In 1978, prosecutors charged Father Gary Berthiaume with sexually abusing two minors in Detroit, Michigan. After he confessed to the abuse, a Wayne County Circuit Court judge sentenced Father Berthiaume to six months in jail. Upon his release, he was assigned to the Cleveland Diocese, where he sexually abused another minor.

In 2022, Father Berthiaume pleaded no contest to sexually abusing young boys and was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

At Sommers Schwartz, our personal injury attorneys Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller, Matthew Curtis, and Jay Yasso, are committed to helping survivors of sexual abuse. Our firm has helped prosecute high-profile predators such as Dr. Larry Nassar—Michigan State University and USAG team physician—and Robert Anderson, who sexually abused students, athletes, and other patients for over thirty-five years at the University of Michigan. And if Father Berthiaume or another ecclesiastical leader has abused you, we can help you, too.

Contact Sommers Schwartz for a free consultation today, and let our experienced attorneys pursue your case with the compassion, empathy, and sensitivity your story deserves.

Jay Yasso

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Jay Yasso

Jay Yasso focuses his practice on medical malpractice, automobile negligence, and personal injury. He has litigated, mediated and facilitated numerous multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of injured victims for over two decades.



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