Michigan Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Michigan’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. The state also appears to be ignoring claims of clergy abuse victims as a bill to open a revival window for expired claims only refers to victims of physician sex abuse and not clergy abuse. However, there is a bill in the Legislature which, if passed, could extend the civil SOL for child sex abuse claims. SOL laws enable lawyers handling sexual abuse claims in Michigan to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic Church.
Below you will find information on Michigan’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling Michigan sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of Michigan settlements received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a list of Michigan’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by Michigan’s Dioceses.
Michigan Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
Michigan 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 lower 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 plans in the near future to open any sort of revival window for time-barred claims of church sex abuse survivors as a recently introduced bill would only open a revival window for minor victims of physician sex abuse. However, there is a bill in the state’s Legislature which could extend the civil SOL for victims of child sexual abuse.
Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws for Michigan
In Michigan, there is no criminal SOL for 1st degree criminal sexual conduct and trafficking punishable by life in prison. For 2nd and 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct the criminal SOL is age 28 or 15 years from DNA identification. The SOL for other felonies is age 21 or 10 years after DNA identification. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on their criminal statute of limitations laws, gave Michigan 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 only.
Civil Statute of Limitations Laws for Michigan
In Michigan, the civil SOL for child sex abuse claims is capped at age 28. There is a 3-year discovery rule for civil actions in Michigan which starts on the date the victim discovers, or should have discovered, the causal relationship between the injury and the criminal sexual conduct. Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on their civil statute of limitation laws, gave Michigan a Civil SOL Age Cap score of 2, on a 1-5 scale, where 5 is the highest. A score of 2 is defined as a civil SOL age cap between the ages of 26-34.
If you or someone you love was sexually abused or assaulted in Michigan, contact us now. Due to Michigan’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.
Michigan Sexual Abuse Settlements
August 2010 – The Diocese of Lansing agreed to pay $225,000 to settle claims with a man who said he was abused in the 1950s by a priest when he lived at the St. Vincent children’s home. The settlement was paid by an insurance policy. The man named Rev. John Martin as his abuser. Martin died in 1968.
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 Michigan 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.
Michigan Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in Michigan 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 Michigan can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Archdiocese of Detroit Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Gaylord Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Lansing Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Marquette Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Saginaw Credibly Accused Priest List
Archdiocese of Detroit Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status|
|1||Benjamin||Harry||Archdiocese of Detroit||Dismissed from the clerical state|
|2||Borycz||Edmund||Archdiocese of Detroit||Deceased|
|3||Brennan||William||Archdiocese of Detroit||Deceased|
|4||Bueche||Gary||Archdiocese of Detroit||Permanently removed from public ministry|
|5||Burkholder||Robert||Archdiocese of Detroit||Deceased|
|6||Conti||Anthony||Archdiocese of Detroit||Deceased|
|7||Daly||Michael||Archdiocese of Detroit||Deceased|
