Lawsuit: Catholic priest abused children in Indigenous, rural communities in Arizona

Arizona Republic

October 1, 2020

By Lauren Castle

A lawsuit is claiming an abusive priest was moved to several Arizona school serving indigenous and rural communities.

A Catholic priest with a history of sexually abusing children was placed in several Arizona schools in Indigenous and rural communities, a lawsuit alleges.

The Rev. James Grear worked across Arizona and in other parts of the country and U.S. territories. The lawsuit filed Thursday claims the priest sexually abused a teenager, who is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, when Grear worked at Chinle High School in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Robert Pastor, attorney for the victim, said his client wants the community to know what the Catholic Church did.

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