Lawsuit alleges priest abused student at St. Francis High in La Cañada

Los Angeles Times/La Cañada Valley Sun

December 27, 2019

By Anndy Nguyen

The first of six planned lawsuits was filed Friday on behalf of victims who allege they were sexually abused by a priest at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge where they were students, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Under the auspices of AB 219, which takes effect in January and extends the statute of limitations for reporting childhood sexual assaults, the lawsuit was filed against St. Francis, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin — a religious order within the Catholic Church that operates the school.

Requests for comment from the Capuchin order and St. Francis were not immediately returned.

According to the suit filed this week, the first plaintiff, identified only as John Doe LA 1002, was a 15-year-old student at the school in 1984 when he began to be sexually abused by the Rev. Christopher Kearney, who taught at St. Francis from 1970 to 1995.

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