Diocese of Monterey Sexual Abuse Attorney

At least 30 priests from the Diocese of Monterey have been publically accused of committing sexual abuse. The Diocese includes the counties of Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and San Benito. Several allegations claim the Diocese knew of the abuse and took steps to cover it up rather than reporting incidents to authorities.

At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we are extremely passionate about bringing sexual abusers within the clergy to justice. We also believe in holding the larger institution – the Diocese of Monterey – accountable for its role in allowing abuse and assault to persist. If you or someone you love is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse within the Diocese of Monterey, please contact us for a free and 100% confidential discussion about your case.

Why Choose Us?

  • Our lawyers have helped over 150 survivors of clergy sexual abuse with their cases in California alone.
  • Our lead attorney, John C. Manly, has made it into Super Lawyers and was named one of California’s Top 100 Attorneys by the LA Daily Journal.
  • Our lead lawyer has devoted his life to becoming a national leader against the brutal crimes of sexual abuse and assault.
  • Our law firm wants to help survivors in any way possible, including keeping identities completely private throughout a claim or trial.

Why You Need a Lawyer

Coming forward about clergy sexual abuse is a difficult enough feat without also worrying about the red tape and legwork that comes with a personal injury case. When you hire a lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, he or she can take care of the complex aspects of your case while keeping your identity private. We can explore all possible avenues for compensation on your behalf to determine the appropriate route for you. Then, we can fight for justice and fair compensation from all responsible parties.

Is Your Perpetrator on the List?

To improve honesty and transparency (in light of the Pope’s push for accountability for clergy abuse in 2018), the Diocese of Monterey released 30 names of alleged perpetrators. These 30 clergymen are currently facing allegations ranging from child molestation to rape. While allegations do not mean convictions, publishing the list could pave the way for survivors to finally come forward and seek justice against perpetrators.

First Last Status
Phillip Abinate Accused
Alberto (Orlando) Battagliola Sued
Stuart Bede Campbell Sued
Marcos Capistran Chavira Accused
Thomas Condon Accused
Antonio Cortes Convicted
Edward Crews Accused
Patrick Daly Accused
Vincent Dwyer Settled
Juan Carlos Esquivel Accused
Carl Faria Accused
Edward Fitz-Henry Sued
Luis Garcia Accused
Edward T. Haskins Accused
Manuel Jimenez Accused
Gregory Kareta Sued
Scott McCarthy Accused
Michael McDonald Settled
Albert (Alberto) Mengon Accused
Gilbert Meyer Accused
Felix Migliazzo Accused
Charles L. Moore Accused
Thomas Neary Accused
Colman O’Connor Accused
Joseph Pacheco Sued
John Pierson Accused
Joseph Sheehan Accused
Paul R. Valdez Settled
John Velez Sued
James Wisecaver Accused

Even if the clergyman who sexually abused or assaulted you is not on this list, you may have grounds for a claim against the Diocese of Monterey for failing to take action regarding clergy abuse sooner. The Diocese may have known of the perpetrator’s history or actions years ago yet failed to hold the offender accountable. A lawyer from Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can help you go up against the Diocese even if the individual perpetrator is missing or deceased.

What to Do Next

If you are a child survivor of clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Monterey, speak to an attorney about your case immediately. The State of California recently extended the deadline to file these types of claims from age 26 to 40 for plaintiffs. No matter how long ago you suffered abuse or sexual assault by a member of the clergy, contact our firm for counsel. We can help you speak out against the Diocese and/or other accountable parties in the name of justice. We can keep your identity confidential for the duration of your claim if desired. Our lawyers will guide you through the next steps forward.

Speak to a Clergy Abuse Lawyer Today

At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we are passionate about shedding light in the dark corners of religious establishments. As a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, do not give up. We are here to help survivors seek justice. Schedule a free, 100% confidential consultation today by phone at (855) 944-0710 or through our website.