Manly, Stewart & Finaldi Recovers $2 Million for Sex Abuse Victim of Father Michael Harris

Yesterday, June 18, 2012, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi recovered 2 million dollars on behalf of sexual abuse victim John TH Doe, on the first day of trial. Plaintiff TH is presently a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force, and was sexually abused while a student at Mater Dei High School, in Santa Ana,… read more

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California Senate Passes SB 1530

Today, in a positive step towards making California’s public entities safe for children and vulnerable adults, the California State Senate voted 33 to 4 to pass Senate Bill 1530, which makes it easier to remove teachers accused of engaging in misconduct. Drafted in the wake of the Miramonte Elementary School childhood sexual abuse scandal, the… read more

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Convicted Pedophile Priest Will Serve No Additional Time for Probation Violation

Father Alejandro “Alex” Jose Castillo, a priest and convicted sex offender who spent one year in prison for sexually abusing a young boy in his parish, violated his probation just 1 day after his release from prison by attending a party at which boys under the age of 18 were present. Although Father Castillo could… read more

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Sexual Abuse Survivor Revived Memories of Decades Old Molestation

The head of Napa State Hospital’s recent firing was the result of an abuse survivor’s chance meeting. The survivor, who as a boy lived nearby Napa State Hospital’s ex-head Claude Edward Foulk, was visiting the hospital as part of his job as a vendor when he happened to make eye contact with Foulk. This meeting… read more

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New Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Former Basketball Coach, Mater Dei, Diocese of Orange

Our attorneys (on behalf of our client, an alleged victim of childhood sexual molestation) filed a second sex abuse lawsuit against a former Mater Dei High School basketball coach, the school and the Diocese of Orange. The suit alleges that Jeffrey Andrade, ex-coach at the school and a self-admitted molester(During a sworn deposition in 2007,… read more

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Priests’ Privacy Rights Cannot Override Protection of Children

[See Judge Lichtman’s order. On the Franciscans at St. Anthony’s Seminary, see also 11 Friars Molested Seminary Students, Church Inquiry Says, by Seth Mydans, New York Times (December 1, 1993); Sex ‘Vibes’ Permeated Seminary, Victim Says, by Seth Mydans, New York Times (December 1, 1993); The St. Anthony’s Seminary Report, by Geoffrey B. Stearns et… read more

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5 More Sexual Abuse Charges Added to Father Baker’s Trial; Charges Now Total 34

After admitting to sexual misconduct with minors to Cardinal Mahony, Father Michael Baker faces additional charges of sexual abuse, presently totaling thirty-four charges. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2003-may-02-me-vnbriefs2.2-story.html Related Blog Posts: Cardinal Roger Mahony Admits to Mishandling Sexually Abusive Priest Father Michael Baker and Father Carlos Rodriguez Charged With Numerous Counts of Child Molestation Twenty-Nine Charges of Molestation Filed… read more

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Twenty-Nine Charges of Molestation Filed Against Baker

When Cardinal Mahony found out that Father Baker was a child molester, he did what all Catholic leaders of the time would do, he sent Baker to treatment. When the results of the treatment came back and said that Baker should not be allowed to interact with kids, Mahony again performed in accordance with Diocese… read more

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