Second Suit Alleges Boys Town Abuse
An Unidentified Man Says he was Molested by the Rev. James Kelly and Michael Wolf
By Stephen Buttry
Omaha World Herald [Nebraska]
March 25, 2003
A second man has filed suit alleging sexual abuse by a priest and a counselor when he was at Boys Town.
The suit was filed Tuesday in Douglas County District Court on behalf of a Nebraska man identified only as "John Doe." The suit says the man will be identified to the court and the defendants.
James Duffy, now living in Arizona, filed suit Jan. 31, alleging that he was abused in the late 1970s at Boys Town by the Rev. James Kelly and Michael Wolf, a counselor who lived in a house with several boys.
The John Doe who filed suit Tuesday alleges abuse by Kelly and Wolf starting in about 1982. The youth lived at Boys Town from 1981 to 1987.
The suit was filed against Father Flanagan's Boys Home, the legal name of the organization that now goes publicly by Girls and Boys Town. Also named as a defendant is Kelly, now living in Carson City, Nev. Wolf died in 1990. Both left Boys Town in 1983.
Kelly has denied sexually abusing boys. James Martin Davis, attorney for Girls and Boys Town, was out of his office and did not return a phone call Tuesday morning.
Like the earlier lawsuit, the suit filed Tuesday does not detail how or where the alleged abuse occurred. It charges that Kelly and Wolf "each engaged in separate, wide-ranging plans to use their influence and positions" at Boys Town to sexually abuse youths who lived there.
The petition says Boys Town knew or should have known about Kelly's and Wolf's behavior. The suit accuses Boys Town of negligence in hiring and supervising the men.
The man filing the suit "will be emotionally and mentally scarred for life," the petition says. The suit says that the man's memory of the sexual abuse was repressed. He started recovering the memories on or after March 27, 2002, the suit says.
The lawsuit was filed by William Walker of Tucson, Ariz., the lawyer who also filed the Duffy suit. Walker is assisted in this case by Dale Romatzke of Kearney, Neb.
In addition to the two men who have sued, two other men alleged in interviews with The World-Herald that Wolf or Kelly abused them while they lived at Boys Town in the 1980s. Lance Rivers of Phoenix said Wolf abused him, and Wayne Garsky of Oakland, Calif., alleged abuse by Kelly.
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