Alabama Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
Alabama’s civil statute of limitations (SOL) laws are less victim friendly in providing survivors of childhood sexual abuse an avenue to justice than many other states around the country. There are also no civil SOL reform bills scheduled to be introduced to the state’s Legislature at this time, meaning sexual abuse survivors will have to wait even longer to potentially receive any justice. SOL laws enable lawyers handling sexual abuse claims in Alabama to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic Church.
Below you will find information on Alabama’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling Alabama sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Alabama settlements received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a list of Alabama’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by Alabama’s Dioceses.
Alabama Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
Alabama has made little progress in the past decade towards helping survivors of sexual abuse get civil justice. The state’s civil age cap is on the low end of the spectrum when compared to many other states, which means it could be doing much more to help survivors. There also doesn’t appear to be any help on the horizon as there are no civil SOL reform bills scheduled to be introduced to the state’s Legislature.
Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws for Alabama
In Alabama, there is no criminal SOL for rape and felony and misdemeanor sex offenses against victims under the age of 16. The SOL for other felonies is 5 years from the offense and misdemeanors have an SOL of 1 year from the incident. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on its criminal statute of limitations laws, gave Alabama a Criminal SOL score of 4, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 4 is defined as elimination of the criminal SOL for some felonies and misdemeanors.
Civil Statute of Limitations Laws for Alabama
In Alabama, the civil SOL for child sex abuse claims is capped at age 25. There is no discovery rule for civil actions in Alabama. Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on its civil statute of limitations laws, gave Alabama a Civil SOL Age Cap score of 1, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 1 is defined as a civil SOL age cap age 25 or younger.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in Alabama, contact us now. Due to Alabama’s current laws, those sexually abused as a minor may still have a claim against their abuser, depending on how long ago the abuse occurred. Even if the abuser is deceased, you may still have a claim against the organization responsible.
Go to our main sexual abuse page to learn more about the process of filing a clergy sexual abuse claim.
Alabama Sexual Abuse Settlements
2004 – The Archdiocese of Mobile admitted that 13 members of its clergy had been accused of sexual abuse of children by 18 people. The abuse dated back to the 1950s. The archdiocese reported it paid out roughly $700,000 in settlements and other costs related to these claims.
The settlements listed above are offered for educational purposes only and do not guarantee any future outcome or settlement. Each legal situation is different, and past performance does not guarantee future results. We do not maintain that is a full list of all settlements in the state of Alabama but merely a grouping of those we choose to share on our website. Please contact us if you would like additional settlements included or if you notice any inaccuracies on our site. We strive to provide our viewers the most up to date and accurate information as possible.
Alabama Catholic Dioceses Releases Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in Alabama have released the names of priests and clergy members who they deemed to be ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse of a child.
The list below will be updated as litigation or investigations are concluded so that new names of credibly accused priests in Alabama can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Archdiocese of Mobile Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Birmingham Credibly Accused Priest List
Archdiocese of Mobile Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||First Name||Last Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||John Alex||Sherlock||Archdiocese of Mobile||Deceased||St. Mary Parish, Mobile; Bishop Toolen High School, Mobile; Little Flower Parish, Mobile; St. Patrick's College, Mountainview, California; Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile; Cathedral Parish, Mobile; Holy Family Parish, Mobile; St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Chickasaw; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Mobile; St. Pius X Parish, Mobile; St. Peter Parish, Montgomery|
|2||Susai||Arul||Religious Order||Prohibited from ministry||Little Flower Parish, Mobile|
|3||Joseph||Brown||Religious Order||Prohibited from ministry||Shrine of the Holy Cross Parish, Daphne|
|4||Thomas J.||Cullen||Archdiocese of Mobile||Deceased||St. Mary Parish, Mobile; St. Margaret Parish, Bayou La Batre; Cathedral Parish, Mobile; St. Monica Parish, Mobile; Christ the King Parish, Andalusia; St. Mary Parish, Texas City, Texas|
|5||Vernon||Dahmen||Archdiocese of Mobile||Deceased||St. Dominic Parish, Mobile; St. Mary Parish, Mobile; St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Mobile; McGill-Toolen High School; Little Flower Parish, Mobile; St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Chickasaw; St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Mobile; Allen Memorial Home, Mobile|
|6||Edward Eugene||Smith||Archdiocese of Mobile||Prohibited from ministry||Our Savior Parish, Mobile; Hotel Dieu Hospital, New Orleans; St. Pius X Parish, Mobile; McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile; St. Dominic Parish, Mobile|
|7||Timothy||Evans||Archdiocese of Mobile||Prohibited from ministry in diocese||Christ the King Parish, Daphne; Annunciation Parish, Monroeville; St. Margaret Parish, Bayou La Batre; Director, Office of Youth Ministry|
|8||Gregory||Furjanic||Religious Order||Deceased||St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Mobile; St. Monica Parish, Mobile; Immaculate Conception Parish, Orrville; Sacred Heart Parish, Grove Hill|
|9||Joseph||Gill||Archdiocese of Mobile||Deceased||Blessed Sacrament Parish, Birmingham; St. John Parish, Warrington, Florida; Cathedral Parish, Mobile; Sacred Heart Parish, Grove Hill; St. Columba Parish, Dothan; St. Aloysius Parish, Bessemer; St. William Parish, Guntersville; St. Thomas Parish, Chickasaw; St. Catherine Parish, Mobile; Sacred Heart Residence, Little Sisters of the Poor, Mobile; St. Bridget Parish, Whistler; In Residence, St. Anthony Parish, Birmingham|
|10||Robert||Grabowski||Religious Order||Prohibited from ministry||McGill-Toolen High School, Mobile|
Diocese of Birmingham Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination||Clergy Status|
Click to view our larger list of accused priests. Here you can search by accused clergy first and last name, Parish/Diocese, city and state, and even by the years of their assignments.