Idaho Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Idaho’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 Idaho to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic Church.
Below you will find information on a Idaho’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling Idaho sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Idaho settlements received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a list of Idaho’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by Idaho’s Dioceses.
Idaho Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
Idaho 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 Idaho
In Idaho, there is no criminal SOL for rape, sexual abuse of a child, or lewd conduct with a child. 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 Idaho a Criminal SOL score of 3, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 3 is defined as elimination of the criminal SOL for some/all felonies only.
Civil Statute of Limitations Laws for Idaho
In Idaho, the civil SOL for child sex abuse claims is capped at age 23. There is a five-year discovery rule for civil actions in Idaho where the victim recalls the abuse and its “causal relationship to an injury or condition suffered by the child.” Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on its civil statute of limitations laws, gave Idaho 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 Idaho, contact us now. Due to Idaho’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.
Idaho Sexual Abuse Settlements
February 2004 – Bishop Michael Driscoll released the following statistics regarding sexual abuse of children and the Catholic Church in Idaho. Between 1950 and 2002, there were 21 credible allegations of child sexual abuse made against 12 priests. Around $140,000 had been paid out to survivors for counseling, medical treatment, one settlement and legal expenses. The majority of that money came from church insurance policies.
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 Idaho 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.
Idaho Catholic Diocese Releases Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
On October 21, 2019, the Diocese of Boise 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 Idaho can be added.
Diocese of Boise Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status|
|1||Arockiam||Francis||Diocese of Boise||Expeelled from Diocese back to home in India|
|2||Connolly||Thomas||Diocese of Boise||Permanently removed from ministry|
|3||McKenna||John Cornelius||Diocese of Boise||Left Diocese of Boise to be ordained elsewhere in 1970s. Seattle Archdiocese took action|
|4||Garcia||Ruben||Diocese of Boise||Imprisoned|
|5||Gould||William||Diocese of Boise||Deceased|
|6||King||Colman||Diocese of Boise||Deceased|
|7||Kuiper||Michael||Diocese of Boise||Deceased|
|8||Later||Morris||Oblates of Mary Immaculate||Deceased|
|9||McSorley||James||Diocese of Boise||Left Idaho in 1975. His religious order was notified, but his whereabouts are unknown|
|10||Baltazar||Carmelo Melchior (Mel)||Diocese of Boise||Imprisoned 1985|
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.