|8||DeAngelo||Pat||Archdiocese of Detroit||Deceased|
|9||Depp||Harold||Archdiocese of Detroit||Left active ministry|
|10||Duggan||Dennis||Archdiocese of Detroit||Dismissed from the clerical state|
Diocese of Gaylord Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status|
|1||Barrett||Patrick||Diocese of Gaylord||Deceased 2006|
|2||Gronowski||Ronald||Diocese of Gaylord||Permanently removed from public ministry 2002|
|3||Harnish||Lionel||Diocese of Gaylord||Deceased 2011|
|4||Holtz||James||Diocese of Gaylord||Permanently removed from public ministry 2002|
|5||Marciulionis||Benedict||Diocese of Gaylord||Deceased 2000|
|6||Pilarski||Raymond||Diocese of Gaylord||Deceased 2017|
|7||Raymond||Terrence||Diocese of Gaylord||Deceased 1986|
|8||Smith||Robert Gordon||Diocese of Gaylord||Deceased 1980|
|9||Tupper||John||Diocese of Gaylord||Deceased 2004|
|10||Rhode||Laurus||Order of Friars Minor||Deceased 1995|
Diocese of Lansing Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Year of Ordinatin/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||Crowley||Timothy||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1976||Laicized 2015||St Patrick, Brighton-Parochial Vicar; Holy Rosary, Flint-Parochial Vicar; St Mary Star of the Sea, Jackson-Parochial Vicar; St Anthony of Padua, Hillsdale-Pastor; St Thomas the Apostle, Ann Arbor-Pastor; Archdiocese of Anchorage|
|2||DeLorenzo||Vincent Anthony||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1965||Removed from ministry 2002||St Thomas Aquinas, East Lansing-Parochial Vicar; St Joseph, Kalamazoo-Parochial Vicar; St Augustine, Kalamazoo-Parochial Vicar; St Casimir, Lansing-Parochial Vicar; St Pius X, Flint-Pastor; St Robert Bellarmine, Flushing-Pastor; Holy Redeemer, Burton-Pastor|
|3||Guoan||Paul James||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1987||Laicized 2015||St Pius X, Flint-Parochial Vicar; St Robert Bellarmine, Flushing-Parochial Vicar; St Gerard, Lansing-Parochial Vicar; SS Charles and Helena, Clio-Pastor; Jackson Area Hospital Chaplain, In-Residence, Queen of the Miraculous Medal, Jackson; Jackson Area Prison Chaplain, In-Residence, St Mary Star of the Sea, Jackson; St Joseph Home, Jackson-Sacramental Minister|
|4||Kelly||Michael Robert||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1976||Laicized 1992||St Thomas the Apostle, Ann Arbor-Parochial Vicar; St Michael, Flint-Parochial Vicar; Holy Family Grand Blanc-Parochial Vicar; St Therese, Lansing-In-Residence; St Casimir, Lansing-Parochial Vicar; St Mary Cathedral, Lansing-Parochial Vicar|
|5||Novak||James Martin||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1957||Removed from ministry 2002||St John the Evangelist, Jackson-Parochial Vicar; St Luke, Flint-Parochial Vicar; St John, Benton Harbor-Parochial Vicar; St Ann, Cassopolis-Pastor; Office of Catholic Education, Lansing Catholic Central High School; St Agnes, Fowlerville-Parochial Administrator; St Joseph, Owosso-Pastor; St Therese, Lansing-Pastor; St Mary, Westphalia-Pastor|
|6||Aubin||Joseph Emile||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1961||Deceased 2020||St Paul, Owosso-Parochial Vicar; St Leo, Flint-Parochial Vicar; St Philip, Battle Creek-Parochial Vicar; Michigan Boys Training School-Chaplain; St Isidore, Laingsburg-Pastor; St John the Evangelist, Davison-Pastor; St. Mary, Durand-Pastor|
|7||Fitzgerald||Alexander Thomas||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1942||Deceased 1996||Parochial Vicar, St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing; Parochial Vicar, St. John, Benton Harbor; Parochial Vicar, Holy Redeemer, Flint (Burton); Resident, St. George Church, George West, TX; St. Joseph Home for Boys, Jackson, Michigan; Parochial Vicar, St. Luke, Flint; Pastor, St. Joseph, Gaines; Pastor, St. Mary, Williamston; Pastor, St. Edward, Mendon; Pastor, St. Ambrose, Parchment; Pastor, St. Mary, Jackson|
|8||Healy||Terrence M||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1968||Deceased 2019||Holy Family, Grand Blanc-Parochial Vicar; St Francis of Assisi, Ann Arbor-Parochial Vicar; St Joseph, Saint Johns-Parochial Vicar; Holy Family, Ovid-Parochial Administrator; Holy Family, Ovid-Pastor; St John the Baptist, Howell-Pastor|
