Nevada Attorneys Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Against Roman Catholic Church Dioceses
For decades, victims sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests, bishops, pastors, deacons, brothers, sisters, and other religious leaders have been silenced and shame through intimidation. Disgracefully, church officials have taught the abuse survivors that they must forgive the predator.
Religious leaders have a responsibility to ensure that all adults and children parishioners are protected from Roman Catholic sexual abusers.
It can be challenging for sexual abuse survivors to come forward after years of suffering in silence. If you were injured, the compassionate network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help you and your family with legal assistance involving surviving sexual assault.
Our caring team understands the pain you are feeling and the courage it takes to speak openly about what occurred. Our clergy sexual abuse injury lawyers are ready to hear your story. Let our comprehensive knowledge of Nevada tort law build a successful case to ensure the sexual predator who caused your injuries faces their consequences.
Clergy Sexual Assault – An Ongoing Problem
In April 2019, the Diocese of Reno identified a dozen priests in the state who had been credibly accused of sexual assault. All but one of the priests are now deceased, including Monsignor Anderson, who passed away in 1978.
Officials accused Anderson sexually assaulting an underage boy from 1965 through 1969 in Henderson. The child was about thirteen years old when the sexual molestation started.
In the same month, the Las Vegas Catholic diocese identified thirty-three former priests and employees credibly accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with underage minors. Some of these cases date back to the early 1930s.
Twelve of the priests on the list are still alive. However, none are currently ministering in any school or parish in the Las Vegas Diocese.
The Devastating Effects of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault victims often face a lifelong challenge of dealing with emotional trauma inflicted by their abuser. Sexually abuse adults and children can develop debilitating sleeping disorders, ongoing depression, substance abuse, self-injury, and suicide, including suicidal ideation (thinking about suicide).
Young children and teenage victims might develop negative eating habits, begin living an over-sexualized lifestyle, or engage in any form of risky behavior.
Death of an Alleged Abuser
In March 2019, Nevada law enforcement found a former priest shot to death in his Clark County home. The coroner identified a single gunshot to the neck that led to Former Reverend John Capparelli’s demise and listed murder as the cause of death.
However, a suspect was not identified immediately. The priest served at the Westfield Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity.
In the 1980s, officials accused of Father Capparelli sexually assaulting teenage boys. The Church permanently removed the Reverend from his duties in 1992 before he was laicized (defrocked).
The priest relocated from New Jersey to Nevada and bought a Henderson home in 2016. During his career, the Reverend served at the Trenton, Paterson, Newark, Camden, and Metuchen dioceses in New Jersey.
Nevada Roman Catholic Church Diocese
In Nevada, the Catholic Church is the single largest religious group of all faiths statewide. The two dioceses and their Bishops manage more than seventy-six parishes and Catholic schools throughout Nevada (listed below). The Church provides services to thousands of registered Catholics living in sixteen counties.
Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas
336 Cathedral Way
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Cathedral: Guardian Angel Cathedral
Bishop: George Leo Thomas
Roman Catholic Diocese of Reno
290 S. Arlington Ave
Reno, NV 89501
Nevada Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers are Ready to Help
Our network of lawyers understands how difficult it is to speak out about the despicable acts a shameful clergy member did to you. We know that the Catholic Church in all its power will push back, saying that nothing that happened to you was wrong.
However, with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, working on your behalf, you will not go it alone. We will work aggressively to ensure all responsible hear your shocking story when we present evidence at trial or settle your case.
Let us start working on your lawsuit today. Moving forward and beginning the process can help ensure no one else is ever sexually abused by a religious authority again.
We will obtain a monetary recovery on your behalf while protecting your rights. Contact us now at (888) 424-5757. All information you share during an initial, free consultation concerning your case will remain confidential.
