May 20, 2012
This week, a former Catholic priest in Texas was convicted of attempting to hire a neighbor to kill the man who accused him of sexual abuse. Source: www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=14346.
John Fiala was found guilty of asking an undercover “hit man” to kill the man who accused him of sex abuse. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Fiala still faces charges for the sex abuse which allegedly occurred in 2008 when the accuser was 16 years old. Fiala is accused of raping the teen on multiple occasions and even at gunpoint.
This is one example of the depths of depravity of an alleged sex abuser, a former priest of a small Catholic parish. While it is a rare conviction, it underscores a widespread belief of some priests or members of the clergy and that is the belief that they are above the law. It is this belief that results in a priest abusing a child. Such abuse is repugnant and illegal, and victims of such abuse deserve justice.
Sex abusers create a twisted relationship with the victims, often gaining the trust of the parents and buying the victim gifts or giving them money. Many victims live in real fear of their abusers, who often threaten to kill their victims or the victims’ family members. This is the reason why it takes abuse victims many years to come forward. Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania statute of limitations limits the time a priest abuse victim has to file a civil suit.
Click here to read about the statute of limitations in child sex abuse civil cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of sex abuse, contact Brian Kent, an experienced sex abuse victims’ civil lawyer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kent handles child molestation, sexual assault, sex abuse, and priest/clergy abuse cases in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He works with attorneys nationwide and can be admitted in other states to handle matters on a case by case basis. 800.220.7600
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