Thirteen lawsuits are now pending against the Diocese of Gallup, which
includes northern Arizona, related to misconduct on the part of the diocese’s
priests. The latest is a June 2013 suit brought by two women and ten men;
all the suits are being filed by Phoenix
personal injury lawyer
Robert E. Pastor of Montoya, Jimenez & Pastor, P.A. in the Coconino County Superior Court.
Covering Up Priestly Misbehavior
The lawsuits charge the Bishop of Gallup of harboring pedophile priests
by appointing them to impoverished rural towns along Route 66 where the
small parishes would be reluctant to object. Those being charged with
abuse include Revs. William Allison, John T. Sullivan, Clement Hageman,
Raul Sanchez, Brother Mark Schomack, and Monsignor James Lindenmeyer.
Several of the accused priests had received treatment similar to that of
sex offenders and instead of being defrocked and handed over to the civil
authorities, were instead transferred to other dioceses in other states.
Attorney Pastor related that after the Diocese of Gallup answers the suits
over the summer, “The parties will then begin the process of uncovering
the secrets the Diocese of Gallup has been hiding with the hope that when
the Diocese of Gallup is finally held to answer for its actions, victims
will find some peace and comfort.”
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Montoya, Jimenez & Pastor, P.A. can provide legal counsel and representation if you are hurt by another’s
negligence or malice and recover the compensation you deserve!
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