Jesuit Prep grad sues Dallas school saying former president molested him as a teen

The Dallas Morning News

August 27, 2019

By Jennifer Emily

A 1983 graduate says in a lawsuit that priest Patrick Koch sexually abused him when he was a student at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

Updated at 5:59 and 6:45 p.m. to include statements from the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

A graduate of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas filed a lawsuit Monday against the school and the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, saying he was sexually abused by a priest and former school president on the church’s “credibly accused” list while he was a student.

The lawsuit filed in Dallas County civil court alleges that the church, the school and the Jesuit order failed to protect the student, now 54, allowing the abuse by the Rev. Patrick Koch to occur and then covering it up.

The Dallas Morning News generally does not name people who may have been victims of sexual abuse. The accuser is identified with a pseudonym in the lawsuit.

“Patrick Koch was the sexual abuser, but he did not and could not have acted alone. He was in the position to abuse John Doe 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,” the lawsuit says. 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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