Connecticut Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Connecticut is noted for being one of the most victim friendly states in the country with regards to sexual abuse and assault laws. Its efforts to change legislation have helped survivors of sexual abuse get justice against their abusers in the courts, and also allows for compensation. These laws enable lawyers handling sexual abuse claims in Connecticut to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic church.
Below you will find Connecticut lawsuits news & updates, as well as additional information on Connecticut’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling Connecticut sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Connecticut settlements received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a
list of Connecticut’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by Connecticut’s Dioceses.
Connecticut Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
With efforts starting as early as 2002, Connecticut has become one of the most advanced states in the country by eliminating the statute of limitations (SOLs) for child sexual abuse for both criminal and civil claims. In fact, in 2002, the state passed a revival law for sexual abuse survivors to allow claims that were previously expired be filed in court.
Criminal Statute of Limitation Laws for Connecticut
In 2002, Connecticut eliminated the criminal SOL for felonies and for any sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of a minor, including risk of injury involving intimate contact with a victim under the age of 16. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on their criminal statute of limitation laws, gave Connecticut a Criminal SOL score of 5, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 5 is defined as a criminal SOL eliminated for all felonies and misdemeanors. Connecticut is one of only 7 states to be given a perfect Criminal SOL score.
Civil Statute of Limitation Laws for Connecticut
In 2002, Connecticut eliminated the civil SOL for any claim that led to a 1st degree aggravated or sexual assault conviction, and for all other sexual abuse claims, extended the SOL to age 48 for survivors. This extension was “retroactive”, meaning that survivors up to age 48 could file claims against their abusers. In 2019, the state went one step further and extended the civil SOL again to age 51 for all sexual abuse crimes committed after October 1, 2019. Connecticut is one of only three states, including neighboring Massachusetts and Rhode Island, to enact an age-limit for the revival of expired civil SOLs.
Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on their civil statute of limitation laws, gave Connecticut a Civil SOL Age Cap score of 5, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 5 is defined as an eliminated SOL age cap for survivors. Additionally, Child USA gave Connecticut a related SOL Revival Law score of 3 on the same 1-5 scale. A score of 3 is defined as a revival window or revival up to age 30-54, for claims against perpetrators and private organizations.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in Connecticut, contact us now. Due to Connecticut’s elimination of civil statute dates for childhood sexual abuse, those sexually abused as a minor may still have a claim against their abuser. Even if the abuser is deceased, you may still have a claim against the organization responsible. Don’t wait to file your claim!
Go to our main sexual abuse page to learn more about the process of filing a clergy sexual abuse claim.
Connecticut Sexual Abuse Settlements & Jury Awards
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport in Connecticut has paid out nearly $52.5 million to settle 156 allegations of priest sexual abuse of children since 1953. The Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut has paid out $50.6 million to settle more than 140 claims of clergy sexual abuse since 1953. Since 1977, the Diocese of Norwich, CT, has paid out almost $7.7 million to settle claims of clergy sexual abuse.
April 2000 – The Diocese of Bridgeport agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Frank Martinelli, a former altar boy who claimed he was sexually abused by Rev. Lawrence Brett decades ago at a Stamford church. While the exact amount of the settlement was not released, a source called it “substantial.”
March 2001 – The Diocese of Bridgeport settled 20 clergy sex abuse lawsuits for nearly $15 million. The lawsuits involved 26 sexual abuse survivors abused from the late 1960s to the early 1990s by six priests: Rev. Raymond Pcolka, Rev. Martin Federici, Rev. Charles Carr, Rev. William Coleman, Rev. Joseph Gorecki and Rev. Joseph Malloy.
October 2003 – The Diocese of Bridgeport announced a settlement with 40 sexual abuse survivors for $21 million. The survivors alleged that they were molested by 16 diocesan priests when they were children during the 1960s through the mid-1990s. Bridgeport Bishop at the time, William Lori, apologized to the survivors and asked for forgiveness. “Let me express my personal remorse and the remorse of the entire diocese for the harm that was caused in the lives of so many individuals,” he said. “With all my heart I apologize and I ask for forgiveness.”
November 2005 – The Archdiocese of Hartford agreed to pay $22 million to 42 sexual abuse survivors who were abused by priests as children starting in the 1970s. One of the 14 priests named in the settlement, Rev. William Przybylo, was a priest at SS. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Hartford when the settlement was announced. Other priests named in the settlement include: Rev. Edward Muha, Rev. Joseph Buckley, Rev. Ian Ferguson, Rev. John Graham, Msgr. Edward Reardon, Rev. Thomas Glynn, Rev. Felix Maguire, Rev. Stephen Crowley, Rev. Raymond Paul, Rev. Daniel McSheffery, Rev. Louis Paturzo, Rev. Stephen Foley, and Rev. Kenneth Shiner.
