Former Student Files Lawsuit Against Jesuit, Names Priest in Abuse Scandal

Park Cities People

August 28, 2019

By Timothy Glaze

A graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas has filed a lawsuit against the school and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, claiming he was sexually abused by a former school president and priest.

The 1983 graduate, now 54, named the Rev. Patrick Koch as the abuser. Koch was also named on a list the Dallas Diocese released in January of priests who were “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children. Koch never faced criminal charges and died in 2006.

The lawsuit alleges that the church, school, and the Jesuit order “failed to protect the student.”

“Patrick Koch was the sexual abuser, but he did not and could not have acted alone,” read the lawsuit. “He was in the position to abuse [the victim] because of the actions of the defendants in this case and their cover-up of the dangers at the school, the danger of Patrick Koch, and the systemic crisis. [Jesuit] created and fostered a community where abuse would occur and the school did nothing to prevent the problem – despite its obviousness.”

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