Two More Plaintiffs Join Suit against Orphanage

Associated Press, carried in WKRN [Louisville KY]
September 7, 2004

LOUISVILLE, Ky. A lawsuit that alleges sexual abuse by a priest at a now-closed orphanage in Jefferson County added two plaintiffs today.

The alleged abuse occurred in the 1950s and 1960s at Saint Thomas-Saint Vincent Orphanage in Anchorage, a suburb of Louisville.

The defendant is the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, an order based in Nelson County. The initial suit was filed in July, but other plaintiffs have been added by the week.

The two new plaintiffs are 50-year-old Colleen Durbin and 44-year-old Deborah Lee Greenwell. They each accused the Reverend Herman J. Lammers of sexual abuse. Durbin says the abuse by Lammers began when she was 6 years old.

Lammers died in 1986. He was the longtime Catholic Charities director and the orphanage's resident chaplain.

The sisters have denied any evidence of abuse or a cover-up at the orphanage.

The orphanage was open from 1952 to 1983. It was owned by the Archdiocese of Louisville.


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