Maryland Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Claims

Victims of childhood sexual abuse or assault in Maryland can seek justice regardless of when the incident occurred due to the Maryland Child Victims Act of 2023.

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If you or a loved one experienced sexual abuse as a child, you may be eligible to file a civil suit against the individual and institutions involved. The Cochran Firm is representing clients in the state of Maryland who are victims of childhood sexual abuse or assault.

The Cochran Firm understands that sexual abuse and assault is a sensitive matter regardless of when it occurred, and our clients have suffered physical, psychological, and emotional damages. Your privacy and well-being are our utmost priorities.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The Cochran Firm has experience in sexual abuse cases and understands the sensitivity of them.

The Cochran Firm represented multiple clients in a sexual assault case against Johns Hopkins University that secured a $190 Million settlement. Our highly experienced attorneys also understand that each case is unique. We are committed to fighting for our clients’ rights with an individualized approach. We work closely with our clients to ensure their unique circumstances are being handled the way they would like.

What is the Child Victims Act of 2023?

On April 11th, 2023, Governor Wes Moore signed the Child Victims Act of 2023 into law, which removes the current statute of limitations that restricted when civil claims could be filed.

The Child Victims Act of 2023 allows victims to file a civil suit regardless of their current age or how long ago the abuse occurred. While other states have placed limits on how long victims are able to submit new claims, Maryland is the first state law with no such limits on when a civil suit can be filed.

The time to speak up is now, The Cochran Firm is here whenever you are prepared to move forward.

The Child Victims Act of 2023 also increases the cap on civil damages for these cases. For each individual incident or occurrence, damages against public school boards and government entities are now capped at $890,000, and damages against private institutions are now capped at $1.5 million.

Maryland Attorney General’s Report Made Public

156 Catholic Priests and Clergy Members were listed as abusers by the Maryland Attorney General. From the 1940s through 2002, they engaged in horrific and repeated abuse of the most vulnerable children in their communities while Archdiocese leadership looked the other way or actively covered it up. Those priests and related clergy members are listed below. The Attorney General’s report is linked below the list of priests.

1. Father Louis Affrica

2. Father James Avant

3. Father Bruce Ball

4. Father John Banko

5. Father Michael Barnes

6. Father Thomas Bauernfeind

7. Father Vincent Bechtel

8. Father Ronald Belschner

9. Father Thomas Bevan

10. Father Maurice Blackwell

11. Father Louis Bonacci

12. Father John Bostwick

13. Reverend H. Cornell Bradley

14. Father William Braun

15. Father Laurence Brett

16. Father Frederick Brinkmann

17. Stephen Brotzman

18. Father Wayland Brown

19. Father Gerard Bugge

20. Father Robert Callahan

21. Father John Carney

22. Monsignor John Corbett

23. Father Brian Cox

24. Father Charles Coyle

25. Father Fernando Cristancho

26. Father Robert Cullen

27. Father Joseph Davies

28. Father Richard Deakin

29. Father Alfred Dean

30. Father Donald Dimitroff

31. Brother Francis Dolan

32. Father James Dowdy

33. Father Robert Duerr

34. Jesuit Priest John Duggan

35. Father Frederick Duke

36. Father Walter Emala

37. Father Francis Ernst

38. Father Luigi Esposito

39. Father Terence Evans

40. Father Alfred Ewanowski

41. Father Kenneth Farabaugh

42. Father Alphonsus Figlewski

43. Deacon Joseph Firlie

44. Father Carl Fisher

45. Sister Theonella Flood

46. Father Daniel Free

47. Father Joseph Gallagher

48. Father Joseph Gerg

49. Father Steven Girard

50. Father Mark Haight

51. Father John Hammer

52. Father Edward Heilman

53. Father Marion Helowicz

54. Father Joseph Hill

55. Monsignor Robert Hiltz

56. Father George Hopkins

57. Father Joseph Hopkins

58. Father Robert Hopkins

59. Father William Jameson

60. Father Albert Julian

61. Deacon John Justice

62. Father Thomas F. Kelly

63. Father Thomas M. Kelly

64. Father Joseph Kenney

65. Father Simon Kenny

66. Father Paul Knapp

67. Father Michael Kolodziej

68. Father Joseph Krach

69. Father William “Jay” Krouse

70. Father Joseph Kruse

71. Deacon Thomas Kuhl

72. Brother Xavier Langan

73. Father Michael LaMountain

74. Father James Lannon

75. Father Ross LaPorta

76. Father Regis Larkin

77. Father David Leary

78. Father Francis LeFevre

79. Father Robert Lentz

80. Father John Lippold

81. Father Robert John Lochner

82. Father Anthony Lorento

83. Father George Loskarn

84. Father Edward Neil Magnus

85. Father Ronald Mardaga

86. Father Kenneth Martin

87. Father Joseph Maskell

88. Father Benedict Mawn

89. Brother Constantine McCarthy

90. Monsignor William McCrory

91. Father Francis McGrath

92. Father Eugene McGuire

93. Patrick McIntyre

94. Brother Lawrence Meegen

95. Father Raymond Melville

96. John Merzbacher

97. Father Joseph Messer

98. Father Ronald Michaud

99. Father William Migliorini

100. Father John Mike

101. Father Jerome Moody

102. Brother Eugene Morgan

103. Brother William Morgan

104. Father John Mountain

105. Father Timothy Murphy

106. Father J. Glenn Murray

107. Father Alan Nagle

108. Father Robert Newman

109. Deacon Leo O’Hara

110. Father Garrett Orr

111. Father Henry O’Toole

112. Father John Padian

113. Father John Peacock

114. Father Dennis Pecore

115. Father Adrian Poletti

116. Eric Price

117. Father Blair Raum

118. Brother Thomas Rochacewicz

119. Father Francis Roscetti

120. Father Charles Rouse

121. Brother Marius John Shine

122. Father William Simms

123. Father David Smith

124. Monsignor Richard Smith

125. Father Thomas Smith

126. Father Michael Spillane

127. Father Albert Stallings

128. Father Edmund Stroup

129. Brother Cuthbert Sullivan

130. Father Francis Sweeney

131. Father Alcuin Tasch

132. Brother Joseph "Cuthbert" Thibault

133. Brother Thomas Tomasunas

134. Father Jerome Toohey

135. Father James Toulas

136. Father Gerald Tragesser

137. Father Jorge Velez-Lopez

138. Father Francis Wagner

139. Father William Walsh

140. Father William Wehrle

141. Monsignor Thomas Whelan

142. Father John Wielebski

143. Monsignor Roger Wooden

144. Father Howard Yeakle 

145. Sister Francis Yocum

146. Monsignor Henry Zerhusen

Ten other names were redacted from the report. 

Read the Attorney General's Report Here

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