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Clergy Abuse In Colorado

Colorado Attorney General Philip Weiser commissioned an investigation into the extent of priest abuse in Colorado. The resulting Colorado report accuses 43 Catholic priests of child sex abuse. A follow-up report identified nine additional accused priests and 46 more victims.

Abuse survivors and victim advocates have called for legislative changes to expand the legal rights of survivors.

In April 2021, legislators made progress on this issue. Lawmakers passed a new bill eliminating the deadline to file civil claims of sexual assault. This new law applies to cases of child sexual abuse as well.

Were You Abused by a Priest in Colorado?

You May Have Rights to Legal Compensation

Colorado Attorney General Philip Weiser commissioned an investigation into the extent of priest abuse in Colorado. The resulting Colorado report accuses 43 Catholic priests of child sex abuse. A follow-up report identified nine additional accused priests and 46 more victims.

Abuse survivors and victim advocates have called for legislative changes to expand the legal rights of survivors.

In April 2021, legislators made progress on this issue. Lawmakers passed a new bill eliminating the deadline to file civil claims of sexual assault. This new law applies to cases of child sexual abuse as well.

Were You Abused by a Priest in Colorado?

You May Have Rights to Legal Compensation

Colorado Clergy Abuse Lawsuits

The Colorado priest abuse report, titled, Roman Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse of Children in Colorado from 1950 to 2020, was the first step for the state to address decades of clergy abuse. But, more action is needed to help survivors seek justice.  

Due to state laws, the majority of victims abused by clergy members in Colorado have been unable to file a civil lawsuit. These cases date back decades and have thus been time-barred from the civil legal process. 

Victim advocates have fought for additional legislative changes to expand the state’s legal deadlines. In April 2021, lawmakers passed a bill to help recent and future victims of assault and sexual abuse. Lawmakers are still exploring legislative measures for older cases of abuse.

What Is the Statute Of Limitations On Priest Sexual Abuse In Colorado?

In 2021, Colorado lawmakers passed two significant bills that impact the statutes of limitations for child sexual abuse survivors. 

  • Senate Bill 73 (SB 73) eliminated Colorado’s civil statute of limitations regarding sexual assault and child sexual abuse. 
  • Senate Bill 88 (SB 88) opened a three-year “look back” window. This window revives most expired claims of child sexual abuse in the state of Colorado.

A statute of limitations (SOL) is a legal deadline. SOLs vary based on the jurisdiction, the crime and the intended legal action (i.e., criminal charges versus a civil claim).

Civil Statute For Child Sex Abuse In Colorado

SB 73 goes into effect in 2022. Thus, as of January 1, 2022, there is no statute of limitations for civil claims of sexual assault and child sexual abuse in Colorado.

SB 73 eliminated Colorado’s civil statute of sexual assault and child sexual abuse for recent and future victims. 

Beginning January 1, 2022, survivors can seek civil justice under the following statutes:

  • Survivors sexually abused or assaulted on or after January 1, 2022, have unlimited time to file a civil lawsuit against their abuser or responsible institution.
  • Survivors assaulted before January 1, 2022, have unlimited time to file a civil claim if their claim was still valid under the previous six-year statute.

SB 73 expanded the legal rights of many abuse survivors in the state of Colorado. However, this bill’s provisions were not retroactive. Many survivors who were abused years ago would still have been unable to file claims. Lawmakers passed SB 88 to open a legal “look back” window to revive many of these older claims.

Colorado’s “Look Back” Window

SB 88 opened a three-year retroactive window for civil claims of child sexual abuse.

During a three-year period, most child sexual abuse survivors in the state of Colorado will be eligible to file civil claims against against their abusers or the responsible institutions.

There are some limitations to the revival window. SB 88 does not revive all past abuse claims. The window only revives child sexual abuse claims related to incidents that occurred on or after January 1, 1960. Any older claims are still time-barred. 

SB 88 also caps monetary damages for civil claims against responsible institutions that ignored or concealed abuse allegations. 

