McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Charleston, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, and Fr. Wilbroad Mwape alleges our client was manipulated into a sexual relationship with the priest.
As WBTW News 13 reports, “Before coming to Greenville in 2020, Mwape was pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Orangeburg. It was there that the woman said Mwape started grooming her into a sexual relationship, growing her knowledge in the Catholic faith while also using her confessions about trouble in her marriage to prey on her vulnerabilities.”
The Lawsuit alleges that the Diocese of Charleston covered up the abuses, and that the Diocese and Bishop Guglielmone “were negligent in their failure to prevent Mwape from engaging in a sexual relationship with one of his former parishioners,” reports the Post and Courier. The Diocese has put Mwape on leave while the investigation is ongoing.
McGowan, Hood & Felder, LLC represents sexual abuse and assault survivors in claims against the Catholic Church and other religious institutions. If you or your loved one was sexually abuse or assaulted by a member of the clergy, a lay person, a staff member, or a volunteer with any religious organization, we are here to help.
Randy is the former President of the South Carolina Association for Justice. He has been certified by the American Board of Professional Liability as a specialist in Medical Malpractice Law which is recognized by the South Carolina Bar. Randy has also been awarded the distinction of being a “Super Lawyer” 10 times in the last decade. He has over 25 years of experience helping injured people fight back against corporations, hospitals and wrong-doers.
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