Our Cases In the News

For information on additional cases in the news that Tahira Khan Merritt has successfully resolved on behalf of survivors of abuse, please click on the following links and you will be taken directly to the Bishop-Accountability.org database record for the named individual. If the individual is not included on the database because he or she is associated with another religion, school or institution, please see one or two key links listed directly below the name

If you have information about Rev. Stephen Tarlton Dougherty, please contact us at info@tkmlawfirm.com or 214-503-7300. Dougherty worked as a parish priest for the Diocese of Corpus Christi at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Corpus Christi(January 2006 to January 2011) and Sacred Heart Church Mathis, Texas (January to December 2011). He also worked as a priest for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT)in Saratoga, Wyoming, Fargo, North Dakota, Quincy, Florida, Pensacola, Florida and Puerto Rico.  And he is NOT a “Former” priest. He is still a Catholic priest.

 

  • An Olney church and its regional non-profit corporation are being sued for over $1 million by the mother of an alleged sexual abuse victim.

    The civil suit seeks recovery of damages based on sexual assault and sexual exploitation allegations against the First Assembly of God Church of Olney and the North Texas District Council Assemblies of God West Region.

    Despite the church and victim being in Young County, the case was filed on April 12 in the 89th District Court since the district council, which controls or supervises the Olney church, maintains its headquarters in Wichita County.

    The allegations of xxx stem from the church’s “Royal Rangers” youth program, which was “jointly supervised, controlled and locally operated” by the church and district council, the lawsuit states.

    The victim participated in the Royal Rangers program when he was about 6 to 8 years old “at the behest of First AOG of Olney and its agent/youth minister, Ryan Anthony Winner,” the suit states.

    In a federal criminal case, Winner was sentenced in January 2016 to serve 60 years in federal prison for the production of child pornography.

    The Olney church and district council “authorized and empowered Winner to perform all the duties of Royal Ranger leaders… (and) a youth minister,” the suit claims.

    In his roles, Winner was placed in a position of power and trust over the boys by his father, who was the lead minister at the Olney church.

    Read more here

    See Plaintiff’s original petition below:

    Plaintiff’s Original Petition

  • BEEVILLE, Texas (AP) – A former Roman Catholic priest in South Texas has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after being convicted of raping a teenage girl in 2011.
        
    A Bee County jury convicted 61-year-old Stephen Tarleton Dougherty of aggravated sexual assault and then sentenced him Thursday in a retrial. Another jury in 2017 deadlocked on the charge.
        
    Prosecutors say the victim was 13 years old in December 2011 when Dougherty raped her at a ranch, near Beeville, where she lived with relatives. Dougherty was indicted in 2016 after the girl, while undergoing counseling, reported the attack
        
    Dougherty was ordained in 2003. The Diocese of Corpus Christi says Dougherty has been on leave and out of the ministry since late 2011 after officials received a different complaint alleging sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

    Posted: Mar 02, 2018 1:30 PM EST 

    Updated: Mar 02, 2018 1:30 PM EST

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  • CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A former South Texas Catholic priest, convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl less than a decade ago, will likely spend the rest of his days behind bars. 

    A Bee County jury sentenced Stephen Tarleton Dougherty to 60 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault Thursday, prosecutor Terry Breen confirmed.

    Dougherty, 61, was indicted in Bee County in June 2016. 

    The victim, who is now an adult, said Dougherty raped her in December 2011 at her grandparents’ Beeville-area home. She told police about the assault after a counselor persuaded her to. 

    After that indictment, a lawsuit was filed 2016 in Nueces County against the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Dougherty and the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. They stand accused of not doing enough to protect the victim.

    Read Full Article Here-USA TODAY NETWORK-Eleanor Dearman, Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller-Times

  • A former South Texas Catholic priest, convicted Wednesday of raping a 13-year-old girl less than a decade ago, will likely spend the rest of his days behind bars. 

    A Bee County jury sentenced Stephen Tarleton Dougherty to 60 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault Thursday, prosecutor Terry Breen confirmed. The trial began Feb. 20, he said.

    He’s eligible for parole after half that sentence is served and must pay a $10,000 fine. The maximum punishment in the case was 99 years or life. 

    Dougherty, 61, was indicted in Bee County in June 2016.  Click the link below for more.  

    Read Full Article Here-Eleanor Dearman, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Published 3:46 p.m. CT March 1, 2018

     

  • Father Anthony “Tony” Hernandez Gonzales was ordained in 1957 as a member of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and spent much of his career working in various Texas parishes, dioceses and archdioceses, including San Antonio, Houston, Laredo, Brownsville, Uvalde, Elgin, Sabinal, Eagle Pass and Austin. He was also assigned to various parishes in Thunder Bay, Canada. By 1961, complaints had begun to pour in regarding his sexual misconduct involving girls and women and his inabilities to perform his priestly duties. Over the next 20 years, he was frequently transferred and spent much time in treatment and in therapy. “Fr. Tony” continued to concentrate on abusing teenage girls who were members of the parishes where he was assigned by his religious order, The Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

    By October, 1981, “Fr. Tony” was working at Immaculate Conception parish in Houston, Texas. There he met “Jane Doe”. She was barely 15 years old and homeless, living in an abandoned house with her mentally ill mother. Father Tony was some 40 years older than “Jane.” She testified that Fr. Tony taught her to pray, wrote poems for her, serenaded her with his guitar, gave her hot meals and warm baths at the rectory with the knowledge of the parish pastor. The sexual abuse continued for several years. Father Tony even told her he loved her and would marry her. By April, 1983, she was pregnant and gave birth to a daughter in January 1984. But by February, 1984, Fr. Tony left Houston, supposedly to seek permission from the Vatican to marry Jane. Instead he was transferred by the Oblates from Texas for Canada where he promptly resumed his abusive behavior with yet another 13 year old girl who he eventually married. He fathered several children with this girl.

