Norwich Diocese Faces Another Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

February 24, 2008

NEW LONDON, Conn. - A 49-year-old woman has sued the Norwich Diosese of the Roman Catholic Church, alleging she was the victim of years of sexual assaults at the hands of a priest in Groton.

The woman says the Rev. James Curry began the assaults at St. Mary's Church in 1966 when she was 8-years old during private counseling sessions. The lawsuit alleges that Curry sexually assaulted the girl in the church sacristy and rectory, in the church center and in his car.

The abuse continued on a regular basis for the next eight years and involved hundreds of sexual assaults, according to the woman's attorneys.

Curry died in 1986. Diocesan spokesman Michael Strammiello confirmed the existance of the lawsuit, but declined to comment on the allegations.

Two other lawsuits are pending against the Diocese alleging abuse by other priests. The diocese and its insurance company have paid $4.6 million to alleged victims of sexual abuse, according to the church.

State law allows victims of alleged sexual abuse to file lawsuits up until they are 48. The woman's attorneys argue that law should not apply in this case. They argue that the priest, as an employee of the diocese, engaged in "fraudulent concealment" by threatening her with consequences, including eternal damnation, if she told anyone.


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