In a continuing update of the numerous clergy sexual abuse cases filed against the Philadelphia Archdiocese, attorney Daniel F. Monahan reported the level of activity in the pending litigation before the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia.
In a case involving the sexual abuse of a high school student at a Catholic high school in the greater Philadelphia area, Dan Monahan announced today that he was able to successfully resolve the case against the school and religious order of priests who taught there. The perpetrator is no longer in ministry. The successful conclusion of this case was due not only to the horrific damages suffered by the plaintiff during high school and throughout his early adult life, but also to the discovery of another victim of the same perpetrator who came forward after reading about the case in the news.
A wrongful death and survival action were filed on behalf of Sean McIlmail today against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Monsignor William Lynn and the decedent’s perpetrator, Fr. Robert L. Brennan, because of the sexual abuse Mr. McIlmail endured while a student and parishoner at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia. Mr. McIlmail died of a drug overdue on October 13, 2013 and was found in his car in the Kensington section of the city. The suit alleges that the Archdiocese and its top officials were aware of Fr. Brennan’s past criminal sexual assaults of children and failed to take action, allowing others like Sean McIlmail to be sexually abused as children. [Read more…]
A former altar boy at a North Philadelphia parish that had ministries among Philadelphia’s growing immigrant population filed suit agains the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Fr. William Ayres, since defrocked, alleging that he was sexually abused by Fr. Ayres begining in the 1990’s. [Read more…]
Another Civil lawsuit was filed by Monahan Law Practice for the sexual abuse of a ninth grade student at the Malvern Preparatory School in Chester County, a school long associated and staffed by Augustinians priests. This is the second priest from Malvern Prep to be sued by Dan Monahan. In 2011 another lawsuit was filed as a result of sexual abuse by Fr. Richard Cochrane, who later was convicted and sentenced to jail for the sexual abuse of another minor. [Read more…]