Abels & Annes

Third sex abuse lawsuit filed against Philadelphia Archdiocese

Chicago sexual abuse attorneys continue to follow the recent lawsuits being filed on the East Coast. CNN is reporting that a third lawsuit has been filed this month against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and other archdiocese officials.

There is been several new lawsuits since February when a grand jury report was released and charges were brought soon after against 4 priests and a schoolteacher. Since then the alleged victims of sex abuse have filed the lawsuits because the report claims the archdiocese withheld the identity of known predator priests.

In a lawsuit filed last Wednesday, allegations claim that Rev. John Kline, who was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish and who was a teacher at a Roman Catholic high school, sexually abused the plaintiff sometime between 1968 and 1969 while on a family vacation. The victim, who is now 49 years old, is saying he repressed the memories of the sexual contact until around three years ago. The alleged abuser retired from church duties in 1981 has since passed away, according to the plaintiff’s attorney, Marci Hamilton.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has not commented on the new lawsuit.

Click here to read the story as reported by the Canadian Press.