November 2006 – Michael J. Long, of Waterford, was awarded $1.1 million in his lawsuit against the Diocese of Norwich and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church. Long claimed he was molested by Father Bruno Primavera when he was 14-15 years old at the St. Mary’s rectory.
October 2016 – The Archdiocese of Hartford agreed to settle a sexual abuse claim for an undisclosed amount. The claim was brought by a man who claimed he was abused over a period of months beginning in October 2000 when he was 13-years-old. The abuser was Sri Lankan priest Rev. Edward Warnakulasuriya, also known as Edward Tissera.
March 2019 – The Diocese of Bridgeport agreed to pay $3.55 million to five men who claimed they were sexually abused by priests when they were children. The abusers named in the settlement were: Rev. Walter Coleman, Rev. Robert Morrissey and Rev. Larry Jensen. The alleged abuse occurred between the 1980s and early 2000s.
March 2020 – The Archdiocese of Hartford and the Hopkins School in New Haven agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who claimed he was abused as a 12-year-old in 1990 and 1991 by then teacher, Glenn Goncalo. At the time, New Haven police had already received other reports of Goncalo sexually abusing other boys. Goncalo killed himself before he could be brought to justice. Details of the settlement remain confidential.
*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 Connecticut 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.
Connecticut Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in Connecticut have released the names of priests and clergy members who they deemed to be ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse of a child.
The lists below will be updated as litigation or investigations are concluded so that new names of credibly accused priests in Connecticut can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Archdiocese of Hartford Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Bridgeport Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Norwich Credibly Accused Priest List
Archdiocese of Hartford Credibly Accused Priest List
The following list was produced in January 2019 and contains the names of “Archdiocese of Hartford clergy who have been the object of legal settlements or otherwise credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor from 1953 to the present.”
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/ Order||Assignments||Date of Ordination/ Incardination|
|1||Altermatt||Gregory||1976||Removed from ministry - 2/3/2012, Civil Case is pending||Harford||Assistant Pastor, Incarnation, Wethersfield Assistant Pastor, St. Timothy, West Hartford Assistant Pastor, St. Ann, Waterbury Chaplain, St. Mary Hospital, Waterbury In residence, Our Lady of Victory, West Haven Chaplain, St. Raphael Hospital, New Haven||3/27/1976|
|2||Buckley||Joseph||1932||Died in 1975 before the single claim against him was received in 2003||Harford||Assistant Pastor, St. Vincent, East Haven Assistant Pastor, St. Agnes, Niantic Pastor, St. Therese, Stony Creek (Branford) Administrator, St. Mary, Newington Pastor, St. Mary, Newington Retired 5/14/1970||5/21/1932|
|3||Bzdyra||Stephen||1979||Removed from ministry - 7/8/2010, Laicized 5/4/2018||Harford||Assistant Pastor, St. Stanislaus, Meriden Co-Pastor, St. Francis, New Haven Co-Pastor St. George, Guilford Temp. Administrator, St. Joseph, Suffield Assistant, St. Mary, Milford Assistant, St. Rita, Hamden Pastor, SS Peter & Paul Wallingford Chaplain, Cheshire Correctional Institute Pastor, St. Hedwig, Union City (Residence) Administrator, St. Stanislaus, Waterbury Chaplain, Cheshire Correctional Institute (continued), while in residence, St. Hedwig, Union City Temporary Administrator, St. Margaret Waterbury Pastor, St. Augustine, Seymour||11/10/1979|
|4||Clarkin||Herbert||1959||Removed from ministry, subsequent to retirement - 4/29/2002, Died 12/29/2010||Harford||Assistant Pastor, St. Michael, Beacon Falls Assistant Pastor, St Paul, Glastonbury Faculty, East Catholic High School, Manchester In residence, Mt. St. Joseph Academy, West Hartford Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Waterbury Pastor, St. Bernard, Tariffville Chaplain, with ministry restricted exclusively to St. Mary Home, West Hartford||5/7/1959|
