Sexually Abused By A Priest In The Diocese Of Pueblo? We Can Help.
Our law firm is offering free, confidential evaluations of clergy sexual abuse claims involving priests of the Diocese of Pueblo regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred. We have been handling clergy abuse cases for decades and have the experience you need to seek justice for what happened to you. Contact us today at 954-641-2100 or send an email to find out your legal options.
Recent developments in the state of Colorado, including the Attorney General’s recent investigation of sexual abuse allegations against Colorado dioceses, have changed the legal landscape for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo. The Attorney General investigation revealed abuse and cover-up patterns similar to those found in New York and Pennsylvania in their groundbreaking grand jury investigations and resulted in statute of limitations reform for Colorado’s abuse survivors.
For a limited time, almost anyone harmed by a priest or employee of the Diocese of Pueblo 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 a new statute of limitations law in 2021, anyone sexually abused as a child in the Diocese of Pueblo after Jan. 1, 1960, can file a lawsuit against the Pueblo Diocese for the harm they suffered.
For a short time, a “window” as it is often called, will allow almost anyone sexually abused as a child in Colorado 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 on your case. That second-chance window opens on Jan. 1, 2022, but will only be open for a very limited time, so it is important that you act now to discuss your legal options.
Once the window has expired, many clergy sexual abuse claims will be forever time-barred, meaning you can never take action again. Therefore, it is very important that you contact us today to determine your legal options against the Diocese of Pueblo 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 bishops have the toughest lawyers in America working hard 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 Roman Catholic dioceses and religious orders in Colorado and nationwide. These cases have arisen in religious school, churches/parishes, seminaries, religious counseling, retreats, schools and other activities sponsored by religious institutions. He was among the first attorneys to sue the Diocese of Pueblo for the serial sexual abuse of its young parishioners.
In these cases, the lawyers of Horowitz Law have often prevailed on complex issues involving statutes of limitations, the First Amendment, and the discovery of “confidential” records that the Catholic Church has tried to conceal for nearly a century in some cases. 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 29 Catholic clergy accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Pueblo, and that number is expected to grow.
Unlike many of his colleagues, Bishop Berg has never released the names of clergy accused of sexually abusing children in the Archdiocese of Denver. This makes the Attorney General investigation even more critical for the safety of the general public and the healing of many wounded victims.
Through our own investigative efforts, and coupled with the Attorney General’s report, our team has identified 23 Catholic clergy assigned in the Diocese of Pueblo who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing minors, some of whom were named for the first time by our lawyers. The AG report also identified another 6 priests with substantiated allegations, but did not provide their names.
We believe it to be the most comprehensive list of accused priests publicly available today. In many cases, the priests listed below were the subject of multiple allegations, or were moved to a new parish after allegations arose.
The accused clergy we have identified are:
- Fr. John Beno
- Fr. Delbert Blong
- Fr. Leo Bonfadini
- Fr. Walter Buetzler
- Fr. Andrew Burke
- Fr. Richard Chung (Benedictine priest)
- Fr. Michael DeScoise
- Fr. Lucas Galvan (Theatine priest)
- Fr. William Gleeson
- Fr. William Groves
- Fr. John A. Haberthier
- Msgr. Marvin Kapushion
- Fr. Gary Kennedy
- Fr. Michael J. Krol
- Fr. Michael Kurz
- Fr. Daniel Maio
- Fr. Philip Marin
- Fr. John F. Martin
- Br. William Mueller (Marianist brother)
- Fr. Clifford Norman
- Fr. John G. O’Flaherty (Jesuit priest)
- Fr. Joseph Reade
- Fr. Duane Repola
- Fr. Lawrence Sievers
- Br. Barnabus Stelzner (Benedictine monk)
- Fr. Carlos Trujillo
- Fr. Joseph Walsh
For many years our lead attorney, Adam Horowitz, has been at the forefront of exposing sexual abuse by priests in the State of Colorado. Besides being among the first attorneys to file clergy abuse lawsuits in Colorado, Adam Horowitz fought for and won key battles on the First Amendment, statute of limitations, and discovery of priest personnel files. Along the way, Adam Horowitz won large settlements for his clients.
Horowitz Law is a law firm representing victims and survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests and other clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo in Colorado. If you need a lawyer because you were sexually abused by a priest in Colorado, contact our office today. Although many years have passed, those abused by Catholic clergy in the Diocese of Pueblo now have legal options, but filing deadlines will apply so do not delay in reaching out to us. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Colorado and nationwide. We can help.
Contact us at 954-641-2100 to discuss your options today.