2016 April

Apr 27, 2016: Media Advisory: Two Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed against Recently Reinstated St. John’s Monk Father Tim Backous

Backous Worked in Prominent Roles at St. John’s and Duluth afterSt. John’s ‘cleared’ him of allegations in 1991 and 2015What:  At a news conference tomorrow in St. Paul, attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Bryant will:  • Announce the filing of two civil lawsuits naming St. John’s Abbey and Father Timothy Backous as defendants. One suit is being brought by Doe 413, a survivor who was sexually abused by Backous at St. John’s Prep School in approximately 1982-1983 when he was 16 years old. The second lawsuit is being brought by Doe 188, a former member of the St. John’s Boys Choir who was…

Apr 27, 2016: Advisory: Two Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed against Recently Reinstated St. John’s Monk Father Tim Backous

Backous Worked in Prominent Roles at St. John’s and Duluth afterSt. John’s ‘cleared’ him of allegations in 1991 and 2015What:  At a news conference tomorrow in St. Paul, attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Bryant will:  • Announce the filing of two civil lawsuits naming St. John’s Abbey and Father Timothy Backous as defendants. One suit is being brought by Doe 413, a survivor who was sexually abused by Backous at St. John’s Prep School in approximately 1982-1983 when he was 16 years old. The second lawsuit is being brought by Doe 188, a former member of the St. John’s Boys Choir who was…

Apr 27, 2016: Video: Two Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed against Recently Reinstated St. John’s Monk Father Tim Backous

Backous Worked in Prominent Roles at St. John’s and Duluth afterSt. John’s ‘cleared’ him of allegations in 1991 and 2015What:  At a news conference tomorrow in St. Paul, attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Bryant will announce the filing of two civil lawsuits naming St. John’s Abbey and Father Timothy Backous as defendants. One suit is being brought by Doe 413, a survivor who was sexually abused by Backous at St. John’s Prep School in approximately 1982-1983 when he was 16 years old. The second lawsuit is being brought by Doe 188, a former member of the St. John’s Boys Choir who was…

Apr 25, 2016: Media Advisory: Diocese of Rockville Centre Named in 2nd Abuse Lawsuit Regarding Priest Still in Ministry

Fr. Yacyshyn was allowed to continue in ministry at St. Jude’s in Mastic Beach, even after the first lawsuit was filed in January 2015Plaintiff alleges that the Diocese’s actions are a public nuisance and urges law enforcement action.What:  At a press conference Tuesday on Long Island, Attorney Mike Reck of Jeff Anderson & Associates and Chris Anderson of MaleSurvivor will:  • Announce the filing of a second complaint on behalf of a new victim, a 20 year-old man, naming the Diocese of Rockville Centre and St. Francis Assisi Church as defendants. The Plaintiff alleges sexual abuse…

Apr 21, 2016: Seven Victims Claim Sexual Abuse at Loyola School in NYC

To Reveal Truth, Abuse Survivor Releases Investigative Report to the Public Investigative Report (New York, NY) – Longtime teacher, coach and athletic director, Louis Tambini, abused girls at a prominent Jesuit, Catholic School in New York City.  The yearlong investigation conducted by lawyers and school officials concluded with a report confirming both the reports of abuse and a lack of response by church and school officials. The Report Findings:Investigation was sparked by a social media post on school Facebook page. Church and School officials protected Tambin…

Apr 18, 2016: Video: Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Indian Bishop for Reinstatement of Convicted Predator Priest Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul

Bishop Amalraj, with permission from Pope Francis, returned Jeyapaul to ministry after his sexual abuse conviction in Minnesota Survivor Megan Peterson will speak publicly about the nuisance lawsuit and Jeyapaul’s return to active ministry and the danger to kids in India WHAT: At a press conference Tuesday in St. Paul, live-streamed from the law office of Jeff Anderson & Associates, sexual abuse survivor Megan Peterson and Attorney Jeff Anderson will announce the filling of a federal lawsuit naming the Diocese of Ootacamund, India, as defendants. A letter, sent to Anderson and Roseau Co…

Apr 15, 2016: News Release: Three Diocese of New Ulm Priests Identified as Child Abusers in New Lawsuits

(New Ulm, MN) – Three sexual abuse survivors have identified three priests from the Diocese of New Ulm as child abusers. The priests, Fr. Bernard Steiner, Fr. Richard Gross and Fr. Edward Ardolf, are being publicly named for the first time. Fr. Bernard Steiner: Steiner was ordained in 1964 in the Diocese of New Ulm and worked in several parishes throughout Southern and West-Central Minnesota during his clerical career, including parishes and schools in Springfield, Sanborn, Dawson…

Apr 12, 2016: Media Advisory: Clerical Expert Identifies Bishop Joseph Ferrario as Child Abuser Before Appointment as Bishop

Three More Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Filed Before April 24 Legal Deadline26 Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Settled Involving the Diocese of Honolulu and other Religious Orders What:  At a press conference Wednesday, Kailua Attorney Mark Gallagher will: • Announce the filing of three lawsuits on behalf of three sexual abuse survivors before the April 24, 2016 legal deadline. The new lawsuits ask courts to force public disclosure of the identity and whereabouts of all credibly accused clerics in the Diocese of Honolulu;• Release the expert report of Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, a canon law…