- 3 -COLUMBIAN SQUIRES. The COLUMBIAN SQUIRES are the official youth organization of theKNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, created in 1925. The COLUMBIAN SQUIRES recruit Catholic boysbetween the ages of 10 and 18 who are committed to developing their leadership qualities andsupporting the Roman Catholic Church. A COLUMBIAN SQUIRES unit must operate within thestructure and regulations of the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS. According to the KNIGHTS OFCOLUMBUS’ regulations, each COLUMBIAN SQUIRES unit is overseen by at least one adultKNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS member.
JIM was born in 1961. In approximately 1971, when the Plaintiff was approximately10 years old, JULIAN RIVERA’s brother, Pete Rivera, began recruiting JIM to join theCOLUMBIAN SQUIRES when he was still too young to become a member. Pete Rivera persuadedJIM that the COLUMBIAN SQUIRES would be a positive experience, beneficial to his future.
The Sexual Abuse of Jim Dennany
Membership in the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS was a source of pride to JIM’sfamily, as his father and grandfather were both members, and JIM welcomed the opportunity to jointhe COLUMBIAN SQUIRES. Pete Rivera ultimately invited JIM to become a member of theCOLUMBIAN SQUIRES when JIM was 12, and he was excited to join.13.
RIVERA was the adult leader of the COLUMBIAN SQUIRES in Brownsville, Texas.The first time JIM met RIVERA was on a COLUMBIAN SQUIRES trip to Houston, Texas. He wasforced to share a bed with RIVERA. On this trip, RIVERA provided the children, including JIM,with alcohol and several of them became intoxicated.14.
In addition to alcohol, beginning when JIM was approximately 12 years old, RIVERAregularly provided JIM with pornography. As time progressed, the pornography contained moregraphic depictions of sexual activity, including male homosexual activity. This continued until JIM