Lawyer Says Archdiocese Withholding Information

Indianapolis Star
June 7, 2006

An attorney for two brothers who claim to have been abused by a priest at a Richmond parish in the 1950s says the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is withholding information on how it has responded to abuse reports.

Michael Kinslow, the San Diego attorney representing two brothers who say they were abused by the late Rev. William O'Brien, said he needs to understand how the archdiocese investigates reports of priest abuse in order to gauge how his clients' claims were handled.

A spokesman for the archdiocese, Greg Otolski, said he could not comment on pending litigation. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday in Wayne County.

The brothers, identified as Joseph B. and Lawrence B., sued the archdiocese in 2003 claiming they were repeatedly abused from 1951 to 1957 when O'Brien was the assistant pastor at the St. Mary parish in Richmond.


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