Mspi Catholic Boarding School Sued in Alleged Sex Abuse

Associated Press, carried in WMC
July 17, 2007

Gulfport, Miss. - A federal lawsuit alleges officials with a Catholic boarding school in Bay Saint Louis concealed the sexual abuse of a then-15 year-old in 1983 and 1984.

The lawsuit was filed yesterday (Monday) in US District Court in Gulfport against Saint Stanislaus College/Saint Stanislaus (STAN-ah-slaws) High School. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of damages.

The Saint Stanislaus school, for grades six to 12, is independent of the Catholic Diocese.

It's operated by the Brothers of Sacred Heart, which operates 10 schools in the United States and one in Great Britain.

According to the lawsuit, during the 1983-1984 school year, the plaintiff in the lawsuit was subjected to the supervision of an instructor referred to as Brother William, whom the suit describes as a pedophile.

The lawsuit says on multiple occasions during the school year, the student was summoned by Brother William to his office and sexually and mentally abused.

Nationally, the Catholic church has been engulfed in controversy over allegations that officials often didn't remove priests accused of abuse and transferred them instead.

In March 2006, the Catholic Diocese of Jackson agreed to pay over five million dollars to settle six lawsuits involving 19 individuals who were sexually abused as children by priests or had loved ones who were abused.

The lawsuits involved accusations of sexual abuse by priests from the early 1960s through the early 1980s.


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