Parker Waichman LLP

Man Sues Former LA Bishop, Alleging He Was Victim of 19 Years of Sex Abuse

A former Bishop who was forced to resign in a 1999 sex scandal is being sued by a man who claims the bishop abused him for nearly two decades. The lawsuit filed Friday alleges the unidentified plaintiff was first molested when he was a sixth grade altar boy at St. Matthias Church in Huntington Park, […]

LA Bishop

A former Bishop who was forced to resign in a 1999 sex scandal is being sued by a man who claims the bishop abused him for nearly two decades.

The lawsuit filed Friday alleges the unidentified plaintiff was first molested when he was a sixth grade altar boy at St. Matthias Church in Huntington Park, an eastern suburb of Los Angeles.

At 17, the plaintiff alleges, the Rev. G. Patrick Ziemann began paying him for sexual acts, and Ziemann continued the relationship after being named spiritual director of the now-closed Queen of Angels Seminary in the San Fernando Valley in 1985.

The suit claims the relationship with Ziemann

The suit claims the relationship with Ziemann, 60, who now lives in an Arizona monastery, went on until Ziemann was named auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles in 1987, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Ziemann was named bishop of Santa Rosa in 1992. The lawsuit claims the archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Francisco recommended he be appointed bishop “in part as a reward for his agreement to engage with them in a conspiracy to conceal sexual abuse” within the church.

Ziemann stepped down as bishop in 1999 after a priest filed a sexual abuse lawsuit.

Need Legal Help Regarding Sexual Abuse from a LA Bishop?

The personal injury attorneys at Parker Waichman LLP offer free, no-obligation case evaluations. For more information, fill out our online contact form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).

Further sex abuse resources:

What Our Clients Say About Us
We have worked with thousands of clients and we appreciate them and their positive reviews. Here are just a few recent client reviews...
5 Star Reviews 150
Parker Waichman LLP has provided outstanding client service. Working with Christina Morace made the process seamless. She was diligent, timely, and proficient. She always kept me abreast of my case. I am thankful for their service and highly recommend the firm to my friends and family for their outstanding, speedy, and courteous service. Edith J. Barrow
Charmaine Gray
3 years ago
5 Star Reviews 150
Excellent service from the best lawyers in New York Their customer service is excellent Especially Julie, Maryann, Dawn and the hardest the best JORGE Thank you very much to all
Jhony Gonzalez
6 months ago
5 Star Reviews 150
Karen McDermott
6 years ago

Why Choose Us to Help You?

We Take Care of Everything
Your situation is stressful enough: Let us take on the deadlines, paperwork, investigation, and litigation. We'll handle every detail so you don't have to worry.
No Recovery = No Legal Fees
We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that we only get paid from a portion of your settlement or jury award. If you don't get compensation, you owe us nothing.
Decades of Experience
Your situation is stressful enough: Let us take on the deadlines, paperwork, investigation, and litigation. We'll handle every detail so you don't have to worry.
Respected by Our Peers
Judges, insurance adjusters, and fellow attorneys all speak highly of our skills, and we've earned numerous accolades, including a flawless rating from AVVO.
We Have Many Locations To Serve You
We have the experience and the skilled litigators to win your case. Contact us and speak with a real attorney who can help you.
Long Island – Nassau
Parker Waichman LLP
6 Harbor Park Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
Long Island – Suffolk
Parker Waichman LLP
201 Old Country Road – Suite 145
Melville, NY 11747
New York
Parker Waichman LLP
59 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Queens
Parker Waichman LLP
118-35 Queens Boulevard, Suite 400
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Brooklyn
Parker Waichman LLP
300 Cadman Plaza West
One Pierrepont Plaza, 12th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
New Jersey
Parker Waichman LLP
80 Main Street, Suite 265
West Orange, NJ 07052
Florida
Parker Waichman LLP
27299 Riverview Center Boulevard
Suite 108
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Nationwide Service
Parker Waichman LLP
59 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038