All Nevada Churches:
- Christ of the Desert Mission Parish, Amargosa Valley
- Christ the King Parish, Las Vegas
- Corpus Christi Catholic Parish, Carson City
- Guardian Angel Cathedral Parish, Las Vegas
- Holy Child Parish, Caliente
- Holy Cross Catholic Parish, Sparks
- Holy Family Catholic Parish, Yerington
- Holy Family Parish, Las Vegas
- Holy Spirit Mission Catholic Parish, Washoe Valley
- Holy Spirit Parish, Las Vegas
- Iglesia de Cristo Rey Catholic Church, Las Vegas
- Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, Sparks
- La Virgen de Guadalupe Parish, Mesquite
- Our Lady Of Guadalupe Mission Parish, Dyer
- Our Lady of La Vang Parish, Las Vegas
- Our Lady of Las Vegas Parish, Las Vegas
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish, Hawthorne
- Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Parish, Zephyr Cove
- Our Lady of The Snows Catholic Parish, Reno
- Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Pahrump
- Our Lady of Victory Parish, Las Vegas
- Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Parish, UNR Newman Center
- Prince of Peace Parish, Las Vegas
- Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, Carlin
- Sacred Heart Parish, Ely
- Saint Ann Catholic Parish, Dayton
- Saint Augustine Station Catholic Parish, Austin
- Saint Brendan Catholic Parish, Eureka
- Saint Francis Of Assisi Catholic Parish, Incline Village
- Saint Gall Catholic Parish, Gardnerville-Minden
- Saint John Baptist Mission Catholic Parish, Smith Valley
- Saint John The Baptist Catholic Parish, Lovelock
- Saint Joseph Catholic Parish, Elko
- Saint Mary’s In The Mountains Catholic Parish, Virginia City
- Saint Michael Catholic Parish, Stead
- Saint Patrick Catholic Parish, Fallon
- Saint Paul Catholic Parish, Winnemucca
- Saint Peter Canisius Catholic Parish, Sun Valley
- Saint Robert Bellarmine Catholic Parish, Fernley
- Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Parish, Reno
- Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Parish, Carson City
- Saint Therese the Little Flower Catholic Parish, Reno
- Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Catholic Parish, Wells
- Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Las Vegas
- St Albert The Great Catholic Parish, Reno
- St. Andrew Catholic Community, Boulder City
- St. Anne Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Barbara Mission Parish, Round Mountain
- St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church, Las Vegas
- St. Bridget Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Catherine of Siena Mission Parish, Sandy Valley
- St. Christopher Parish, North Las Vegas
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Francis de Sales Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Henderson
- St. James the Apostle Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Joan of Arc Parish, Las Vegas
- St. John Bosco Catholic Parish, Battle Mountain
- St. John Neumann Parish, North Las Vegas
- St. John Paul II Polish Apostolate Parish, Las Vegas
- St. John the Baptist Parish, Laughlin
- St. John the Evangelist Parish, Overton
- St. Joseph, Husband of Mary Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Las Vegas
- St. Martin of Tours, CEC Catholic Church, Las Vegas
- St. Michael Mission Parish, Ely
- St. Patrick Parish, Tonopah
- St. Paul Jung-Ha-Sang Korean Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Paul’s CEC Catholic Church, Henderson
- St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Henderson
- St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Thomas More Parish, Henderson
- St. Thomas Parish, Las Vegas
- St. Valentine Catholic Church, Las Vegas
- St. Viator Parish, Las Vegas
- UNR Newman Center Catholic Parish, Reno
Nevada Catholic Schools:
- Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas
- Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Reno
- Cristo Rey College Preparatory High School, North Las Vegas
- Little Flower Catholic School, Reno
- Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic School, Las Vegas
- Our Lady of the Snows Catholic School, Reno
- Saint Albert the Great Catholic School, Reno
- Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic School, Carson City
- St. Albert The Great Child Development Center, Reno
- St. Anne Catholic School, Las Vegas
- St. Christopher Catholic School, Las Vegas
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Las Vegas
- St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, Las Vegas
- St. Viator Catholic School, Las Vegas