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Romanucci & Blandin files childhood sexual abuse lawsuits and claims against Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocese of Rockville Centre and a Boy Scouts Local Council

September 21, 2021

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC  announces the filing of five childhood sexual abuse lawsuits; one against the Archdiocese of New York, three against the Diocese of Brooklyn, and one lawsuit against a Boy Scout Local Council in New York. The firm also filed a sexual abuse claim against the Diocese of Rockville Central, New York, in United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York. The perpetrators in these cases are several New York priests and a Garden City Park Boy Scout troop leader. The lawsuits were filed in August 2021 under the New York Child Victims Act.

The first lawsuit is against the Archdiocese of New York on behalf of an altar boy who was sexually abused for years by two priests at a parish in Staten Island. The abuse took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first perpetrator was defrocked priest Father David Carson. The second perpetrator was convicted child molester Father Morgan Kuhl. Father Kuhl was arrested by the FBI in October 1999 after he allegedly showed up for a meeting at a Perth Amboy ball field in an attempt to meet with a minor “boy” who was actually an undercover federal agent. Father Kuhl pleaded guilty to a charge of traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor.

Three of the lawsuits are against the Diocese of Brooklyn. The first is on behalf of a former altar boy who was sexually abused by Monsignor Nicholas Capua in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Monsignor Capua was eventually placed on administrative leave and barred from ministry in 2007 after the Diocese found “credible allegations” that Capua had sexually abused several minors in the 1970s.

The other two lawsuits against the Diocese of Brooklyn are filed on behalf of two former minor parishioners. One of the perpetrators was Father James Lara, who was laicized and removed from ministry and contact with children at the Church in 2007. The other perpetrator was Father Gennaro Simonetti, who has also been accused of abusing numerous boys participating in after school programs within his parish and the associated schools.

The lawsuit against Boy Scouts Theodore Roosevelt Council involved a former Cub Scout who was sexually abused for approximately two years in the late 1970s by his assistant scout leader. The abuse occurred before and after Cub Scout meetings, and during an overnight camping trip. 

The claim against the Diocese of Rockville Centre in the Southern District of New York was on behalf of an aspiring altar boy who was sexually abused by Father Alfred Soave at a Catholic elementary school in Huntington Station, New York. In 2002, a grand jury was convened to investigate the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations. Father Alfred Soave is listed on the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s 2021 List of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Minor. 

The Plaintiffs are represented by Romanucci & Blandin Partner Martin Gould and Senior Attorney Jason Friedl, alongside local counsel Jeremy Gorfinkel of the Law Offices of Michael Dreishpoon.

“The New York Child Victims Act helped our clients and thousands of New Yorkers who were sexually abused as children by giving them the opportunity to seek justice for the first time in their lives and to share their stories as part of the healing process. The added benefit was that hundreds of previously unidentified predators were exposed, which will help future generations of children. We hope many other states follow New York’s lead by passing similar revival legislation to ensure child molesters and the institutions that protected them cannot escape accountability by outdated laws,” said Martin D. Gould, Romanucci & Blandin.

“We are proud of our New York survivors who demonstrated immense courage in confronting and exposing their abusers. As innocent children, they had endured some of the worst abuses imaginable. Without question, their courage and the courage of all the other survivors will help protect the next generation of children by forcing institutions to have zero tolerance when it comes to sexual abuse of children,” said Jason Friedl, Romanucci & Blandin.

To learn more about legal options when someone has suffered sexual abuse  or interpersonal violence please visit: https://www.rblaw.net/practices-sexual-abuse-hazing-cases

 

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin is a national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death arising from police misconduct, corporate negligence, civil rights actions, medical malpractice, mass torts and class actions. The attorneys’ steadfast commitment to fighting for those seeking justice around the country has helped the firm obtain multiple verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars. The Chicago-based personal injury lawyers are dedicated to providing victims who suffered injury as a result of another’s wrongdoing full and fair compensation in a diligent, professional, skilled and caring manner. The lawyers actively support their communities and provide advocacy at the national, state and local levels on issues that support the U.S. tort system. Founded in 1998, Romanucci & Blandin is widely recognized for representing plaintiffs in numerous practice areas including: personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, pharmaceutical, mass torts, civil rights, police misconduct, excessive force, aviation, product liability and premises liability.  For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit www.rblaw.net or call (312) 458-1000.

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