The Philadelphia Clergy Abuse Trial

The best coverage of the on- going trial is by the Philadelphia Inquirer at philly.com. This page is a great starting point for understanding this case:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/120201744.html?c=r

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Clergy

 

Another Charlotte Pastor accused of Abuse

Pastor Clavon Leonard, who calls himself the “Apostle” has been accused of physical and sexual abuse. Station WCNC ran a lengthy story which provided many details.

http://www.wcnc.com/news/iteam/Charlotte-pastor-accused-of-abuse-141037003.html

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Clergy

 

 

 

Judge Rules on Charlotte Diocese’s Motion to Dismiss

In the case of John Doe vs. Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina 11-CVS-13854, the trial judge denied the Defendant Diocese’s Motion to Dismiss that was based on the statute of limitations, except as to the claim involving alleged “unfair and deceptive trade practices”. The sexual abuse alleged by the Plaintiff to having been committed by Richard Farwell occurred in the 1980′s.

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
Support for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

 

Judge Reserves Decision on Charlotte Diocese’s Motion to Dismiss

After a lengthy hearing, the presiding Judge reserved making a decision on the Motion. His ruling is expected within the next two weeks.

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
Support for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Upcoming Hearing on Statute of Limitations Defense Asserted by Charlotte Diocese

On Friday at 3:00 p.m. in Courtroom 6310, there will be a hearing on the Defendant Diocese’s Motion to Dismiss the Complaint on the grounds that it is barred by the Statute of Limitations. This is the case involving the alleged sexual abuse by Father Richard Farwell.

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
Support for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

An Important Ruling in Philadelphia

The trial judge presiding over the criminal prosecution of Monsignor Lynn ruled that evidence about many priests who were allegedly sexual abusers will be admitted to show a “pattern and practice”.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/01_02/2012_02_06_Martin_JuryCan.htm

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
Support for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

 

Amazing Grace

Courage and grace take many forms. There are many lessons to be drawn from this story.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/01_02/2012_01_17_Cullen_SurvivorFaces.htm

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
Support for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Another North Carolina Child Sexual Abuser Receives Only a Suspended Sentence

It was recently reported that a  Concord pastor Doug Shell  plead guilty to taking indecent liberties with children. In addition to being placed on the sex offender list, he was given a suspended sentence and three years parole.

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/29960514/detail.html

When will North Carolina start putting these abusers in jail and protecting our children? Often, stronger sentences are given to those who abuse animals than to those who abuse children. It’s past time to correct our priorities.

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
Support for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse

More North Carolina Clergy Abuse

It seems like every day there is another report of clergy sexual abuse. Today, there are news  reports out of Wilmington about a pastor who confessed to repeatedly abusing a 14 year old boy while he stayed at the pastor’s home. Haven’t we heard too many similar stories of profound betrayal like this?

http://cogicabusewatch.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/nc-cogic-supt-confesses-to-sex-crimes-against-14-year-old-boy/

 

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law,
Specializing in Sexual Abuse

 

Statute of limitations laws take center stage as Syracuse abuse case intensifies

CHARLOTTE — North Carolina attorneys and child advocacy groups say now could be the time to improve the state’s child sex abuse statutes. There is currently no statute of limitations for criminal felony cases, but there is a statute of limitations for civil matters.

Click here to visit the News 14 website to view the entire story and video

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Child Victims of Sex Abuse