Lawsuit claims Catholic priests, nuns abused boys at Albuquerque orphanage


August 7, 2020

By Patrick Hayes

A new lawsuit claims Catholic priests and nuns in Albuquerque abused orphans.

“I think St. Anthony’s orphanage has been around forever or was around forever. And then in the 1950s, 1960s, and we’re actually learning even prior to that had a problem with physical and sexual abuse of children who were placed there,” said Levi Monagle, an attorney representing a man who claims he was abused at the orphanage.

According to the lawsuit, John Doe 167 became a “captive sex toy” for the chaplain, visiting priests and nuns.

Attorneys say the victim was a resident of St. Anthony’s, which was located on Indian School near 12th Street, from 1958 to 1965. They say the abuse started when their client was 6 years old.

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