Lawsuit seeks names of 13 priests accused of abuse


Kay Fate,

Tears came to Bill Beardmore’s eyes as he described a 2002 meeting with officials from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona.

“It made me feel like I was interrogated,” he said Thursday. “I’d like to make it known that I was raped by a priest on a number of occasions, but I went away from that day feeling really terrible. I felt like I was the bad guy. But I was a little kid. I was an altar boy; I didn’t bring this on.”

Beardmore is one of a number of men to sue the diocese, accusing its top officials of allowing priests continued access to children, despite reports of inappropriate sexual behavior with young boys.

The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday in Winona County District Court by Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul lawyer, on behalf of Beardmore, now 61 and living in Boone, Iowa.

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