Hearing to Dismiss Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Waite Park Catholic School Later This Month


August 17, 2020

By Jennifer Lewerenz

A hearing to dismiss a lawsuit against a private Catholic school in Waite Park is scheduled for later this month.

The lawsuit, filed in 2018, alleges sexual abuse at the hands of a priest and a family at Holy Innocents School. The case calls the school a “public nuisance” and says they are guilty of negligence and negligent supervision. The plaintiff, known as Doe 596 is asking for $50,000 in damages for the school to be closed.

The suit alleges the Sis family sexually abused Doe 596 from 1978 to 1984 while she was a Holy Innocents student. A priest who lived at the school, Father Lawrence Brey, is also named in the suit.

School officials say the allegations are decades old and beyond the statute of limitations.

The hearing is set for August 26th.

Holy Innocents School is not affiliated with the Diocese of St. Cloud, which has filed Chapter 11 as part of a settlement with survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

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