Sexual Abuse Case Filed against Portland Archdiocese
November 1, 2013
A Washington County man has filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Portland alleging he was sexually abused in the late 1970s by an Oregon priest, Reverend Maurice Grammond. The priest died in 2002.
Kristian Roggendorf is attorney for the plaintiff. He says the Archdiocese knew about the abuse and could have spared his client and other victims.
“Damage to them could have been prevented if the Archdiocese would have simply done a common sense thing like get a child molester out of ministry,” Roggendorf said.
The Archdiocese has already paid out more than $30 million to 54 of Grammond’s victims.
A spokesman for the diocese said it’s difficult to know what happened so many years ago, but that the Archdiocese intends to handle the lawsuit carefully and expects justice will be done.