|9||Lee Jr.||James William||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1948||Deceased 1992||St John, Benton Harbor-Parochial Vicar; Resurrection, Lansing-Parochial Vicar; St John the Evangelist, Jackson-Parochial Vicar; St James, Mason-Pastor; Our Lady of the Pines, Nevis, Minnesota-In-Residence; St Alice, Plainview, TX-In-Residence; St Dominic, Clinton-Pastor; Holy Family Grand Blanc-Parochial Vicar; St Joseph, Ypsilanti-Pastor; St Peter, Blissfield-Parochial Administrator|
|10||Lesniak||Marian John||Diocese of Lansing||Ordained 1950||Deceased 2011||All Saints, Flint-Parochial Vicar; St Stanislaus Kostka, Jackson-Parochial Vicar; St Joseph the Worker, Jackson-Pastor|
Diocese of Marquette Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status|
|1||Carne||Joseph D.||Diocese of Marquette||Deceased 2019|
|2||Craig||Richard T.||Diocese of Marquette||Removed from priestly ministry 1993|
|3||Menapace||James L.||Diocese of Marquette||Removed from priestly ministry 2002|
|4||Healy||Terrence M.||Diocese of Lansing||Deceased 2019|
|5||Jacobs||Gary A.||Diocese of Marquette||Removed from the clerical state 2010|
|6||Pfalzer||Juvenal||Order of Friars Minor||Deceased|
|7||Pfalzer||Roman||Order of Friars Minor||Deceased|
Diocese of Saginaw Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||Bur||Stanislaus A.||Diocese of Saginaw||Deceased 2009||Assistant Pastor, St. Adalbert, Grand Rapids: June 1950 - July 1950; Assistant Pastor, St. Philomena, Beal City: July 1950 - Aug. 1950; Assistant Pastor, St. Rose of Lima, Hastings; Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker, Beal City: Aug. 1970 - April 1973; Pastor, St. Edward, Kinde; St. Felix, Pinnebog: April 1973 - May 1974; Pastor, St. Valentine, Beaver: May 1974 - July 1983; Retired from Ministry: July 1983|
|2||Dombrowski||Ronald J.||Diocese of Saginaw||Permanent suspension of faculties 2021||Associate pastor, Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw: March 1972 - February 1974; Associate pastor, St. Stephen Parish, Saginaw: February 1974 - July 1976; Associate pastor, St. James Parish, Bay City: July 1976 - January 1978; Pastor, St. Mary of Czestochowa, Kinde, and St. Edward the Confessor Parish, Kinde: January 1978 - July 1980; Administrator, Ss. Peter & Paul, Ruth: July 1980 to January 1981; Pastor, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Vassar, and St. Bernard, Millington: January 1981 to July 1990; Pastor, St. Mary, Parisville: July 1990 - July 1994; Pastor, St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, Port Sanilac: July 1994 - July 2001; Pastor, St. John Chrysostom, Forestville: August 1994 - July 2001; Pastor, St. Josaphat Parish, Carrollton: July 2001 - June 2013.; Administrator, St. Matthew Parish, Zilwaukee: July 2006 - July 2013.; Sacramental minister at the following: St. John the Baptist, Carrollton, July 2006 - July 2013, and St. Matthew, Zilwaukee, July 2006 - July 2013, Holy Family Parish, Saginaw, July 2014 - March 2018|
|3||Hammer||John E.||Diocese of Saginaw||Laicized 2006||In residence, St. Stephen, Saginaw: Oct. 1990 - Oct. 1991; Assoc. Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Midland: Oct. 1991 - July 1995; Pastor, Mount St. Joseph, St. Louis and St. Patrick, Irishtown: July 1995 - July 1999; Pastor, Mount St. Joseph, St. Louis and St. Mary, Alma: July 1999 - May 2002|
|4||Howard||Richard L||Diocese of Saginaw (deacon)||Laicized 2006||Teacher, All Saints High School, Bay City: September 1977; Deacon, St. Stanislaus Parish, Bay City: September 1977|
|5||Leipert||Jack J.||Diocese of Saginaw||Laicized 2006||Assistant Pastor, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Bay City: June 1975 - July 1977; Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of the Visitation, Bay City: July 1977 - July 1978; Temporary Admin., St. Philip Neri, Coleman and St. Anne, Edenville - July 1978 - Nov. 1978; Assistant Pastor, St. John the Baptist, Standish - Nov. 1978 - Jan. 1979; Assoc. Pastor, Ss. Peter & Paul, Saginaw - Jan. 1979 - July 1979; Assoc.Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chesaning - July 1979 - July 1982; Pastor, St. Henry, Rosebush; St. Chalres, Leaton - July 1982 - July 1985; Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Marlette - July 1985 - Aug. 1987; Leave of Absence - Aug. 1987 - Aug. 1989; Temporary Pastor, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Saginaw - Aug. 1989 - July 1990; Pastor, Sacred Heart, Bad Axe - July 1990 - Jan. 2001|
