Catholic Diocese Involved in Small Claims Lawsuit

WLBZ [Maine]
Downloaded September 25, 2003

The Catholic Diocese of Portland was in small claims court Thursday, sued by an abuse survivor seeking more therapy.

David Gagnon, who now lives in Ottawa, says he was abused by a priest in northern Maine when he was a boy.

In 1993, the Catholic Diocese entered a settlement agreement with Gagnon. He is now asking that the diocese pay for a special therapy for trauma victims. The diocese wants a third party evaluation. Gagnon says the kind of evaluation the diocese is asking for is not in the best interest of abuse survivors.

No agreement was reached Thursday in small claims court. David Gagnon plans to take this issue to trial.


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