North Carolina Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Due to the passing of a retroactive window in November of 2019, North Carolina is becoming one of the more victim friendly states in the country with regards to sexual abuse and assault laws. Its efforts to change legislation has 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 North Carolina to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic church.
Below you will find information on North Carolina’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling a North Carolina sexual assault case has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we have compiled a list of North Carolina settlements received by sexual abuse and assault survivors and a list of North Carolina ‘credibly’ accused priests released by the dioceses.
North Carolina Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
North Carolina is one of the few states in the country to open a 2-year revival window in 2020 which allows victims of sexual violence whose claims were previously time-barred to bring a claim against their abusers.
Criminal Statute of Limitation Laws for North Carolina
There is no criminal statute of limitations (SOL) for sexual assault felonies in North Carolina. For misdemeanor crimes of sexual abuse, the SOL was extended to 10 years. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on their criminal statute of limitation laws, gave North Carolina 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 eliminated for felonies only.
Civil Statute of Limitation Laws for North Carolina
In 2019 North Carolina took great strides to update and better its sexual abuse and assault civil statute of limitations laws. Previously set at age 21, or 3 years after discovery, North Carolina’s new legislation moved the age to 28. In addition, on January 1, 2020 a 2-year ‘window’ went into effect, allowing survivors of sexual abuse, whose claims were previously expired under the old laws, the opportunity to file a claim against their abusers.
Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on their civil statute of limitation laws, gave North Carolina 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 26 and 34 years old for survivors. Additionally, Child USA gave North Carolina 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 North Carolina, contact us now. Due to North Carolina’s revival window, those sexually abused as a minor likely 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. Don’t wait to file your claim. North Carolina’s current revival window is set to close on December 31, 2021.
Go to our main sexual abuse page to learn more about the process of filing a sexual abuse claim.
North Carolina Sexual Abuse Settlements
From 1950-2002 there were 940 active and retired priests in the Diocese of Raleigh. During that same time period, 32 people made allegations of sexual misconduct against 15 of the 940. The diocese paid out $292,388 in settlements, legal fees and counseling in those fifty years. From 2002-present the Diocese of Raleigh paid $2,425,362 in what it calls “misconduct settlements.”
2006 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Raleigh paid more than $1.1 million in 2006 to settle five sexual abuse claims against two priests. According to an annual audit, the abuse occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. The diocese claimed the payout was nearly double what was expected.
June 2010 – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte agreed to pay $1.23 million to a survivor of sexual abuse. The victim said he was 14-15 years old when he was abused by his priest. Father Robert Yurgel made incriminating statements on a taped phone call with the victim that also led to him being sentenced for molesting the victim.
*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 North Carolina 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.
North Carolina Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
On October 10, 2018 the Diocese of Raleigh released the names of priests and deacons who they deemed to be ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse of a child. In December 2019 the Diocese of Charlotte followed suit.
The lists below will be updated as litigation or investigations are concluded so that new names of credibly accused priests in North Carolina can be added.
Diocese of Charlotte Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status||Diocese/ Order||Other Diocese/ Religious Associations||Location(s) of Alleged Abuse|
|1||Baker||Donald Philip||1980||Left ministry||Charlotte||Diocese of Charlotte||St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Lenoir, N.C.|
|2||Burton||Charles Jeffries (Jeff)||1967||Removed, Deceased||Charlotte||Society of Jesus-Maryland Province (Jesuits)||Youth Ministry Center, Flat Rock, N.C.|
|3||Corbesero||Eugene D.||1962||Dismissed, Deceased||Charlotte||Consolata Society for Foreign Missions||Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, Charlotte, N.C.; New Jersey|
|4||D`Silva||Aloysius Joseph||1961||Deceased||Charlotte||Diocese of Charlotte||St. Bernadette Catholic Mission, Linville, N.C.|
|5||Farwell||Richard B.||1981||Removed, Convicted||Charlotte||Diocese of Charlotte||Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Salisbury, N.C.; St. Ann Catholic Church, Charlotte, N.C.|
|6||John||Gallagher||1947||Deceased||Charlotte||Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Monroe, N.C.||Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri (Oratorians)|
|7||Gavigan||P. Patrick||1953||Deceased||Charlotte||Diocese of Charlotte||Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Greensboro, N.C.|
|8||Holmes||Adelbert (Del)||1963||Removed, Deceased||Charlotte||Glenmary Home Mission Society||St. William Catholic Church, Murphy, N.C.; Franklin, Ky.; Diocese of Richmond, Va.|
|9||Joyce||Donald J.||1958||Removed, Deceased||Charlotte||Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate-United States Province||Sacred Heart Catholic Mission, Wadesboro, N.C.; Lowell, Mass.|
|10||Kelleher||Michael Joseph||1953||Retired, Removed, Deceased||Charlotte||Trappist-Cistercian religious order, Diocese of Raleigh, Diocese of Charlotte||Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, Albemarle, N.C.; Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Charlotte, N.C.; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hendersonville, N.C.; Charlotte Catholic High School, Charlotte, N.C.|
Diocese of Raleigh Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Clergy Status||Abuse First Reported||Subsequent Abuse Reported?|
Click to view our larger database 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.
North Carolina Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: News & Updates
North Carolina’s Sexual abuse and assault laws were strengthened by the passing of Senate Bill 199. The SAFE Child Act closed loopholes and opened a revival window for sexual abuse cases to be filed. Click the headline to read more…
The lawsuits by two men against the Diocese of Charlotte claim the dioceses should have known the priests were molesting children. Click the headline to read more…
List of Priest ‘Credibly Accused’ of Sexual Misconduct Released by Catholic Diocese of North Carolina
In what some thought should have been made public a long time ago, the North Carolina Diocese released the names of 23 clergy members who were credibly accused of child sex abuse. Click the headline to read more…