Woman Charges Priest with Sex Exploitation
By Pat Schneider
Capital Times (Madison, WI.)
May 29, 1993
A Madison woman is suing a Catholic priest she accuses of sexually exploiting her.
The 27-year-old woman, identified in a lawsuit filed Friday in Dane County Circuit Court as L.L.N., claims that Rev. J. Gibbs Clauder entered into a sexual relationship with her while acting as her counselor.
Clauder was working as a chaplain at Meriter Hospital in November 1988 when the woman was admitted for complications of pregnancy.
He met with her in his pastoral capacity and began counseling her on personal, religious and marital issues, L.L.N. said.
Clauder counseled the woman again when she was hospitalized the following month and suffered a miscarriage, the second within a year, she said in her lawsuit.
That counseling relationship continued through June 1991, although Clauder began to have sexual relations with L.L.N. in June 1990, she said.
During that time, Clauder was living at the parish house of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2450 Atwood Ave., and was employed by the Catholic Diocese of Madison.
L.L.N. was married and working at St. Bernard's at the start of her relationship with Clauder.
As soon as she recognized that she was being harmed by the sexual relationship and had the emotional strength to do so, L.L.N. stopped all contact with Clauder, she said.
She accuses Clauder of sexual exploitation by a therapist, breach of fiduciary duty as a pastor, pastoral malpractice and infliction of emotional harm.
She said she has suffered emotional, physical and spiritual injuries from her relationship with Clauder and is seeking unspecified damages.
Also named in the lawsuit is the diocese, which L.L.N. claims was negligent in not properly screening Clauder or adequately supervising him.
Any original material on these pages is copyright © BishopAccountability.org 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems