Clergy Sexual Abuse in the San Francisco Archdiocese
We have successfully represented survivors of sexual abuse by Rev. Patrick J. O’Shea, who was a prominent figure in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, as we secured nearly $5,000,000 in settlement compensation for damages suffered by our clients.
O’Shea served in several parishes throughout San Francisco from the time of his ordainment in 1958 to his arrest and criminal prosecution in 1994 for child sexual abuse against 9 boys between 1964 and 1980. O’Shea’s crimes were alleged to have occurred in his trailer where he would take his victims waterskiing at Lake Berryessa, manipulating them with alcohol to achieve his crimes. He would later admit in a deposition to molesting a teenage boy during the 1960s. The original charges were dropped in 1995 after the statute of limitations had passed but were refiled in 1998 when the State of California extended the statute.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco stripped O’Shea of his faculties in 1994, and has settled multiple claims made against O’Shea, including a case we handled which resulted in a settlement of $4,000,000.00 on behalf of four separate clients.
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If you are a survivor of sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a priest or clergy member, you are not alone. Survivors may be entitled to bring their claims forward, but the time to do so is limited. Under CA Assembly Bill 218, all claims must be filed before January 2023.