Indiana Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
While Indiana has extended its criminal statute of limitations (SOL) laws since 2002, the state’s civil SOL has not provided survivors with much of an avenue for justice. However, change could be on the horizon for the state’s feeble civil SOL, as a bill was introduced to the Legislature which would eliminate the civil SOL for injuries resulting from child sex abuse as well as open a permanent revival window for all expired claims. These laws enable lawyers handling sexual abuse claims in Indiana to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic Church.
Below you will find Indiana lawsuits news & updates, as well as additional information on Indiana’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling Indiana sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Indiana settlements received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a list of Indiana’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by Indiana’s Dioceses.
Indiana Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
Indiana has made some progress in the past decade towards helping survivors of sexual abuse get criminal justice by extending its criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes. However, the state hasn’t made any changes to its civil statute of limitations (SOL) laws for child sexual abuse since 2013. There is potentially some hope on the horizon as a bill was introduced to the Legislature which would eliminate the civil SOL for injuries resulting from child sex abuse as well as open a permanent revival window for all expired claims.
Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws for Indiana
Indiana eliminated the criminal SOL for Class A felony rape, as well as felony child sex trafficking. However, for sexual conduct with a minor, child solicitation, child seduction, child molesting, and incest, the criminal SOL ends after the victim turns 31 years old. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on their criminal statute of limitations laws, gave Indiana 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 elimination for some/all felonies only.
Civil Statute of Limitations Laws for Indiana
In Indiana, the civil SOL only runs to age 20. For civil actions, Indiana’s discovery rule is 7 years from accrual for child sex abuse claims. Under the state’s common law discovery rule, a cause of action accrues when “the plaintiff knew or, in the exercise of ordinary diligence, could have discovered that an injury had been sustained as a result of the tortious act of another.”
In 2021, Indiana legislators introduced a new SOL bill that would open a permanent revival window for all expired claims. Note however that the bill excludes children who were sexually abused at a health facility.
Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on their civil statute of limitation laws, gave Indiana 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, Indiana does not have a revival law, but a bill was introduced to the Legislature which would eliminate the civil SO L for injuries resulting from child sex abuse as well as open a permanent revival window for all expired claims.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in Indiana, contact us now. Due to Indiana’s pending legislation and the state’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 clergy sexual abuse claim.
Indiana Sexual Abuse Settlements
May 2010 – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis agreed to pay $199,000 to settle claims by a man who said Rev. Harry Monroe sexually abused him while both were at St. Catherine Catholic Church on the city’s Southside in the late 1970s. The man claimed that some of the abuse took place on overnight camping and other trips with Monroe. Part of the settlement includes a public apology from the archdiocese.
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 Indiana 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.
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.
Indiana Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in Indiana 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 Indiana can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Archdiocese of Indianapolis Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Evansville Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Gary Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Lafayette Credibly Accused Priest List
Archdiocese of Indianapolis Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Year(s) of Alleged Incident(s)||# of Victims||Action Taken|
|1||Blackwell||William Leroy||1957||Deceased 2/1990||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||1958, 1964-1968||8||Deceased|
|2||Bockhold||Edward Theodore||1920||Deceased 3/1972||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||1949, 1961||2||Priest before abuse reported|
