It also claims the Diocese of Fresno helped create an environment that gave Harrison access to children.
Both alleged victims named as "Joseph Doe" in court filings.
"They are identified anonymously as victims of Harrison because the law protects their privacy," said Attorney Jeff Anderson, who is representing the plaintiffs.
The first lawsuit claims a 15-year-old boy was a parishioner at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Firebaugh when he was sexually abused by Harrison.
Anderson said it happened for two years between 1993 and 1995.
"Harrison violated that child," said Jeff Anderson.
The second lawsuit claims a boy who was 13 or 14 at the time was sexually assaulted at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Bakersfield.
Attorneys said it happened on several occasions in 1990.
Jeff Anderson & Assoc. announces two new civil lawsuits that have been filed against Msgr. Craig Harrison alleging he sexually abused two different teen boys in the 1990s. @ABC30 pic.twitter.com/JRtQWPwtKY— Jessica Harrington (@JessicaABC30) June 9, 2021
Anderson said these cases involve victims who only recently reported to police, however, local law enforcement has yet to confirm they are investigating any new allegations.
Along with Harrison, the lawsuits also names the parishes, the bishops and the Diocese of Fresno, saying they all created an environment that gave Harrison secluded access to minor children.
"As prominent as he has been as a pastor, and as a monsignor assigned by the bishops, he's also a predator." Anderson said.
The Diocese of Fresno said, per policy, it does not comment on pending litigation.
Harrison announced his resignation from the priesthood in February of this year.
Harrison's attorney, Kyle J. Humphrey, released a statement in response to the new lawsuits:
"From the second we heard the false claims against Monsignor Craig three years ago, we suspected they were leading up to a lawsuit. We even identified this particular lawyer as someone who would likely be involved. So, while it is devastating for Monsignor Craig to have to continue to give his time and emotional energy to false claims; we now have proof that our suspicions were correct. We said from the very beginning that this was always, ultimately about money. It is shameful, but not surprising, and it's just another opportunity for us to once again demonstrate Monsignor Craig's innocence."
FYI - The Bakersfield Police Dept. and Merced Police Dept. both conducted criminal investigations into allegations about Msgr. Harrison. No charges were filed. @ABC30— Jessica Harrington (@JessicaABC30) June 9, 2021
The Bakersfield Police Department and Merced Police Department both launched investigations into allegations of sexual assault against Harrison.
No charges were filed in either county.
The Fresno County DA’s office received a case involving allegations against Harrison too. In a Feb 2020 statement, the DA’s office said the allegations seemed credible to investigators, but no charges would be filed because the statute of limitations expired. @ABC30— Jessica Harrington (@JessicaABC30) June 9, 2021
Last year, the Fresno County District Attorney's Office announced allegations against Harrison seemed credible, but would not file charges because the statute of limitations had expired.
Both lawsuits are asking for damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Anderson also asked for the Diocese of Fresno to release a list of credibly accused clerics, saying Bishop Joseph Brennan promised to do so more than two years ago.
Anderson & Assoc. claim the current Bishop of the Fresno Diocese, Joseph Brennan, along with his predecessors have protected Harrison “and other offenders.” They are urging the Diocese of Fresno to release a list of credibly accused clergy. @ABC30 pic.twitter.com/hrg0XlVJUK— Jessica Harrington (@JessicaABC30) June 9, 2021
A spokesperson for the Diocese of Fresno said they do intend to release the list as soon as it is finalized. "It is our hope that it will be soon."