Were you sexually abused as a child in the Diocese of Little Rock in Arkansas? We can help.
If you have been sexually abused by a priest – or anyone else working in the Diocese of Little Rock – you may have a limited time to seek justice due to the recent passage of a new law suspending the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases in Arkansas. 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 Little Rock. Contact us at 954-641-2100 or [email protected] to learn more.
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, PERSONS OVER THE AGE OF 21 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 The Justice for Vulnerable Victims of Sexual Abuse Act in May 2021, people over the age of 21 now have the ability to file civil lawsuits for damages resulting from childhood sexual abuse in Arkansas. The new law extended the statute of limitations to age 55.
In addition, a short “window” of time, as it is often called, will allow anyone sexually abused as a child in Arkansas 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. The window is expected to open in November 2021 but will only be open for a 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 Little Rock 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 CHURCH LEADERS HAVE SOME OF THE TOUGHEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA WORKING 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 the Diocese of Little Rock. These cases have arisen in religious schools, churches/parishes, seminaries, religious counseling, retreats, schools, and other activities sponsored by religious institutions.
In 2010, the attorneys of Horowitz Law obtained a landmark court ruling against the Diocese of Little Rock in a lawsuit filed by a woman sexually exploited by her parish priest, a known serial predator of vulnerable adult women in the Little Rock Diocese. The Diocese asserted that the First Amendment of the United States Constitution barred the plaintiff’s lawsuit because it would infringe upon the Free Exercise of Religion clause to allow the Diocese to be sued. A loss would mean that no survivor of clergy sexual abuse could ever seek justice in Arkansas Courts. But Adam Horowitz and Jessica Arbour persevered, and in a lengthy written decision, they won the nuanced legal argument and eventually obtained a significant settlement for their client. They have had similar successes fighting other legal arguments intended to close the courthouse to survivors of abuse, including the statute of limitations and attempts to keep damning information about the Church’s coverup of sexual abuse from the general public.
In fighting these battles, our attorneys have become 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, WE HAVE IDENTIFIED 30 CLERGY AND EMPLOYEES OF THE DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK WHO HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND MISCONDUCT.
Truth is power. Through our own efforts, our lawyers have compiled what we believe is the most comprehensive list of priests and other clergy who have worked in the Diocese of Little Rock, and the list is expected to grow as more survivors come forward to speak their truth. So far, we have identified 30 clergy and employees who have been publicly accused of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. In many cases, the people listed below were merely transferred from parish to parish after allegations arose and left a long trail of victims across the Diocese of Little Rock.
- Fr. Donald Althoff
- Br. Thomas Behnke (Carmelites)
- Fr. Gary Carr
- Fr. Joseph Correnti
- Fr. Robert Dagwell
- Fr. Richard Davis
- Fr. Daniel De Dominicis (Cong. of the Holy Spirit)
- Fr. Nicholas Fuhrmann (Benedictine)
- Fr. Paul Haas
- Fr. Patrick Hannon (Benedictine)
- Fr. Gabriel Hentrich (Carmelites)
- Fr. Adelbert Holmes (Glenmary Home Missioners)
- Fr. Charles Kanu (Adam and Jessica’s case)
- Fr. Conrad Kinder (Divine Word)
- Fr. Kevin McCarthy
- Fr. John McDaniel
- Fr. Anthony McKay (Cong. of the Holy Spirit)
- Br. Bede Mitchell (Benedictine)
- Fr. Edward Mooney
- Fr. Jeremy Myers
- Fr. Patrick J.L. Nicholson
- Fr. Walter Rajmund
- Fr. Aloysius Schwellenbach
- Fr. Edward Simpson
- Fr. Timothy Sugrue (Marist)
- Fr. Vance Throne (Divine Word)
- Fr. Robert Torres
- Fr. Patrick Walsh (Sacred Heart)
- Br. Bill Wright (Glenmary Home Missioners)
- Br. Francis Zimmerer (Benedictine)
Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Little Rock. Our lawyers are now offering free legal consultations to discuss a potential lawsuit and your other options as a survivor of sexual abuse by priests and other employees of the Little Rock Diocese. Your chance to pursue legal action will soon be over. Most victims of abuse will never be able to recover damages if they miss the temporary window to file a lawsuit, so please contact us to discuss your case today. Call us at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to [email protected].