Priest Accused of Molesting 2 Boys; Parents' Lawsuit Seeks $ 3 Million in Damages
By Sandra McIntosh
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
February 20, 1991
A priest from the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain�has been accused of sexually assaulting two children in a lawsuit filed�Tuesday seeking $ 3 million in damages from the priest and the church.
The Rev. Stanley Idziak is the second priest from the church to be�accused of abusing young parishioners.
He preceded Anton Mowat, who fled to Britain and eluded authorities�for 21 months after being accused of fondling four altar boys. Mowat�pleaded guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court on May 24, 1990, to�molesting the children, ages 12 to 14, while serving as a visiting priest�at the church.
Mowat, 47, was sentenced to six years in prison and an additional�nine years on probation.
The Rev. Idziak is accused of sexually abusing and molesting two�brothers, according to the suit filed in Fulton County Superior Court by�the boys' parents, [names redacted]. The suit also names Bishop�James P. Lyke, the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Roman Catholic Church�as defendants.
One child in the suit filed Tuesday, [name redacted], is�listed only as "a minor", while the older son, [name redacted], is said�to now be 19.
The suit contends that the Rev. Idziak, who was at Corpus Christi�from 1981 to 1985, "used various methods of persuasion and manipulation"�to keep the boys from telling their parents about the assaults.
In August 1985, the Rev. Idziak was transferred from Corpus Christi�to St. Michael's Church in Gainesville, Ga. The abuse allegedly took�place between 1985 and 1988. The Rev. Peter Dora, spokesman for the�archdiocese, said the [name redacted] family met the Rev. Idziak at Corpus Christi�and continued a friendship with him after he was transferred to�Gainesville.
Mowat came to Corpus Christi in September 1985, a month after the�Rev. Idziak left.
DeKalb District Attorney Robert E. Wilson said allegations against�the Rev. Idziak were made by the [name redacted] family in 1988, but the priest was�not indicted at the request of the parents.
"Our office was prepared to take whatever action was appropriate,�but the family declined to prosecute at the time and we honored their�wishes," Mr. Wilson said.
The Rev. Dora said that when the allegations against the Rev. Idziak�surfaced the priest was immediately removed from his post at St.�Michael's. The Rev. Dora said the priest's transfer from Stone Mountain�to Gainesville was routine.
The Rev. Idziak is currently in a "church treatment facility" out of�state, the Rev. Dora said.
Any original material on these pages is copyright � BishopAccountability.org 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.
money guide of hospital products guide of international market guide of repair roof before winter guide of website income guide of secure your business guide of face makeup tools guide of jewellery arts guide of tv shows guide of best places on earth guide of job plans guide of cheap cars guide of creating products guide of women tools guide of eat less guide of car insurance process guide of sport stuff guide of garden home guide of cheap insurances guide of electronic tech guide of healthy feeding guide of what is next in fashion guide of improve company guide of tactical insurance guide of make money at home guide of development in business guide of dept loan guide of cooking secrets guide of correct companies guide of jobs with more income guide of reviews o general products guide of improving technology guide of ideal job guide of business sectors guide of dept problem guide of unlimited business guide of suitable insurance company guide of money cars guide of how to market guide of heatlhy diet tips guide of decoration tipse guide of security problems