|3||Cambron||Conrad Louis||1976||Resigned from the priesthood||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||1978, 1980||2||Resigned from the priesthood 1985|
|4||Charlton||Jeffrey James||1983||Dispensed from the clerical state||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||1982, 1984, 1986-1987||3||Resigned from the priesthood 1995; dispensed from the clerical state on 11/2014|
|5||Curry||Samuel Thomas||1970||Deceased 2/1991||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||1970s||7||Priest deceased 2/1991 before abuse reported|
|6||Deery||Albert Vincent||1921||Deceased 8/1972||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||Late 1950s thru early 1970s||23||Priest deceased 8/1972 before abuse reported|
|7||Emrich||Jack F.||1998||Deceased 12/2018||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||Mid-1970s||1||Removed from priestly ministry 2003; deceased 12/18|
|8||Evrard||Donald J.||1956||Deceased 12/2008||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||1977, 1985||5||Removed from priestly ministry 1998; deceased 12/2008|
|9||Kelley||Micheal Howard||1985||Removed from priestly ministry 2003||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||1990, 1992||2||Removed from priestly ministry 2003|
|10||Kos||Joseph Stanley||1966||Deceased 8/2000||Archdiocese of Indianapolis||Mid-1980s||3||Priest deceased 8/2000|
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||# of Victims||Action Taken||Assignments|
|1||Blume||James||1980||Incarcerated||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||5||Removed from Public Ministry 4/1998, Dismissed from Clerical State 6/2007|
|2||Buescher||Michael||1979||Loss of Clerical State 5/1991||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||6||Removed from Parish Ministry 11/1989, Loss of Clerical State 5/1991|
|3||Carsten||Brian||1970||Deceased 3/2009||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||1||Terminated as Pastor and Resigned as a Member of the Roman Catholic Church 5/1987, Dismissed from the Clerical State 6/2007|
|4||Ehrman||William||1922||Deceased 8/1983||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||8||Retired 7/1970|
|5||Gaughan||Joseph W.||1994||Removed from Public Ministry 12/2019||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||1||Removed from Public Ministry 12/2019|
|6||Gieranowski||William||1949||Deceased 4/2000||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||5||Retired 7/1981|
|7||Gillig||John||1957||Deceased 7/2011||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||12||Retired 4/1988, Suspended from all Public Ministry 3/2002, Dismissed from Clerical State 2/2008|
|8||Hernandez||Gabriel||2008||Dismissed from the Clerical State 2/2010||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||1||Dismissed from Seminary 4/2009, Dismissed from the Clerical State 2/2010|
|9||Krason||Edward||1958||Deceased 3/2013||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||3||Resigned as Pastor 7/1998, Ordered to Cease All Ministry 4/1999, Retired 5/1999, Removed Faculties to Perform Ministry 3/2003, Ordered to a Life of Prayer and Penance 11/2005|
|10||Lombardi||Thomas||1975||Deceased 12/2017||Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend||Removed from Public Ministry During Investigation of Allegation 12/2011, Removed from Public Ministry 8/2015|
Diocese of Evansville Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||# of Victims||Action Taken||Assignments|
|1||Allen||Michael||1971||Not in public ministry 7/2002||Diocese of Evansville||1||Not in public ministry 7/2002||Associate Pastor, Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Haubstadt, June 29, 1971; Summer Ministry Program Director, Dec. 6, 1972; Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Princeton, June 14, 1974; Associate Pastor, St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes, Aug. 21, 1975;|
|2||Breidenbach||John||1905||Not in public ministry 3/2014||Diocese of Evansville||1||Not in public ministry 3/2014||Associate Pastor, St. John the Baptist Church, Vincennes, Sept. 4, 1987; Associate Pastor, Holy Family Church, Jasper, June 27, 1990; Diocesan Vocation Team, Feb. 26, 1992; Associate Pastor, Resurrection Church, Evansville, Sept. 23, 1992; Pastor, St. Jos|
|3||Clauss||Joseph||1956||Deceased 10/2003||Diocese of Evansville||10||Removed from public ministry 7/1992||Associate Pastor, St. Mary Church, Washington, June 8, 1956; Associate Pastor, Holy Spirit Church, Evansville, Aug. 18, 1959; Teacher, Memorial High School, Evansville, Aug. 18, 1959; Residence at St.|
|4||Clements||James||1954||Deceased 12/1996||Diocese of Evansville||1||Dispensed from the clerical state 4/1977||Associate Pastor, St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel, August 20, 1954; Associate Pastor, Sacred Heart Church, Vincennes, July 29, 1955; Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Evansville, Aug. 18, 1959; Associate Pastor, St. Mary Church, Washington, Aug. 17, 1962|
