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  Alaska Digest

Anchorage Daily News
February 9, 2006

BETHEL — New suit accuses priests of abuse

Another lawsuit alleging sexual molestation by a Catholic priest in a rural village was filed Wednesday in Bethel Superior Court.

The complaint, filed by attorney Ken Roosa against the Society of Jesus and the Fairbanks Diocese, charges that two priests successively molested an Alaska man identified only as "Jake Doe 1" when he was ages 4 through 7 and attending Catholic school in the village of Holy Cross.

The complaint alleges that the Rev. Andrew Eordogh, a Jesuit, was the first to molest the boy in the late 1960s, and that he "handed him off" to a second priest after being promoted to a supervisory position.

The second priest, the Rev. Bernard McMeel, died in 1992 and is not named as a defendant.

Like nine complaints previously filed by Roosa's office, this suit claims church hierarchy "knew or should have known" that both priests habitually "committed various acts of molestation and unlawful sex acts against minors," and done something to protect the children.

A "loss of faith" was one of the damages suffered by Jake Doe 1 as a result of the continuing abuse, according to Roosa, who said the assaults included exceptionally vile acts.

According to Roosa, who has become something of an expert in the subject, his office has now filed 10 damages suits against priests on behalf of 110 victims from Anchorage and the Bush.

 
 

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