Saturday, October 23, 2010

Diocese sued

Wisconsin diocese sued in Nevada
September 29, 2010 Our Stories, newsbuzz shorts No Comments E-mail This Post
A man who alleges he was molested twice at the age of 13 by a priest in Las Vegas is suing both church officials in Nevada and the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, where the priest had worked before moving to Las Vegas.

The Wisconsin diocese sought to remove itself from the lawsuit, but the Nevada Supreme Court refused earlier this month, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The priest, John Patrick Feeney, served in the Green Bay diocese from 1952 to 1983, when he was discharged after allegations of abuse arose.

Feeney wasn’t convicted, however, until 2004. He was found guilty of four counts of sexually abusing two brothers who were minors while Feeney worked as a priest in Freedom, a small town outside Green Bay. Feeney was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The victim in the Las Vegas case, however, is arguing the Green Bay diocese didn’t do enough to stop Feeney, who was allowed to continue as a priest and became an associate pastor in a Las Vegas parish in 1984. The Nevada Supreme Court will continue to review the case.

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