Arizona Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church
Arizona’s Catholic Dioceses, like so many around the United States, covered up sexual abuse by its clergy members. As a result, Arizona recognized the state’s civil statute of limitations was too short, and that survivors of clergy sex abuse needed more time to come forward and hold the Church accountable in court.
Legal Changes Mean The Time To Act Is Now
On May 27, 2019, Arizona’s governor signed a bill that opens a 19-month revival window against sexual abuse perpetrators and responsible institutions, including the Catholic Church. Specifically, victims of childhood sexual abuse will have until December 31, 2020 to bring claims. These claims can be brought against persons, like Catholic bishops, who were not the perpetrator of the abuse “if that person knew or otherwise had actual notice of any misconduct that created an unreasonable risk of sexual conduct or sexual contact.”
The time to pursue these cases is very limited, so survivors are encouraged to promptly contact us for a no-fee consultation to discuss their legal options.
Learn About Your Rights And Options
Our lawyers currently represent Arizona Catholic Church sexual abuse victims. If you or a loved one is a victim of childhood sexual abuse in the Catholic Church set up a free case assessment to learn about your options.
Looking For Information About Your Abuser?
We have compiled information on Arizona clergy alleged to have perpetrated abuse. You can learn more about them by following the links below. If your abuser is not on this list, you still have legal options. Call 877-214-3238 to set up a free and confidential consultation.
- Father Solomon Bandiho
- Father George V. Brendemann
- Father Joseph Cervantez Briceno (Brecino)
- Patrick J. Colleary
- Father Laurence (Laurence) Florez (Flores)
- Father Dale J. Fushek
- Father John Maurice Giandelone
- Father Charles Gielow
- Father Harold P. Graf
- Father Joseph John Henn
- Father Jose Hurtado
- Father Sung Lam
- Father Karl LeClaire
- Father Mark Allen Lehman
- Father Joseph Marcel Lessard
- Father Jorge Ortiz Lopez
- Father Madrid Saul
- Father Michael Minogue
- Father Harry R. Morgan
- Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien
- Deacon Maxwell “Ron” Pelton
- Father Henry Perez
- Father Marcel Salinas
- Father Wilputte Alanson ‘Lan’ Sherwood
- Father John D. “Jack” Spaulding
- Father Richard Allen Suttle
- Father Kenneth A. Van de Ven
- Father John William Vovko
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Verdict of $88,000,000
Settlement of $12-Million
Settlement of $10-Million
NEGLIGENT SECURITY HOMICIDE
Verdict of $1.75-Million
Verdict of $1.53-Million
Settlement of $1.4-Million
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