New Lawsuit Alleges Priest Sex Abuse at Montco School

By Pervaiz Shallwani
The Morning Call [Pennsylvania]
April 19, 2006,

A Berks County lawyer today continued his statewide crusade for victims of the Catholic clergy sex-abuse scandal, filing a lawsuit on behalf of a 13-year-old boy who says he was abused by a Montgomery County priest.

The suit accuses the Rev. Edward Kuczynski of abusing the boy while he was a fifth-grader at St. Peter's School in Pottstown. It also names the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali, and school principal Joyce Babin as defendants.

The suit, filed in Philadelphia, is the latest prepared by attorney Jay Abramowitch alleging sexual abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses. It comes eight months after a Philadelphia grand jury released a scathing report documenting decades of abuse and cover-up by priests working in the church.

The suit alleges Kuczynski, the pastor of St. Peter's Church in Pottstown, began improperly touching the boy in 2002 and continued until February 2005, when the boy was removed from the school by his mother.

The boy complained to Babin, who told him nothing happened and he should return to class and forget about the entire incident, according to the suit. The names of the mother and child are indentified only as Jane and John Doe, both from Montgomery County.


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