2017 September

Sep 28, 2017: News Release: Coercion Claim Against Crookston Bishop Hoeppner Settled—Letter Released as Part of Settlement

Coercion Claim Against Crookston Bishop Hoeppner SettledLetter Hoeppner Coerced Vasek to Sign in 2015 Released as Part of the Settlement(St. Paul, MN) – Ron Vasek settled his coercion claim against Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner this week.  As part of the settlement, Vasek received a copy of the letter the Bishop coerced him into signing in 2015 retracting his statement that he had been abused by Msgr. Roger Grundhaus when he was 16 years old.  Vasek’s attorney, Jeff Anderson, said for Ron this case was about exposing the truth.  “Ron suffered in silence and shame….

Sep 19, 2017: News Release: Hearings Tomorrow in Case Involving Crookston Bishop Michael Hoeppner’s Coercion of Survivor Ron Vasek

Hearing Tomorrow in Thief River Falls in Case Where Statute of Limitations Extended by Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner’s Coercion Attorneys asking Court to Sanction the Diocese of Crookston for Concealing Msgr. Roger Grundhaus’ Name(Thief River Falls, MN):  In a hearing tomorrow, courageous survivor Ron Vasek will ask the Court to deny the Diocese of Crookston’s attempts to throw out his public nuisance and negligence claims.  Ron Vasek was sexually abused by former Vicar General of the Diocese of Crookston, Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, in approximately 1971.  After Mr. Vasek disclosed the…

Sep 19, 2017: News Release: 17 Cases Settled, Three Names Added to St. John’s Abbey List of Sexual Abusers

St. John’s Abbey settles 17 more sex abuse cases, 3 never before disclosed names added to its list of abusersNewly identified abusers, Fr. Strub, Fr. Kelly and Fr. Plakut Worked Throughout Minnesota“This is real progress,” says Attorney Jeff AndersonFather Augustine Strub Bio and Assignment HistoryFather Casimir Plakut Bio and Assignment HistoryFather James Kelly Bio and Assignment History(St. Paul, MN) – On Monday, St. John’s Abbey added three more names to a growing list of its priests and monks who have sexually abused children. St. John’s acknowledged that monks Fr. Casimir Plakut, Fr. Aug…

Sep 18, 2017: Archdiocese of Chicago defrocked priest Daniel McCormack ruled sexually violent

Cook County Judge Dennis Porter recently ruled that convicted child molester and former priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Daniel McCormack, is a sexually violent person.  For him to be declared a sexually violent person, prosecutors had to prove, that after previous convictions of sexual violence, McCormack has a pedophilic disorder and will reoffend again.  While speaking directly at McCormack in the courtroom, Judge Porter said, “I have no reasonable doubt that you will engage in future acts of sexual violence.” The Chicago Sun Times recently reported the news of the ruling…

Sep 14, 2017: Jeff Anderson & Associates’ $2 Million Gift Launches Zero Abuse Project at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

(St. Paul, MN) –Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Jeff Anderson & Associates are breaking new ground in child abuse prevention and legal education by announcing the Zero Abuse Project (ZAP). A $2 million gift from Jeff Anderson & Associates to Mitchell Hamline will launch a collaboration aimed at training professionals and transforming how institutions play a necessary …