Fr. Marvin Lavoy

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Ordained: 1955
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Spokane WA

Sued in 2005. Accused of abuse of at least two boys at Morning Star Boy’s Ranch in the 1950s. Lavoy was the ranch’s founding director. Forced out in 1966. Died in 1994. As of 2010, 19 plaintiffs had alleged abuse by Lavoy, Joseph Weitensteiner and others at the ranch. In 11/09 the ranch transferred the bulk of its assets to the nonprofit Morning Star Foundation which would complicate any possible settlements or judgments. Judgment for defendants in 2/10. Some plaintiffs received previous settlement from Diocese.

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