|5||Crowley||Stephen||1955||Removed from ministry - 6/11/2002, Sentenced to a life of “prayer and penance” by the Holy See in Rome - 10/21/2015, Died 8/11/2016||Harford||Assistant Pastor, St. Michael, WatervilleAssistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, HartfordAssistant Pastor, St. Bridget, CheshireAssistant Pastor, Our Lady of Pompeii, East HavenAssistant Pastor, St. Mary, DerbyTemp. Assistant, St. George, GuilfordAssistant Pastor, St. George GuilfordAssistant Pastor, St. Francis, TorringtonPastor, St. Francis, TorringtonPastor Emeritus, and assisting in parishesTemp. Administrator, Ascension, Hamden||5/19/1955|
|6||Doyle||Robert||1935||Died 12/18/1975 before the single claim against him was received in 2009||Harford||Assistant Pastor, St Peter, Hartford Associate Superintendent, Diocesan Office of Schools Superintendent of Schools Pastor, St. Augustine, Hartford Pastor, Sacred Heart, Wethersfield||5/30/1935|
|7||Ferguson||Ivan||1970||Removed from ministry - 3/4/1993, Died 12/16/2002||Harford||Auxiliary Priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles in an Apostolic Vicariate in the Diocese of St. Joseph of the Amazon, Peru Faculty, Northwest Catholic High School In residence, St. Bernard, Tariffville Incardinated (became a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford), 2/9/1979 Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Derby Assistant Pastor, St. Matthew, Forestville Chaplain, Hartford Hospital; in residence at St. Lawrence O’Toole, Hartford||5/6/1970|
|8||Foley||Stephen||1967||Removed from ministry - 8/18/1993, Laicized 4/29/2016||Harford||Assistant Pastor, Christ the King, Bloomfield Assistant Pastor, St. Robert Bellarmine, Windsor Locks Assistant Pastor, St. Timothy, West Hartford Pastor, St. Dunstan, Glastonbury||5/4/1967|
|9||Franklin||Edward||1962||Removed from ministry by the Diocese of Ogdensberg - 1996, Died 4/16/2005||Diocese of Ogdensberg, NY||Study Leave at Trinity College, Hartford, Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Plainville||1962|
|10||Glynn||Thomas||1938||Retired - 11/1/1987, Died 1/25/1993||Harford||Assistant Pastor, Sacred Heart, Wethersfield Assistant Pastor, Corpus Christi, Wethersfield Chaplain, United States Navy, Instructor, Mt. St. Joseph Academy, West Hartford Chaplain, House of Good Shepherd, Hartford Pastor, St. Boniface, New Haven Pastor, St. Matthew, Forestville Administrator, Holy Trinity, Wallingford Pastor, Holy Trinity, Wallingford Administrator, St. Clare, East Haven Pastor, St. Clare, East Haven Pastor Emeritus, St. Joseph, Meriden Pastor Emeritus, assisting in various parishes||6/29/1938|
Diocese of Bridgeport Credibly Accused Priest List
This list was first produced in October 2015 and was last updated on January 22, 2020 and contains the names of “credibly accused Diocesan priests and accused religious order priests who served in the Diocese of Bridgeport.”
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Assignments||# Victims||Name||Deceased Date||Status*||Birth Year|
|1||Albeke||Henry A.||1973||Removed from ministry 2002, Laicized 2007||St. Charles, Bridgeport (1974-1976); St. Jude, Monroe (1978-1979);St. Joseph, Brookfield (1979-980); St. John, Darien (1980-1987); St. Thomas the Apostle, Norwalk (1988-1992); St. Francis of Assisi, Weston (1993)||Multiple allegations||Henry A. Albeke||Removed from ministry 2002, Laicized 2007||1946|
|2||Bietighofer||Alfred||1965||Removed from ministry 2002, Deceased 2002||St. George, Bridgeport (1966-1968); St. Anthony, Bridgeport (1968-1974); St. John Vianney, Peru (1974-1975); St. Patrick, Bridgeport (1975-1976); Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport (1976-1982); St. Joseph Medical Center, Stamford (1982-1984); St. Joseph, Norwalk (1984-1986); St. John Vianney, Peru (1986-1987); Sacred Heart, Stamford (1987-1988); St. Mary, Norwalk (1988-1998); St. Charles Borromeo, Bridgeport (1998-1999); St. Francis of Assisi, Weston (1999-2001); St. Andrew, Bridgeport (2001-2002)||Multiple allegations||Alfred Bietighofer||2002||Removed from ministry 2002||1938|
|3||Brett||Lawrence||1962||Removed from ministry 1994; Laicized 2006, Deceased 2014||St. Cecilia, Stamford (1963-1964); Leave of Absence (1965-1972); Outside of Diocese (1973-1995)||Multiple allegations||Lawrence Brett||2014||Removed from ministry 1994; Laicized 2006||1937|
|4||Carr||Charlie||1980||Removed from ministry 2002, Laicized 2005||Our Lady of Fatima, Wilton (1981-1984); St. Thomas the Apostle, Norwalk (1985-1986); St. Catherine of Siena Trumbull (1987-1988); Central Catholic High School, Norwalk (1990) St. Philip, Norwalk (1990-1991); St. Andrew, Bridgeport (1992-1995); Leave of Absence (1996)||Multiple allegations||Charlie Carr||Removed from ministry 2002, Laicized 2005||1948|
