Memphis Diocese Accused of Covering up Abuse
September 29, 2006
Memphis, Tenn. The Catholic Diocese of Memphis is accused in a lawsuit filed today of covering up sexual abuse by a priest in the late 1990s.
The suit was filed on behalf of an unidentified 21-year-old woman identified at Jane Doe Number Two.
It alleges she was abused by a Catholic priest named Edward Nguyen between 1997 and 1999. The diocese said he has been relieved of duty pending an investigation by a church review board.
The suit accuses the diocese of failing to protect the woman from a known child abuser and that it took steps to conceal the abuse. The suit seeks ten (m) million in damages.
This is the second sexual abuse suit filed against the diocese in the last two weeks. A Florida law firm says it represents several victims of abuse by priests in Memphis and more lawsuits may be filed.
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