According to 2 brothers from Salt Lake County, a former Catholic priest named James Rapp, now serving time for committing sexual abuse in Oklahoma, sexually abused them as well in the sixties and seventies. They have filed a clergy abuse lawsuit for millions of dollars. The alleged Catholic sex abuse occurred at Salt Lake City’s Judge Memorial Catholic High School while the boys were students there. The clergy abuse and church sex abuse problem is so vast that the Utah archdiocese has created a review board to investigate all the allegations of priest sex abuse. But clergy abuse, rabbi abuse and church sex abuse aren’t the only type of horrid child sex abuse that is being committed in Utah.

Schools and other organizations are becoming as dangerous a place for children as churches were for years. James D. Stokes, a 62 year old drama teacher at Legacy Preparatory Academy in North Salt Lake openly admitted to sexually assaulting a 14 year old female student under his tutelage. A plea deal was arranged, but at least the girl received some form of justice. Too many child sex abuse and sex abuse victims never get to feel the retribution that these sexual abuse victims felt when they got their day in court.

Samuel Rogatinsky wants all sexual abuse victims to feel vindicated. Sam is a noted clergy abuse lawyer and a great advocate for child sex abuse victims. Besides church sex abuse and clergy abuse cases, Sam will expose sexual abusers from churches, schools, day care facilities, mental health facilities, the Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs, athletic organizations, and he’ll even pursue medical professionals such as psychologists and dentists. Sexual will not tolerated by Sam or anyone else at the Rogatinsky Firm. You can reach Sam on the toll free number found on this site or on his personal cell, (954) 995-3805, after hours. Mr. Rogatinsky understands that child sex abuse support organizations can be helpful, so he puts his client in touch with helpful groups like and

Contact Mr. Rogatinsky if you need help with a sex abuse or child sex abuse case. For your convenience, the statute of limitations for Utah are listed below:

Statute of Limitations for Civil Cases:

  • There is a 10 year Statute of Limitations for child sexual abuse cases with a delayed tolling until the victim’s 18th birthday or 4 years after reasonable discovery of the causal relationship between the sex abuse and the injury, whichever period expires later. Utah Cod Ann. 1953 § 78B-2-308(2) (West 2008).
  • The Utah Supreme Court ruled the “exceptional circumstances” provision of the state discovery rule is applicable only to a “totally repressed” memory case. The Limitations period begins running when the plaintiff recalls the sexual abuse, but this ruling can be affected by scientific reliability. Colosimo v. Roman Catholic Bishop of Salt Lake City, 865 P.2d 806, 811 (Utah 2007). See also Burkholz v. Joyce, 972 P.2d 1235

Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases:

  • There is a varying Statute of Limitations based on the sexual abuse itself. There is no Statute of Limitations for the raping of a child, the object rape of a child, sodomy committed on a child, sex abuse of a child or aggravated sex abuse of a child. Utah Code Ann. 1953 § 76-1-301 (West 2008). There is an 8 year Statute of Limitations for forcible sexual abuse if the sex abuse was reported to authorities within a 4 year period of time after abuse was committed. There is a 4 year Statute of Limitations for all other felonies. Utah Code Ann. § 76-1-302(1)(a) (West 2008). There is a 2 year Statute of Limitations for all misdemeanors. Utah Code Ann. § 76-1-302(1)(b) (West 2008).


If someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy, contact our law firm at (954) 995.3805 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Samuel Rogatinsky at