Burlington Diocese faces new child sex abuse lawsuit

WCAX [South Burlington VT]

May 20, 2021

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington is facing a new lawsuit with claims of child sex abuse and a cover-up.

The plaintiff in the case claims that when he was a child, Father Leo Courcy sexually abused him multiple times starting in 1978.

According to the lawsuit, the diocese knew Courcy was treated for psychosexual disorder in the late 1960s, but he continued to serve under the bishop of Burlington even when working outside of Vermont.

“We have not yet been officially served with that lawsuit, so we don’t have a copy of that complaint. So at this point we have nothing to comment on,” said Monsignor John McDermott of the Burlington Diocese.

The diocese has Father Courcy on its list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Courcy was ordained in Vermont in 1962.