Two Men Join Sex Abuse Suit against Catholic Diocese of Beaumont
By Heather Nolan
September 27, 2012
Two East Texas men who claim they were sexually abused by a priest in the late 1970s have been added as plaintiffs to a personal injury lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont.
The new plaintiffs are identified only as John Doe 105 and John Doe 106. They live in Cherokee County and in Nacogdoches County, respectively.
John Doe 104 originally filed the lawsuit in April, claiming the late Ronald Bollich routinely assaulted him sexually in 1976 and 1977.
Bollich, whom the lawsuit said died in 1996 at the age of 59, was assigned to the Sacred Heart Parish in Nacogdoches. That parish was governed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont at the time the alleged events occurred, according to the court filing.
The plaintiffs, who now are adults, allegedly were teenagers at the time of the abuse, according to the lawsuit.
The Beaumont Diocese and Bishop Curtis Guillory are named as defendants.
The defendants filed a response to the original lawsuit last month, asking a judge to review the plaintiff's claims and the statute of limitations. Their response points out that the plaintiff brought forward these claims 35 years after the last date of the alleged abuse.