Man claims Minnesota nun sexually abused him in the ’60s

Minnesota Public Radio

Curtis Gilbert Apr 29, 2015

The Archdiocese of New Ulm faces a lawsuit over alleged sexual abuse by a nun in the 1960s. It’s the first case involving a nun filed under a Minnesota law temporarily lifting the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse lawsuits.

Doug Devorak claims Sister Mary Regina Hebig repeatedly fondled him when he was a fifth grader at St. Michael’s Catholic School in Madison, Minn.

Devorak, 57, said he kept it a secret for decades out of respect for his parents.

“Our parents trusted these people with our moral and religious upbringing,” he said. “And people say, ‘Well Doug, why did you wait so long?’ The answer’s real simple. My parents couldn’t have taken that.”

Devorak’s parents are both dead, as is Hebig. Officials with the Diocese of New Ulm say the diocese was not aware of any complaints involving her and was not involved in hiring employees at the school.

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