Second Suit Accuses Retired Priest of Sex Abuse
By Peter Smith
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
April 5, 2003
A second man has accused a retired Roman Catholic priest of sexual abuse in a lawsuit filed yesterday against the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Ronald Hagan, 45, alleges that the Rev. James W. Thompson sexually molested him during trips in the 1970s to places such as Northern Kentucky and Kings Island, Ohio.
Hagan says in his lawsuit he attended unidentified churches "wherein Thompson was the rector." Hagan could not be reached for comment.
On Tuesday, plaintiff Hugh McCarty alleged that Thompson abused him in the late 1960s and early 1970s during out-of-town trips while McCarty was a student at St. Mary High School in Marion County, where Thompson was rector.
Thompson, 85, retired in 1987 and is living in a nursing home, according to Cecelia Price, spokeswoman for the archdiocese. For health reasons, he has not been involved in ministry for several years, she said. Thompson was ordained in 1944.
Price said she could not comment on pending litigation.
Hagan is represented by attorney Phillip Prater.
The archdiocese faces 220 lawsuits alleging that the church knew of sexual abuse by priests and others associated with the church and covered it up. It has settled five others.
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