|6||Szafranski||Richard T.||Diocese of Saginaw||Removed from ministry 2006||Associate Priest, St. Stephen Parish, Saginaw, July 1975-September 1977; Associate Priest, Ss Peter & Paul Parish, Saginaw, September 1977-July 1978; Associate Priest, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Bay City, July 1978-July 1982; Co-pastor then Pastor, St. Mary University Parish, Mt. Pleasant, July 1982-July 1990; Pastor, St. Frances X. Cabrini Parish, Vassar & St Bernard Mission, Millington, July 1990 - July 1999; Pastor, St. Matthew Parish, Zilwaukee; Sacramental Minister, St. John the Baptist Parish, Carrollton, July 1999 - April 8, 2006|
|7||Wilkuski||Leonard F.||Diocese of Saginaw||Laicized 2006||Assistant Pastor, St. Brigid of Kildare, Midland: Sept. 1963 - Sept. 1965; Assistant Pastor, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Bay City: Sept. 1965 - June 1968; Pastor, St. Edward, Omer; St. Mark, AuGres: July 1968 - June 1971; Pastor, St. Andrew, Saginaw: June 1971 - Aug. 1978; Vice-Rector, American College, Louvain Belgium: Aug. 1978 - July 1983; Pastor, St. Mary, Parisville: July 1983 - July 1990; Pastor, St. Brigid of Kildare, Midland: July 1990 - July 1999; Pastor, Holy Trinity, Bay City: July 1999 - April 2002|
|8||Kalahar||Martin Ignatius||Diocese of Saginaw||Deceased 1966||Assistant Priest, St. Andrews Cathedral, Grand Rapids, July 1916-October 1917; Assistant Priest, St. Mary Parish, Muskegon, October 1917-September 1918; Pastor, Montague Missions, Montague, September 1918 - June 1919; Pastor, St. Francis Alverno Parish, Cheboygan, June 1919 - February 1923; Pastor, St. Charles Parish, Greenville, February 1923 - March 1929; Chaplain, Mercy Hospital, Muskegon, April 1929 - May 1931; Chaplain, St. Vincent Orphanage, Saginaw, May 1931 - August 1939; Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Hemlock, August 1939 - September 1951; Pastor, St. Bernard Parish, Alpena, September 1951 - August 1961; Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Birch Run, August 1961 - February 1, 1966|
|9||Mulvey||James Aloysius||Diocese of Saginaw||Deceased 1959||Assistant Priest, St. Andrews Cathedral, Grand Rapids, 1905-1906; Assistant Priest, Holy Family Parish, Saginaw, 1906-1907; Assistant Priest, St. Simon Parish, Ludington, 1907-1908; Assistant Priest, St. Mary Parish, Alma, August 1908-October 1917; War Chaplain, World War I, October 1917 - June 1919; Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Alma, October 1919 - August 1923; Pastor, St. Bernard Parish, Alpena, August 1923 - February 1926; Pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Mt. Pleasant, February 1926 - September 1936; Pastor, St Mary Parish, Alma, September 1936 - July 1942; The Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was established on February 26, 1938 by Pope Pius XI; Pastor, St. Boniface Parish, Bay City, July 1942 - September 1959|
|10||O’Connor||Neil Francis||Diocese of Saginaw||Deceased 1966||Assistant Priest, St. Mary Parish, Muskegon, May 1936-August 1937; Assistant Priest, Sacred Heart Parish, Mt. Pleasant, August 1937-January 1938; Assistant Priest, St. James Parish, Bay City, January 1938 - June 1939; Assistant Priest, Ss Peter and Paul Parish, Saginaw, June 1939 - June 1940; Assistant Priest, St. Andrew Parish, Saginaw, June 1940 - July 1942; Assistant Priest, Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Saginaw, July 1942 - June 1944; Acting Pastor, then Pastor, St. Elizabeth Parish, Reese, June 1944 - July 1953; Pastor, St. Andrew Parish, Saginaw, July 1953 - September 16, 1966|
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Michigan Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: News & Updates
Lawmakers in Michigan are considering bills which would give survivors of child sexual abuse more time to bring civil lawsuits against their abusers. Click the headline to read more…
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