Archdiocese of Portland Sued by Utah Man Alleging Sex Abuse
June 25, 2013
PORTLAND, Oregon — A Utah man has filed a $12.25 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Portland, alleging he was sexually abused three decades ago by the Rev. Maurice Grammond, Oregon's most notorious pedophile priest.
Grammond, who died in 2002, molested dozens boys between the 1950s and 1980s, and lawsuits stemming from his behavior cost the archdiocese more than $30 million in settlements by 2007 — the year its bankruptcy proceeding was finalized.
Tuesday's lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 43-year-old man who was an altar boy at Our Lady of Victory parish in Seaside, Oregon, in the early 1980s.
Attorney Kelly Clark says his client suppressed the abuse until last year. The lawsuit states the man suffered physical and emotional trauma.