  • Damages against a public government entity found guilty of covering up abuse will be capped at $387,000. 
  • Damages against private entities will be capped up to $1 million. The Colorado Catholic dioceses are one example of private entities that may be sued under the revival window. 

The three-year window opens on January 1, 2022. The window will close on December 31, 2024.

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Criminal Statute For Child Sex Abuse In Colorado

In Colorado, there is no criminal statute of limitations for felony sexual offenses committed against a minor. 

Learn more about Colorado’s criminal statutes of limitations for child sexual offenses here.

Clergy Abuse Settlements In Colorado

There are more than 40 priests accused of abuse in Colorado. According to the investigation’s resulting report, 166 children were the victims of sexual abuse by these priests. This high number of victims has led to a large number of lawsuits. To avoid lengthy and costly trials, the Catholic Dioceses of Colorado has settled many of these priest abuse cases.

By July 2008, the Denver Archdiocese settled 43 claims against just three abusive priests. The archdiocese paid more than $8.2 million to settle all the claims.

Were You Abused by a Colorado Priest?

You Could Be Entitled To Similar Compensation

Colorado Independent Reconciliation And Reparations Program

As of January 31, 2020 the IRRP is no longer accepting new claims.

In 2019, the Colorado Dioceses and the state attorney general’s office created the Colorado Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP).

The program established a fund to pay compensation to priest abuse victims. If a survivor of abuse chooses to accept the money offered through the IRRP, he or she forgoes any future rights to sue the dioceses.

Dioceses in Colorado Associated with the IRRP

The IRRP covers all claims against Colorado priests accused of abuse within the following dioceses:

  • Archdiocese of Denver
  • Diocese of Colorado
  • Diocese of Pueblo

In October 2020, the program announced preliminary results of applications submitted and compensation paid out. In total, 98 people filed claims through the IRRP. 81 of these claimants were deemed eligible for compensation.

The Colorado Dioceses have paid $6.68 million dollars in compensation to 73 of the claimants. The program administrators are currently working to finalize compensation for the eight remaining claimants.

The IRRP is closed and no longer accepting new claims.

List Of Priests Accused Of Abuse In Colorado

This is a list of Catholic priests accused of abuse in Colorado. This list does not include clergy members of other religious orders or denominations. This list does not include staff members, volunteers or congregation members accused of abuse in the Colorado Dioceses.

If you believe any of the Roman Catholic priests accused of abuse in Colorado were active abusers in other states, search for their name using our nationwide, searchable database of accused priests.

If you do not see the name you are looking for within our list of priests accused of abuse in Colorado, this does not limit your legal options. This list may expand as additional abusive priests in Colorado are identified.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of priest abuse in Colorado, you have legal rights. Learn more about your legal options by consulting one of our experienced lawyers today.

Survivors May Be Eligible For Compensation

Learn About Filing a Claim in Colorado

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Colorado Priest Abuse Victim Resources

There are many programs and organizations that support sexual abuse survivors in Colorado. These groups provide useful resources for victims and their families. This list of sexual violence support programs in Colorado is organized by county.

