Archdiocese of Los Angeles Sexual Abuse

Clergy sexual abuse is a brutal crime that no child should have to suffer. Yet it is a devastating reality for hundreds of children throughout California today. Thousands of other survivors are now adults, still dealing with lingering psychological damage from childhood trauma.

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi is a leading clergy sexual abuse firm in the nation. We are an award-winning team that has recovered over $2 billion for our clients. If you suffered clergy abuse within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, contact our lawyers for a confidential case review. We are passionate, experienced attorneys who have successfully represented survivors of abuse for over 20 years.

Why Choose Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers?

  • We have decades of experience helping survivors of sexual abuse.
  • We will stand up to any institution on behalf of our clients, including religious institutions such as the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
  • We are regarded as California’s leading law firm for sexual abuse cases.
  • We have represented more than 150 survivors of clergy sexual abuse in California.
  • We offer aggressive and passionate representation for survivors.

Do You Need Legal Help?

Clergy abuse cases can be overwhelming as a survivor. You may not understand the outlets available to you for financial recovery or how to file a claim by the deadline. You may have already missed your deadline, yet are still eligible for compensation through other means. A Los Angeles sexual assault lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help you take care of legal work, provide emotional support, evaluate your claim, fight for maximum compensation and provide other services to guide you through this trying time. We can also keep your identity confidential for the duration of your claim.

About Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

To date, the Archdioceses of Los Angeles has 326 individuals publicly accused of allegedly assaulting and abusing minors. These individuals include priests, bishops and archbishops. Many of these documented cases have led to convictions, on top of startling allegations about how instead of bringing perpetrators to justice, the Archdiocese helped them flee the country. Our attorneys believe the Archdiocese should face justice for its role in perpetuating sexual abuse.

Priest Names in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Below is a list of names of priests accused of sexual assault in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who were ordained in or after 1980.  The full list spans 326 names.

First Last Status
Juan Cano Accused
Michael Son Trong Doan Accused
Fernando Lopez Lopez Convicted
Charles Patrick Mayer Charged
Jose L. Sanchez Accused
Pierre Albalaa Accused
Timothy R. Lane Accused
Sergio E. Garcia Accused
Carl D. Tresler Accused
Andrew Gabriel Encinas Accused
Jeffrey Newell Sued
Christopher Cunningham Settled
Gerald Wertz Sued
Matthias A. Berumen Sued
Carlos Rene Rodriguez Convicted
Charles George Fatooh Sued
Mark O’Leary Accused
Stephen Emmett Specialle (Speciale) Settled
David (Dave) E. Johnson Sued
Alexander Salazar Accused
John Anthony Salazar-Jimenez Convicted
Sebastian C. Elanjimannil Accused
Jose J. Mendez Sued
Kevin P. Barmasse Sued
Stephen C. Hernandez Convicted
Gustave R. (Gus) Krumm Settled
David F. Granadino Accused
Raymond D. Morales Accused
Michael Sintef Accused
Christopher Berbena Sued
Robert Jesus Juarez Accused
Richard M. Martini Sued
Philip Mark Wolfe Convicted

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, along with five other California Catholic dioceses, have created a compensation program for survivors who have missed their statutes of limitations or who prefer not to take legal action. The Independent Compensation Program offers financial relief to survivors of abuse by members of the clergy as minors. Participants can receive payment for claims deemed eligible within two weeks. All claims must reach the program no later than March 31, 2020.

It is important to speak to one of our attorneys before you file a claim with the Independent Compensation Program. If you accept the offered settlement, you forfeit the right to bring a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. In most cases, the settlement offered will be far less than what the law may entitle you to receive in a formal lawsuit. Due to an extended statute of limitations in the state, it is worthwhile to discuss your options with a lawyer before making your decision.

New California Law Extends the Statute of Limitations

Another source of relief for childhood sex abuse survivors is the recently extended statute of limitations in the state of California. Assembly Bill 218 changes the time limit from the plaintiff’s 26th birthday to the 40th birthday. Survivors now have 22 years from the date of the age of majority rather than 8 years to file their claims. No matter how long ago you suffered clergy abuse, contact our Los Angeles sexual abuse lawyer to discuss the possibility of legal action.

Call (855) 944-0710 Today

When you call Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for a confidential consultation, you will reach a compassionate attorney who can give you the care and support you deserve. We may be able to help you hold the Archdiocese of Los Angeles accountable for the heinous crimes you suffered as a child, no matter how much time has passed. Find out how we can help you today during a free consultation. Contact us to schedule yours.