Fourteen More People Join Lawsuit against Local Priest

By Liz Forema
WCPO [Cincinnati OH]
September 16, 2003

As of Tuesday afternoon, 14 additional plaintiffs have added their names to the sexual abuse lawsuit against Father Lawrence Strittmatter, bringing the number of plaintiffs in the case to 24.

According the the complaint filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, "Beginning soon after his ordination in 1957, Strittmatter began a pattern of sexually molesting students. The number of Strittmatter victims is estimated to be near 100."

Strittmatter was principal of Elder High School in Cincinnati during the 1970's, and for the past 13 years he has been at St. Albert the Great in Dayton.

Konrad Kircher, a lawyer from Mason, Ohio, filed the complaint Tuesday on behalf of the 14 people.

Kircher's complaint, which does not name the victims, states that the plaintiffs were molested by Strittmatter between 1963 and 1983.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensatory damages in excess of $1,000,000 each, triple damages, punitive damages in excess of $1,000,000 as well as attorneys fees, from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk and Strittmatter.


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