Man Files Sex-Abuse Suit against 2 Area Priests
Chicago Tribune [Illinois]
November 22, 2006
Cook County -- A Palatine man filed a sexual-abuse lawsuit Tuesday against the Catholic Bishop of Chicago, described as a legal corporation, and two priests, both of whom were asked to leave an Arlington Heights church in August.
The plaintiff, identified in the suit only as John Doe, alleged that he was sexually abused on Aug. 5 by Rev. Juan Sanchez-Espinosa, then an associate priest at Mission San Juan Diego.
The man visited Espinosa and Rev. Moises Marin at the parish house on South Jewel Street in Palatine, according to the lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court.
The plaintiff says Espinosa and Marin gave him beer and tequila and may have put something in his food or drink to make him lose consciousness.
After he awoke the next morning, the plaintiff recalled that Espinosa sexually abused him during the night, according to the lawsuit.
The suit said it seeks unspecified damages against Espinosa for battery and infliction of emotional distress. The suit also alleges that Marin and church officials failed to properly monitor and investigate Espinosa.
Officials at the archdiocese of Chicago could not be reached for comment. Espinosa and Marin also could not be reached.
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