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Arkansas Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyer

Arkansas Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against the Roman Catholic Church Archdioceses

Are you the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy? Have you remained silent over what occurred? At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our personal injury attorneys serve as legal advocates to child victims of sexual molestation and handle all cases, including clients involving abuse occurring decades ago.

Call our experienced church abuse attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to seek justice and recover compensation. All sensitive information you discuss with your Arkansas clergy sexual abuse attorney will remain private through an attorney-client relationship.

Child survivors of sexual abuse by clergy members and priests often experience lifelong struggles involving depression, alcoholism, social anxiety, substance abuse, risky behavior, and suicidal ideation. The damage inflicted by an abusive religious leader on a young developing boy or girl is nearly immeasurable.

Sadly, clergy abuse is only now becoming well-documented as a legal record due to media scrutiny and the release of "secret files" held by Church officials not interested in the damaging effects that the sexual abuse by priests caused the victims. For decades, the sexually abused have remained silent against the Catholic Church and other religious organizations that covered up what happened.

It takes great courage and self-respect for victims of sexual abuse to speak out and identify the sexual predators that caused them harm. Are you or your loved one a sexual abuse victim? The compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can provide immediate legal assistance in holding the sexual predator and religious organizations financially accountable for their despicable acts.

Our caring team understands the pain you are feeling and the bravery it takes to speak openly about what occurred. In addition, our Catholic Church sexual assault lawyers are ready to hear your story.

The attorneys at our law firm have a comprehensive understanding of Arkansas tort law and will use the legal system to ensure the sexual predator faces the consequences they deserve for their unacceptable behavior.

Sexual Assault Involving Clergy Is Still a Problem

The level of shame Church officials caused should be immense because they hid "secret files" from the public and law enforcement for decades. Instead, the Vatican, Cardinals, Bishops, pastors, priests, and other ecclesiastical members have gone to great lengths to protect pedophile priests, knowing that their child sex abuse victims would find it nearly impossible to hold the Church and the predators accountable.

However, the legal system has fought hard to change the statute of limitation laws that now allow adult victims of sexual abuse during their childhood to come forward and remove the shield that clergy pedophiles have hid behind for years.

Today, survivors of child sexual assault who cannot forget the horrific experience can force pedophiles and Church officials to face the consequences of their unacceptable actions. Unfortunately, many despicable cases of childhood sexual abuse have occurred in numerous religious institutions, including the Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church, Baptist Church, Judaism, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

These incidents happen in many religious schools, seminaries, parishes, churches, synagogues, retreats, summer camps, the confessional, religious counseling, and other extracurricular activities sponsored by religious institutions.

The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault

Unfortunately, child sexual abuse occurring in the Catholic Church is all too common, victimizing men, women, teens, and young children. The victims are often subjected to rape, incest, child molestation, non-consensual sexual abuse, and non-consensual inappropriate physical contact.

Men and boys who were sexually assaulted by religious leaders face an intense social stigma that often leads to ridicule and blames from others that he "was weak," sexually curious, or desiring the sexual predator's attention.

Women and girls sexually assaulted by priests and other clergy members are often labeled as promiscuous, uninhibited, immoral, or seeking men's attention. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Religious leaders abuse most adult and child sexual assault victims because of the predator's access to their prey and the community's confidence that the priest could be trusted.

According to the Children's Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services statistics, approximately 10% of the child abuse and neglect victims who were sexually abused were 11 years old and younger.

Sadly, the consequences of childhood sexual abuse can lead to severe problems through the victim's developmental stages that include:

  • Sexual behavior problems
  • Anger and aggression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Social maladjustment
  • Distrusting others
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Dissociative symptoms
  • Sleep behavior problems
  • Neurological changes
  • Symptoms associated with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Developmental delays
  • Delinquency
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Teen pregnancy
  • High risk of sexual behavior
  • Strained family relationships
  • Social isolation behavior
  • Anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders
  • Self-mutilation behavior
  • Blood-borne infections and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sexual revictimization
  • Attempted suicide and suicidal ideation (thinking of suicide)

The Sexually Abused

In May 2019, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published a list identifying the American priests accused of sexually abusing children, dating back decades. Statistics reveal that 5.9% (7002) of the 118,184 priests working for the Catholic Church had been accused of abusing children.

