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A jury sentenced a Catholic priest and former assistant pastor of a parish in Northwest Washington to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting two young female members of his church. The priest denies that he assaulted the girls.

About Clergy Abuse

Clergy and leaders within religious institutions offer spiritual and moral guidance for their followers. When these leaders sexually abuse someone, it is extremely detrimental. This abuse manipulates someone’s trust and faith bringing lifelong consequences to the victim.

Priest Abuse

Priest Abuse 300x200Abuses in the Catholic Church have been well-documented in the media. However, systemic abuse has occurred for centuries. Old church documents repeatedly warned of priests or brothers abusing parishioners. Instead of being active in protecting the victims, the Church has a reputation of concealing the abuse and reassigning the clergy members. This isn’t just in Catholic dioceses but also in religious orders (i.e., Christian Brothers, Paulist Fathers, Franciscans, etc).
Usually, the abuse lasts for years. It can take a long time for a child victim of sexual abuse to be able to come forward and report the abuse. Because monsignors, bishops, brothers, nuns, along with priests hold positions coupling trust and faith, victims don’t always identify the abuse. Some abusers claim the inappropriate sexual contact is part of a ritual. Then the perpetrators threaten the victims into silence.

DC Priest Receives Child Abuse Sentence

After a 9 day trial, a jury found the DC priest guilty of groping a 13-year-old girl in 2015. He also kissed a 9-year-old girl in 2016. A jury convicted him of 3 counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a child and one count of misdemeanor sex abuse of a child. Due to the age of the victims, the jury enhanced the penalty. Therefore, they gave him a sentence of almost 21 years in prison.

Victims described the priest as a “wolf in priest’s clothing” who used his charm, influence, and position to identify, isolate and prey on victims.  Even when the parents learned of the abuse, church officials kept the priest in his position with the church.

The priest did not speak at his sentencing, but he submitted a nine-page handwritten letter denying all allegations. However, during the trial, it was revealed that he would go on secret vacations to Mexico with a woman. He also faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge concerning an adult woman. That case will begin in September.

Get Legal Help

Spiritual Abuse 300x200Survivors of sexual abuse can file civil suits against perpetrators and other responsible parties, regardless of the outcome or existence of criminal prosecution. Civil lawsuits can help a survivor seek monetary damages. This compensation can never change the abuse suffered but can help rebuild a life.
When a religious organization takes advantage of you, this is wrong. We will hold these institutions liable.
Plus, a civil suit can deter future abuse. This is why it is important if you or a loved one were the victims of sexual abuse to contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm. We will provide a free consultation and instruct any avenues available to you for civil litigation.

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