Catholic Diocese Faces New Suit

Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
May 12, 2004

The Catholic Diocese of Austin faces another lawsuit accusing former priest Dan Delaney of sexual abuse.

A civil suit filed in District Court in Travis County on Tuesday claims the plaintiff, a Williamson County man identified as John Doe, was molested by Delaney while the youth was an altar boy at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Granger in the 1980s. The suit also charges that church leaders knew about Delaney's abuse years before removing him from the ministry.

One of the attorneys for the plaintiff is Robert Scamardo, a Houston man who last year received a $250,000 settlement from the diocese after accusing Delaney of abusing him in the 1970s.

Delaney, who served at several parishes in the 25-county diocese and was the Catholic Youth Organization director, lives in Houston. In 1987, the church revoked his status as a priest.



* On Wednesday's Page B3, a Metro & State Briefing item about a lawsuit accusing a former Austin priest of sexual abuse gave an incorrect location for St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, where the alleged abuse is said to have taken place. The church is in Lampasas.


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