Sexual Abuse Lawsuit against Priest/Diocese Dismissed

Associated Press
October 4, 2004

Keokuk, Iowa- district court judge has dismissed a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Catholic Diocese in Davenport and a dead priest.

Judge John Linn granted a motion for dismissal in the lawsuit filed against the Reverend Martin Diamond. He served at the Church of All Saints in Keokuk.

The judge says the plaintiff presented no evidence to prove the diocese knew about alleged sexual misconduct.

The plaintiff from Hamilton, Illinois -- who was not identified in court records -- claimed he was abused from 1967 to 1970 when he was eight to eleven years old.

Diocese attorney Rand Wonio says he's happy the case was legally disposed of but disappointed Diamond's name has been tainted.

Plaintiff's attorney Roxanne Barton Conlin says she has not yet discussed an appeal with her client.


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