Clergy Sex Suit Targets Ex-Teacher

By Wren Propp
Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
August 8, 1995

A former student at St. Michael's High School has charged in a civil suit that a former teacher at the school sexually abused him.

Alonzo Malone, a Santa Fe County resident and former student at the school, filed a civil complaint against the Catholic brother identified only as Brother Abdon.

Malone also names St. Michael's College, identified as the current operator and owner of St. Michael's High School, and an organization based in Lafayette, La., called NOSF Inc., which was previously named the Brothers of the Christian School of Lafayette, the complaint says.

NOSF Inc. assigned Catholic brothers as teachers and counselors at the Santa Fe school and continues that function, it says.

Malone's attorney, Merit Bennett, said he believes Brother Abdon is dead.

In the suit, Malone claims Abdon sexually and psychologically abused him from 1956 to 1958 and that St. Michael's and NOSF were negligent in hiring, placing and supervising Abdon.

Brad Coryell, a Santa Fe attorney representing St. Michael's and NOSF, said Monday he hasn't been notified of the suit, which was filed late last week in the 1st Judicial District Court. He didn't comment about the case.

Malone's suit doesn't specify monetary damages, but asks for both compensatory and punitive damages from the defendants.

Two other Santa Fe men, who are siblings, leveled sexual abuse claims in May against Brother Abdon, as well as three other adults.

Paul and Michael Ortiz y Pino claim they were repeatedly raped and subjected to sexual abuse while attending elementary and junior high classes at the Roman Catholic school from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s.

Bennett, who also represents the two men, said he hasn't received any response to the Ortiz y Pino lawsuits.


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