Some Defendants Removed from Lawsuit Involving Catholic Diocese

By Josh Verges
Times Argus
March 25, 2008

A judge has removed some defendants from a sex abuse lawsuit involving the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese.

Tom Gust, 53, filed suit in February, claiming his OGorman High School typing teacher, Bob Krantz, sexually assaulted him in 1970.

U.S. Circuit Judge Karen Schreier on Monday granted a motion to remove three of the defendants: Father Howard Carroll and Bishops Lambert Hoch and Paul Swain. Carroll and Hoch cannot be sued because they are dead, Schreier wrote, and Gust made no allegations regarding Swain, who became bishop in 2006.

Remaining as defendants are Krantz, former priest Bill Walsh, two unknown clergy and the diocese itself.


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