Roggendorf Law Files Suit against Dominican Order, Holy Rosary Parish

Roggendorf Law filed suit today on behalf of a man who was abused for nearly a decade at Portland's Holy Rosary Church in Northeast Portland, a church operated and staffed by the Western Dominican Province of the Holy Name.  He is using a pseudonym to shield his identity and protect his family from reprisals. Between the ages of 8 and 17, my client was fondled, kissed on the mouth, and subjected to crude and salacious discussions of pornography and masturbation by Fr. Emmerich Vogt, a priest of the order.  Around age 12, my client reported  the kissing and the graphic sex talk to other … [Read more...]

Nice to See that Money Isn’t Enough for Politically Connected Accused Pervert

Terry Bean can't buy his way out of trouble. Politically-connected fundraiser to the President, Portland big shot Terry Bean, is accused of having sex with a 15 year old boy in a hotel in Eugene in 2013.  Bean is charged with felony sodomy among other charges. Whether the victim wants to testify or not--and as much of a staunch advocate for victims as I am--an abuser settling with his victim should never get him out of criminal charges.  You can't buy the criminal justice system in America (at least you shouldn't be able to). Moreover, according to the Oregonian, Bean has other past … [Read more...]

Follow up on Sherwood Priest Ysrael Bien and the Bathroom Camera

As my dearly departed father would say, the plot thickens... From the Oregonian: Priest pretended to notify police after teen found camera in church bathroom, records say In my earlier post, I said that "the failure of Fr. Bien to report the camera at all until after it was subsequently “lost” speaks volumes about the continuing systemic failure of the Archdiocese to educate parishioners on the reporting of suspected abuse and misconduct." Well, let me hand it to the parishioners, they didn't just let it go, and they were active in making sure the misconduct had been reported.  Fr. … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Portland still has problems with its priests

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At best, this story shows a disturbing lack of training for Fr. Ysrael Bien.  At worst, it suggests that he may have been involved in sexual misconduct. Sherwood priest on leave as police investigate hidden camera A fake outlet that concealed a camera was placed next to the toilet in the men's room at St. Francis Church in Sherwood.  Per the Oregonian: A church member initially found a camera – disguised as a power outlet – in a St. Francis bathroom on April 26 and turned it over to Bien. But Bien didn't contact police until May 20, when he reported it as stolen. * * * * * The … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of St. Paul Charged Criminally

An amazing story out of St. Paul, Minnesota: the Archdiocese of St. Paul is being criminally prosecuted for failing to protect boys from Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer in 2010.  Fr. Wehmeyer had a trailer on the church grounds he used to ply the kids with drugs and alcohol, and abuse them.  He was known to have been unstable and inappropriate throughout his 15+ years of ministry in the Archdiocese of St. Paul. The lawsuit is an indictment of the Archdiocese itself , not just individual prelates, and so is also an indictment of the Church's actions over the last 60 plus years: The archdiocese’s … [Read more...]

Eminent Domain Abuse: Nice airport … it’d be a real shame if anything happened to it.

You would expect this line in a cheesy Mob movie, not from government officials holding the power of eminent domain.  But in New Jersey, it seems the local government has been watching Goodfellas a few too many times. The dispute involved whether a family's 726 acre airport was going to be allowed to expand to take in overflow flights from Newark. The family wanted to expand, the local residents had been throwing fits about the airport since 1967. From a great post by someone I don't usually look at for condemnation case reports, Weaponsman, comes this great exchange: Thor Solberg, Jr: … [Read more...]

Child Molesters Use Churches to Get to Kids

These two stories in the Oregonian shows how child abusers can be anyone, and that they love to infiltrate places where they can appear trustworthy. Jon Patrick Wheat is already a registered sex offender, but still was able to gain access to and some measure of control over a 6 year old girl at a church in Oregon City. Wheat's story follows closely on the heels of another church abuse case, that one from Salem, where Peter James Bass pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree rape of a girl under 16. So, why do child molesters gravitate to institutions of trust like … [Read more...]

Oregon Appellate Review – Court rejects ski releases for resort’s own negligence in Oregon

Just before Christmas last year, the Oregon Supreme Court decided Bagley v. Mt. Bachelor, Inc., 356 Ore. 543, 340 P.3d 27 (2014), a case involving a young and promising snowboarder left paralyzed by what was asserted to be a bad jump at the Mt. Bachelor ski resort.  That young man, Miles Bagley, took a jump on a terrain park that caused him to fall badly, breaking his neck.  As a result, he sued the resort because a poorly designed jump is not an "inherent risk" of snowboarding.  His case was dismissed based on the release he signed as part of his season pass.  The release absolved the resort … [Read more...]

Roggendorf Law in the news

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We filed suit today against the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our incredibly brave client was willing to go on camera and microphone to advocate for child abuse victims. What a tremendously gutsy and selfless woman. Way to go, Velicia! From the Oregonian: Jehovah's Witnesses under fire from former congregants who say child sex abuse was hushed … [Read more...]

Hillsboro teacher arrested for child abuse

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was arrested last Friday for abusing one of his students.  The Oregonian reports that he was charged with “sexual abuse, luring a minor and encouraging child sexual abuse.”  If guilty, let’s hope that Mr. Jensen doesn’t see the outside world for a long, long time. But what gets me about this is the school’s reaction.  Instead of sympathy, we see defensiveness and minimization: Communications Director Beth Graser said the district has been pointing concerned parents to police statements about the case and asking students not to speculate or spread rumors. “It’s just hard … [Read more...]