Were You Sexually Abused by a Priest or Minister as a Child?
Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney P.C. has represented well over 170 survivors of clergy childhood sexual abuse against the Bridgeport Diocese, Hartford Diocese and other religious institutions.
As one of the first law firms in the entire United States to stand up to these institutions and tell them what they allowed to happen was wrong, we continue to represent the courageous survivors who come forward. We believe it is our duty to make sure they are heard and allowed to heal.
Helping Sexual Abuse Survivors Heal and Move Forward
For almost 25 years, our lawyers have been battling with Bridgeport Diocese attorneys on sexual abuse cases involving children. Most recently, we obtained thousands of pages of records including documentation on sexual abuse by Diocesan priests never before disclosed.
Some recent settlements involve claims by five minor victims of sexual abuse by four priests in the diocese:
- Reverend Martin Federici, while at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, St. Edward the Confessor in New Fairfield and on Emmaus retreats in Danbury, Connecticut
- Reverend Walter Coleman while at St. Patrick’s Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut
- Reverend James Gildea, a Holy Cross brother, while at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield, Connecticut
- Reverend Robert Morrisey, while a counselor at St. Mary’s High School in Greenwich, Connecticut
All cases were filed in the Bridgeport Superior Court.
Additionally, we have filed claims against:
- The Diocese of Bridgeport
- The Archdiocese of Hartford
- The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut
- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Milford
- The Maronite Catholic Church
Learn more about the priests involved in sexual abuse against children who are involved in civil cases for child sex abuse.
Discuss Your Case in a Safe and Confidential Environment
We understand the concerns of individuals and families about reporting sexual abuse. We are adept at protecting the privacy interests of our clients while holding abusers accountable. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate and professional when representing our clients. We create an environment where clients can feel safe and confident in our ability to see that justice is done.
Child Sexual Abuse Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Prove a Molestation Case?
A. Child sexual abuse can take many forms and be difficult to prove, especially if the physical injuries are no longer present. However, many physicians and behavioral specialists are able to spot the warning signs of sexual abuse in children and can help build a strong case against the abuser. Our lawyers are experienced in working with the right experts to help with your claim.
Can You Sue a Teacher for Sexual Abuse?
A. Yes. Teachers can be held liable in a civil claim for sexual abuse against minor students. Like with all civil claims for child sexual abuse, it is important to work with an attorney right away to make sure all evidence is collected and documented to help build your case.
What Are My Legal Rights if I Was Sexually Abused as a Child?
A. Our lawyers represent victims who were sexually abused as children (under the age of 18). The law only allows victims to bring a claim up until the age of 48. Do not wait to learn about your legal options if you were the victim of sexual abuse as a minor.
Why Choose Us?
What is the statute of limitations with regard to filing a sexual abuse claim?
A. Victims who claim damages for sexual abuse, sexual assault or sexual exploitation as a child can file a claim up to 30 years past the age of abuse (typically until the age of 48) in Connecticut.
However, if you claim damages as a result of being sexually assaulted as an adult, then you have a much shorter time period in which to file a lawsuit. Typically, you have three years from the date of the assault to file against the perpetrator for his or her intentional acts and two years from the date of the assault to file against any other person or entity (e.g., perpetrator’s employer) who may have been negligent in allowing the perpetrator to have contact with you.
If there is a criminal case presently pending against the perpetrator, can I still file a civil suit?
What is the difference between criminal and civil cases? Is there a different burden of proof?
The perpetrator is now dead. Can I still file a claim?
I do not want my identity revealed. Is there a way that I can file a claim and remain anonymous?
Who are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse?
Any person so identified who in the course of his or her employment or profession has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or has been inflicted with non-accidental injuries or is at imminent risk of serious harm must report or cause a report to be made in accordance with state law. Violation of the law will result in a monetary fine and required participation in an educational and training program. See Connecticut General Statutes Sections 17-101(b); 17a-101a.