In Arkansas, at least fourteen clergy members have been added to the BishopAccountability.org list, including five from the 2018 and 2020 updates, charged with alleged clergy sexual abuse. Just a few of these include:

Father Patrick Cannon

In January 2020, the Subiaco Abbey Benedictines added Reverend Hannon to their list of credibly accused priests with allegations of sexual abuse. The list identifies the allegations of abuse occurring as early as the 1950s while Hannon was at Saint Benedict's in Subiaco before being transferred to the Diocese of Columbus and Diocese of Little Rock. Father Patrick Cannon passed away in December 1994.

Reverend Walter Rajmund

In 2019, the Catholic Church publicly named Father Walter Rajmund on a list of credibly accused clergy members facing accusations of clergy abuse involving a minor. The accusations involving two known victims of child sex abuse came 19 years after he passed away. The Catholic Church ordained Rajmund in 1956.

In the recent years before his death, the Church employed Reverend Rajmund in ministry at Saints Cyril and Methodius, Immaculate Conception (Fort Smith), St. Mary (Hot Springs), St. Matthew (Osceola), St. John (Hot Springs), St. Joseph (Fayetteville), our Lady of Good Hope (Magnolia), Saint Michael (Crawfordsville), and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (Hot Springs).

Father Jeremy Myers

Local authorities claim that a former Arkansas priest allegedly sexually assaulted an underage boy numerous times in Texas and Arkansas. At least one child was sexually assaulted while the Reverend worked in Logan County at a Catholic school for boys.

Reports indicate that the sexual assault allegedly began in 1986 in Logan County, at the Subiaco Academy when Father Jeremy Myers served as the school's Dean to Students, two years after his ordination into the priesthood.

Legal affidavits state that the sexual assault continued when the underage male visited Reverend Myers in Texas. Allegations arose as Myers, now in his 60s, was assigned to St. Mary's Parish in Sherman, Texas, where the Church employed the Reverend for over 20 years.

The sexual abuse victim stated that Reverend Myers allegedly "seem to like him and would come to his defense any time he got in trouble," giving him extra privileges. The victim stated that the first inappropriate conduct happened after the Reverend allowed the boy into his room.

Although the all-boys Catholic school expelled the victim during a sophomore year, Myers allowed the child to live with him in Dallas, where he would sexually assault the boy at the rectory.

Affidavits say that a witness reported what occurred to Abbey officials who notified Myers about the sexual abuse. Dallas law enforcement interviewed the Abbey official over the accusations, who told the police that Myers had spoken to the underage child, claiming that the boy was lying about what happened.

The investigation in Dallas followed the released Pennsylvania grand jury report accusing over 300 predatory priests of sexually assaulting over a thousand children since 1946 across six Pennsylvania dioceses.

Father Edward E. Simpson

Although Reverend Simpson passed away in 1988, two years after his retirement, the Diocese of Little Rock received a report in April 2020 accusing Simpson of sexually abusing a minor.

Church officials deemed the allegation of childhood sexual abuse credible, adding Reverend Edward Simpson to its list of credibly accused priests allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual activity with minors.

Father Donald Altoff

In September 2018, the Little Rock Diocese first publicly named Reverend Althoff of accusations of sexually assaulting one known victim. Church officials placed Althoff on a leave of absence in 1992 before removing him from active ministry in 1995.

Reverend Joseph Correnti

Father Joseph Correnti's name appears for the first time on the September 2018 updated clergy abuse list from the Little Rock Diocese publicly accusing the Reverend of sexually abusing two known victims. In April 2002, Correnti committed suicide. Four other clergy members were added that year in other cases involving the Reverend and numerous other victims.

One victim filed a civil lawsuit in August 2019, claiming that the Reverend had sexually abused him as a boy starting in 1995 when he was 14 years old, until 2002. The lawsuit documents reveal that there were at least five known victims.

In August 2020, a sixth man accused Reverend Correnti of sexually assaulting him as an altar boy when he was 13 or 14 years old, around 1983 or 1984. The lawsuit affidavits indicate that the Reverend allegedly forced the underage male to engage in oral and anal sex on multiple occasions.

One document reveals that another priest discovered the boy in the Reverend's living quarters, chastised the sexually assaulted boy, and took no further action against the religious, sexual predator. The Roman Catholic Church and the Little Rock Diocese settled a lawsuit out of court.

