Former Iredell County Teacher and Pastor Criminally Charged

Pastor Glen McCoy

Another clergyman  got criminally charged today, Pastor Glen McCoy. This time, the alleged abuser was not a priest. I wonder how many victims are out there. Hopefully, this case will be aggressively prosecuted.

http://www.wbtv.com/story/25907326/former-iredell-statesville-school-employee-facing-sex-charges-involving-minor

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney and Child Advocate

A Pioneer in Sex Abuse Litigation in North Carolina

 

CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST FATHER KELLEHER DISMISSED

CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST FATHER  JOSEPH KELLEHER DISMISSED

As I expected,the child sex abuse charges to which Father Joseph Kelleher had confessed, were dismissed today, due to his alleged health problems. This action took place nearly four years after Father Kelleher was first charged and after other victims came forward. This was one of, if not, the oldest criminal case, pending in Stanly County, NC.

Justice delayed was justice denied.

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney

Dedicated to Advocating on Behalf of Sex Abuse Victims

Update on Father Joseph Kelleher

FATHER JOSEPH KELLEHER UPDATE

Today I learned that Father Joseph Kelleher’s criminal case in Stanly County will be heard at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. The stated reason is that it is on for hearing to consider the report to the Court that Father Kelleher was unable to stand trial. It remains my belief that the case will likely be dismissed tomorrow, nearly four years after charges were brought.

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney

Representing Sex Abuse Victims for Thirty Years

Why All Sex Abusers Need to Spend Time in Prison

This disgusting story about child sex abuse and child pornography in Harnett County, North Carolina shows a system that repeatedly failed. This perpetrator did not even receive an active sentence on his second offense against children. When will District Attorneys and judges take these crimes seriously?


http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/region-state/you-can-t-trust-nobody-five-now-charged-in-harnett-child-sex-abuse-case-1.337496

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney and Child Advocate

Thirty Years Experience in North Carolina Representing Victims of Sex Abuse

Court Dismissed Sex Abuse Cases Against Charlotte Docese Because of the Statute of Limitations

Diocese Sex Abuse Cases

Today the trial judge ruled that our clients had waited too long to bring their claims for sex abuse against the Diocese. It is critical to remember that this ruling did not have anything to do with whether the Diocese had covered up and concealed sexual abuse by priests or whether Father Kelleher and/or Father Richard Farwell had abused our clients.

We were looking forward to presenting our case to the jury and introducing all of the evidence about how the Charlotte Diocese has acted no differently than many other dioceses across the country in dealing with such allegations.

Despite the Judge’s ruling, I encourage anyone who was sexually abused by a priest of the Charlotte Diocese to come forward.

This case also should motivate people to demand that our legislatures extend or abolish the civil statute of limitations for sex abuse.

Please pray for the brave survivors who came forward.

We have thirty days from the filing of this Order to appeal.

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney and Child Advocate

A Pioneer in Sex Abuse Litigation

CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST FATHER KELLEHER SUDDENLY ADDED TO COURT CALENDAR FOR NEXT WEEK

Late yesterday, I learned that the criminal case in Albemarle against Fr. Kelleher was placed on an “add on” calendar for next week. This addition was made yesterday afternoon. Shockingly,The District Attorney’s office did not notify any of the victims nor their attorneys of this action. On Monday, they will set the time for the hearing. It could take place as early as Monday.

I believe that the Judge will likely approve the dismissal of the criminal charges against Fr. Kelleher on the grounds that Father Kelleher is “incapable to proceed”. A two sentence report from a Ph.D at Buttner dated June 9, 2014 used those words.

If this occurs, I will have much more to say about Father Kelleher.

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney and Child Advocate

Representing Sex Abuse Victims for Thirty Years

When Ignorance is Not Bliss Nor Believable

Last week, it was an American Bishop who made the claim that he did not know that childhood sex abuse was a crime. Now it’s an Australian Marist.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/marist-brother-alexis-turton-was-unaware-if-child-abuse-was-a-criminal-offence-20140618-zsd6i.html

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney and Child Advocate

UPDATE ON SEX ABUSE CASE AGAINST WILLIAM AIREY, FORMER CEO OF MOOSE INTERNATIONAL

UPDATE ON SEX ABUSE CASE AGAINST WILLIAM AIREY, FORMER CEO OF MOOSE INTERNATIONAL

Yesterday, the trial judge in Columbus, Ohio entered an order that allowed Mr. Airey’s attorneys to argue that the statute of limitations has run against my client, Jason Peck. William Airey has always maintained that the alleged abuse was too long ago. A hearing on this issue will be held in advance of the September trial date.  The hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Before moving to Aurora, Illinois, Mr. Airey was in charge of the youth group at Brookwood Presbyterian Church in Columbus. I am very interested in speaking with anyone who knew of, or participated in that youth group.

As I have posted before, numerous other men have come forward alleging that Bill Airey sexually abused them when they were children. Mr. Airey asserted his 5th amendment rights and refused to answer any questions about a number of the alleged victims who came forward.

Whether the statute of limitations has run depends on the facts of each case. Each state and country has its own statute of limitations for both civil and criminal claims. I strongly encourage all abuse survivors to review their situation with an attorney experienced in handling sex abuse cases.

William Airey regularly took children from Mooseheart school to his home and on trips. I have reason to believe that Moose International knew or should have known of Mr. Airey’s unfitness to spend time alone with children.

 

If you or someone you know was victim of childhood sex abuse by Bill Airey, please call my office at 704-377-1504.

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney

Representing Victims of Sex Abuse for Thirty Years

Infamous Irish Unwed Mothers’ Center was ‘Evil’ Orphanage for North Carolina Man

Peter Cochran, who is a resident of North Carolina, came forward to discuss how Tuam, was so bad for him and his family. Tuam has been in the news lately because of the nearly one thousand baby’s bodies that were found in a septic tank. It was run by the Catholic Church and the fear is that there are many other bodies of children that are at other similar homes.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny wondered whether “there are other” mass graves. The second-highest church official in the country conceded more graves like Tuam’s will likely emerge. “The indications are that if something happened in Tuam, it probably happened in other mother-and-baby homes around the country,” Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, told Irish state radio.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/09/born-in-irelands-home-of-800-baby-bodies-north-carolina-man-recalls-the-evil/

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney

 

A Voice for Victims of Sex Abuse

Is Charlotte Bishop Jugis Going to Become the Archbishop of Atlanta?

It was reported today that Archbishop Gregory of Atlanta might become the next Archbishop of Chicago. If so, then I believe that Bishop Jugis will become the Archbishop of Atlanta. I expect both announcements to come shortly. There recently was an article in the Charlotte Observer about an uproar in the  Charlotte Diocese.

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ga_atlanta_s_archbishop_is_contender_for_promotion

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/09/4830284/bishop-jugis-calls-for-peace-in.html

 

Seth H. Langson, Attorney

A Leader in Advocating for Victims of Sex Abuse