Alter Boys Allege Priest Molested Them

Charleston Daily Mail (West Virginia)
April 5, 1994

WHEELING - Two former Massachusetts alter boys are suing the Wheeling-Charleston Roman Catholic diocese, alleging a West Virginia priest sent to Massachusetts to be treated for pedophilia molested them.

The lawsuit filed in Ohio County Circuit Court said the late Rev. Victor A. Frobas abused the two in 1979 and 1980 while he served at the St. Rose of Lima Church in Northborough, Mass.

The men at the time were 16 and 12.

The lawsuit said Frobas, then 41, was being treated at the House of Affirmation, a treatment center for priests in Northborough.

Frobas had worked at a Catholic Church in St. Albans in the 1960s.

The lawsuit is the second to be filed in Wheeling that levels molestation allegations against Frobas, who died in July at age 55 in a St. Louis nursing home.

The other lawsuit was filed by a man who said Frobas molested him in 1977 while Frobas was teaching at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling. The man was then a sophomore at the school.

Both lawsuits say the diocese is liable because it put Frobas in a position of trust, but the diocese should have known or did know that he was a molester.

Three other alter boys are suing Catholic officials in Northborough alleging Frobas sexually molested them.

Frobas left the Wheeling-charleston diocese in 1983. In 1988, he pleaded guilty to the first-degree sexual assault of two teen-age boys in a St. Louis parish in 1985. He served two years of a four-year sentence.


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