|5||Castaldo||John||1987||Removed from ministry 2002, Convicted 2001, Laicized 2007||St. Theresa, Trumbull (1987-1992); St. Mark, Stratford (1992-1994); Our Lady of Grace, Stratford (1994); St. Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield (1994-1998); St. Rose of Lima, Newtown (1998-1999); Trinity Catholic High School, Stamford (1999-2001); St. Maurice, Stamford (1999-2001)||Multiple allegations||John Castaldo||Removed from ministry 2002, Convicted 2001, Laicized 2007||1958|
|6||Cleary||Vincent Paul||1944||Deceased in 1989 before any allegation was known or investigated, Deceased 1989||St Augustine 1944-1959; St. John Stamford 1959-1962; St joseph South Norwalk 1962-1963; Our Lady of Peace Stratford 1963-1989||Multiple allegations||Vincent Paul Cleary||1989||Deceased in 1989 before any allegation was known or investigated||1918|
|7||Coleman||Walter||1959||Retired 1996; Removed from ministry 2002, Deceased 2016||St. Theresa, Trumbull (1960-1966); St. Maurice, Stamford (1967-1968); St. Joseph, Danbury (1969); St. Aloysius, New Canaan (1970-1972); St. Thomas, Fairfield (1973-1975); St. Patrick, Bridgeport (1976-1982); St. Joseph, Brookfield (1983-1987); Immaculate High School, Danbury (1988); Central Catholic High School, Norwalk (1990); Sacred Heart, Georgetown (1988-1990); St. Joseph Manor, Trumbull (1991-1993); St. Margaret-Mary, Shelton (1993-1995);||Multiple allegations||Walter Coleman||2016||Retired 1996; Removed from ministry 2002||1932|
|8||DeLuca||Stephen J.||1965||Removed from ministry 2014||St. Augustine, Bridgeport (1965-1967); St. Catherine of Siena, Riverside (1967-1969); Notre Dame High School, Fairfield (1969-1973); St. Mary’s High School, Greenwich, (1973-1977); Stamford Catholic High School, Stamford (1977-1979); St. Ann, Bridgeport (1979-1984); St. Agnes, Greenwich (1984); Hospital and Nathaniel Witterall Nursing Home (2006); Residences: Holy Rosary, Bridgeport; St. Thomas, Fairfield; St. Charles, Bridgeport; St. Bridget, Stamford and Villa Maria Retreat House, Stamford||Single allegation||Stephen J. DeLuca||Removed from ministry 2014||1939|
|9||DeShan||Joseph Michael||1987||Removed from ministry 1989, Laicized 1999||St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport (1988-1989)||Single allegation||Joseph Michael DeShan||Removed from ministry 1989, Laicized 1999||1959|
|10||Donovan||William||1961||Removed from ministry 2002, Deceased 2018||St. John, Darien (1961-1966); Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich (1966-1973); St. Thomas, Darien (1973-1982); St. Rose of Lima, Newtown (1982-1983); St. Leo, Stamford (1983-1989); Holy Family, Fairfield (1989-2002)||Multiple allegations||William Donovan||2018||Removed from ministry 2002||1935|
Diocese of Norwich Credibly Accused Priest List
This list was updated in November 2019 and contains the names of clergy with “allegations of substance of sexual abuse of a minor who served in the Diocese of Norwich.”
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Location(s) of Alleged Abuse|
|1||Barnes||Robert W.||1980||Removed from ministry in 2002; Deceased 2008||Norwich||Norwich|
|2||Belliveau||Norbert E.||1956||Deceased 1989||Norwich||Norwich|
|3||Bissonnette||Bernard W.||1958||Dismissed from the clerical state 2005, Deceased 2008||Norwich||Norwich|
|4||Buckely||Joseph||1932||Deceased 1975||Hardford||Outside Norwich|
|5||Buongirno||Richard T.||1984||Removed from ministry in 1998, Dismissed from the clerical state 2005||Norwich||Norwich|
|6||Busca||Salvatore L.||1955||Removed from ministry in 1961, Excardinated from the Diocese of Norwich 1969, Perpetually professed into the Servants of the Paraclete, Deceased 2006||Norwich||Norwich|
|7||Carey||Dennis G.||1998||Arrested and removed from ministry in 2012, Deceased 2013||Norwich||Norwich|
|8||Caron||Anthony R.||1935||Removed from ministry in 1959, Deceased 1969||Norwich||Norwich|
|9||Casimano||Santino A.||1975||Removed from ministry in 2004, Deceased 2005||Norwich||Norwich|
|10||Comtois||Roger M.||1955||Resigned, Leave of Absence 1988, In Residence 1992, Deceased 1998||Norwich||Norwich|
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Connecticut Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: News & Updates
No bill to change the state’s current civil statute of limitations was introduced to the Legislature in 2020. Click the headline to read more…
Academy at Mount Saint John in Deep River is facing 35 sexual abuse lawsuits by men who claim they were sexually assaulted as boys by Brother Paul McGlade. Click the headline to read more…
An agreement has been reached between the Episcopal Church and a former Connecticut diocese priest involving sexual abuse allegations. Click the headline to read more…