|5||Englert||Wilfred||1986||Dispensed from the clerical state 10/2009||Diocese of Evansville||1||Removed from public ministry 7/2005, convicted of sexual battery 10/2006; served prison sentence; released from incarceration 1/2008; dispensed from the clerical state 10/2009||Associate Pastor, St. John the Baptist, Vincennes, June 20, 1986; Associate Pastor, Holy Family Church, Jasper, July 14, 1987; Associate Pastor, St. John Church, Newburgh, June 27, 1990; Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Evansville, Nov. 10, 1993; Associate Past|
|6||Kurzendoerfer||Mark||1981||Dispensed from the clerical state 11/ 2009||Diocese of Evansville||4||Removed from public ministry 7/2002; dispensed from the clerical state 11/ 2009||Administrator, St. Mary Church, Sullivan, June 1, 1981; Associate Pastor, St. Simon Church, Washington, July 1, 1981; Teacher, Washington Catholic, Washington, July 1, 1981; Residence, Faculty House on Lincoln Ave., Evansville, June 11, 1984; Teacher, Mat|
|7||Mergen||Arthur||1976||Deceased 12/1994||Diocese of Evansville||2||Left the Diocese of Evansville without the Bishop’s permission 2018|
|8||Schroeder||Othmar||1905||Deceased 2/1988||Diocese of Evansville||18||Priest deceased on 2/1988 before abuse was reported||Associate Pastor, St. Lawrence Church, Lawrenceburg , Sept. 3, 1938; Associate Pastor, St. Clement Church, Boonville, June 12, 1940; Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Jasper, June 18, 1942; Incardinated into the Diocese of Evansville upon its establish|
|9||Wildeman||Richard||1977||Dispensed from the clerical state 8/2007||Diocese of Evansville||1||Left active ministry, 5/2002; dispensed from the clerical state 8/2007||Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Church, Jasper, June 15, 1977; Associate Pastor, St. John Church, Newburgh, September 1, 1977; Associate Pastor, St. Matthew Church, Mt. Vernon, July 6, 1979; Chaplain, Boy Scouts, Aug. 22, 1979; Residence, Faculty House on Li|
|10||Vogler||Jean||1905||Not in public ministry 2/2019||Diocese of Evansville||Convicted in 1996 of Receiving Child Pornography; reinstated to active ministry in 1999; Retired on 9/2011. Not in public ministry as of 2/2019|
Diocese of Gary Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||# of Victims||Action Taken||Assignments|
|1||Emerson||Richard||Laicized 7/2006||Diocese of Gary||4||Laicized 7/2006|
|2||Staniszewski||Stanley||Deceased 7/2016||Diocese of Gary||2||Left the Diocese of Gary 10/1983, removed from public ministry|
|3||Grass||Don||Deceased 7/2010||Diocese of Gary||1||Removed from public ministry 2004|
|4||Chase||Terrence||Laicized 1/2016||Diocese of Gary||1||Removed from public ministry and laicized 1/2016|
|5||Kavungal||George||Removed from public ministry||Carmelites of Mary Immaculate||6||Last known to be in India, removed from public ministry|
|6||McGinnity||Ambrose||Deceased 2/2000||Diocese of Gary||6||Removed from public ministry in 1993|
|7||Varga||Stephen||Deceased 7/2006||Diocese of Gary||1||Laicized 7/1971|
|8||Jeziorski||Louis||Deceased 4/1973||Diocese of Gary||3||Deceased|
|9||Buczyna||Joseph||Deceased 1/1976||Diocese of Gary||1||Deceased|
|10||Jercha||Julian||Deceased 6/1987||Diocese of Gary||3||Deceased|
Diocese of Lafayette Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/Order||Action Taken|
|1||Bohlinger||Kenneth||1976||Laicized 3/2009||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Removed from public ministry|
|2||Colletti||Joseph||1971||Laicization in process||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Removed from public ministry 7/1990|
|3||Funcheon||Gerald||1965||Restricted to life of prayer and penance in a supervised facility||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Incardinated 1987; Removed from public ministry|
|4||Grear||James||1970||Impeded from Ministry. Priestly faculties removed 10/2001||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Impeded from ministry, Priest faculties removed 11/2001|
|5||Kilcine||Frank||1981||Laicization in process||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Removed from public ministry 7/2012|
|6||Kohne||Ambrose||1929||Deceased 4/1964||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Allegations of abuse received|
|7||Sego||Arthur||1946||Deceased 9/1998||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Removed from public ministry 7/1994, Resticted to life of prayer and penance|
|8||Tracey||Donald||1958||Deceased 6/1989||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Deceased|
|9||Voss||Ronald||1967||Laicized 6/1998||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Resigned 9/1993|
|10||Wagoner||Gordon||1965||Deceased 9/2008||Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana||Deceased|