Colorado Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Colorado has made progress in legislation in order to help sexual abuse victims see their abuser prosecuted, and is now working to help them receive compensation, particularly for older claims of sexual abuse.
Below you will find information on Colorado’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling a Colorado sexual assault case has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we have compiled a list of Colorado settlements received by sexual abuse and assault survivors.
Colorado Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
By 2006, Colorado was leading the way in changes to its criminal statute of limitations (SOL) laws. It eliminated all criminal SOLs for child sex abuse making it one of the few states at that time to do so. In 2020, Colorado became one of 15 states to introduce legislation that would eliminate the civil SOL for sexual abuse survivors.
Criminal Statute of Limitation Laws for Colorado
In 2006, Colorado eliminated the SOLs for all felony sex offenses against children. And in 2019, the state added unlawful electronic sexual communication to its list of felony sex offenses against children for which there is no SOL. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on their criminal statute of limitation laws, gave Colorado a Criminal SOL score of 3, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 3 is defined as a criminal SOL eliminated for felonies only.
Civil Statute of Limitation Laws for Colorado
Colorado had made no changes to the civil SOL laws since 1999. If the new legislation passes into law, it would eliminate the civil SOL for victims abused as minors and adults, and also remove the limitations relating to damages. Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on their civil statute of limitation laws, gave Colorado 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 of 25 years old or younger for survivors.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in Colorado, contact us now. Based on Colorado’s discovery rule, those sexually abused as a minor may still have a claim against their abuser, no matter 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 priest sexual abuse claim.
Colorado Sexual Abuse Settlements
Over $10 million has been paid out in settlements to victims of priest molestation in Colorado since 2007. Below outlines some of the notable settlements made by the Archdiocese of Denver and the Pueblo Diocese.
January 2007 – The Archdiocese of Denver settled 15 lawsuits for a total of $1.58 million with settlements ranging from $30,000 to $150,000 per case. Rev. Harold Robert White was named as the abuser in 10 of the settled cases. White was defrocked in 2003 and died in 2006 at age 73. Rev. Leonard Abercrombie, who died in 1994, was named in 5 of the settled cases.
July 2008 – The Archdiocese of Denver, lead by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, settled 18 separate claims for $5,500,000. With one exception, Chaput stated that all of the claims of sexual abuse were limited to 2 deceased priests, Rev. Harold Robert White and Rev. Leonard Abercrombie.
October 2008 – The Pueblo Diocese reached a settlement with 23 former Roncalli High School students for $4,200,000. The claims accused Marianist Brother William Mueller of sedating the students by using ether and then sexually molesting them.
*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 Colorado 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.
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