Updated Statute of Limitation Laws

In May 2021, the Arkansas State Legislature passed a new law extending the statute of limitations on childhood sex abuse cases statewide. The Justice for Vulnerable Victims of Sexual Abuse Act (Act 1036) extends the statute of limitations to file lawsuits from 21 to 55 years old.

The change in the law means that a sexual abuse victim now has until they are 55 years old to pursue legal action through a sexual abuse lawsuit in Arkansas.

The law also adds a two-year revival "look back" period until the end of 2021. The extension of the statute of limitations means that nearly anyone, at any age, maintains their rights to bring action against the perpetrator, religious institution, or other religious organizations whose negligence or other tortuous acts allowed the sexual abuser to prey on children.

The change in the law will affect the Catholic Church and other religious organizations and groups, including the Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and other youth groups.

Some groups and religious organizations have remained deeply saddened by the despicable acts and the pain and suffering endured by survivors of child sexual abuse. However, many failed to take legal action to ensure that victims are compensated for what their abusers did.

Get Justice Now

In June 2019, the Little Rock Catholic Diocese paid approximately $800,000 to five male defendants who alleged that a parish priest sexually assaulted them when they were boys during the 1970s.

The victims had filed a claim alleging sexual assault occurred when they were students at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church (Little Rock). In Arkansas, the Roman Catholic Church agreed to pay the victims $790,000 to settle the case out of court.

The claim document stated that complainants were between twelve and fifteen years old when the sexual abuse occurred on campus. Records indicate that witnesses had seen the perpetrator, Father John J. McDaniel, take the underage males to his bedroom in the Church rectory.

The parish's insurance coverage of $250,000 (the policy limit at the time of the abuse) paid out a portion of the settlement, and the Diocese of Little Rock insurance fund paid out the remainder of the agreement.

Arkansas Roman Catholic Church Diocese

In Arkansas, the Catholic Church Diocese of Little Rock and its Bishop manage more than 132 parishes statewide (listed below). The Church provides services to more than 120,000 Catholics living in seventy-five counties.

Arkansas Dioceses

Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock

2500 N Tyler St
Little Rock, AR 72207
Bishop: Anthony Taylor
(501) 664-0340

Arkansas Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers Are Here to Help

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, our clergy sexual abuse attorneys understand the challenges you face when discussing the vile actions of what a clergy member did to you. However, we know the power of the Catholic Church in their continuing to fight back, saying nothing happened about the child victims of sexual abuse.

With our legal team on your side, you will never face them alone. Our law firm can assure you that your shocking story will be heard by all those responsible when settling your case or presenting evidence at trial.

Let our experienced attorneys open your financial compensation case today. Talk to us now so we can start filing all the necessary paperwork. Your actions can ensure that no one else will ever be sexually assaulted by the religious authority again.

Additionally, we will protect your rights, provide legal advice to resolve your civil claim successfully, and ensure you recover compensation for your damages. Contact us now at (888) 424-5757. All information you share during an initial, free consultation concerning your case will remain confidential.

Our legal team accepts all personal injury cases through a contingency fee arrangement. This agreement ensures you pay nothing until we resolve your case through a negotiated agreement or jury trial verdict.

Resources:

All Arkansas Parishes:

  • All Saints Church in Mount Ida
  • Blessed Sacrament Church in Jonesboro
  • Blessed Stanley Rother Church in Decatur
  • Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock
  • Christ the King Church in Fort Smith
  • Christ the King Church in Little Rock
  • Church of St. John the Baptist in Hot Springs
  • Church of the Assumption in Atkins
  • Good Shepherd Church in Fordyce
  • Holy Child of Jesus Church in Dumas
  • Holy Cross Church in Crossett
  • Holy Cross Church in Sheridan
  • Holy Family Parish in Jacksonville
  • Holy Redeemer Church in Clarksville
  • Holy Redeemer Church in El Dorado
  • Holy Rosary Church in Stuttgart
  • Holy Spirit Church in Hamburg
  • Holy Trinity Church in England
  • Immaculate Conception Church
  • Immaculate Conception Church in Blytheville
  • Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Magnolia
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in North Little Rock
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Walnut Ridge
  • Mary Mother of God Church in Harrison
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church in Benton
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Little Rock
  • Our Lady of Good Hope Church in Hope
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Glenwood
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Booneville
  • Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock
  • Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Village
  • Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine in Winslow
  • Sacred Heart Church in Charleston
  • Sacred Heart Church in Foreman
  • Sacred Heart Church in Morrilton
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Crawfordsville
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Hot Springs
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Barling
  • St. Agnes Church in Mena
  • St. Albert Church in Heber Springs
  • St. Andrew Church in Danville
  • St. Andrew Church in Marianna
  • St. Andrew Church in Yellville
  • St. Anne Church in Berryville
  • St. Anne Church in North Little Rock
  • Saint. Anthony Church in Ratcliff
  • St. Anthony Church in Weiner
  • St. Augustine Church in Dardanelle
  • St. Augustine Church in North Little Rock
  • St. Barbara Church in De Queen
  • St. Bartholomew Church in Little Rock
  • St. Benedict Church in Subiaco
  • St. Bernard of Clairvaux Church in Bella Vista
  • St. Boniface Church in Bigelow
  • St. Boniface Church in Fort Smith
  • St. Cecilia Church in Newport
  • St. Edward Church in Little Rock
  • St. Edward Church in Texarkana
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Ashdown
  • St. Elizabeth Church in Oppelo
  • St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Eureka
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fairfield Bay
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church in Forrest City
  • St. Francis of Assisi Church in Roland
  • St. Ignatius Church in Scranton
  • St. James Church in Searcy
  • St. John Church in Russellville
  • St. John Newman University Parish in Jonesboro
  • St. John the Baptist Church in Brinkley
  • St. John the Baptist Church in Cabot
  • St. John the Baptist Church in Engelberg
  • St. John the Baptist Parish in Malvern
  • St. John the Evangelist Church in Huntsville
  • St. Joseph Church in Center Ridge
  • St. Joseph Church in Conway
  • St. Joseph Church in Fayetteville
  • St. Joseph Church in Paris
  • St. Joseph Church in Pine Bluff
  • St. Joseph Church in Tontitown
  • St. Joseph the Worker Church in Corning
  • St. Juan Diego Church in Wickes
  • St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Clinton
  • St. Jude Thaddeus Church in Waldron
  • St. Jude the Apostle Church in Jacksonville
  • St. Justin Church in Star City
  • St. Leo Church in Hartford
  • St. Leo the Great University Parish in Russellville
  • St. Louis Church in Camden
  • St. Luke Church in Warren
  • St. Mark Church in Monticello
  • St. Martin Church in Nashville
  • St. Mary Church in Altus
  • St. Mary Church in Arkadelphia
  • St. Mary Church in Batesville
  • St. Mary Church in Helena
  • St. Mary Church in McGehee
  • St. Mary Church in Mountain View
  • St. Mary Church in North Little Rock
  • St. Mary Church in Paragould
  • St. Mary Church in Plum Bayou
  • St. Mary Church in Saint Vincent
  • St. Mary Church in Siloam Springs
  • St. Mary of the Lake Church in Horseshoe Lake
  • St. Mary of the Mount Church in Horseshoe Bend
  • St. Mary of the Springs Church in Hot Springs
  • St. Matthew Church in Osceola
  • St. Meinrad Church in Prairie View
  • St. Michael Church in Cherokee Village
  • St. Michael Church in Van Buren
  • St. Michael Church in West Memphis
  • St. Norbert Church in Marked Tree
  • St. Oscar Romero Catholic Community in Greenbrier
  • St. Patrick Church in North Little Rock
  • St. Paul the Apostle Church in Pocahontas
  • St. Peter Church in Pine Bluff
  • St. Peter Church in Wynne
  • St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Mountain Home
  • St. Raphael Church in Pine Bluff
  • St. Raphael Church in Springdale
  • St. Richard Church in Bald Knob
  • St. Rose of Lima Church in Carlisle
  • St. Scholastica Church in New Blaine
  • St. Stephen Church in Bentonville
  • St. Theresa Church in Little Rock
  • St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Fayetteville
  • St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers
  • Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church in Slovak
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Lincoln
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Morrison
  • Sts. Sabina and Mary Church in Jenny Lind
  • Subiaco Abbey
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