Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA Seeks Justice for Priest Sexual Abuse SurvivorsThe experienced attorneys at Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have decades of experience representing clients who have suffered injuries as a result of negligence or willful harm. The firm's commitment to client advocacy, seeking justice, and case preparation have resulted in millions of dollars in settlement money and jury verdicts for clients. We persistently pursue justice for survivors of priest sexual abuse, and we understand that these require a sensitivity beyond the realm of the average personal injury case. Your privacy and individual needs are our top priority. Having represented priest sexual abuse survivors, our team also understands that seeking compensation from your current or former diocese may constitute an awkward pursuit for some. Our goal is to discuss your case and guide you on the path toward justice that fits your individual needs. Coming forward with an accusation of abuse takes courage, and we are here to help you seek justice. Not only does your choice benefit you in achieving closure or working through your trauma, but you also help protect future children from falling victim to the Catholic Church. Our empathetic legal team can inform you of your rights and lay out your legal options for holding the Norwich priest who abused you accountable for his actions.
Alleged Abusers in the Norwich ArchdioceseSurvivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have been sharing their stories, causing many media outlets to track the accused, create records, and let other survivors know that they are not alone. It's likely that the following list is not complete, but it provides the most recent complete list of Norwich priests who have been accused of sexually abusing children while serving the diocese.
Bernard W. BissonnetteDuring his service with the Catholic Church, Bissonette allegedly molested boys from at least nine different churches throughout the United States after he left Norwich in 1963. In each new parish, he allegedly abused one or more children, until he was eventually forced out.
Richard T. BuongirnoIn 1991, a parent from East Lyme reported to the Department of Children and Families that Buongirno sexually abused her son, but the priest denied the abuse, and the charges were subsequently dropped. Other survivors came forward, but the East Lyme boy eventually re-filed charges in 1999, leading to the arrest of Buongirno, who no longer works as a priest.
Santino A. CasimanoTwo brothers sued Casimano in 2004, alleging that he sexually abused them in the late 1970s while in service of a parish in the Diocese of Orange, California. Casimano denied the charges, but he retired from his position as interim principal at St. Bernard High School in 2004.
Thomas J. DoyleDoyle served the Norwich Diocese from the fall of 1976 to 1992. During the 1990s, at least four men accused Doyle of molestation from his time working in parishes in Connecticut. In 1994, brothers filed a lawsuit against Doyle for abuse that occurred at St. Bernard's Church in Rockville in the 1970s.
Paul L. HebertThe Norwich Diocese suspended Hebert in 2004 after it received allegations that he abused a boy in the 1970s during his service as a priest at St. Michael's Church in Stonington from 1971 to 1981. Hebert resigned shortly after his suspension.
Raymond J. JeanJean was defrocked as a priest in 1984 while assigned to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Gales Ferry. A 1999 lawsuit alleged that Jean sexually assaulted, abused, and exploited a child from age 9 to 13 while serving at Notre Dame in Durham. Jean died in 2001.
Donat M. JetteIn 2002, a Texas man came forward alleging that Jette molested him when he was an altar boy at St. Mary's in Putnam. Jette is now deceased.
James L. LibertyIn 2002, a Connecticut woman wrote the Norwich bishop alleging that Liberty abused her when he counseled her at Catholic Family Services in Norwich. Liberty died in 1995. This is an instance of a priest sexually abusing a woman older than 18.
Charles S. ManyIn 1996, a man filed a suit alleging sexual abuse during his time as an altar boy at Sacred Heart. The accused priest, Many, voluntarily resigned in 1995 as a result of the allegations. Over the years, at least one other survivor has come forward alleging molestation by Many. He has publicly denied all allegations, but his records reveal that he confessed to the abuse during psychological evaluations.
R. Thomas McConaghyMcConaghy served as a priest in Norwich beginning in 1981. A former student accused him of molestation while he taught at a New York military academy between 1973 and 1975. McConaghy denied the allegation.
Edward P. McGrathMcGrath taught at the St. Thomas More School in Montville for 28 years before his death in 1998. In 2004, a former student told administrators that McGrath sexually abused students. The school investigated the accusation, and after five months, determined that it was credible. The Diocese argued that it was not responsible because McGrath worked for the school rather than the Norwich Diocese.
Donald PetraitisThe same Texas man who accused Donat Jette of molestation came forward to reveal that Petraitis forced the accuser to engage in oral sex during his time as an altar boy in Putnam. Petraitis lives in Chicago and denies the allegations.
Paul PinardIn 2005, Bishop Michael Cote asked Pinard to leave the Norwich Diocese because of past allegations of sexual misconduct with minors. Pinard immediately left Enders Island where he resided and taught classes at St. Edmund's Retreat.
Bruno PrimaveraIn 2002, a man accused Primavera of sexual abuse and fondling that began in 1977 at St. Mark the Evangelist when the parishioner was 14 years old. Primavera transferred to St. Mary Star of the Sea in 1979, where he allegedly molested another altar boy. Primavera was a visiting priest from Toronto, where he eventually returned. His diocese sent him to New Mexico where he was arrested and convicted of felony sexual offenses against his students.
Thomas W. SheaShea died in 2006 at age 85, but at least 15 women have accused him of sexual assault and abuse during his time with the Norwich Diocese in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Some women reported that Shea would come to their houses to molest them when their parents weren't home.
Seeking Justice After Surviving Norwich Priest Sexual AbuseIf you survived sexual abuse during childhood or adolescence, you may be contemplating coming forward for several reasons. Some survivors spend years in therapy dealing with the trauma of abuse. As part of their recovery process, they feel the need to confront their abusers and/or hold them accountable for the abuse. Other survivors have released the humiliation, self-blame, and guilt that comes with sexual abuse and feel secure in sharing their stories to seek justice. Finally, most survivors want to tell their story to prevent future altar boys and children in the Catholic Church from suffering the same abuse. It does not matter why you want to come forward with your allegations. You have the opportunity to choose the path that best fits your individual goals and needs. The sexual abuse lawyers of Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA will listen to your story and the circumstances of your abuse and provide you with your options for seeking justice.
Recovering Damages in Civil Court After Norwich Priest Sexual AbuseDepending on your individual circumstances, you may qualify to bring a lawsuit for damages from your abuse against your abuser and/or the Norwich Diocese for enabling the sexual abuse that you suffered. If you reach a settlement agreement or if a Connecticut court finds in your favor, you may receive compensation for damages related to sexual abuse committed by a Norwich priest. Potential damages include:
- Costs for visiting a psychologist, psychiatrist, or another therapist to help you deal with the mental anguish and trauma of surviving childhood sexual abuse, as well as other mental health support services and costs for medication
- Compensation for physical pain and suffering as a result of sexual assault or molestation
- Compensation for the mental anguish and emotional trauma associated with the abuse
- Compensation for damage to personal relationships, including loss of consortium with a spouse
- Punitive damages if the Diocese knew of the abuse and covered it up or failed to report it