    During the course of the 2006 lawsuit filed by Jane Doe in Bexar County, Texas against the Oblates and Gonzales, he admitted he had fathered at least eight children while he was a priest with various young girls, mostly in Texas. He also testified that his employer, the Oblates, knew throughout his career of his “problems” but continued to assign him to parish after parish despite that knowledge. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount in 2008.

  • Msgr. Hugh Clarke – Diocese of Corpus Christi

  • Rev. David Espitia – Diocese of San Angelo

  • Rev. John Fiala – Archdiocese of San Antonio, Archdiocese of Omaha, Diocese of Corpus Christi and The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT). Updated information regarding case here

  • Rev. Vincent Inametti – Diocese of Fort Worth

  • Msgr. Richard E. Johnson – Diocese of Dallas

  • Fr. Nicholas Katinas – Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

  • (Rev) Rudolph “Rudy” Kos – Diocese of Dallas (Ms. Merritt assisted in the two month trial of this case prior to establishing her own firm)

  • Rev. William Paiz – Diocese of Fort Worth and Claretian Missionaries

  • Rev. Msgr. James J. Reilly – Diocese of Fort Worth and Diocese of Dallas

  • (Rev.) Rudolf Renteria – Diocese of Fort Worth

  • A lawsuit has been filed against a local spa and a San Antonio area massage therapist in connection with an alleged sexual assault in 2016.

     

    The lawsuit, which was filed in Bexar County by Dallas attorney Tahira Khan Merritt on Wednesday, is seeking to “recover civil damages.” Merritt says her client, a woman identified as “Jane Doe 112,” alleges she was sexually assaulted by a massage therapist at the Spa.

    The lawsuit identifies the massage therapist as Arturo “Art” Chamberlain. The woman’s attorney says Chamberlain was charged with harassing a teenage girl back in October 2012 when he was her cheer coach and was disciplined by the Texas Massage Disciplinary Board for inappropriate sexual contact with a female client during a massage in August of 2014.

    Read more here

    See Plaintiff’s original petition below:

    Plaintiff's Original Petition FILE MARKED

     

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order

  • On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

    Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

    The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty’s propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

    You could read the petition here

    Corpus Christi Caller Times

  • A man who alleges he suffered repeated sexual abuse at the hands of  Father John Sutton and  Principal Ron Staley at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls, Texas has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its Bishop, Michael F. Olson.

    The victim alleges he was sexually abused beginning when he was a 7th grader by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain. He was also abused by Sutton’s long-time friend the school principal, Ronald M. Staley.

    The victim also alleges fraud, misrepresentation and intentional infliction of emotion distress among other claims against Bishop Michael Olson and his agents when he came forward to report his abuse to the Diocese in 2013.  Read more here.

    You could view the lawsuit here. 

    Dallas Observer post here

    See the article on DFW CBS here

    Read the Star Telegram article here

  • A former youth minister at a Baptist church in Texas, who admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with an underage girl from his church, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

    Read more here

    Links to other news outlets: here and here

    Baptist News Article here

  • FORT WORTH For more than four decades, the woman known in court documents as Jane Doe was silent about her claims that she was sexually assaulted by her priest.

    While she pursued her career and marriage, the target of her allegations, Father Bede Mitchel, continued to teach and work in the Catholic Church and maintained a good reputation, according to one church official.

  • TULIA, TEXAS – A former priest previously convicted twice of sex crimes in California and Texas pleaded guilty in December, 2013 to additional molestation charges in Texas. In civil claims, Ms. Merritt represented several clients from Texas who were molested at various times by Salazar.

     

  • BEAUMONT, TEXAS — On November 6, 2013, following extensive mediation, a settlement was reached in a civil suit case filed by six (6) men who were sexually abused when they were boys by Fr. Ronald W. Bollich, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Beaumont until his death in 1996.

  • FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Texas prison officials denied a petition for early medical release in 2013 for convicted child sex abuser Thomas Teczar, a former Catholic priest. In 2009, Teczar received a 50-year sentence at a criminal trial in which Ms. Merritt served as a Special Prosecutor. She also represented multiple clients in two separate cases against Teczar and the Diocese of Fort Worth.

  • SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – On Jan 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of San Antonio and a Floresville man who claimed he was 12 when White, then a priest, began to molest him in the late 1970s, reached a pre-trial settlement which ended more than two years of litigation against the Archdiocese. A substantial default judgment against Louis White, individually, was awarded to the Plaintiff by the Court when Mr. White failed to appear for trial but is not expected to be collectable. Ms. Merritt was a lead counsel in this case.

  • TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas

  • Rev. Joseph (Nguyen Ngoc) Tu – Diocese of Fort Worth and Dominican Order