A young man who alleges that he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest has taken legal action in a case that is being conducted by famed attorney and victims’ advocate Jeff Herman. Named as defendants in the case are the Diocese of Allentown, Pa., and Monsignor Francis Nave.
Known only as John Doe, the victim was 16 years old when the abuse began in 2012. At the time, the boy was living with his mother and stepfather in Virginia. Having experienced physical and emotional abuse at home, the boy sought help from Nave, who was at the time the pastor of the Sacred Heart Parish in Bath, Pa. The two first communicated by telephone and through text messaging, but later began to use visual technology, including Skype. The boy had discussed his depressed state and was told by Nave that, as a member of the clergy, he could provide the psychological support that was needed in this case. See Related Link for additional information.
It is alleged in the lawsuit that Nave took advantage of the boy’s trust and began to exploit him in a sexual manner. In sessions that were transcribed, the boy was asked to remove his clothing and to stimulate himself, with the priest participating in the same sexual activity. His attorney, Jeff Herman of Herman Law, referred to John Doe as a “brave young man” who is working to expose a “sexual predator” who was for so long in a powerful position. One goal of the lawsuit is to help prevent future cases of abuse.
Herman Law is dedicated to helping the victims of sexual abuse.
Founder Jeff Herman is known as one of the leading legal advocates for such victims, with his firm having obtained more than $200 million in damages on their behalf. Herman’s expertise allows his clients to overcome the emotional pain associated with sexual abuse and start the recovery process.
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