Georgia Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Georgia’s civil statute of limitations (SOL) laws are not victim friendly in providing survivors of childhood sexual abuse an avenue to justice. However, change for the better could be on the horizon, as a bill was introduced to the Legislature, and passed in the House, which would extend the civil SOL for child sex abuse by 15 years as well as open a 1-year revival window against perpetrators and entities. Civil SOL laws enable lawyers handling sexual abuse claims in Georgia to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic Church.
Below you will find information on Georgia’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling Georgia sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Georgia settlements received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a list of Georgia’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by Georgia’s Dioceses.
Georgia Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
Georgia has made little progress in the past decade towards helping survivors of sexual abuse get civil justice by minimally extending its civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes against non-perpetrators. However, there are potentially improvements on the horizon as a bill was introduced to the Legislature, and passed in the House, which would extend the civil SOL for child sex abuse. If passed into law, the bill would also open a 1-year revival window for claims against perpetrators and entities, provided the claims against entities are for conduct occurring after 1988.
Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws for Georgia
In Georgia, there is no criminal SOL for the following child sex abuse crimes: trafficking of victim under 16, cruelty to children in the 1st degree of victim under 16, rape of victim under age 16, aggravated sodomy of victim under age 16, child molestation of victim under age 16, enticing a child of victim under age 16, incest of victim under age 16. For other felonies, the SOL is 7-years from the offense and 2-years from the offense for misdemeanors. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on its criminal statute of limitations laws, gave Georgia a Criminal SOL score of 3, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 3 is defined as an elimination of the criminal SOL for some/all felonies.
Civil Statute of Limitations Laws for Georgia
In Georgia, the civil SOL for child sex abuse claims against all defendants is capped at age 23. There is a 2-year discovery rule for civil actions in Georgia where the abuse occurred on or after July 1, 2015. Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on its civil statute of limitations laws, gave Georgia 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 age 25 or younger. Currently, Georgia does not have a revival law, but a bill was introduced to the Legislature, and passed in the House, which would extend the civil SOL for child sex abuse from age 23 to 38 and the delayed discovery rule from 2 to 4 years. The bill would also open a 1-year revival window against perpetrators and entities, with a limitation that claims against entities can only be brought for conduct occurring after 1988.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in Georgia, contact us now. Due to Georgia’s pending legislation, 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.
Georgia Sexual Abuse Settlements
October 2009 – The Diocese of Savannah agreed to pay $4.24 million to settle claims by a man who said Rev. Wayland Y. Brown sexually abused him from 1978 to 1983 while he was a student at St. James Catholic School. The abuse started when the victim was only 10 years old. In 2003, Brown was convicted of abusing two boys in Maryland and served five years in prison.
July 2016 – The Diocese of Savannah agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle claims by a man who said Rev. Wayland Y. Brown sexually abused him in the late 1980s. Brown invoked his Fifth Amendment right when he was questioned about the abuse. The settlement is believed to be the third largest in the country for a single survivor.
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 Georgia 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.
Georgia Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in Georgia 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 Georgia can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Archdiocese of Atlanta Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Savannah Credibly Accused Priest List
Archdiocese of Atlanta Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Date of Ordination/ Incardication||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||Bollmer||Jacob||Archdiocese of Atlanta||1968||Deceased 2000||xxxx-1987 Catholic Charities Atlanta; 1969-1987 St. Joseph Village (Priest in Residence); 1968-1969 Cathedral of Christ the King|
|2||Calle Perez||Sergio Mauricio||Archdiocese of Atlanta||1988||Removed from ministry 2004||1998-1999 St. John Neumann; 1998-1999 St. Marguerite d'Youville; 1999 Prince of Peace|
|3||Cristanch||Jorge||Archdiocese of Atlanta||1978||Removed from ministry 2003||2001 Saint George (Newnan); 1996-2001 Saint Michael's (Gainesville); 1992-1996 Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; 1991-1997 Hispanic Liaison Personnel Board; 1988-1992 Cathedral of Christ the King; 1987-1988 Leave of Absence; 1984-1987 Saint Philip Benizi; 1981-1984 St. Joseph (Dalton); 1978 Immaculate Heart of Mary|
|4||Edwards||John Douglas||Archdiocese of Atlanta||1961||Deceased 1997||1987-1989 St. Catherine of Siena (Kennesaw); 1987 Sacred Heart of Jesus; 1987 St. Pius X; 1986-1987 Leave of Absence; 1981-1986 St. Thomas More; 1975-1981 St. Joseph; 1974-1975 St. John the Evangelist; 1973-1974 Leave of Absence; 1972-1973 St. Thomas Aquinas; 1967-1972 Our Lady of Perpetual Help; 1966-1967 St. Jude the Apostle; 1965-1966 Sacred Heart; 1963-1965 Our Lady of the Assumption; 1962-1963 Saint Mary; 1961-1962 St. Anthony of Padua; 1961 Cathedral of Christ the King|
|5||Horan||Raymond||Archdiocese of Atlanta||1968||Deceased 2017||1992-1993 Most Blessed Sacrament; 1989-1992 St. John the Evangelist (Hapeville); 1988-1989 St. Jude the Apostle; 1987 Sabbatical; 1981-1987 Sts. Peter and Paul (Decatur); 1977-1981 Transfiguration; 1974-1977 Mother of Our Divine Saviour (Toccoa); 1973-1974 Sacred Heart (Atlanta); 1971-1973 St. Joseph's (Athens); 1969-1971 St. Thomas More (Decatur); 1969-1971 St. Joseph High School; 1968-1969 St. Thomas More (Decatur)|
|6||Idziak||Stanley Dominic||Archdiocese of Atlanta||1962||Deceased 2017||1985-1988 St. Michael; 1981-1985 Corpus Christi; 1978-1981 All Saints|
|7||Mayhew||Leonard Francis Xavier||Archdiocese of Atlanta||1955||Deceased 2012||Holy Cross (Atlanta); 1960 St. Anna (Monroe); 1960 St. Joseph's (Athens); 1959 St. Anthony (Atlanta); 1955 S. Thomas More (Decatur)|
|8||Biggers||Clarence||Order Society of Mary||Deceased 2009||St. Joseph Church (Marietta); Sacred Heart of Jesus Our Lady of the Assumption|
|9||Boucher||Richard Roy||Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette||Deceased 2020||Our Lady of LaSalette|
|10||Cassity||Kenneth Joseph||Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette (seminarian)||Convicted 2003||St. Ann (Marietta)|
Diocese of Savannah Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Assignment Years|
|1||Quinlan||Nicholas||Diocese of Savannah||1932||Deceased 1981||1933–1972|
|2||Garcia||Lorenzo||Diocese of Savannah||1997||Laicized||1998–2008|
|3||Teoli||Robert||Diocese of Savannah||1955||Deceased 1980||1956–1980|
|4||Brown||Wayland||Diocese of Savannah||1977||Deceased 2019||1977–1998|
|5||O’Sullivan||Michael||Diocese of Savannah||Inactive||1962–1972|
|6||Reilly||Joseph||Diocese of Nashville||Laicized 1965||1964–1966|
|8||Murphy||Robert||The Discalced Carmelites||Unknown||1959–1960|
|9||Keohane||Bartholomew||Society of Mary||Deceased||1947–1961|
|10||Murray||S. John||Society of Mary||Deceased||1959–1960|
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