Attorney May File Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Associated Press State & Local Wire
March 2, 2004

An attorney has filed court papers signaling she may sue a western Pennsylvania diocese on behalf of a man who says he was sexually abused by a priest about three decades ago.

In a story published Tuesday, attorney Helen Kotler told the Tribune-Review of Greensburg she filed notice in Westmoreland County Court she may sue the Greensburg Roman Catholic Diocese, its new Bishop Lawrence Brandt and retiring Bishop Anthony Bosco.

Kotler's client, John Ziegler, claims he was sexually abused in the 1970s by the Rev. Dennis Delamalva, a former priest in Murraysville, an eastern Pittsburgh suburb, the lawyer said. The filing does not describe any specific allegations against the diocese.

Angie Burrows, a spokeswoman for the diocese, declined to comment on the filing.

Delamalva does not have a listed phone number in Pennsylvania and could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press. He was also not listed on the diocese's Web site.


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