Beaumont Diocese: Two More File Sexual Assault Claims
September 27, 2012
This seemed inevitable.
Five months ago, a Dallas County man — known in the complaint as “John Doe 104? — filed a sexual abuse claim against the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, alleging he was sexually abused by a priest in the late 1970s. The priest, Ronald Bollich, passed away in 1996 at the age of 59.
We wondered at the time if there might be any others.
It turns out Bollich might have terrorized many more.
According to the Houston Press, two more “John Doe” accusers just joined the suit. And the picture they paint is a disturbing one.
The new plaintiffs’ allegations include a night of near-naked “wrestling,” in which Bollich plied boys with alcohol while spending the night in Bollich’s quarters in the rectory. After telling two of the plaintiffs and at least one other boy to strip down to their underwear, Bollich wrestled with the boys, pinned them to his bed, and “began pawing and groping the boys’ genitals,” according to the suit.
Think that’s bad? We’re leaving out the worst parts.
Bishop Curtis Guillory and the Beaumont Diocese have yet to address the suit. In light of these new allegations, we think they should.