Who is Deacon William Steven Albaugh?
Deacon William Steven Albaugh is name appears in the Grand Jury Report on the Baltimore Archdiocese, which exposed more than 150 predator clergy members for sexually abusing children.
Deacon William Steven Albaugh has been a part of his parish under the Archdiocese of Baltimore since 1996. He was arrested in 2013 when Verizon reported child abuse images on his cell phone. The Church suspended him from his position. He admitted to the photos but claimed to have never abused a child. He died in 2016.
What we know about child sexual offenders is that possession of child abuse images is often an overall pattern of child sexual abuse offenders. We understand how hard it is to accept the reality of sexual abuse and how scary the system can feel.
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How Can A Civil Lawsuit Help Victims Seek Justice For The Trauma They May Have Experienced?
There are many misunderstandings about why a survivor of sexual abuse would choose to file a civil lawsuit. Child sexual abuse takes away so much from the survivors and families impacted. Our society still struggles to find ways to repair the harm done by individual perpetrators and institutions that have covered up child sexual abuse. Outdated statutes of limitations across our country leave far too many survivors denied access to our criminal or civil justice courts.
Filing a civil case can be an essential step for survivors and their families in their journey to slowly rebuild their lives and create pathways to healing. Motivation for filing a civil suit is often questioned and unfairly stereotyped as being “all about money. Filing a civil lawsuit casts survivors as “money hungry” and is weaponized to shame and blame them even more. This couldn’t be further from the truth for survivors of child sexual abuse. The civil justice system offers victims more than just monetary benefits. It gives survivors access to justice, validation, exposure, confrontation, and ultimately some resolution. The resolution allows survivors of sexual abuse to understand and process what happened and create a new path forward without confusion, questions, and fear.
Can I pursue a case against Deacon William Steven Albaugh or St. Joseph Catholic Church?
The skilled lawyers of Andreozzi + Foote have experience working with Maryland’s new law allowing any previously time-barred victims to file civil lawsuits for child sexual abuse. If you were a Deacon William Steven Albaugh victim, you could take action against the church for failing to protect you or your child.
We know it can be hard to talk about these experiences. Our compassionate sexual abuse lawyers are here to listen and provide knowledgeable legal guidance. We provide free, confidential case evaluations where you can learn more about your rights and options under your state’s laws, contact Andreozzi + Foote today.