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Smith v O'Connell, et al

Federal Court litigation stating claims against a now-deceased Rhode Island priest and the diocesan hierarchy for child sexual abuse. This litigation involves the validity of the Church's assertion of "first amendment" protection from child sexual abuse claims, the "repressed memory" issue as it relates to adult claims of child sexual abuse, the "false memory syndrome" defense to such claims, and allegations of fraud and concealment on the part of the diocesan hierarchy. Plaintiffs are pursuing appeals from a district court ruling that their conditions as a result of sexual abuse did not "disable" them for the purposes of Rhode Island's statute of limitations tolling provision, G.L 1956 (1997 Reenactment) §9-1-17.


***** and ***** v. D'Amario

Family Court litigation on behalf of a mother and father of a special needs child alleging traumatization of the child by the State Department for Children, Youth and Families. Litigation resulted in an injunction restricting the state child welfare agency's contact with the child, and yielded a 95 page report recommending systemic changes in training of child abuse investigators.


Gill v. Gelineau, et al, Doe v. Gelineau, et al; Doe v. Gelineau, et al; Roe v. Gelineau, et al

Counsel of record for 4 children and the families of three of those children in pending civil actions arising out of allegations of ongoing sexual abuse, and failure to report same in a defunct orphanage formerly operated by a corporation under the aegis of the Diocese of Providence.


Tavano v. Messa et, al; LaFlamme v. Messa, et, al; and Ferrara v. Messa, et, al

Companion civil actions brought on behalf of child victims and their families against Thomas Messa, a former Providence School teacher convicted of six counts of second degree child molestation, and various administrators in the Providence school system for negligence in their supervision of Messa.


Doe v. McKenna et, al;

A related matter arising out of negligent supervision of Messa. In a ten-page decision released May 8, Superior Court Judge Alice Gibney referenced repeated incidents, years before Messa's arrest, in which school officials learned that Messa had been accused of touching students on the rear end or in the private parts. These incidents were not reported by school officials, or documented in Messa's personnel file. Judge Gibney therefore rejected Ricci's argument for immunity and summary judgment.


Angry Daughter Claimed 'Abuse'

A doctor – when an angry teenage daughter claimed ‘abuse’

Years after the spat, and the case was resolved the daughter subsequently hired us to represent her!


Heroux v Carpentier, et al

Rhode Island Superior Court litigation stating claims against a Rhode Island priest and the diocesan hierarchy for child sexual abuse, and raising claims of fraud and concealment on the part of the hierarchy. This is one of at least 30 such cases presently before the Rhode Island Superior Court. Mr. Conlon chairs the Plaintiffs' Counsel Committee.

Documents referenced in the complaint prepared by Attorney Richard Cappalli and Attorney Conlon regarding the prior knowledge of Rhode Island's bishops also are available for public review.

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