Judge approves disclosure of priest’s name in suit alleging sexual abuse in Stanton

City News Service via Orange County Register

January 29, 2020

A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for the public identification of a Roman Catholic priest named in a lawsuit alleging he molested a 6-year-old boy at a Catholic school in Stanton in 1994.

Father Edward Poettgen had previously been listed anonymously in the lawsuit filed in June. Orange County Superior Court Judge Walter Schwarm ruled that the plaintiff could publicly identify the priest.

Poettgen, who was most recently assigned to St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim, has been placed on administrative leave, said Tracey Kincaid, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Orange, who added she could not comment further on pending litigation.

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