Colorado Sexual Violence Programs by County

CountyFacility NamePhone Number(s)
AdamsThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
AdamsFamily TreeHotline: 303-420-6752
AlamosaTu Casa, Inc.Hotline: 719-589-2465
ArapahoeThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
ArapahoeFamily TreeHotline: 303-420-6752
ArchuletaSexual Assault Services Organization (SASO)Hotline: 970-247-5400
Office: 970-259-3074
ArchuletaRise Above ViolenceHotline: 970-264-9075
Office: 970-264-1129
BacaDomestic Safety Resource CenterHotline: 719-336-4357
BentArkansas Valley Resource CenterHotline: 719-384-7764
BoulderMoving to End Sexual Assault (MESA)Hotline: 303-443-7300
Office: 303-443-0400
BoulderFamily TreeHotline: 303-420-6752
BroomfieldThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
BroomfieldFamily TreeHotline: 303-420-6752
ChaffeeThe AllianceHotline: 719-539-7347
CheyenneDomestic Safety Resource CenterHotline: 719-336-4357
Clear CreekClear Creek County AdvocatesHotline: 303-569-3126
Office: 303-679-2426
Clear CreekPeaceWorks, Inc.Hotline: 303-838-8181
Office: 303-838-7176
ConejosTu Casa, Inc.Hotline: 719-589-2465
CostillaTu Casa, Inc.Hotline: 719-589-2465
CrowleyArkansas Valley Resource CenterHotline: 719-384-7764
CusterFamily Crisis Services, Inc.Hotline: 719-275-2429
Delta
Latimer House
Hilltop
Hotline: 1-844-990-5500
DenverThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
DenverFamily TreeHotline: 303-420-6752
DoloresRenew, Inc.Hotline: 970-565-2100
Office: 970-565-4886
DouglasThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
DouglasFamily TreeHotline: 303-420-6752
EagleResponseHotline: 970-925-SAFE (7233)
Office: 970-920-5357
EagleBright Future FoundationHotline: 970-949-7086
Office: 970-949-7097
El PasoHaseya Advocate ProgramOffice: 719-600-3939
El PasoTESSAHotline: 719-633-3819
Office: 719-633-1462
ElbertThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
FremontThe AllianceHotline: 719-539-7347
FremontFamily Crisis Services, Inc.Hotline: 719-275-2429
GarfieldAdvocate Safehouse Project
Hotline: 970-945-4439
Hotline: 970-285-0209

Office: 970-945-2632
GilpinThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
GilpinFamily TreeHotline: 303-420-6752
GrandAdvocates for A Violence-Free CommunityHotline: 970-725-3412
Office: 970-725-3442
GunnisonProject Hope of Gunnison ValleyHotline: 970-275-1193
Office: 970-641-2712
HinsdaleProject Hope of Gunnison ValleyHotline: 970-275-1193
Office: 970-641-2712
HinsdaleRise Above ViolenceHotline: 970-264-9075
Office: 970-264-1129
HuerfanoAdvocates Against Domestic AssaultHotline: 719-846-6665
Office: 719-846-9159
JacksonThe Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) CenterHotline: 970-472-4200
JeffersonThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
JeffersonFamily TreeHotline: 303-420-6752
JeffersonPeaceWorks, Inc.Hotline: 303-838-8181
Office: 303-838-7176
KiowaDomestic Safety Resource CenterHotline: 719-336-4357
Kit CarsonSARA HouseOffice: 970-867-2121
La PlataSexual Assault Services Organization (SASO)Hotline: 970-247-5400
Office: 970-259-3074
LakeAdvocates of Lake County, Inc.Hotline: 719-486-3530
LarimerThe Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) CenterHotline: 970-472-4200
LarimerEstes Valley Crisis AdvocatesHotline: 970-586-4000
Office: 970-577-9781
LarimerAlternatives to ViolenceHotline: 970-880-1000
Office: 970-669-5150
Las AnimasAdvocates Against Domestic AssaultHotline: 719-846-6665
Office: 719-846-9159
LincolnThe Blue BenchHotline: 303-322-7273
Office: 303-329-9922
LoganSARA HouseOffice: 970-867-2121
MesaLatimer House
Hilltop
Hotline: 1-844-990-5500
MineralTu Casa, Inc.Hotline: 719-589-2465
MoffatOpen Heart Advocates (formerly Advocates Crisis Support Services of Craig)Hotline: 970-824-2400
Office Line: 970-824-9709
MontezumaRenew, Inc.Hotline: 970-565-2100
Office: 970-565-4886
MontroseLatimer House
Hilltop
Hotline: 1-844-990-5500
MorganSARA HouseOffice: 970-867-2121
OteroArkansas Valley Resource CenterHotline: 719-384-7764
OurayLatimer House
Hilltop
Hotline: 1-844-990-5500
ParkPeaceWorks, Inc.Hotline: 303-838-8181
Office: 303-838-7176
PhillipsSARA HouseOffice: 970-867-2121
PitkinResponseHotline: 970-925-SAFE (7233)
Office: 970-920-5357
ProwersDomestic Safety Resource CenterHotline: 719-336-4357
PuebloPueblo Rape Crisis Services (PRCS)Hotline: 719-549-0549
Office: 719-544-1191
Rio BlancoSafehouse, Inc.Office: 970-878-3131
Rio GrandeTu Casa, Inc.Hotline: 719-589-2465
RouttAdvocates of Routt CountyHotline: 970-879-8888
Office: 970-879-2034
SaguacheTu Casa, Inc.Hotline: 719-589-2465
San JuanSexual Assault Services Organization (SASO)Hotline: 970-247-5400
Office: 970-259-3074
San MiguelAlternative HorizonsHotline: 970-247-9619
SedgwickSARA HouseOffice: 970-867-2121
SummitAdvocates for Victims of AssaultHotline: 970-668-3906
Office: 970-668-3906
TellerTESSAHotline: 719-633-3819
Office: 719-633-1462
Washington SARA HouseOffice: 970-867-2121
WeldThe Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) CenterHotline: 970-472-4200
YumaSARA HouseOffice: 970-867-2121
Sources:Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Violence Free Colorado

