Insurance company sues Diocese of Brooklyn over sex abuse cases alleging it knew of prolific abuser

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

December 29, 2020

By Sean Lahman

An insurance company representing the Diocese of Brooklyn says it should not be responsible for paying settlements to victims who say they were sexually abused by the Diocese’s priests.

In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Arrowood Indemnity Company asks the court to rule that it should not be obligated to defend or indemnify the Diocese because of “allegations of the Diocese’s long-standing specific knowledge of individual instances of abuse and its decades-long culture of coverup.”

Arrowood also alleges that the Diocese has failed to provide copies of internal documents that would shed light on what it knew about allegations of abuse and what steps it took in response.

“The information the Diocese has provided… is inappropriately redacted, contains large chronological gaps, and is missing numerous pages without explanation,” court papers said.

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