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Father Timothy Crowley – Clergy Sexual Abuse Lawyers

In 1976, Father Timothy Crowley was ordained as a Priest as a member of the Holy Cross in the City of Lansing. Father Crowley was later transferred to Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Flint, and Saint Mary, Star of the Sea in Jackson.  In 1982, Father Crowley began abusing a 10-year-old altar boy at Saint Mary’s in Lansing. The victim/altar boy would spend nights at the rectory on occasion under the guidance and supervision of Father Crowley. It was alleged that Father Crowley performed oral sex on the boy and threatened to kill him if he told anyone about the abuse. The abuse is reported to have continued through Father Crowley’s appointments as Pastor at Saint Anthony Church in Hillsdale from 1984 until 1987 and at Saint Thomas the Apostle in Ann Arbor from 1987 until 1993. Father Crowley was removed from ministry in Lansing in 1993.

In 1993, the diocese of Lansing met with the boy and his family and entered into a secret settlement with the family and the boy were paid a $200,000.00 settlement. The boy was required to sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of the settlement. 

Father Crowley left Michigan in 1995 and was later appointed as Chancellor for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska despite warnings from the Lansing diocese about Father Crowley’s past history.

In 2002, Father Crowley was removed from Anchorage diocese, defrocked and was reported to the Washtenaw County’s prosecutor’s office.

In 2019, Father Crowley was charged with four counts of first degree and four counts of second degree sexual criminal conduct in the Washtenaw County District Court.

Sommers Schwartz shareholders, Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller, Matthew Curtis and Jay Yasso have fought for victims of sexual abuse. The law firm of Sommers Schwartz has recovered millions for survivors of Michigan State University and USAG team physician, Dr. Larry Nassar, and against Dr. Robert Anderson who sexually abused students, athletes and other patients for over 35 years at the University of Michigan.

If Fr. Crowley or any other priest or a member of the Catholic Church sexually abused you, you should consult experienced attorneys at Sommers Schwartz.  Attorneys Lisa Esser-Weidenfeller, Matthew Curtis and Jay Yasso are seasoned and aggressive personal injury attorneys who will also show you the compassion, empathy and sensitivity you deserve. All consultations with Lisa, Matt and Jay are confidential and free.

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