Thursday, February 26, 2009

Attorneys want claims against priest thrown out

Attorneys want claims against priest thrown out
By Molly Montag Posted: Friday, February 06, 2009
SIOUX CITY -- Two sexual abuse claims against a former Siouxland priest should be dismissed because they were filed well after the statute of limitations expired, his attorneys say.Minnesota resident Joseph Kestel and Montana resident Jeffery Steinke, former Siouxland residents, filed separate lawsuits last spring against former Sioux City Diocese priest John Kurzak and John Perdue, a former seminarian.Kestel's case is scheduled for trial Sept. 29 and Steinke's for Oct. 27 in Woodbury County District Court.Both men allege the two diocesan officials abused them during separate incidents in northwest Iowa in the early 1980s. In Kestel's case, he claims Sioux City diocese officials were given videotapes of the abuse and failed to take action.Kestel and Steinke are suing the diocese, Kurzak and Perdue for damages caused by physical and emotional suffering, past medical expenses and future related medical costs.Attorneys Erin Redmond and James W. Redmond, representing Kurzak, filed documents Monday asking a judge to dismiss both cases because they were filed more than 20 years after the alleged abuse occurred.In past court filings, Kurzak asserted he had never met Kestel.The plaintiffs failed to supply evidence that they were too mentally disabled to file a lawsuit within the statute of limitations, Kurzak's attorneys wrote, so their cases should be dismissed.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

I think the case should be dismissed. many are really taking advantage of people, accusing them of child abuse when there's nothing done.

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