.5 to 106 clergy abuse victims under its “voluntary” compensation program.  Bishop Richard Malone is quoted as stating “We’re doing this now because I know it’s the right thing to do.”  As a lawyer representing hundreds of clergy abuse victims, I do not believe the Diocese is acting out of concern for the victims.  I believe the voluntary compensation victim program was put into place to settle claims for pennies on the dollar before the New York Child Victims Act became law.  I hear from many victims who feel re-victimized […]
May 17, 2019

Woman Accuses Former Salvation Army Lieutenant Of Sex Abuse

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A former high-ranking officer in the Salvation Army has been accused of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter for years in the 1990s. Nicole Sprout says the abuse began at age 11 after her mentally ill mother was unable to care for her and sent her to Lieutenant Gary Crowell and his wife Carol Beth, commanding officers of the Salvation Army Corps in East Northport. “I was 13 to 16-years-old when full sexual contact and intercourse occurred,” Sprout said Tuesday in front of the Salvation Army headquarters in Manhattan. When the abuse became public, the couple […]
May 16, 2019

Texas Lawmakers Consider Extending Statute Of Limitations On Child Sex Abuse Cases

  According to CBS Dallas, a Dallas-based attorney who represents survivors of sexual abuse believes the investigation of alleged sex abuse by clergy shows why statewide, the statute of limitations needs to be extended for child victims. One piece of legislation could make that happen. “I represent a number of survivors of clergy abuse in the Catholic Church,” attorney Michelle Simpson Tuegel said. She said most of these clients are in their 50s and 60s, waiting decades to talk about what happened to them and seek justice. The statute of limitations for child sex abuse would start counting the years […]
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