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) is “the collective voice of rape crisis advocates across the state of Colorado.” The organization works in a number of ways to address and prevent sexual assault across the state.

Colorado Clergy Abuse FAQs

How Do I Report Sexual Abuse By A Priest In Colorado?

If you or someone you know is in danger, call 911 immediately.

To report sexual abuse of a minor in Colorado:

Please call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 844-CO-4-Kids (26-4-5437) to report child sexual abuse.

You may also report sexual abuse of a minor to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office by completing an online form found here.

To report any sexual assault:

If you or a loved one are a victim of sexual assault, you can report the assault in two main ways.

  • Sexual assault can be reported to local law enforcement.
  • Sexual assault can be reported by way of seeking a medical forensic exam.

If the victim seeks a forensic exam, the evidence will be sent to local law enforcement. The victim may choose to report anonymously. If he or she does so, no contact information will be included with the evidence sent to law enforcement.

The victim also has the right not to test the evidence. If the victim chooses this route, the law enforcement agency will hold onto the evidence for two years, during which time, a victim has the right to pursue criminal charges against the abuser.

Learn more about reporting abuse cases in Colorado here.

To report abuse to the Archdiocese of Denver:

Contact the Office of Child & Youth Protection by calling 720-239-2832 or emailing [email protected].

To report abuse to the Diocese of Colorado Springs:

You can electronically report abuse to the Colorado Springs Diocese by filling out the online form here.

To report abuse to the Diocese of Pueblo:

Report all abuse claims committed by a clergy member to the Vicar for Clergy.

Rev. Msgr. Edward Nunez | Vicar for Clergy
Phone: ​719-544-9861  ext. 1121
Email Address: [email protected]

Report all abuse claims committed by a diocesan or parish staff member to ​the Diocesan Human Resources Department.

​Nancy Martinez | Safe Environment and Human Resources
Phone: ​719-544-9861  ext. 1110
Email Address: [email protected]

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Do I Have To Currently Live In Colorado To File A Colorado Priest Abuse Lawsuit?

You do not have to live in Colorado to file a clergy sex abuse lawsuit in the state. However, the case must relate to the state in some way. For example, a survivor of abuse may file a lawsuit against a priest or a specific diocese in Colorado if the abuse took place there.

Who Can File On Behalf Of A Victim?

Someone who has legal authority for a victim of abuse may file a lawsuit on the victim’s behalf. Most often, this person would be a victim’s parent, guardian or conservator. A victim’s estate may also seek legal action on behalf of the victim.

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Meneo Group managing partner: Ron Meneo

Ron Meneo is the managing partner of The Meneo Law Group. With more than 40 years of experience, he represents clients across the country on a variety of complex legal matters, including personal injury due to institutional sexual abuse, unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and other practice areas. He is a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious AV® Preeminent Rating. He has also served as an editor and contributor for several legal journals.

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