|Priest Sues Ex-altar Boy Who Accused Him of Sex Abuse
January 30, 2010
The priest who was accused of sexually abusing his former altar boy has filed a libel and slander suit.
Fr. Chester J. Pryzbylo, an ordained Roman Catholic Priest, filed a suit Friday in Cook County Circuit Cook against the former altar boy Peter Galica, his lawyers and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
In March of 2006, Galica filed a suit claiming Pryzbylo had sexually abused and molested him, starting when he was a 13-year-old Polish immigrant in 1987 until he was 15 years old at the Five Holy Martys Church in Chicago.
The suit also insinuated Pryzbylo sodomized another teenager, hit seven other children, and attempted to proposition another priest, and one of Galica’s lawyers, Marc Pearlman, publically referred to Pryzbylo as “Chester the Molester.” The case was investigated by the Department of Child and Family Services and was dismissed three and half years later in Dec. 2009. The allegations of abuse were unfounded, according to the suit.
Galica, with his attorneys, Jeff Anderson and Pearlman and SNAP spokeswoman Barbara Blaine conspired against Pryzbylo to give interviews, pass out press releases and host press conferences --including in front of Pryzbylo’s home and church-- in attempt to create sympathy and taint prospective jury pools in a “meritless and scurrilous lawsuit,” the suit said. The suit also accuses them of conducting an “unethical ‘sneak attack,’ ‘hatchet-job’ employing character assassination.”
The 11-count suit --claiming six counts of defamation, conspiracy, malicious prosecution, violations of the Illinois Right of Publicity Act, false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress-- seeks $550,000 in damages, plus the cost of legal fees.
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