Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lawsuit settled


Pacelli High School abuse
lawsuit settled out of court

By Cara Spoto • For the Wausau Daily Herald •
September 14, 2010

A local man who claims a teacher molested him
while he was a student at Pacelli High School in
1970 has reached an out-of-court cash settlement
with the Christian Brothers of the Midwest.

The 54-year-old Stevens Point resident filed a fraud
lawsuit May 11 in Portage County seeking damages
against the religious order, Pacelli and the Diocese
of La Crosse, claiming the defendants knew his
accused abuser -- Brother Raimond Rose -- was a
molester but still allowed him to have contact with

According to the man's lawyer, Patrick Noaker, an
attorney with Jeff Anderson and Associates, PA, of St.
Paul, Minn., the man -- who filed as a John Doe --
was 15 when the alleged abuse occurred.

The man didn't have Rose as a teacher, according to
Noaker, but Rose befriended him after visiting with
his parents. The alleged abuse, which Noaker claims
was "very significant," occurred in the school's

The lawsuit, which is slated for dismissal, was the
17th to be filed against the Christian Brothers by the
Minnesota law firm, which claims the former teacher
abused more than a dozen boys during the 1960s
and 1970s while working at schools in Minnesota,
Wisconsin and Illinois.

Each of the 17 suits were settled separately with the
religious order during mediation late last month.
Noaker said the Pacelli victim did not wish to reveal
how much money he will get from the settlement.

Pacelli High School, which is no longer run by the
Christian Brothers, and the diocese will not be
paying damages.

"The Christian Brothers have convinced us that they
have taken some steps to prevent this from ever
happening again," Noaker said. "And it appears that
they have more of a commitment to child protection
than they used to have."

According to Brother Francis Carr, provincial
superior of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest,
Rose, an ordained member of the Roman Catholic
order, worked at Pacelli from 1969 to 1970. Rose,
77, has not been in active ministry since 2002 and
now lives in a brothers community in Chicago.

"I am pleased to report that, because all of the
parties participated in good faith, our efforts at
resolution were successful," Carr said in a statement
issued Friday. "Although the legal matters have
concluded, I will continue to remember in prayer
each of the litigants in these cases, and all who are
victims of sexual abuse."

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