Woman Says She Was Molested by a Priest

Honolulu Star Bulletin
December 23, 2005

A woman who says she was sexually molested by a Honolulu Catholic priest in 1964 filed a suit Monday asking for an apology and monetary damages.

Lavonne Cobb accused the Rev. Henry Sabog of sexual misconduct in the suit, which also names the Honolulu Catholic diocese and Pope Benedict XVI as defendants.

Cobb said the alleged incident happened when she was 12 years old and attending a catechism class taught by Sabog at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church rectory in Pearl City.

According to the suit, Cobb "suffered from repressed or lost memory." She "did not realize that she had been injured ... until 2004, when she read about sexual abuse."

The suit filed by attorney William Fenton Sink calls for the Catholic Church and the pope to act to keep unfit men from becoming priests, to publicly identify offending priests and their behavior, and to defrock priests who have hurt or are a danger to children.

Honolulu church spokesman Patrick Downes said the diocese has no comment. He said Sabog, 74, is a retired priest living in Honolulu.


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