First Female Sex Suits Emerge against Diocese [Pittsburgh PA]
April 27, 2004

PITTSBURGH -- More sex abuse lawsuits are being filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Attorneys for six people, including at least three women, say they plan to file suit Wednesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas court.

The lawsuits will claim a cover-up and will name the diocese, Bishop Donald Wuerl and Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua as defendants.

These are the first local lawsuits involving women and claims of child sexual abuse by priests.

Six current or former priests who were allegedly involved will not be named in the lawsuits because of the statute of limitations.


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