South Dakota Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
South Dakota’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 heading in the wrong direction as a bill to open a revival window for expired claims, as well as eliminate the civil SOL, failed in the House Judiciary Committee. Civil SOL laws enable lawyers handling sexual abuse claims in South Dakota to file cases against sexual predators, including clergy members, and the Catholic Church.
Below you will find information on South Dakota’s statute of limitations laws. These laws are important because they dictate how long a lawyer handling South Dakota sexual assault cases has to file a claim on behalf of a survivor. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of South Dakota’s ‘credibly’ accused priests released by South Dakota’s Dioceses.
South Dakota Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse & Assault
South Dakota has made little to no 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 as a bill to do just that failed in the House Judiciary.
Criminal Statute of Limitations Laws for South Dakota
In South Dakota, there is no criminal SOL for child sex abuse for Class A, B, or C felonies. For all other sex abuse felonies and misdemeanors, the criminal SOL is capped at age 25. Child USA, who has evaluated every state based on its criminal statute of limitations laws, gave South Dakota 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 South Dakota
In South Dakota, the civil SOL for child sex abuse claims is age 21. There is a discovery rule which is 3 years from when the victim discovers the connection between the injury and abuse. The discovery rule only revives the claim against individual perpetrators, not against others, including the organizations who may be responsible for covering up the abuse. Child USA, who has also evaluated every state based on its civil statute of limitations laws, gave South Dakota 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.
Go to our main sexual abuse page to learn more about the process of filing a clergy sexual abuse claim.
South Dakota Catholic Dioceses Release Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Children
Catholic Dioceses in South Dakota 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 South Dakota can be added.
Use the links below to navigate directly to a particular diocese’s clergy list.
- Diocese of Rapid City Credibly Accused Priest List
- Diocese of Sioux Falls Credibly Accused Priest List
Diocese of Rapid City Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Year of Ordination||Clergy Status||Assignments|
|1||Corry||John||Diocese of Rapid City||1952||Deceased 2018||1952-53 Cathedral, Rapid City; 1953-55 St. Mary ' s, Lemmon; 1955-67 Blessed Sacrament , Bison/Meadow; 1967-69 St. Rose of Lima, Hill City/Keystone/Silver City; 1969-70 St. Mary' s, Lemmon; 1970-71 St. Joseph, Gregory; 1971-73 Nursing Home Chaplain, Rapid City; 1973-83 St. John the Baptist, Custer/Custer State Hospital; 1983-92 St. Patrick' s, Wall/Kadoka; 1992 Retired|
|2||Gorman||Thomas||Diocese of Rapid City||1949||Deceased 1987||1949-52 St. Patric k' s, Lead 1952-53 Cathedral, Rapid City; 1953-69 Holy Cross, Timber Lake/Isabel/Firesteel/ Glad Valley /Gopher; 1969-75 St. Paul' s, Belle Fourche; 1975-79 St. Ambrose, Deadwood; 1979-85 Blessed Sacrament, Rapid City 198 5-87 St. Mary's, Lemmon|
|3||Lambert||William||Diocese of Rapid City||1955||Deceased 2005||1955-56 St. John's, Rapid City/St. John' s Hospital; 1956-58 St. Mary's, Lemmon; 1958-71 Immaculate Conception, Bonesteel/Fairfax; 1971-81 Christ the King, PreshoN ivian; 1981-91 St. John's, Ft. Pierre; 1991 Removed from ministry|
|4||Murray||Donald||Diocese of Rapid City||1945||Deceased 1975||1945-48 Sacred Heart, Dupree/Lantry/Bear Creek; 1948-49 St. Anthony's, DraperNivian; 1949-50 Sacred Heart, Strool; 1950-64 St. Anthony ' s, Buffalo/Drew/Ralph/Camp Crook/Cox/Vessey/Reva; 1964-75 Released from the Diocese of Rapid City to be Full time Director of Sky Ranch for Boys|
|5||Riss||Dennis||Diocese of Rapid City||1984||Deceased 2009||1984-90 Immaculate Conception, Bonesteel/Fairfax; 1990 Added Burke to above assignment; 1990- 98 St. Joseph's, Faith/Red Owl/Plainview; 1998-2002 St. Mary' s, Lemmon/Morristown /Watauga|
|6||Sheehan||James||Diocese of Rapid City||1940||Deceased 1991||1940-53 Cathedral, Rapid City/St. John's Hospital; 1942 St. Michael's, Hermosa added to the above; 1953-70 St. John's, St. Onge/Mud Butte/Red Owl; 1970-84 St. Michael ' s, Hermosa with residence at St. John's, Rapid City (St. John's became *St. Therese The Little Flower in 1976); 1984 Retired|
|7||Vallo||Francis||Diocese of Rapid City||1951||Deceased 1992||1951-53 Cathedral, Rapid City; 1953-54 Christ the King, Presho; 1954-56 Sacred Heart, Vivian/Draper; 1956-65 Sacred Heart, Gle ncross/Trail City; 1965-69 St. Mary' s, Newell; 1969-71 St. Rose of Lima, Hill City/Keystone /Silve r City/Mt. Rushmore Visitor Center; 1971-80 St. Francis of Assisi, Sturgis; 1981-84 Immaculate Concept ion, Bear Butte/Hereford; 1984-87 Chaplain , Ft. Meade Veteran Hospital; 1987 Retired|
|8||Bell||Francis||Diocese of Albany||1948||Deceased 1967||1965-67 Sacred Heart, Glencross|
|9||Stack||Gilbert||Order of St. Benedict||1939||Deceased 2007||1946-48 St. Aloysius , Sturgis /Chaplain St. Martin Convent, Sturgis; 1946-56 Chaplain, St. Martin Convent, Sturgis; 1957-92 Operated and managed the Shrine of the Nativi ty, Bethlehem, SD; 1994 Returned to Kansas City|
|10||Adams||Cletus||Third Order Regular of St. Francis Of Penance||1941||Deceased 1996||1972-80 Our Lady of Victory, Kadoka/Midland; 1981 Returned to the Franciscan Monastery; 1982-83 St. Michael 's, Kennebec /Reliance; 1984 Cathedral, Rapid City, Ministry to Nursing Homes; May 1984 Returned to St. Bernardine Monastery, Holliday sburg, PA|
Diocese of Sioux Falls Credibly Accused Priest List
|wdt_ID||Last Name||First Name||Diocese/ Order||Year of Ordination/ Incardination||Clergy Status|
|1||Eggerling||Milton J.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1954||Deceased 2008|
|2||Grabowski||Robert L.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1955||Dismissed from the Clerical State 1992|
|3||Macarthur||Bruce C.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1953||Deceased 2012|
|4||Mccormick||James V.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1963||Deceased 3/30/2017|
|5||Mcneil||Frank J.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1971||Dismissed from the Clerical State 2004|
|6||Murray||John I.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1955||Deceased 2012|
|7||Nally||Louis D.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1921||Deceased 1987|
|8||Neuroth||William J.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1963||Deceased 2013|
|9||Ryan||Thomas J.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1952||Deceased 2017|
|10||Stanton||Leonard F.||Diocese of Sioux Falls||1943||Deceased 1997|
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